Darth Vader is one of the most iconic characters in all of science-fiction and the depths of his moral struggles only skimmed the surface during the original Star Wars trilogy and the prequels. The connection between Vader and his former Jedi Knight self, Anakin Skywalker, is further expanded upon in the comicbook medium to this day. These latest issues from Marvel portray a newly anointed Sith teetering with the balance between his light and dark sides, mostly attempting to shut out the former. Spoiler Warning for Darth Vader comicbook series incoming.
In Darth Vader #10, Vader confronts Jedi librarian Jocasta Nu with the assistance of Clone Troopers. When Nu makes mention of the Sith’s past identity, he destroys the soldiers and sends them flying in order to prevent the knowledge of his previous life as Anakin Skywalker.
Nu later says that destroying the light within someone is impossible.
“The Force is eternal. It cannot be ended, it cannot be stopped, not so long as life exists,” he says. “It will find its vessels. It always does. It already has — you know this. There are others, waiting out in the galaxy. When the time is right, the Jedi will rise again,” he says.
When Emperor Palpatine’s Order 66 was given, it not only attempted to kill every last Jedi but also worked to wipe the memory of Anakin Skywalker from the galaxy. Vader’s transition into power within the Empire had to be aided by the words of his master, Darth Sidious. With his master’s public encouragement, Vader would withstand assassination attempts as well as backtalk from lesser soldiers, unaware of the furious nature of whom they’re mocking.