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Star Wars: Darth Vader #39

Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 7 critic ratings.


The DROID SCOURGE takes over one of DARTH VADER’S closest allies – and seizes one of MUSTAFAR’S greatest weapons! To survive, Vader must finally reclaim his control over THE FORCE by exploring his deepest hatred. Featuring the answer to the terrifying question: Who does Vader hate more than anyone else in the galaxy?

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Length
23 pages
Amazon ASIN

7 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    Future of the Force

    I am very excited to see the conclusion of this multi-comic arc of the “Dark Droids” and will be following the Dark Droids tributary mini-series up until the final 4 issues. I love some good A.I. uprising fiction. And I am pleasantly surprised that Star Wars (of all mediums!) is the vehicle in which I am enjoying it.

  • 90

    SWNN - Star Wars News Net

    Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this issue, as I often find Vader’s inner turmoil during this time period incredibly interesting as it rapidly heats up. The series is doing justice to this insanely complicated and beloved character, whilst maintaining the Star Wars charm, and simultaneously progressing the Dark Droids arc in a way that feels united and engaging.

  • 90

    Fortress of Solitude

  • 84

    The Fandom Post

    While there aren’t any great big plot points going on here, we get the continued arc of Vader realizing more of his past and who was involved in shaping it being realized and the flashbacks handle it well. They’re powerful moments in the small sense but deliver an intriguing sequence of events as you try to parse how Vader is interpreting them himself. The bulk of the issue is all about the action and with Zed under the control of the Scourage it comes across quite well with so many good moments as the fight unfolds. I continue to just delight in watching how Ienco handles the movement and design of Vader as there’s just something so powerful about it that works in a very distinctive way.

  • 80

    Throughout much of this issue, Darth Vader uses his powers in the Force and his physical might to battle a large, spider-like droid. Even though there aren’t major narrative threads being pushed forward, the book demonstrates the ruthless brutality of the Sith Lord in a surprisingly thrilling issue. This isn’t to say there are no narrative threads being offered, as we do get another glimpse at the seeds of why Vader would go on to betray Palpatine in in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, though not in an overt and obvious way that impacts the overall canon of the franchise. With the overall Dark Droids event largely being superficial, this installment in the crossover event is one of the most exciting yet, even without the direct implications it has over the invading Scourge.

  • 75

    The Comicbook Dispatch

    Star Wars: Darth Vader #39 continues the battle between Vader and the Scourge which has a new droid body to fight with. The story and art really work in tandem here and while the Scourge’s new possessed droid provides the physical challenge, the real meat of this story is resolving the inner turmoil within Darth Vader. That’s where the art writing and art really pop in this comic and it feels good seeing Darth Vader go all out against the Scourge’s possessed droid.

  • 60


    It’s another issue of a struggling Vader facing off against dangerous droids (although I could never quite buy the Octuptarra as a Sith-killer).

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