It's no secret that Kylo Ren's mission (and mask) are inspired by his grandfather, Darth Vader. But the Star Wars comics may have just confirmed our theory that Darth Vader is Kylo's TRUE Master - by linking the dead Sith directly to his grandson in Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
It isn't official just yet, but those reading the Darth Vader comic series know how much it has improved and enriched the Star Wars canon. And after establishing exactly how Darth Vader could be teaching Kylo Ren in earlier issues, Darth Vader #25 has dropped a massive bombshell. Potentially, an even bigger change to the Star Wars story than confirming Anakin Skywalker's 'father.' Because this twist could completely change the way fans see The Last Jedi, and more movies to come.
As Star Wars: Episode 9 prepares to finally end the Skywalker story once and for all, the comic books have just revealed that Kylo Ren's most iconic line... may have been taught to him by Darth Vader.
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Kylo Ren's Famous Line Was Darth Vader's First?
Star Wars fans should prepare themselves for just how deeply Charles Soule and Giuseppe Camuncoli's Darth Vader comic has enhanced the canon, revealing how conflicted Anakin Skywalker really was in his first days, months, and years as Darth Vader. But he was most conflicted over his departed wife, traveling to a site of powerful Dark Side energy on the planet Mustafar - and building his castle to bring Padmé back to life. But to do that, Vader would need to crack open the Force, and enter it himself.
An impossible feat... but one he accomplishes in Darth Vader #25, crossing the veil of the Force in his spirit form, and leaving his body behind. Since fans won't know what to expect - a strong reason to read the issue for yourself - we'll clarify that the Force which Vader enters is one specifically shaped by his life, and its most pivotal events. As he passes these memories, a disembodied voice speaks to him in words of the past and future. It's a powerful story, but when Vader's path to Padmé is blocked by shadows of the Jedi he once knew, his spirit form slays them without hesitation.
Up to this point, Darth Vader has been torn apart by internal conflict, unable to find something in his new life as Vader that is strong enough or sharp enough to make the cut, and leave the past behind. But as Vader embraces his resolve and shuts out the feelings these images of old friends might inspire, the voice ringing in Vader's head from the Dark Side of the Force speaks clearly, in words that will be eerily familiar to fans of The Last Jedi: "Let the past die." And as the essence of Anakin Skywalker strikes down every person who ever meant something to him, every obstacle the Force could raise, the second half of the phrase is spoken: "...kill it if you have to."
And after months of teasing a possible link between Darth Vader's ghost carried on by the Dark Side of the Force and Ben Solo, who would one day be corrupted by it, the comic has forged a direct connection. The belief and teaching which fuels Kylo Ren's desire to kill both Jedi and Sith... first spoken to Darth Vader, decades earlier. Which means fans will need to accept that in no uncertain terms, Kylo Ren has become the student of Darth Vader, and not Supreme Leader Snoke, as the movies first claimed. Now the only question is whether that was Vader's plan all along.