Star Wars #72 just gave Darth Vader a secret alliance via the Kakran.
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These rock folk were slated to be killed by the Rebels on their volcanic planet.
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It's accidental, though, as the heroes didn't know they lived on K43.
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The leader even taps in C-3P0's memory to show they're family.
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C-3P0 and Chewie try to bargain with them and save the planet.
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However, Vader rolls up with a partnership offer, knowing they now hate rebels.
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He's looking to co-opt them the way he did Lando's Cloud City.
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It shows Vader did learn political tricks from Emperor Palpatine.
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