Hold the comms! How is Padmé still alive?

SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 20: Darth Vader cosplayer attends Comic-Con International 2016 preview night on July 20, 2016 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Matt Cowan/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 20: Darth Vader cosplayer attends Comic-Con International 2016 preview night on July 20, 2016 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Matt Cowan/Getty Images) /
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The death of Padmé Amidala serves as a cruel reminder of how Anakin Skywalker fell to the Dark Side of the Force in Star Wars.

In the recent Darth Vader Star Wars comic series, Darth Vader gets the shock of his life when he discovers that his deceased wife is not so… dead?

The prequel trilogy of the Skywalker Saga told the story of how Luke and Leia’s father, Anakin, became the evildoer we’ve known since 1977. While the young Jedi’s descent to the darkness comprising different components, there was one event that led him to murder a class of Younglings. The demise of the mother of his children served as a catalyst for the Chosen One’s fall.

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In the newest tale, the villain stumbles across a startling discovery. A woman bearing a striking likeness to his late spouse shows up and throws his entire mission into disarray. Throwing away his wish to find who kept his son a secret from him, the fallen hero joins the interloper in her mission to examine how and why the senator died.

The second issue ends with the pair heading for Naboo to pay a visit to Padmé’s grave.

Vader and his droid companion, Zed Six-Seven realize the woman is not the late senator but her decoy, Sabé who served her during her days as monarch. What’s interesting is the term Queen’s Shadow.

For anyone who isn’t up-to-date with everything with Amidala’s story, Vader’s mention of Sabé being a red herring is a nod to E.K. Johnston’s 2019 book of the same name.

In the novel’s epilogue, the handmaiden receives word of the loss of life and goes with Captain Tonra to investigate their friend’s passing. However, that is the last we know about them until Sabé’s appearance in the first issue.

The conclusion takes place in 19BBY around the time of the politician’s funeral, but it’s not stated if this occurred before or after the senator’s farewell. Will the investigation have gone cold almost 25 years later? Could Vader stab her in the back or vice versa?

From what the synopsis says, the duo journey to the onetime sovereign’s place of burial. Vader has been to the site in Legends, but it might be different in Canon.

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