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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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23 pages
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5 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 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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About the Author: Greg Pak

Greg Pak is an American comic book writer and film director. Pak is best known for his work on books published by Marvel Comics, including X-Men (most notably X-Treme X-Men), several titles featuring the Hulk (including Planet Hulk, which was one of the storylines eventually adapted into the film Thor: Ragnarok), and Hercules. In 2019, Pak began writing Star Wars comics for Marvel.

Early life

Pak was born in Dallas, Texas to a Korean-American father and a Caucasian mother. He graduated from Hillcrest High School. He studied political science at Yale University, where he wrote for the campus humor magazine, The Yale Record, and was a member of the Purple Crayon improvisational group. In 1991 he went to study history at Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar with the intent of becoming a politician. He then entered New York University’s graduate film program.


Pak’s New York University (NYU) student film, Fighting Grandpa, which centered on his Korean grandparents, won the Gold Medal at the 25th Student Academy Awards. His short film “Asian Pride Porn”, starring playwright David Henry Hwang and director Michael Kang, was licensed to Atom Films. Pak wrote and directed the feature film Robot Stories. He collected his screenplays in the book Robot Stories & More Screenplays, whose foreword was written by David Henry Hwang.

Pak worked as the cinematographer on the 1998 documentary short The Personals: Improvisations on Romance in the Golden Years, which was directed by his wife, Keiko Ibi. In March 1999, the film received an Academy Award for Documentary Short Subject at the 71st Academy Awards.

Pak began writing for Marvel Comics in September 2004 and signed an exclusive deal with them in July 2005. He has worked on such titles as Warlock, Phoenix: Endsong, Phoenix: Warsong, Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, and Dynamite Entertainment’s spin-off series based on the Sci-Fi Channel’s Battlestar Galactica.

His 2000s projects include Incredible Hercules, World War Hulk: Warbound and Skaar: Son of Hulk, all spinning-off from World War Hulk, as well as Magneto: Testament and War Machine. Pak is one of the featured contributors to Secret Identities: The Asian American Superhero Anthology.

In June 2013, Pak began writing Batman/Superman for DC Comics. In November 2013, he began writing Action Comics with issue number 25.

Personal life

Pak is married to Japanese filmmaker Keiko Ibi.

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