Haters of the new Star Wars movies often argue that Rey’s powerful Force abilities came out of nowhere, and The Last Jedi revealed that to literally be true, pretty much. Rey isn’t the long-lost child with rich Jedi ancestry; she’s just a random orphan. A new Darth Vader comic helps explain how Rey ended up with Force powers, as it makes it clear that this is the Force’s way.

Darth Vader #10, written by comics scribe Charles Soule, sees the Dark Lord of the Sith face off with one of the few Jedi to survive the purge in Episode III, Jocasta Nu, an older Jedi who previously served as chief librarian of the Jedi Archives. As the two duel, Jocasta tells Vader that he is little more than a pawn Emperor Palpatine is using in an attempt to snuff out the Light side of the Force. That’s impossible, she explains as they battle.

“The Force is eternal. I cannot be ended, it cannot be stopped, no so long as life exists,” she says. “It will find its vessels. It always does. It already has — you know this. There are others, waiting out in the galaxy.”

Anakin Skywalker himself is a result of the Force finding a vessel since he was conceived by the Force. He clearly knows that there’s some truth to what Jocasta is saying, and though he died well before the events of The Force Awakens, the Force once again finds a way to manifest itself.

Notably, Jocasta says the Force “already has” found vessels, and that “there are others, waiting out in the galaxy.” Rey hasn’t been born at this point, so those existing vessels are probably Luke and Leia. For what it’s worth, when Inverse asked Soule who Jocasta was alluding to, he eagerly gave a very broad answer. “Rey, Luke, Leia — all of them!” he said.

The Force is strong indeed.


Darth Vader #10 is on comic store shelves now.