Confirmed: The Emperor Was Anakin's 'Father'
Yes, Star Wars fans, Darth Vader #25 confirms that Anakin Skywalker was the result of Dark Side/Midi-chlorian manipulation inside of Shmi Skywalker’s womb - performed personally by Emperor Palpatine. And for those who might wonder how Anakin would actually be able to learn such an Earth-shattering truth, without suspicion of it being further manipulation by his Sith Master, the circumstances of the story help explain.
As those who have been reading the Darth Vader series thus far, writer Charles Soule and artist Giuseppe Camuncoli have been rolling out one massive change to the Star Wars canon after another (and arguably, each better than the last). Explaining that Darth Vader built his castle to save Padmé Amidala, the latest issue shows Vader succeeded in his mission to tear a whole between the realm of life, and that of the living Force. Upon entering, Vader (shown in his Force form, as a roiling figure of dark energy) re-lived all the most pivotal moments of his life. None more startling than seeing his mother during her pregnancy… with Darth Sidious’ arms encircling her, hands curled in Sith sorcery, forming the swirl of energy inside of her that would one day emerge as Anakin. And believe us, this image has confirmed more about the Star Wars lore than will first appear.
The Sith Created Their Chosen One After All
Ever since Chancellor Palpatine informed Anakin about the tale of Darth Plagueis the Wise, and his mastery over life and death, fans have theorized and speculated that George Lucas was hinting at something far more than fairy tales. The story of the Sith Lord who learned how to manipulate Midi-chlorians to create life, and the Apprentice who killed him in his sleep was much more than it seemed. Anakin only heard that he could keep his wife alive through the Dark Side… but fans heard Darth Sidious confirming he had killed his master - after learning that same power to create life.
The knowing looks at Anakin were all the evidence fans needed, and in the Darth Plagueis novel by James Luceno, the story was laid out, but cloaked in vague details and presumed connections. That story suggested that Darth Plagueis and Darth Sidious reached out through the Force, to try to create a child that they could use as an ultimate weapon. But the Midi-chlorians, sensing their attempt, foiled their plans to create a child that would bring about the end of the Sith, instead. Of course, that was before Disney bought Lucasfilm and wiped Plagueis from canon, along with all other novels (until they can be worked into the new Star Wars canon).
The same attempt to massage the story of Darth Plagueis back into canon could be at work here, even if the comic book shows that Emperor Palpatine had a far more personal role in the manipulation of Midi-chlorians to create Anakin. In fact, the passage from Darth Plagueis in which Count Dooku informs Palpatine of Qui-Gon's discovery reads completely different in this new context. Take a look:
"Qui-Gon returned from Tatooine with a former slave boy. According to the boy's mother, the boy had no father... Perhaps conceived by the Force. As Qui-Gon believes."
Palpatine's head snapped back... "Does this have something to do with the prophecy you spoke of?"
"Everything. Qui-Gon believes that the boy-Anakin is his name-stands at the center of a vergence in the Force, and believes further that his finding him was the will of the Force. Blood tests were apparently performed, and the boy's concentration of midi-chlorians is unprecedented."
"What is known about this Anakin?"
"Very little, except for the fact that he was born into slavery nine years ago and was, until recently, along with his mother, the property of Gardulla the Hutt, then a Toydarian junk dealer." Dooku smirked. "Also that he won the Boonta Eve Classic Podrace."
Palpatine had stopped listening.
Nine years old... Conceived by the Force... Is it possible...
Until now, it was still just rumor and fan theory that suggested Darth Sidious had been the closest thing to a father Anakin Skywalker had. And now that the comic has seemingly confirmed he did the job personally (perhaps the only attempt that worked?) fans will need to re-examine the entire Skywalker line. If we're being honest, Kylo Ren being Emperor Palpatine's great-grandson would explain a lot.
Darth Vader #25 is available now from Marvel Comics.