Warning: SPOILERS for Darth Vader #23
Star Wars fans had better be sitting down, because Darth Vader's comic book just revealed the single greatest feat that the Sith Lord ever achieved - finally tearing down the wall between the living and the dead. Fulfilling the dream that first pulled Anakin Skywalker to Emperor Palpatine's side.
That's the bombshell event that the Darth Vader series has been building to for months, as it slowly unraveled the secret meaning of Darth Vader's castle. It was enough of a shock to learn that despite how massive a change it might seem to the existing Star Wars canon, Darth Vader built his castle to resurrect Padmé, using the Dark Side of The Force to access the life beyond death. But the even more shocking moment... is when Darth Vader actually achieved that very goal, in a moment every Star Wars fan will want to see for themselves.
- This Page: How Darth Vader Finally Masters Life & Death
- Page 2: Has Darth Vader Changed Star Wars Lore Forever?
Vader's Castle is a Door Into The Force
Most fans may assume that if Darth Vader was on a secret mission to bring his dead wife back to life, Emperor Palpatine would be one of the people kept in the dark (pun intended). But as the story thus far has revealed, Darth Vader's master has long suspected that the apprentice's late love was the real reason he sought to make his home on the lava planet Mustafar. Sure, that's where Anakin Skywalker was truly killed by Obi-Wan Kenobi so Vader could rise. But the Force Locus Point that pulled Vader to it is the real selling point. Because at that point in time and space, Vader explained... it seemed that anything could be possible.
Emperor Palatine went a step further, and actually worked to help his apprentice achieve his goal (or so it seems, for now) by entrusting him with an ancient relic: the helmet of the Sith Lord Momin, a famous architect and sculptor among historians of the Dark Side. And after communicating his plans for a suitable castle to Vader, Lord Momin went about building it. The goal? To create a massive tuning fork of Dark Side energy, and amplify the Force Locus Point buried deep below the castle.
Put more simply: help reveal the door between life and death that Anakin Skywalker dreamed he could find, and master. And on his ninth attempt, Lord Momin succeeded. At which point Darth Vader unleashed his full strength in The Force to pry it open... and succeeded.
Darth Vader Opens The Door To Death
Yes, Star Wars fans, it's official: Darth Vader really did manage to pierce the barrier between this life and the next, using a sensitivity and fluency in The Force that Lord Momin claims exceeds even his own. Or, exceeded his own, back when he was actually in a living body. It's a historic moment in Anakin Skywalker's life and journey through The Force, and thanks to writer Charles Soule and artist Giuseppe Camuncoli, the previously secret victory is now permanently commemorated in the soaring twin spires of Vader's castle.
The last design of Lord Momin, and the first to truly live up to the promise of "making the impossible possible" through the Dark Side of The Force. Next stop, Padmé...?