The infamous Darth Vader is defined by his corrupt deeds that inflicted evil throughout the universe. Good, however, triumphed over evil with rebel forces ultimately destroying the Empire and Vader’s prized Death Star. Photographer Michaël Massart imagines his own story of what happened from there, and it’s completely different than what we’ve seen before. In Massart’s retelling, Vader and his Stormtrooper crew are looking to change, not necessarily because they want to, but because they have no choice; the Empire is in ruin from the Death Star and bad financial investments. As a result, they have to get a job just like the rest of us.
In his series called The Empire Against the Crisis, Massart has created Star Wars fan art that is grounded in reality. Vader and Stormtroopers are tasked with menial jobs like janitorial work and package delivery, all in the name of saving money to build their next “ultimate weapon” and defeat the rebels once and for all.
Judging from the myriad of scenarios that Massart presents, it seems that Vader is not as talented at these tasks as he is at ruling with an iron fist. Throughout the course of The Empire Against the Crisis, we never see multiple shots of him at the same gig. He instead goes from job to job. Does he get fired? Is he a Task Rabbit? Massart leaves it up to us to finish the story.