- Complete Monster: Lord Darth Vader is a far cry from his tragic and ultimately redeemed film counterpart. Vader rules the tyrannical New Galactic Empire alongside the Emperor, and works with the Knights of Sith to systematically wipe out all Jedi-Bendus alongside their families and friends. Promoted by the Emperor to partner with Governor Hoedaack in conquering the Aquilaean System, Vader uses the Space Fortress to firebomb the planet of Aquilae, destroying all resistance against him as well as any innocents in the way. Once establishing his grip on the planet, Vader begins rounding up any and all civilians who attempt to resist his rule and brutally vaporizes them in public executions. Once capturing Princess Leia of Aquilae, Vader plans to have his scientists torture her with horrific experiments until her mind breaks to his will, and kicks the torture off by electrocuting her and laughing at her screams. Vader ultimately plans to betray and murder the Emperor and assume control of the New Empire for himself, using it dominate and destroy all he sees fit.
- Hilarious in Hindsight:
- "The Force of Others" name in this canon became less distinct from the main canon in this What If? story when the quote was directly referenced as an ode to old Star Wars lore in the canon film Rogue One.
- Same with the use of the Jedi-Bendu name, now that the force sensitive Bendu and the Order of Dai Bendu have been introduced into canon as of Star Wars Rebels.
- Likewise, the name of the Knights of Sith can't help but make one draw parallels to the Knights of Ren, and Prince Valorum to Kylo Ren. And to say nothing about how the Starkiller name was reused for the First Order's Starkiller Base (though both the Base and this story were nowhere near the first entries in the vast Star Wars multiverse of stories to use the name).
- Kane Starkiller's expression when he's holding Deak's limp corpse. It's supposed to be a sad scene, but his expression, which looks like he's staring into space with his jaw agape, just looks goofy.
- Even though it it's supposed to be based on a scrapped idea for the first film, the idea of Star Destroyers being ordinary starfighters in this timeline is a little hard to take. They don't look imposing as much as they look like, in the words of Linkara, "paper airplanes or flying Doritos". Mitigating this is that there are giant sized Star Destroyers in this timeline as well.
- Take That, Scrappy!: Deak, who is blatantly modeled after Anakin Skywalker's younger self in The Phantom Menace, is killed off just a few pages into the first issue, obviously meant to cater to fans who hated the young Anakin in that film.
- What an Idiot!: For some reason, the Space Fortress has it's reactor core on the outside of the station. At least the original Death Star hid it's core below an exhaust port!
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