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Star Wars: Darth Vader #38

Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 6 critic ratings.


As DARTH VADER’S Super Star Destroyer flagship faces its deadliest threat ever, the DARK LORD fights the war on two fronts – against a horde of SCOURGED DROIDS…and against the forces of THE EMPIRE itself!

Featuring a rare glimpse into the true character of ADMIRAL PIETT!

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Length
23 pages
Amazon ASIN

6 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 84

    The Fandom Post

    The action aspect of this installment is the big draw for me here with what does because Ienco really delivers when he gets to show Vader either using the Force or just being so physical in his approach to opponents. It has the kind of impact and presence few other Jedi or Sith have been capable of having on the page and it delivers well for me. Pak keeps things moving well and allows the visuals to shine but slides enough character material in, particularly with the Imperial elements themselves, so that it has a wicked sense of humor about it. Definitely a solid issue and one that reinforces the positives of this storyline for me when it comes to the scourge or whatever it’s calling itself as it seeks out the best home to operate out of. You can’t do much better than Vader himself, considering its origins.

  • 80

    Vader is trapped on the Executor with countless deadly droids, all overcome by the Scourge, as he uses the droids loyal to him to help him fight back. Luckily, Vader also has a few human allies, with the humanity of Imperials shining through, despite how cold and calculated they are expected to be in all of their movements. This “Dark Droids” event appears to be more action-oriented than a mythology-changing event, so this chapter of Star Wars: Darth Vader makes good on that promise, as Vader mows down threats of all shape and size in exciting ways. The book even manages to find ways to revive elements of Vader’s past that help set the stage for how he would come to betray Palpatine in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, so getting even a glimpse at a narrative is what pushes the book from passable pulp to something actually fulfilling to read.

  • 80

    SWNN - Star Wars News Net

    This was a fun, action packed installment that sets up some intriguing possibilities for the future. I’m all in.

  • 80

    Fortress of Solitude

  • 70

    Comic Watch

    Darth Vader has gained a bit of control and can now reclaim the Super Star Destroyer which he calls home. He now speeds to Coruscant and a meeting with his evil master, and yet the Droid plague continues.

  • 70

    The Comicbook Dispatch

    Star Wars: Darth Vader #38 continues the Dark Droids crossover story with Vader’s side of things as he fights to retake his flagship. The story is well-paced and the characters are competently well-written and Darth Vader does look cool in the art taking down the possessed droids. The only problem is that the comic wasn’t as exciting as it could’ve been and lacked a sense of danger for Darth Vader for the most part. However, the end of the issue sets up a new challenge for Darth Vader in his side of things in the Dark Droids storyline that could make things more exciting.

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