If you know the basics of the saga Star Wars, knows that Darth Vader was former Jedi Anakin Skywalker in the past, but a series of personal decisions and his involvement with Palpatine turned him into the Sith and feared official of the Galactic Empire. But in the new comic Star Wars: Darth Vader No. 18, the character shows a new facet: vigilantism.
Attention: spoilers to follow!
In the plot written by Greg Pak with art by Guiu Vilanova, we see Vader hunting the criminal syndicate Crimson Dawn, in a temporal moment between the events of the films. Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars: Return of the Jedi. The magazine presents the Sith’s enmity against organized crime while maintaining its usual motivation: to bring “order” to the galaxy.
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As Darth Vader muses on the dark side of the Force and reminisces about recent moments such as his son Luke’s resistance to joining him, the villain realizes he will need to seek order on his own. That is, by not involving the forces of the Empire in his personal crusade against the Crimson Dawn, Vader basically becomes a vigilante in this story arc.
“Now…with or without my son…I will bring order…starting with the real traitors…Crimson Dawn,” he says. But the task will not be easy. In another comic by Star Wars, War of the Bounty Hunters, Vader had a fierce hand-to-hand fight against the group’s leader, Qi’ra — yes, the ex-lover of Han Solo played by Emilia Clarke in the film Han Solo: A Star Wars Story. Even without the Force’s domain, she demonstrated skill with other weapons and came out of the fight alive.
Although Darth Vader does not treat criminals the same way he treats the Rebel Alliance and has already made alliances with some of them, such as bounty hunter Boba Fett and Jabba the Hutt, he does not necessarily approve of the actions of these groups. So it’s very likely that we’ll see the Sith meet Qi’ra and her Crimson Dawn again, and he’s likely to be thirsty for revenge in this rematch.