Even in a universe with Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, and Poe Dameron, Star Wars: Darth Vader # 10 demonstrates why Anakin is still the best pilot in the galaxy.
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Star Wars: Darth Vader has pushed the Sith general to his limit as he tries to rebuild himself and find out exactly what Emperor Palpatine is doing on Exegol. Fragments of his humanity have returned, as he remembers what he lost as Anakin Skywalker while immersing himself in fear that Luke may also follow the Dark Side of the Force.
However, in Star Wars: Darth Vader # 10, Vader proves why he is the best pilot in the galaxy, even with his current mental confusion.
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Vader flees Mustafar with Ochi of Bestoon as his prisoner, using the Wayfinder to uncover Palpatine’s secrets. However, an Imperial armada is behind his ship, with more than a dozen Tie-Fighters running after the Sith. But just when Ochi thinks they’re going to die, Vader shows him how to maneuver, duck, and dodge, while firing at various ships in the blink of an eye.
He eliminates them all, stunning the Star Destroyers in the blockade, who now realize they will have to send hundreds after him. Fortunately, Vader has a contingency plan that targets the space monster known as Summa-Verminoth, a tentacled Cthulhu-like creature. He is trying to access Vader’s mind, and while doing so, Vader is able to avoid his arms, which take out the fleet. It appears that Vader read her thoughts and knew where to go, navigating around the tentacles and the field of red clouds with more skill than Han Solo needed to complete the Kessel Run.
Vader bursts through the cloud and heads for the planet with the same zeal he did in his days as Anakin. From his early pod racing days in The Phantom Menace to the air battles he fought during Attack of the clones Y Vengeance of the Sith, The prequel trilogy set out to showcase Anakin’s incredibly skilled skills as a pilot.
While the original Trilogy showcased Vader’s abilities almost as often, this episode stands out because he takes on so many attacking enemies at once, and manages to evade them all.
With these actions, Vader does not escape battle, but rather serves as a kind of one-man battalion, relying on his raw skill, preparation, surroundings, and disorientation to overcome impossible odds. All of this leaves Ochi visibly petrified, surprised that Vader has been able to face all of these attacks while dealing with a giant cosmic monster. As Ochi just found out, Vader makes all of this effortless, making it clear that the legends the killer had heard about him were very true.
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