New Manga Truth Weavers tells the story of Darth Vader in a magical world
In the Truth Weavers manga, the young mage Zechs is consumed with immense anger and fear much like Anakin Skywalker was before he became Darth Vader.
A mage named Leon in the manga Weavers of Truth is forced to educate a powerful young orphan named Zechs whose struggles are reminiscent of what ultimately paved the way for Anakin Skywalker to become dark Vador. Zechs not only has a teacher who doesn’t want him as a student unlike Anakin in Obi-Wan Kenobi, but the young mage faces other obstacles that neither the Jedi nor Anakin have faced.
In Star wars, Anakin never really had a chance to avoid his eventual dark side embrace. The fear he possessed for his mother’s safety as well as his young age only served to act against his Jedi journey, as Yoda warned. Anakin’s innate power and undeniable potential only worried the Jedi Master even more. But Obi-Wan’s persistence and the mention of the late Qui-Gon Jinn name ultimately forced Yoda to relinquish his position, allowing Obi-Wan to train Anakin. However, all of these contributing factors later resulted in Anakin being overwhelmed by more fear and anger which ultimately led him to succumb to Palpatine’s will.
Zechs arrives at Leon in poorer form in Weavers of Truth that Anakin did in Star wars. Zechs is overcome with a deep, searing rage that prompts him to lash out at those around him. He was originally taken in by elite members of the Black Iron Fortress, but his terrifying displays of violence soon put his own life in danger, especially if he continued. Fearing for the boy’s safety, a former disciple of Leon brings Zechs to the door of his teacher who, ironically, lives the same way Obi-Wan later did as a hermit after failing at Darth Vader.
Leon reluctantly accepts Zechs and quickly comes to fear for his own life and, more importantly, those in the neighboring village. Things go so badly that Leon actually plans to kill the boy just to avoid the likelihood of another bloodshed. But most disturbing is the current climate in which the mages are forced to endure. Unless they are employed by a guild after proving they are in control of their powers, mages are an oppressed people who are considered dirty. Leon himself is a failed mage due to his inherent weakness, although ironically it is his lack of strength that makes him the most competent teacher in the land and is not seen as a threat to the society. But the fact that he harbors such a violent young mage puts his life in danger, because every time the boy attacks the villagers, their anger falls on him.
Conversely, the Jedi Order is a respected establishment early in Anakin Skywalker’s life and the powers they wield are impressed and revered by all. Although Yoda was not sure about Anakin, he nor anyone else disrespected him because of his abilities or his upbringing. Surprisingly, Anakin never seemed to show ill will towards his master who enslaved him and his mother, although he would later slaughter the Sand People after capturing his mother. Zechs, however, is immediately treated with contempt by the villagers and feels a deep hatred for those who mistreated him and his own family during their lifetime. This, along with Zechs’ many other insecurities in the manga Weavers of Truth, only exacerbates the burning anger in him that rivals even dark Vadoris immensely deep and disturbing feelings. This boy doesn’t stand a chance, does he?
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