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Star Wars: Darth Vader #30

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During their terrible battle at Padmé’s tomb on Naboo, the Queen’s most devoted handmaidens were no match for the fury of Darth Vader.

So as they are about to face the Dark Lord again, the handmaidens have prepared.

But so has Vader.

Who will triumph in the rematch?

And what dark price will that victory exact?

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  • 80

    The double-crosses and switched identities persist with Vader and many of Padmé’s former handmaids, to the point that even trying to break down the plot here would be a pointless task, given how many fakeouts each character is witness to. That said, the various twists and turns of the narrative fully work as it keeps us so engaged that we even forget when this story is taking place and leads us to wonder if Vader could actually be in trouble, despite this story taking place before Star Wars: Return of the Jedi. If nothing else, we’re hoping to get some fulfilling reveals for Padmé’s handmaids and Ochi of Bestoon that shed light on their statuses during the culmination of the original trilogy, while also learning just how strong the pull to the Dark Side really is and whether Sabé and her allies can be pulled down an evil path.

  • 80

    The Fandom Post

    There are plenty of ways this can continue to go as it progresses, and in ways that can leave interesting openings after the events of Return of the Jedi as well. I’m really unsure as to whether we want to see these characters come to a close before the big finale of that trilogy or if we want to leave it open for use after the fact in other properties. Either way, I’m definitely enjoying seeing Pak play with the handmaiden characters and expand on their use some since I enjoyed them in the novels that I’ve read. Luke Ross continues to work well with these characters and settings and just getting more time inside Imperial facilities is rather welcome since we’ve been on other worlds and locations so much recently. I’m still in the mindset of things have been drawn out and not quite as declarative as it needs to be in this series for a bit but I’m enjoying it overall.

  • 70


    Darth Vader #30 takes some unexpected turns as Darth Vader takes the one captured handmaiden at his disposal, Dormé (who can’t believe Sabé is willing serving the Empire), to bring the others out of hiding. Unable to defeat him, the handmaidens attempt to blackmail him with threatening his ship and the lives of all the Imperials aboard. Don’t they know who the are dealing with? Let’s just say it’s not the best plan ever.

    Meanwhile, Sabé turns out not to have killed Jul Tambor who thanks her by making the handmaiden his hostage and threatening Vader. And so we’ve been given just the right circumstances for the other handmaidens to align themselves with Vader in order to save their own. Now lets see what Vader can do with an army of handmaidens under his control… at least for now.

  • 60

    Impulse Gamer

    This is still a thing apparently. If you are still reading it at this point you don’t need my advice.

  • 60

    SWNN - Star Wars News Net

    The Darth Vader comics do have a fun tendency to throw in some twists when we least expect it, but I can’t see any other outcome for Jul Tambor, and it’s not particularly interesting. At least we should get a cool fight between Vader and the handmaidens versus all these droids, though.

    Ultimately, Sabé remains the most interesting part of this arc, which is both its strength and its weakness. While Vader was plenty entertaining, Jul Tambor and the rest of the handmaidens remain decidedly less so. Hopefully, that will change soon.

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