Star Wars: Darth Vader # 10 just saw the Sith warlord living his worst nightmare after his mind was invaded by a monstrous cosmic god.
WARNING: The following contains spoilers for Star Wars: Darth Vader # 10, by Greg Pak, Raffaele Ienco, Neeraj Menon and Joe Caramanga, out now.
In Marvel’s STar Wars: Darth Vader # 10, the infamous Star Wars The villain has had a pretty turbulent emotional journey on Mustafar. He has been destroyed, forced to rebuild himself, and had to avoid the assassins led by Ochi of Bestoon. This is all due to his mixed feelings about Luke Skywalker, Padme, and his past as Anakin, which Emperor Palpatine hates for being the last vestiges of his protégé’s humanity.
And now in Star Wars: Darth Vader # 10, the journey down memory lane gets even worse when he gets closer to Exegol as Vader has to face his worst nightmare, seeing his son take his place next to the Emperor.
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After Vader leaves Mustafar on a ship with Ochi as his prisoner to obtain Palpatine’s secrets, he encounters Summa-Verminoth, a giant Cthulhu-like being who uses his sinister powers to wreak havoc on Vader’s sanity. And as it invades his mind, Vader begins to hallucinate, seeing his vilest moments.
In his mind, Vader goes back to his last fight with Obi-Wan Kenobi, where he murdered his old master on the Death Star, while reliving how a younger Obi-Wan left him burned and for dead. But it is with Luke that he mentally begins to wear out as he begins to see the path his son could walk. When Vader remembers that Obi-Wan has higher ground, he sees himself in that position in the Emperor’s chambers trying to get to Luke. In his mind, this means that Vader must die as Obi-Wan, which could pave the way for Luke to follow Anakin’s path to the Dark Side.
When he sees Luke cutting his hands, the reverse of what happened in The Empire Strikes Back – Palpatine arrives. The Emperor urges Luke as Vader suspects that he wants young Skywalker to replace him. To Vader’s horror, Luke kills him and leaves with Palpatine, seemingly influenced by the Emperor’s dark attraction.
Vader’s left was shattered as he saw his worst nightmare in front of him, with Luke falling to the Dark Side and becoming Palpatine’s puppet. Vader knows that it will only bring about fear, anger, hatred and suffering, and that is not something he wants for his son.
The revelation that seeing Luke join the Emperor was his greatest fear also adds to the context of why he pushed for Luke to join him and overthrow the Emperor in Return of the Jedi. Vader wasn’t just interested in ruling the galaxy; he wanted to protect his family in his own twisted way.
Through this ordeal, Vader finally realized that he was a pawn and that Luke was the real person the Emperor wanted. This continues to turn him against his master, but it is an epiphany that has come a little late, as many people have died as part of Palatine’s dark designs. While much of that blood could be in Vader’s hands, that’s a part of Skywalker’s legacy that Vader doesn’t want to pass on to the family.
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