What We Learned – Marvel’s Star Wars: Darth Vader #3

By: Casey Johnston (@DarthHockey)

WARNING: There are spoilers ahead for the latest issue of Marvel’s Star Wars: Darth Vader #3.

The latest issue of Marvel’s Star Wars: Darth Vader #3 was released yesterday and it did not disappoint. As was teased last month, we got to see a fight between Vader and Jedi Master Kirak Infil’a. Unlike the first two issues, this one wasn’t rife with new additions to the Star Wars canon, but it did give us some new insight into Darth Vader and Kirak Infil’a.

Vader is Not Yet a Bad Ass

We finally got the fight that we’ve all been waiting for and it was pretty one-sided, just not in the way we were expecting. While Vader handily defeated smugglers and clone troopers in the first two issues, he was not quite ready to take on his first Jedi Master since adopting his new suit. While Vader struck the first blow by Force pushing some stones into the Kirak, the Jedi was more than able to handle Vader the rest of the way. While taunting the Sith Lord and calling him weak, Kirak was able to cut off one of Vader’s cybernetic legs before literally bringing him to his knees and pushing him into a canyon.

This teases an even bigger fight than what we were expecting. Kirak has defeated Vader and will now go after Palpatine. The big question remaining at the end of this issue is whether or not Vader will allow things to get this far. Palpatine will not be happy about this latest development. While it hasn’t been explicitly stated, I think this whole quest to kill a Jedi and steal a Kyber crystal is punishment for losing the fight to Obi-Wan on Mustafar. There’s no other reason I can think of Vader not taking one of the crystals from the many Jedi he killed in the Temple. Losing another fight to another Jedi Master will surely put Vader in the Imperial dog house.

Leftovers From the Last Issue

Some people have been wondering why the clone troopers were so quickly put out of commission by the Empire. In Legends the clones were integrated into the stormtrooper ranks and continued to serve for years. That doesn’t seem to be the case now. I think the answer lies in the contingency orders of the clone troopers. We’re all familiar with the infamous Order 66 that was used to wipe out the Jedi, but the less familiar contingency may be Order 65. Order 65 allowed the Senate or the Security Council to order the clones to apprehend, with lethal force if necessary, the Supreme Chancellor of the Republic. If implemented, the Galactic Senate, or even Darth Vader, could use the clones to destroy the Emperor and take control of the galaxy. While Order 65 has not been mentioned in any new canon works, it would make sense that the Emperor would not want thousands of clone troopers around who could pose a mindless threat to him.

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