Darth Vader Nearly Died Before ROTJ at the Hands of a Surprising Foe

Sep 22, 2022 · 17


WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for Star Wars: Darth Vader #27, on sale now from Marvel Comics.

Star Wars: Darth Vader #27, by writer Greg Pak, artist Raffaele Ienco, colorist Carlos Lopez and letterer VC's Joe Caramagna, reveals Sabé -- Padmé Amidala's former handmaiden -- had the opportunity to kill the titular Sith Lord, but opted not to take it.

Previously in the comic, Sabé ended up getting left behind in a sandstorm. The Sith Lord then ended up going back to rescue her, despite this making it more difficult to get the person he was after, Governor Tauntaza of Gabredor III. In Star Wars: Darth Vader #27, the former Anakin Skywalker and Sabé successfully escape the sandstorm and track down Tauntaza. Darth Vader successfully defeats Tauntaza, though the battle in addition to an explosion disable his armor. As she's standing over Vader, Sabé says she's dreamed of getting revenge for years. Instead of killing him, though, she instead restores powers to his suit and help him to safety. In the end, Sabé opts not to kill Vader, heeding Padmé's claim that there's good in him, a notion seemingly proven correct by the Sith Lord's heroic death in 1983's Star Wars: Episode VI -- Return of the Jedi.

Who Is Sabé?

Debuting in 1999's Star Wars: Episode I -- The Phantom Menace, Sabé (Keira Knightley) was originally one of Queen Amidala's handmaidens and decoys. In terms of the comics, Sabé returned earlier in Star Wars: Darth Vader, initially posing as Padmé. Together, the two investigated Padmé death.

Created by George Lucas, Star Wars first hit the silver screen in 1977 with a movie that later was subtitled Episode IV: A New Home. Since then, Star Wars has grown into one of the most profitable and popular media franchises in history, with Lucasfilm having released three film trilogies, video games and TV series based on the property. In 2019, The Mandalorian debuted on Disney+, becoming the first live-action Star Wars TV series in the process. Since then, Lucasfilm has been working on a number of spinoffs and other shows set in the galaxy far, far away.

Star Wars: Darth Vader #27 is on sale now from Marvel Comics and features a main cover from Rahzzah, with variants from Giuseppe Camuncoli and Jesus Aburtov; and Chris Sprouse, Karl Story and Rachelle Rosenberg. The next issue of the series hits shelves on Oct. 19.

Source: Marvel Comics

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