In the 2015 Marvel Darth Vader series, the Dark Lord of the Sith built a secret army that had not been seen since the era of the Clone Wars.
In Marvel Comics’ dark Vador series of 2015, the Dark Lord of the Sith secretly revived an army that had not been seen since the days of the Clone wars. After the Death Star was destroyed and Vader’s failure to stop the rebels from destroying a key Imperial factory, the Emperor was less than satisfied with his apprentice afterwards. New hope. This resulted in a humiliating demotion for Vader, motivating him to seek his own army and resources outside of those he had in the Empire.
In Darth Vader # 3-6 from writer Kieron Gillen and artist Salvador Larroca, Vader was forced to serve under the command of Grand General Tagge, losing the Imperial platoons of stormtroopers and ships he once had at his disposal. Additionally, Vader also learned that his master was actively considering replacing him as an apprentice, exploring agents created with advanced science rather than those who could wield the Force.
As a result, Vader enlisted the help of Doctor Chelli Aphra in Darth Vader # 3, serving as his first appearance in the Star wars cannon. Impressed with his ability to reactivate and rewrite droid programming, the Dark Lord and Red Archaeologist ventured into what was left of Geonosis. What had once been a key world filled with droid factories for the Separatists to use during The clone wars had become little more than a wasteland after the Empire had taken over the world. However, Darth Vader and Doctor Aphra managed to locate a single factory that was still protected by a Geonosian queen. Taking it as his own, Vader soon had a contingent of Commando Droids at his disposal once Aphra reactivated and reprogrammed the factory for the Dark Lord.
Although it is impressive that Vader brought back Clone warsWhile an era of battle droids to replace his typical stormtroopers, his motivations in using them had nothing to do with the Emperor’s service. Determined to find the rebel pilot who detonated the Death Star (and was strong in the Force), Vader needed his own private soldiers outside of his master’s skill. It’s also likely that the droids would have been crucial assets if Vader had decided to make a move against Palpatine to topple him.
Ultimately, Vader ended up using his new army of droids to besiege the facilities of Cylo-IV, a scientist employed by Palpatine who helped forge Vader’s armor and life support systems. Since then, Cylo sought to make the Vader obsolete with new, more advanced warriors who could become Palpatine’s new apprentice, a concept Vader naturally sought to correct with vengeance.
As his battle droids were ultimately destroyed, the Emperor was certainly impressed with Vader’s initiative and ingenuity. And in the end, the revelation that dark Vador briefly had his Clone wars army of battle droids after New hope is a pretty epic part of the Star wars chronology.
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