Marvel Comics bolstered its line of Star Wars titles with a brand new Darth Vader series. This new volume takes place right after the closing moments of Revenge of the Sith, expanding that infamous “NOOOOO!” scene and picking up when the movie ends.
Charles Soule, Giuseppe Camuncoli, Cam Smith, David Curiel, and Joe Caramagna create the comic, establishing the new Sith Lord as a powerful force of evil in the new Galactic Empire. The first issue gives Vader a new quest which will lead him to a greater purpose, while filling in some of the details that get lost in the runtime of the films.
Revenge of the Sith never reveals what happened to Yoda’s lightsaber after his battle with Darth Sidious. If you recall, he lost the lightsaber in the Grand Convocation Chambers of the Senate after deflecting Palpatine’s lightning blasts. Yoda then plummets to the floor and flees for his life.
But what happened to the Jedi Master’s weapon after he escaped? The movies never gave a clear indication, out of sight and out of mind much like Anakin’s lightsaber after Luke lost his hand on Bespin.
The first issue of Darth Vader answers the question.
Mas Amedda, the Grand Vizier of the Empire, gives a speech in Coruscant about the fall of the Jedi Order and their tyranny coming to an end.
“Never again will we fear the Jedi!” Amedda says while flanked by Royal Guards.
Clone Troopers bring out a collection of lightsabers from the fallen Jedi, gathered after the execution of Order 66. The Troopers toss the sabers into a furnace, and Amedda reveals that he himself has Yoda’s lightsaber. Soule himself confirmed the fact on Twitter.
The Grand Vizier tosses Yoda’s saver into the furnace and then sets it ablaze, proudly proclaiming “Thus tyranny ends.” The burning sabers explode creating a large beam that engulfs the entire furnace, signifying the destruction of the Kyber crystals within.
And so the fate of Yoda’s and many other Jedi’s lightsabers is revealed.
Disney’s acquisition of Lucasfilm caused them to abandon the Extended Universe stories and establish the Story Group, a team to help all of the different creators stick to a new continuity in the Star Wars Universe. This leaves a lot of room to explore and create new stories without being burdened by decades of novels.
Though this knowledge isn’t integral, these kinds of details in the new stories help enrich the Star Wars lore.
Many people still prefer the EU’s older canon, but it would be near impossible for Lucasfilm to tell new stories without discarding most of it, lest they stick to adapting what’s already been written.
Now they can incorporate some of the best moments, characters, and concepts as they see fit, such as Grand Admiral Thrawn.
Darth Vader #1 is in stores now.
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