Published: April 24, 2019
Written by: Dennis “Hopeless” Hallum
Artist: David Lopez
Cover Artist: Greg Smallwood
THE STAR-CROSSED LOVER! DARTH VADER, a name that strikes fear in the hearts of countless across the galaxy…but there is one lonely heart that beats just for him. What is it like to be in love with LORD VADER? And what fate will befall one who is infatuated with the tall, dark mystery behind the mask?
An Imperial shuttle lands in a docking bay of the Death Star. Troops line the route for the dignitary about to disembark. An interested on-looker tries to catch herself a glimpse from behind the troops. Darth Vader strides down the boarding ramp and as she looks on in wonder. She is abruptly dragged away, berated by her senior and sent back to her tasks at hand.
In the storage area she is working, as she moves her trolley the door opens. In steps Vader, in her panic to move out of his way she falls and bangs her head as he walks by. She stares up at him with a look of desire.
She dreams of Vader holding her in his arms, she removes his mask. She does not fear the scars and kisses him passionately.
She runs along with her trolley and bursts into the medical theatre where the doctor is starting to work on Vader. Angered by the interruption, Vader loses his temper and hurls the doctor and his droids across the room with the Force. The nurse dives for cover.
Fantasising that Vader is protecting her from the doctor and punishing him for how he treats her.
The procedure over, Vader is displeased with how long the repairs took. The nurse is sent to clean up the room, but the doctor is unhappy with her. Looking around the theatre, she sees pieces removed during the procedures.
She scurries back to her quarters and stoops to a vent next to her bed. From it, she removes a box, which contain her prize possessions. Remnants of Vader’s repairs, her forget-me-nots!
Vader’s TIE crashes in the landing bay, he is quickly out of ship and heading for the medical bay. He demands the nurse fetch the doctor immediately. He is summoned, but before he can get there, she takes it upon herself to settle Vader on the surgical table. The doctor bursts in and orders her out.
Vader is on his haunches, injured in battle as the nurse approaches him and comforts him. She has watched destroy the Rebels, but now she can care for him.
Vader impatiently leaves the theatre, procedures unfinished he must return to the battle. The nurse enters the room to find he has left his cloak behind. A prize memento like no other, she hides it in her tunic and departs for her quarters.
Holding it to her, she dreams of dancing with Vader.
The doctor bursts, incredulous at how she is behaving. He takes the cloak from her and finds the box, which he puts in the garbage chute. Panicking, she flees to the trash compactor to retrieve her keepsakes. Searching she is unable to find them.
Vader watches on as she stands over the doctor who is on his knees. How dare he steal from them and closes her fist to end him.
The nurse enters Vader’s personal chamber and he is there, without his mask on his chamber. She approaches him and tells him of her feelings. His lightsaber ignites and she falls to the floor. Helmet back on Vader leaves the chamber and asks for his quarters to be cleaned of the garbage.
There are 2 covers available for this issue. The direct edition by Greg Smallwood is great. I really like the colours used, they really give a sense of warmth, but also a haunting tone to the cover. Then Yasmine Putri has given us an unusual cover. The nurse sat on a throne in Imperial uniform while a standing Vader poses next to her. The sort of portrait that you would imagine seeing in a stately home, maybe above the fireplace in Vader’s castle. Both covers are slightly misleading of what is to come, but both are really nice.
Okay, this is an issue that will split opinions. For me it’s a Marmite thing, you’ll either love it or hate it, I don’t see there is a middle ground.
I don’t actually like Marmite, but I’m in the former bracket because this issue is brave and different. Whereas the Biggs and Porkins storyline from Age of Rebellion: Special #1 last week wasn’t great for me. While there was a story to tell, it was not executed well, but this week’s oddity from Dennis ‘Hopeless’ Hallum does work for me. Hallum has pushed the boundaries of where he can go so far in the first 3 issues. This time he pushes it a step further.
Vader having an emotional love interest after Padmé was never going to happen. I don’t think the man in the suit could cope with anything like that, so you could see it wasn’t going to be him chasing the nurse. Why would a nurse chase Vader? Who knows, that’s not something I could ever understand, but the air of mystery and power is a lure to some that is reflected in our own world. As I may say something that could get me in trouble, I’m not going into that and give examples, but we all know there are men and women in power that are punching above their weight so to speak!
In reality, the story is from the perspective of Vader’s stalker. She is obsessed with the Dark Lord of the Sith, even collecting souvenirs from the operating theatre where his cybernetic and physical wounds are treated. The wide-eyed day dreamer and fantasist is particularly reckless in her ways, it does have a bit of chilling side. Again, another parallel to modern society and the issues sometimes caused by fame and exposure.
The artwork is very different again from other series. This series seems to be using a style that is employed in other comic book franchises and I feel like Marvel are almost experimenting with bringing these styles to test the water with Star Wars readers.
So far, this series has kept us guessing a little and makes me ask the question “Where is Hallum going to go with Issue 4?” My answer… “I haven’t got a clue!”
This issue was released on 24th April 2019 and is available via the Marvel App and all good comic book stores. This issue retails at $3.99.