Warning: contains spoilers for Star Wars: Darth Vader #30!Despite his mother’s being Padmé Amidalaa former queen and galactic hero, there is little mention in it Star wars story about Luke Skywalker learning about his life, or even being interested in finding out. However Star wars cartoons – set in between The Empire strikes back and Return of the Jedi — has introduced the perfect way for Luke to embrace Padmé’s legacy. The only problem is, if Darth Vader has his way, that chance will soon be gone.
While Anakin Skywalker dominates the Skywalker saga like no other character than Luke himself, his mother undoubtedly played a large role in the heroes her children became, and indeed the future of the galaxy, after holding back Palpatine’s initial move to take over the Republic. Nevertheless, even when Luke came of age and traveled out into the wider galaxy, there is little evidence that he researched Padmé. Rather, his focus was on knowing Anakin Skywalker, who he had more of from the characters of his childhood. But as Marvel reveals more of the unseen aspects of Luke’s journey, there is still time to deepen his knowledge and understanding of Padmé.
Of course, Padmé’s heritage would not have been easy to investigate. It is likely that her story was intentionally removed from public access by the Empire, perhaps even as an aspect of the sweeping Order 66, which removed the Jedi from public knowledge. In fact, Darth Vader has repeatedly tried to erase his own connection to Padmé in his quest for strength, so it makes sense that he may have done this himself. More recently, however, Greg Pak and Raffaele Ienco’s Star Wars: Darth Vader #3 introduced the Amidalans – a secret group dedicated to finding the killer of Padmé Amidala.
Luke’s only hope of learning about Padmé is her shadow
After her death, Padmé’s murder became a mystery to those who used to serve her – especially her body doubles, led by Sabé (played by Keira Knightley in the prequels). While Vader killed most of the Amidalans at their first meeting, Padmé’s former handmaidens are still alive. These are women who knew Padmé so well that they could imitate her exactly, and who could tell Luke almost everything he wanted to know about his mother. Also, the Amidalans would probably swear allegiance to him to find out that Luke is Padmé’s son. Although Sabé is not Padmé, her personality and mannerisms are so similar that even Vader sometimes forgets that she is not. In that light, Luke could get as close to ‘meeting’ his mother as possible.
Darth Vader destroys Padmé’s legacy
Unfortunately, Darth Vader has made it his personal mission to corrupt Sabé and recruit her to the Empire, and – as for Pak and Luke Ross’ Darth Vader #30 – has now pressured Padmé’s other servants to work with him to get her back from a mission gone wrong. It seems Vader is set on either corrupting or killing the one group of people who can truly give Luke a connection to his mother. Even if they survive and resist him, Vader is unlikely to allow them to act freely, especially if it includes meeting his son. While the Amidalans are still alive, there is a chance Luke Skywalker to gain real insight into Padmé Amidalabut recent event in Marvel’s Star wars titles mean the window of opportunity is closing fast.
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Star Wars: Darth Vader #30 is available from Marvel Comics.