A five-issue miniseries set in the Star Wars universe released in 2019.
The series focuses on Darth Vader through the eyes of different minor characters. Issue #1 is from the point of view of a young boy whose people Vader inadvertently saves from a dangerous monster. Issue #2 centers on Commander Tylux, a Star Destroyer commander desperate not to disappoint Vader. Issue #3 is about an Imperial nurse who develops an obsessive crush on Vader.
Tropes featured in this comic include:
- Accidental Hero: While Vader certainly didn't intend to save the people of Cianap when he fought the Ender, slaying the behemoth did free them from its reign of terror.
- A Death in the Limelight: Tylux, the nurse, and the X-Wing pilot, the central characters of the issues they appear in, wind up being personally offed by Vader in the end.
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: The nurse certainly does, and you can't get much more "bad boy" than Darth freaking Vader.
- But for Me, It Was Tuesday: Vader seems more annoyed than surprised when he casually murders the nurse for sneaking into his quarters while he has his armor off.
- For a more benevolent example, in issue #1, Darth Vader slays a Kaiju that had driven an entire planetary civilization into hiding in the rubble. Vader does not really care as it distracted him from repairs on his TIE, damaged in the middle of a space battle.
- Draco in Leather Pants: In-Universe version. There's a huge difference between the real Vader and the Vader of the nurse's fantasies.
- Heroic BSoD: The hotshot rebel Pilot in #4 eventually loses his composure when Vader wipes out his squad and fails to take a potentially lethal shot at Vader's TIE. And his fleeing the battle only leads the Empire back to the Rebel Base...
- Hopeless Suitor: The nurse pines for Darth Vader, who only ever loved one woman and is incapable of caring for anything or anyone else.
- Ignored Enamored Underling: The nurse who develops a crush on Vader.
- Monster Fangirl: In stark contrast to other Imperials, an unnamed nurse stationed aboard the Death Star is infatuated with Vader, to the point of having romantic fantasies about him.
- Loving a Shadow: A nurse who probably isn't all that stable to begin with becomes infatuated with Vader and starts to fantasize about him and her getting together. Everything she believes about him is nothing more than fantasy based on what she believes him to be. Interestingly, she is right about some important things about him but at the same time becomes so delusional that she can't separate reality from fantasy. When she finally confesses her feelings to him, he promptly kills her and calls for her body to be taken away. Interestingly, Vader kills her quickly with a simple stab with his lightsaber. His expression was one of indifference with perhaps a twinge of sadness. She probably reminded Vader of some unpleasant things and he probably felt that she just wasn't worth his rage but only pity.
- Mercy Kill: How Vader killed the Stalker with a Crush nurse when she intruded on him in his quarters unmasked and confessed her love for him. It's a mercy kill because he did it quickly and and painlessly with a quick stab through the chest. Keep in mind that Vader has killed people in horrible and painful ways for less. When two stormtroopers saw him accidentally without the helmet, he telekineticaly lifted them and then twisted their heads around backwards and that was just for accidentally seeing him without the helmet. Here, the Nurse intruded on him while in meditation without his helmet and then confessed to loving him. The look on his face when he does it is one of indifference or perhaps melancholy. It's reasonable to assume that the nurse reminded him of things he doesn't like to think about and he could also most likely sense her mind and emotions with the force, realizing that she was both mentally disturbed and being completely honest. He may have felt a rare moment of pity and simply put her down as opposed to slaughtering her.
- Mythology Gag: Issue #1 involves people worshiping Vader as a savior after he kills one of their enemies, even though he only killed the enemy for his own reasons. This is similar to the Noghri in Star Wars Legends.
- No Name Given: The nurse is never named, showing how unimportant she is to Vader.
- Self-Fulfilling Prophecy: Tylux's immense fear of failing Vader leads to him expending a vast amount of resources in a mad attempt to capture one U-Wing. He ends up failing to get the U-Wing, sacrificing his entire TIE contingent, and ruining his Star Destroyer. No points for guessing his fate when the Sith Lord learns about this.
- Stalker with a Crush: The Imperial nurse who falls in love with Vader and begins stealing bits and pieces of his cybernetic body.
- Take That, Audience!: Many have interpreted Issue #3 as a satire of Reylo note , and of media fans in general who're willing to brush aside the sins of characters they consider attractive.
- Too Dumb to Live: The nurse who falls in love with Vader, a man who kills his own subordinates over the pettiest possible grievances tries to confess her love by sneaking into his quarters while he has his armor off, the time when he feels most vulnerable - note the Imperial officer who practically panics when he realizes he's just walked in on Vader with his helmet off in The Empire Strikes Back. No points for guessing how Vader responds to the nurse's confession.
- Tranquil Fury: That nurse was honestly lucky that Vader looked rather bored with her confession and just went for a simple stab with the lightsaber.
- Unreliable Narrator:
- The young boy who tells his people of the great hero who fell from the sky and defeated the monster that menaced his people like a black knight sent from above. He has no idea who Vader or the Empire are.
- The nurse who falls in love with Vader and is deluded enough to think he feels the same about her.
- You Have Failed Me: Commander Tylux is so desperate to avoid disappointing Vader, he orders his crew to perform increasingly dangerous feats in pursuit of a band of Rebels.