When Disney bought Lucasfilm from George Lucas himself, they acquired the rights to all aspects of the Star Wars franchise, not just the films. Another company within the Disney conglomerate, Marvel Comics, has been publishing the official Star Wars comics since 2015, and that’s meant a lot of exciting additions to the new Star Wars comics canon.
The Disney buyout meant the end of the famed Star Wars Extended Universe, or EU, but also the birth of a brand new Extended Universe, one that’s finally all under the creative control of one corporate entity. That means when something happens in a Marvel Star Wars comic, it “counts” as far as continuity is concerned, and there have been franchise-shaking moments added to the mythos already.
Marvel’s Lando miniseries starts out fun and dynamic, only to end in utter tragedy - but not for Lando Calrissian himself. Instead, the victim is Lobot, Lando’s robotic companion from the original trilogy. As it turns out, Lobot wasn’t always so machine-like.
During the events of Lando, Lobot is a regular, if slightly uptight, human with cybernetic implants in his brain. During a mission to rip off the Emperor gone wrong, Lobot has to allow his implants to take over his mind to get himself and Lando out of a perilous situation - sacrificing his humanity to save his friend and leaving Calrissian with an enormous amount of guilt.
Darth Vader is one of the most recognizable villains in any form of media, but the vast majority of his screentime comes while he's still Anakin Skywalker, so there are only so many iconic Vader moments out there. Marvel’s Star Wars comics, however, have made some significant additions.
In Darth Vader Annual #1, the Sith Lord finds himself in a conflict with a very Leia-esque princess of a planet - so he decides to threaten her in true Vader fashion. He gifts her a box, and inside is a rock which Vader informs her is the last remaining chunk of Alderaan. He doesn’t even need to verbalize his intentions beyond that, as it’s clear he’s advising the princess of her planet’s future should she continue to cause him problems.
In A New Hope, Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker barely interact - and Vader seems to have no idea who the young Jedi is. But by The Empire Strikes Back, he knows enough to boldly state “I am your father.” So, how does he acquire that knowledge?
Dual storylines in Marvel’s Star Wars and Darth Vader ongoing series provide the answer - Vader learns the truth from everyone’s favorite bounty hunter, Boba Fett. After the events of the first film, Vader hires Fett to track down the young Jedi who brought down the Death Star. Though Fett returns mostly empty-handed, he does at least provide the Sith Lord with a name: Skywalker.
It’s long been known - despite how hard some fans try to ignore it - that Anakin Skywalker was born of the Force, and the midi-chlorians themselves reportedly impregnated his mother, Shmi. That’s part of what convinces Qui-Gon Jinn that Anakin is the “Chosen One,” but it’s eventually revealed in the ongoing Darth Vader series that things aren't quite so simple.
In a flashback-esque sequence in which Vader sees through time and witnesses several scenes from his life, one of the images he glimpses is Darth Sidious using the Force to impregnate a young Shmi Skywalker. If this vision is factual, it means Sidious is essentially Anakin’s father - and also that horrific parental revelations run in the family.