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Darth Vader Has Even Less Honor Than Star Wars Fans Believe

Warning! Spoilers ahead for Star Wars: War of the Bounty Hunters #3!

While Star Wars fans might hope that Darth Vader would have possessed some semblance of honor even before Luke Skywalker helped him reject the dark side, those hopes should be jettisoned out the escape pod. A recent issue in Marvel's Star Wars comic book series suggests that the Dark Lord of the Sith is even more dishonorable than originally believed.

Darth Vader is caught in a situation that anyone else would undoubtedly find difficult in Star Wars: War of the Bounty Hunters #3 by writer Charles Soule, artist Luke Ross, colorist Neeraj Menon, letterer Travis Lanham and designer Carlos Lao. He wants to use Han Solo's frozen carbonite body as bait to lure and murder his son Luke, but he no longer has it. Originally, he only tested the carbon freezing procedure on Solo to ensure he could encase Luke safely, so he gave Solo to Boba Fett to retrieve his bounty. But Solo has been stolen from Fett by Darth Maul's Crimson Dawn to be auctioned off to the highest bidder. Vader strong-arms Bokku the Hutt into bidding for him to obtain Solo, but when Jabba wins, the Sith Lord takes matters into his own robotic hands.

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Darth Vader barges into the auction hall, ordering his troopers to take Solo and to kill anyone, including Jabba, who gets in his way. Of course, Jabba interjects, arguing that he won Solo fair and square (which he did). But the Sith Lord reminds the Hutt that the only reason why his clan has control of the underworld is because of the bountiful kindness of the Empire and that their status could easily be changed. Once Jabba backs down and lets Vader take Solo, Vader must contend with another dilemma. Jabba owes Crimson Dawn 1 million credits as winner of the auction, but now that the Hutt has relinquished his prize, Crimson Dawn's leader Qi'ra says Vader is now obliged to pay her. But the Sith Lord refuses. He would have most likely just walked away from her, but Qi'ra asks if the Emperor is too cheap to pay his debts. A duel unsurprisingly erupts immediately following such an insulting comment, during which time Vader puts his dishonorable intentions into words: "Will anyone else tell me what I cannot do? I will take what I like. I will kill who I like." (And he does.)

These recent acts mirror a similar incident that leads to Vader famously saying, "I am altering the deal. Pray I don't alter it any further." The Sith Lord utters these words to a frustrated Lando Calrissian in The Empire Strikes Back upon the latter's objection to Vader taking Princess Leia and Chewbacca to his ship. Darth Vader had originally promised that they would both be allowed to stay with Lando under his supervision, but that clearly was never the plan. This is only one of many alterations that Darth Vader ends up making to his original agreement with Lando as well, a sign of how dishonest the Sith Lord can be.

Although Darth Vader deceives Lando Calrissian multiple times in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, they all pale in comparison to what transpires in the aftermath of the auction of Han Solo. This incident involves numerous people and organizations instead of one person. The Sith Lord doesn't even bother making promises, either. Even though Darth Vader never intended on honoring his deal with Lando, he still has to make some small concessions and actively work with Cloud City to obtain what he wants. In this case, however, he just takes what he wants and kills whomever he pleases. Additionally, the accord he formed with Lando was his to break. In the case of the auction, Darth Vader transgresses against a system that had been set in place by other parties besides himself, making it all the more dishonorable.

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