chimericoncogene wrote: ↑
I agree completely that Anakin's traits should have carried over into Vader, and I think it's a crying shame if a lot of new EU misses the mark on that.
The new Disney+Marvel EU is kind of weird.
We've seen the DARTH VADER comic rebooted no less than three times so we have:
DARTH VADER (2015) x 25 issues
DARTH VADER (2018) x 25 issues
DARTH VADER (2020) - ONGOING
But here's the thing, they can't even keep track of their shared universe!
DARTH VADER (2015) opens just after ANH, Vader's returned from the destruction of the Death Star, and he has to batten down the hatches; so he hires Boba Fett (as one of Jabba's best bounty hunters) to find out the identity of the pilot who destroyed the Death Star and if possible, capture him.
This, alone, is a major issue. Wouldn't the Rebels want to trumpet the names of the survivors of Red Squadron as propaganda as the "Beings who took down a battlestation?"?
Why would Vader need to hire Boba Fett to do find it out then?
This is where I think a lot of comic book writers and novelists fail. They come up with a COOL IDEA, and because they're working alone, with usually only light editorial direction; the COOL IDEA is pushed even if it makes no sense.
In a more collaborative project, like THE CLONE WARS animated series or an AAA Title like MASS EFFECT games, there's so much to do that other people will "sanity check" your work and figure out where you can "bump it up" or "take it back a notch."
If I was LucasFilm's Editorial In Chief (EIC), I'd tell the writer basically what I told you guys above, regarding Rebel Propaganda and I'd come up with a suggestion to keep the basic idea of Boba Fett:
Vader hears the propagandas of Red Squadron, including the name Skywalker. He knows that the pilot who blew up the DS1 was strong in the Force, and maybe they say that the kid was from Tatooine as part of the whole "we are all a galaxy united" propaganda angle -- kids from Tatooine fighting alongside kids from Corellia or Coruscant.
Vader is now very suspicious (TM).
But he can't just drop everything to head to Tatooine because:
A.) He's now in a delicate political situation as the Emperor finally dissolved the skeleton of the Old Republic, only for the Death Star to get blown up about what 72 hours later? Lots of fires for him to put out for Palpatine.
B.) He can't just go to Tatooine unless he has a legitmitate reason, because otherwise Palpatine will start to get suspicious about his apprentice.
So he's forced to use Boba Fett.
Why Boba Fett? Throw in a few one liners about past jobs.
Vader above all, values loyalty AND competence. He's willing to pay massively extra for a simple job (snoop around Tatooine) if he knows the person is competent (Fett) and can keep their mouth shut (Fett again).
But anway, in VADER 2015, you get this scene:
Fett reports to Vader and reports that Luke got away.
"I lost him."
"That is most disappointing."
"He got lucky."
"Did you bring me anything of value, Bounty Hunter?"
"Not much. Just his name."
"We're done here, then."
*Fett turns and leaves as Vader stares out the window*
Some flashbacks to Clone Wars stuff, about Padme telling Anakin that she's pregnant; then a flashback to ROTS where he asked about Padme and got told that he killed her in his anger.
*Viewport spiderwebs with cracks from Force pressure*
A quick conversation with the Emperor ("I sense your anger. GREAT Anger. Have you something to say?") followed by staring out the window and some more flashbacks.
"I have a son."
"He will be mine."
"It will ALL be mine."
That scene works as you can tell it's when Darth Vader's loyalty to the Emperor shatters, and he starts the typical apprentice plotting to overthrow the master after twenty years of following orders.
You can keep most of it; all you have to do is edit it so that Fett's report isn't:
"Hey, I found the house of "old Ben" in the dune sea, and explored it, got into a fight with the Kid inside 'old Ben's house', found out his name, and he escaped me."
The idea of Luke returning to Ben Kenobi's house makes sense; and it needs to happen at one point in the space between each of the original trilogy films.
But here's the thing.
Right after the destruction of the Death Star, Tatooine is radioactively hot in terms of safety; as the Imperial military attempts to reconstruct the Millennium Falcon's path and the background of 'Luke Skywalker'.
So Luke shouldn't be there at all to have a fight with Boba Fett (again, the rule of cool needs to be toned down).
Instead, Fett carefully investigates the background of Skywalker -- you can intersperse this with the "official" Imperial Security investigation, showing the difference between official Imperial methods and Fett's.
Fett then reports to Vader that:
The kid's name is definitely Skywalker.
He definitely is from Tatooine.
He definitely lived at the Lars homestead.
"Old Ben" did live at a house in the Dune Sea
I investigated Old Ben's house and found this in a hidden compartment that your investigators missed -- *hands over a jedi holocron*
Basically, Vader hired Fett to "verify" everything that the "official" investigation did. Because he's starting to distrust the Emperor just a little bit.
So back to the MARVEL/DISNEY EU shared universe wonkiness.
The very next issue of DARTH VADER 2015 -- has Vader with his henchmen visiting the Lars homestead on Tatooine, then Old Ben's house in the Dune sea.
So why am I mentioning all this?
DARTH VADER 2020 #1 opens just after Empire Strikes Back -- he's tried to turn Luke to the Dark Side, and failed.
There's a conversation/monologue by Vader to his droid assistant:
"I will find him [Luke] again when the time is right. For now, we will track down everyone who HID the boy from me...."
*internal voice -- ....everyone who made him WEAK...*
"...and DESTROY them."
He then goes back to Tatooine and once again revisits the Lars homestead.
Didn't we just do this five years ago in DARTH VADER 2015, also by the same company (DISNEY/MARVEL)?
After some fighting at the Lars homestead with some raiders (Lol wat), we return to Coruscant, specifically to "the Apartment of Senator Padme Amidala, sealed since her death."
Wait, wouldn't Vader already have done this in DARTH VADER 2015 immediately after he found out he had a son?