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Star Wars: Darth Vader #40

Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 6 critic ratings.


What greater prize could the DROID SCOURGE imagine than CORUSCANT, an ecumenopolis filled with millions of droids? And what greater TERROR could the people of Coruscant imagine than a horde of scourged droids…

…led by LORD VADER himself?

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Length
23 pages
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6 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 85

    Fortress of Solitude

  • 80

    Comic Watch

    With the high stakes in both this series and the larger “Dark Droids” event happening at the same time, Vader has some tough decisions to make. He desperately wants more power, but what is he willing to sacrifice for it?

  • 80

    After seemingly regaining full control of his access to the Force, Darth Vader sets his sights on Palpatine, knowing that his “Master” has done his best to test the Sith Lord to the best of his ability. This leads to a powerful showdown between the two, and, as anyone who has seen Star Wars: Return of the Jedi can tell you, is a showdown that doesn’t lead to a decisive victory for either combatant. Part of what makes some of this book so silly is that, while we’re given an entertaining head-to-head between Palpatine and Vader, we remember that Palpatine was ultimately defeated just because Vader tossed him down a chasm. This means that, for as exciting or impressive as any of their grappling might get, Vader could have simply picked him up over his head and ended the conflict much more quickly. Still, the book is undeniably entertaining, as Vader takes on not only Palpatine, but also any number of droids, stormtroopers, and even Death Troopers, while the final pages also explain why this battle is taking place within the constraints of the Dark Droids crossover event. The book shows more than it tells, but what it’s showing is pretty exciting for devout Vader fans who have wanted to see him get back to his dominating glory for months.

  • 70

    SWNN - Star Wars News Net

    I’ve been enjoying the Dark Droids crossover for the most part, but now I can’t wait for Darth Vader to be free of it.

  • 70


    This crossover has been dragging on for some time and doesn’t feel any closer to a conclusion. However, Darth Vader #40 does have some solid art of Vader from Raff Ienco, especially highlighting Darth Vader, as well as the tease at the end of where the crossover will go from here as it continues on throughout 2023.

  • 70

    The Fandom Post

    There’s a lot going on in this book when it comes to the dynamic between Vader and Palpatine and it’s something that works but in a limited way. We’ve seen it play out much earlier in their relationship in one of the other Vader books but it just feels a bit exhausting at this point – and knowing what it’s going into with Return of the Jedi. I’ve long enjoyed the kind of friction that exists between the two and with Palpatine managing his apprentice, but the execution just doesn’t click here. And adding in the drama of the droid virus and it’s all just a bit much. There are fun moments throughout it and the artwork is solid, but this entire crossover event is still rubbing me the wrong way.

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