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Star Wars: Darth Vader #31

Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 6 critic ratings.


The Dark Lord finally comes face-to-face with Skakoan revolutionary Jul Tambor – and Sabé finally must pick sides!

Is Jul just another selfish, revenge-driven monster?

Or is he a freedom fighter who desperately cares about his people?

Or both?

And is Vader more interested in crushing Jul – or completing the co-option of the Handmaidens of Padmé Amidala?

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Length
23 pages
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6 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 95

    The Comicbook Dispatch

    This issue will test everything you thought you knew about Star Wars. No bad acting, unbelievable special effects, or humorous “Roger rogers” will distract you from Vader’s persuasive arguments or the intense battle sequences. Atmospheric and detailed art visualize this gripping battle of wills that could change the future of the Star Wars universe. Star Wars: Darth Vader #31 reminds us of the allure of leaders who promise to end unfairness and create a better, more equitable world.

  • 90


    The story of the former Naboo Handmaindens continues in Darth Vader #31 with Vader and the reluctant Handmaidens setting out to save Sabé from Jul Tambor. As we’ve gotten throughout the arc, we see more flashbacks with Vader remembering Padmé pulling away from him and his twisted hope that things might turn out better this time with Sabé.

  • 88

    Comic Watch

    Vader has left some tempting incentives for the Handmaidens to join him. However it is clear that his main goal is to convince Sabe over anyone else.

  • 80

    Vader’s pursuit of Sabé sees him recruiting the rest of Padmé’s handmaidens on the quest, but as is his nature, he has a variety of ulterior motives of why he’s really brought them along on this rescue mission. In the prequel trilogy, the handmaidens appeared as little more than servants of Padmé and, when necessary, served as doubles for Padmé’s safety. This issue further explores not only their connection to Padmé, but also showcases what makes each of them unique and what it was about the royal figure that resonated with them, in addition to how that impacts their future. The book manages to balance action and excitement with exposition and insight into these characters, while also putting Sabé in a fascinating position for the narrative going forward, a feat that we wish all Star Wars books could pull off as effectively as this chapter.

  • 80

    The Fandom Post

    The series continues to move forward decently but it’s also felt like this arc hasn’t been as well-defined as it needs to be. I do like seeing how the handmaidens are coming together and presented all these years later though it gets to be a bit much sometimes when you consider their ages since they’re supposed to be several years to a decade older than Anakin, if I recall. Regardless, it’s good to see more of their story instead of just being forgotten about after the prequels and what we get here highlights their skill set, the traumas of their pasts, and what they are fighting for. I’m interested to see where it’s all going to go and what plan Vader really has in mind here.

  • 70

    SWNN - Star Wars News Net

    I wasn’t expecting too much from The Tambor Gambit, but issue #31 of Darth Vader managed to make this far more interesting than just an action-heavy installment.

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