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Fear is the path OF the Dark Side

Fear is the path to the Dark Side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.”

-Yoda, The Phantom Menace

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A major plot point in the previous issue of Kieron Gillen’s Darth Vader revolved around the inability of droids to utilize the Force. It was Triple-Zero’s hypothesis that this results not due to their absence of life – a word he decries as “abstract nonsense” – but rather due to droids’ lack of blood. He reasonably concludes from such a premise that, given blood, preferably forcibly stolen from the Empires enemies, droids would be able to utilize the Force. Vader, dogmatic in his orthodoxy to a heretical sect, strictly forbids the technological and theological innovation.

Cut to the current issue, which begins with Triple-Zero delivering a motivational speech to a legion of battle droids preparing for their last stand (delivered, in the theater of one’s mind, in the charming tenor of Anthony Daniels, his tone slightly more sinister and significantly more sardonic than that of Threepio):

You may think us doomed! They are so many! We, so few! And surrounded! You may think we have no hope! And you’re right! Because I definitely haven’timplemented you all with cyber syringes to draw blood from your foes and grow strong from their scarlet fluids! If I had done that, they’d be doomed, but Idefinitely haven’t done that!

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