For me, 2016 was the year of the bad-ass Vader.
He throws down against Ahsoka in ‘Twilight of the Apprentice’, the season finale of ‘Star Wars: Rebels’ Season 2, lost half his mask and walked away from the destruction of the Sith Temple on Malachor. Not to mention the amazing moment where we hear both Matt Lanter and James Earl Jones voicing the character simultaneously to create a creepy effect that sends chills down the spine.
Then of course there was the amazing hallway scene in ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’. Need I say more?
But before that, at the tail end of 2015, the first part of the first crossover event in the ‘Star Wars’ titles from Marvel Comics arrived, ‘Vader Down’ and halfway through the first part we go this moment that was the start of Vader’s status as bad-ass.
Surrounded by Rebel soldiers and quite probably feeling rather disoriented after crashing his TIE Fighter onto the planet after a collision with Luke’s X-Wing and Vader has nothing better to do than ignite his lightsaber and basically tell his would-be captors to “Get &@*%#$!” before laying waste to them in droves.
It’s moments like this that I had only imagined about before the Disney acquisition (I never got into the Empire/Rebellion era comics or books beforehand) so for me this is a new side of Vader and I’m loving it.
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