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Star Wars: Darth Vader #38

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Generally favorable ratings

Based on 5 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!

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23 pages
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5 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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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.

[Latest Update: June 8, 2022]