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Comic Book / Darth Vader

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This article is about the Dark Horse Comics series. For the 2015 Marvel Comics series, go here.

Darth Vader was a serial of comic books within the Star Wars original Expanded Universe. They detail Darth Vader's actions shortly after the events of Revenge of the Sith.

Story arcs for the comic series include:

  • Darth Vader and the Lost Command
  • Darth Vader and the Ghost Prison
  • Darth Vader and the Ninth Assassin
  • Darth Vader and the Cry of Shadowsnote 


The series include the following tropes:

  • The Alcatraz: The titular Ghost Prison, where the Jedi Order kept extremely dangerous Separatist POWs during the Clone Wars.
  • Alternate Character Interpretation: In-Universe example in The Lost Command. Darth Vader, for reasons strongly implied with dealing with the depths of his guilt for what he has done, often dreams of what his life would have been like had he either killed Darth Sidious himself or had he let Mace Windu deliver the final blow. It shows him as a grandmaster of the Jedi, and having a son, and obviously the Galactic Republic would have remained a Republic and Padme would have still been alive.
  • Anti-Villain: Gentis. Vader also qualifies to some extent.
  • A Father to His Men: Gentis in Ghost Prison. Vader also qualifies to some extent.
  • Berserk Button: In Ghost Prison, Vader flips out when he watches a hologram of the Jedi council discussing the Ghost Prison, and how they deliberately kept it a secret from him and Palpatine.
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  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Vader betrays and murders pretty much everyone he works with, except Palpatine.
  • Dead Guy Junior: In Vader's imaginary life in Lost Command his son is named Jinn, after his first master Qui-Gon.
  • Defector from Decadence: Tarkin's son defected to the side he was trying to defeat because he was disgusted with the fact that the Empire he was serving was constantly committing genocide against several people. This is also the reason why one of Vader's personnel was trying to have Vader assassinated.
  • Exact Words: "You will know of my success when you have Vader's head on your lap. You will not see or hear from me again". Cut to the other guy sitting in a chair, his eyes and ears removed. Touch is the only feeling he has left.
  • Handicapped Badass: Everyone in Ghost Prison. Laurita Tohm was disfigured from in an accident, and he is shown fighting alongside Vader. Trachra also qualifies, and naturally, Vader himself IS this trope.
  • Hero Antagonist: Gentis. Probably several of the antagonists in the series as well.
  • If You're So Evil, Eat This Kitten: As a test of loyalty, Vader forces Lt. Tohm to execute a wounded Separatist cyborg. As Tohm draws his blaster, Vader orders him not to waste ammo, and hands him a metal pipe.
  • Kickthe Dog: Vader has plenty of moments like this throughout the series, to remind you just what kind of man he is.
  • Kill It with Fire: Gentis's motivations for causing a Military Coup stemmed from witnessing several soldiers and officers still being cremated by the dozens even after the Clone Wars were over.
  • Military Coup: Gentis orchestrates this in Ghost Prison, although he isn't completely unjustified in deciding to do it.
  • Mythology Gag: In Ghost Prison 3, Vader tells Laurita Tohm that he killed Anakin Skywalker, similar to how Obi Wan Kenobi, in A New Hope will tell Luke that Vader killed his father (which was technically true).
  • Rank Up: During the coup, Laurita Tohm goes from a newly minted Lieutenant to a full Admiral, as a reward for his service.
  • The Reveal: The circumstances behind Trachta's injuries and cyborg state are finally revealed in Ghost Prison 3.
  • Redemption Equals Death: Averted, although fans of the Star Wars franchise should realize that by then: Vader in Lost Command 5 attempts to collapse the entire temple as a means to atone for his sins as Vader. Unfortunately, the Force would still see to it that he survive, with Palpatine even digging him out.
  • Ship Teasing: Laurita and Volta, an ex-Separatist sniper. Until Vader kills him, that is.
  • Start of Darkness: Lost Command serves as this to Grand Moff Tarkin. While he was by no means a saint beforehand, the comic's end implies that his more monstrous tendencies were the direct result of Tarkin losing his son.
  • Together in Death: Moff Gentis cradles his dead son's body while Emperor Palpatine electrocutes him with Force lightning.
  • Tyke Bomb: Ghost Prison implies that a lot of the graduates had only attended the Imperial Academies for a few months instead of the years normally needed.
  • Taking You with Me: Vader's assassin attempts to do this to Vader when he was curb-stomped by Vader in Lost Command 5.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: Vader and Tohm have all of the Separatist POWs who helped them fight the anti-Empire officers killed off with a bomb on their ship. Then, Vader decides to kill of Tohm too lest he become a rival for power in the future.
  • Villain Protagonist: Darth Vader, natch.
  • Villainous BSoD: Vader suffers from an immense one throughout Lost Command.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Vader, obviously, but another character in the series was the main antagonist in Ghost Prison, Gentis.


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