Classic Marvel Star Wars Comics Issue 35 “DARK LORD’S GAMBIT” (February 1980) features Darth Vader at his manipulative finest. As the title suggests, Vader succeeds in manipulating the Tagge family and Luke Skywalker into vulnerable positions he can then exploit at his leisure. This issue also features Leia in a miniskirt, and it’s quite shocking!
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Classic Marvel Star Wars Comics #35 “Dark Lord’s Gambit” Description:
Title: “Dark Lord’s Gambit!”
Release Date: February 26, 1980
Writer: Archie Goodwin
Artwork: Carmine Infantino, Gene Day, Nelson Yomtov
Cover Art: Carmine Infantino, Bob Wiacek
Editors: Jim Shooter, Archie Goodwin
Darth Vader finally learns the name of the boy who destroyed the Death Star, and sets a plan in motion to get his revenge. He enlists the aid of General Ulric Tagge as well as his younger sister Sister Domina Tagge to help him in the endeavor. Domina is a member of the Order of the Sacred Circle who have thus far remained neutral in the Galactic Civil War, but that will soon change and each side in the conflict, The Empire and Rebellion, will send a representative to the planet Monastery to present his case.
Vader is to represent the Galactic Empire, and Domina requests Luke Skywalker to represent the Alliance. While Luke thinks he may be in over his head on this diplomatic mission, Domina reassures him, even though her true intentions are revenge for Luke’s involvement in the apparent death of Orman Tagge.
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