The debut issue of Star Wars: Darth Vader made a shocking reveal where the Sith Lord seemingly gets reunited with Padme Amidala. However, a second issue preview seems to hint that this person isn’t who Vader thinks she is.
In the preview provided on the Star Wars official website, the character seems to be confused upon being called Padme. She also doesn’t seem to recognize Darth Vader at all, which indicates that she might not be Luke and Leia’s mother.
It is known that Padme has already died in Revenge of the Sith, which is why her “return” in the first issue of the Darth Vader comics was a surprise. However, could it be possible that Padme did die and isn’t actually ever coming back?
When the woman got confused about being called Padme, the droid that Vader was with pointed out that she had physical similarities to the Queen of Naboo. When the droid revealed that the Sith Lord works for the Emperor, the character claims to actually be Padme making it look like she’s tough and confident, seemingly sensing that she’s in trouble.
There could be entirely unbelievable things that could happen in the Star Wars universe so it is possible that this character is actually one of the former Royal Handmaiden’s of Naboo pretending to be Padme. It is known that these Handmaidens are the Queen's assistants and even served as her decoy on some occasions after all. Considering Vader’s state of mind in the series, it wouldn’t be surprising for him to have this character mistaken as his former lover.
There are tons of things left to uncover but fans would have to wait for the second Darth Vader issue to drop on March 11th.