SPOILER WARNING: The following article contains major spoilers for Star Wars: Vader – Dark Visions #3, by Dennis “Hopeless” Hallum, David Lopez, Javin Pina, Muntsa Vicente and VC’s Joe Caramagna, on sale now.
When Marvel and Star Wars first announced the five-issue miniseries Star Wars: Vader – Dark Visions, it came with a promise that the House of Ideas would give readers a side of the iconic Sith Lord they’d never seen before. Issue #1 paid off on that promise in a big way by painting Vader as a hero of sorts in the eyes of a blissfully ignorant child.
However, even that wasn’t enough to prepare fans for Star Wars: Vader – Dark Visions #3, which turns the sinister Sith cyborg into a heartthrob with a lovesick stalker.
The issue begins with Darth Vader arriving on the Death Star, and as he exits the Tydirium, a mysterious woman quickly scurries to the landing bay and ducks behind a row of Stormtroopers to gaze at him.
As we soon find out, the woman in question is the nurse who works beneath Vader’s personal physician, and it doesn’t take long for us to learn she’s clearly smitten with the former Anakin Skywalker. In fact, she even daydreams of the two of them embracing, her white dress contrasting against his black armor as she removes his faceplate so they can lock lips.
Snapping back to reality, she takes glee in watching Vader verbally and physically reprimand the doctor, mistaking his natural Sith anger toward her abusive superior for chivalry. “He’ll protect me… always,” she says to herself as she imagines Vader Force-choking the doctor for mistreating her.
Then, after both Vader and the doctor leave the medical bay, the nurse spots something on the exam table: a small, bloodstained fragment of Vader’s armor. Rather than dispose of it, though, she brings it to her quarters and places it in a small box filled with other “souvenirs of [their] unspoken love” she’d confiscated during and after Vader’s previous visits.
Eventually, the nurse’s remaining sanity reaches its breaking point when the doctor catches her making off with Vader’s cape, which he left in the medical bay after abruptly exiting to return to battle. Realizing what she’s been up to, the doctor throws her entire collection into the trash compactor, and as she sifts through the waste to try and recover the keepsakes, something dawns on her.
“It’s time,” she thinks to herself. “Rumor has it Darth Vader doesn’t lock his quarters. Doesn’t need to.”
She then makes her way to Vader’s quarters, fully confident the reason he left it unlocked is that he was simply waiting for her to make a move. However, soon after his Qabbrat opens and she stares into his burned, unmasked face and professes her love for him, the Sith Lord ignites his crimson red lightsaber right through the nurse’s chest, leaving zero doubt that her feelings toward him weren’t reciprocated.
Given Vader’s remorse following the death of Padmé, who was his last tie to humanity before Luke, it’s hardly a surprise he’d spurn the advances of a clearly unstable Imperial nurse. In fact, nothing about his reaction to her barging in on him during one of his most intimate and private moments is truly out of character. Still, it’s a side of Darth Vader that, until now, we’d never quite seen before.