A recent issue of a Star Wars mini-series revolving around Lord Vader which has some fans outraged over claims of abuse and misogyny may have been based on a script from a writer previously let go from the project.

Star Wars: Vader – Dark Visions is an anthology miniseries which explores the unseen exploits of Darth Vader during his time in service of the Emperor and the Empire, as well as the impact his presence has on various peoples and events throughout the galaxy. The latest issue of Dark Visions, written by Dennis “Hopeless” Hallum, follows the story of an Imperial nurse who grows romantically obsessed with Darth Vader, taking her daydreams as reality, saving incidental debris from his armor as sentimental tokens, and believing that the two had a deep, unspoken connection.

In the climax of the story, the unnamed nurse (who has since been named ‘Daaé’, after the female lead of The Phantom of the Opera, by fans who believe her depiction was misogynist), approaches an unmasked Darth Vader as he rests in the meditation chamber in his personal quarters and declares her undying love and devotion to him. In response, the Sith Lord unsheathes his lightsaber and stabs the woman through the heart, before requesting someone come “get this trash out of [his] quarters”:

Star Wars: Vader - Dark Visions #3

Star Wars: Vader - Dark Visions #3

The finale of the story “Tall, Dark, and Handsome” from Star Wars: Vader – Dark Visions #3, written by Dennis “Hopeless” Hallum and art by David Lopez & Javi Pina

Despite the fact that Darth Vader has canonically slaughtered a group of defenseless children, used the force to choke his wife into unconsciousness, and was a leading commander and solider in the genocidal purge of the Jedi, some fans were quick to complain about Darth Vader’s reaction, as well as the portrayal of the Imperial nurse, accusing the book of promoting misogyny and violence against women:

However, many fans also defended the portrayal of Darth Vader in this issue, pointing to the fact that as a villain, Darth Vader will often be depicted performing cruel, evil, and villainous actions:

Amidst the fan debates regarding the issue, author Chuck Wending, who was let go in 2018 from Marvel, Star Wars, and his planned Darth Vader miniseries Shadow of Vader (which was replaced by Vader – Dark Visions upon his dismissal) stated on his Twitter page that this specific issue was similar to a script he had written for Shadows of Vader:

It is interesting to note that in Wendig’s version of the story, though the Vader-obsessive Imperial was to be a male character, the outcome of his actions would “obviously” end as poorly as they did for Daaé. This supports the claim that Vader’s actions were not misogynist, but rather an overly aggressive reaction to having his commands defied and his true visage looked upon.

However, Wending also clarifies that he does not believe his script was plagarized:

Did you read Vader: Dark Visions #3? What did you think about it? Do you think it was sexist or misogynistic as a number of people or claiming? Or did you think it captured the character of Darth Vader?

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