“FORTRESS VADER,” PART TWO! A thief faces the consequences for their crime. EMPEROR PALPATINE rewards DARTH VADER with three gifts…A thing, a choice and a voice.
Vader confronts 2 Inquisitor’s as he believes they are plotting against them. All Inquisitor’s are former Jedi and he has overheard their plot to defeat him. A lengthy pursuit through the sky lanes of Coruscant begins as they flee from Vader. Air speeders rain from the sky as a result of the carnage done during the pursuit. Vader is downed by a surprise attack and the Jedi catch up to him. He rises to his feet and uses the force to make the Jedi impale each other. The Emperor is displeased with Vader due to the carnage that unfolded over the planet wide city. Vader and the Inquisitor’s must be housed off world to avoid a repeat situation. The Emperor has a gift for Vader, Padme’s Royal Vessel, which is being restored to its former glory. Vader stops the droids working and asks the Emperor for a planet of his own. He is offered Naboo and Tatooine, but Vader wants Mustafar.
No variants for issue 20, so we just have the direct edition cover. A lovely illustration of Vader blocking and attack from an Inquisitor’s blade.
I’m finding this to be annoying now. I pick up each issue trying to see if I can be critical of something and I struggle every time! Everything again from front to back cover is of the highest order.
The Emperor plays a big part in this issue and I feel that his offering of Naboo or Tatooine to Vader was interesting. He was willing to give up his own planet or send Vader back to the place of his birth, but the choice of Mustafar by Vader is one we knew he’d make. The offer of Padme’s ship was another twist and shows how cruel the Emperor really is to Vader. He is continually testing him and pushing his buttons. This is seen during ‘Return of the Jedi’ in the throne room when Luke Skywalker is duelling with Vader, belittling Vader in front of his anguished son. In a way, I actually feel sorry for Vader, he has been manipulated and coerced since the day he met Senator Palpatine as a boy on Naboo and this has not changed.
It’s good to see that some Jedi have managed to infiltrate the ranks of the Inquisitorius programme. They must have had do so many things against the Jedi code, but obviously to try and assassinate Vader was nearly worth it.
All in all, another fantastic issue on all accounts.
Next stop Mustafar!
This issue was released on 22nd August 2018 and is available via the Marvel App and all good comic book stores. This issue retails at $3.99.