Darth Vader is an iconic villain, even outside of the star wars universe. As such, there are very few people today who wouldn’t immediately recognize Vader’s heavy breathing and dark mask. Even his name has become associated with the dark side and evil! However, there’s a part of Vader that a lot of people seem to forget. It’s a skill he used when he was Anakin Skywalker, and the last issue of the comic suggests he’ll use it again. Yes, it’s true – Darth Vader returns podracing! Of course, spoilers are ahead for issue 24 of Dark Vador.
The Return of Darth Vader
Picture: Marvel Comics/Disney
In the latest issue of dark Vador from Marvel Comics, the authors suggest that Darth Vader returns in podracing. If true, it will be the first time he has played the sport since Episode I: The Phantom Menace.
Greg Pak wrote this new issue of dark Vador, while Raffaele Ienco, Alex Sinclair, Joe Caramagna and Paul Renaud worked on the illustrations. During this number, Vader listens to a group of slaves talk about their lives. They come from Gabredor III and tell Vader about the hardships they faced. Naturally, Vader can relate to these, as he was a slave when he was a boy.
Interestingly, however, this group of slaves includes characters that Vader will recognize. They are Wald and Kitser Banai, who were Anakin’s friends when he still lived on Tatooine. In collaboration with Sabé, Darth Vader returns on the planet to try and find an Imperial Governor working alongside Crimson Dawn. If you don’t remember, Crimson Dawn is a crime syndicate that terrorized parts of the galaxy towards the end of the Clone Wars. Darth Maul was the leader of this group.
Darth Vader returns to Podracing
Unfortunately, Governor Tauntaza shortens Vader and Sabé’s time. Governor Tauntaza, the person the pair are looking for, decides to wreak havoc on the citizens of this jungle planet. He creates an artificial sandstorm, which he uses to try to siphon the planet’s energy.
The sandstorm injures Kitster and Sabé, separating them from Anakin Skywalker. So, Darth Vader returns to them to save them from their fate. Unfortunately, Governor Tauntaza is one step ahead of him and drives all ships away from the slave group. Also, the other available speeders do not work properly. So what is there left for Vader to do?
Well, use an old podracer, of course! Vader spots Kitser’s pilot, and one of the locals tells him that “no one but him could ever drive this”. Obviously, this local had no idea who they were talking to, as Vader replies, “We’ll see.” Finally, the comic ends on this cliffhanger, hinting that in the next issue, Darth Vader returns to his old sport.
Before the events of Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Skywalker repeatedly tried podracing. Unfortunately for him, he lost a bunch of those races. It wasn’t until Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon came to visit that he was finally able to win. He may have only been ten years old, but he still managed to beat the rest at a Boonta Eve Classic!
Anakin Skywalker Podracing
In the film, Qui-Gon Jinn tasked Skywalker with podracing to help Queen Amidala. Amidala’s ship was stuck on Tatooine, and only Watto had the parts needed to repair the ship. However, he refused to give them to Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan, even after they used Jedi mind tricks on him. Watto said he would only accept cash, which led to Anakin entering the race to earn the credits. Additionally, Qui-Gon traded Anakin’s freedom in this race as well. Eventually, Skywalker won, and Qui-Gon freed him from the shackles of slavery.
However, it’s important to remember that Anakin’s mother remained a slave during this time. maybe when Darth Vader returns at podracing, he will remember the sadness of that moment. It could remind him of everything he’s lost, leading the character down an even darker path. After all, podracing was not a happy time for the boy.
You can get issue 25 of dark Vador now. Marvel Comics releases issue #26 on August 24.
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