Star Wars has revealed a brand new (and fairly epic) duel between Emperor Palpatine and Darth Vader, utilizing big Kaiju-style monsters as their instruments. This confrontation between Vader and Palpatine came about within the newest situation of Marvel’s Darth Vader comedian, which is about within the aftermath of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. Palpatine has punished Vader for making an attempt to recruit his son Luke Skywalker to kill the Emperor and is testing his health as a Sith Lord. That take a look at led Vader to Palpatine’s secret lair on Exegol, the place Vader arrives driving on the pinnacle of essentially the most harmful beast within the Star Wars Universe.
Warning: Star Wars: Darth Vader #11 SPOILERS Follow!
On the path to Exegol, Vader was pursued by among the Empire’s greatest trackers and was compelled right into a confrontation with a mutated Summaverminoth beast – essentially the most fearsome factor within the galaxy. The Summaverminoth had psychic talents that made Vader capable of commune with it via the darkish aspect, bringing the beast below his management. However, as Vader and the Summaverminoth push for the Sith temple on Exegol, they discover Palpatine is already ready – and he’s completely unafraid of Vader’s new pet monster.
Vader tells Palpatine he is about to get a lesson in true concern – however the Emperor simply laughs, saying there isn’t any menace he has not ready for. Palpatine reveals that he controls his personal set of lobster-like monsters, who immediately bounce in to kill Vader’s beast. To Vader’s credit score, he controls the Summaverminoth nicely sufficient to have it kill Palpatine’s monsters – however that is about the place his benefit over the Emperor ends.
Palpatine makes it clear that his mastery over the darkish aspect is way better than Vader’s: the Emperor reaches out via the darkish aspect and influences the Summaverminoth to do the unthinkable: kill itself. With that demonstrative act, the duel between Palpatine and Vader is just about settled.
Vader nonetheless will get put to the take a look at inside the Sith temple on Exegol: he is compelled to duel a few of Palpatine’s mutant creations within the Sith temple, in addition to a whole battalion of Sith loyalists. Vader stands towards all challengers to retain his place as Palpatine’s apprentice – however his will is really bent when he sees the huge stockpile of Kyber Crystals, that Palpatine is “bleeding” into darkish aspect crystals to energy his secret fleet. It’s within the pink mild of the crystals that Vader is compelled to decide on: undergo Palpatine, and endure the ache of acquiring true energy.
In the top, Vader was by no means even near matching Palpatine’s energy, which explains why he was again on the leash by the point Return of the Jedi began.
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