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Star Wars: Darth Vader #41

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DARTH VADER has been taken over by THE SCOURGE! Or has THE SCOURGE been taken over by DARTH VADER? The Dark Lord’s journey in the DARK DROIDS saga reaches its climax with a shocking twist that digs deep into Vader’s very identity and future!

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7 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 90

    Nerd Initiative

    This run is when you take a break from playing the main story in a video game to power up and do side quests. It’s fun and exciting, and this issue showcases Vader reaching a new level within his force abilities, making him even more frightening. This issue has Vader using force, cutting down droids with his saber, and outwitting his opponent, all of which make him terrifying. I really enjoyed this issue.

  • 80

    The Fandom Post

    There’s a good bit going on throughout this installment of the storyline but it feels like an interesting tangent to the larger story than a central part of it, for better and worse. I like the central conflict going on and I like the tease at the end even though the designs aren’t winning me over right from the start since it looks a little too Warhammer 40K at first glance. But the issue as a whole is decent it’s just been going on for so long with this constant testing of Vader by the Emperor that it feels like it’s shortcircuited some other storytelling that could have gone on instead.

  • 80

    SWNN - Star Wars News Net

    Overall, this issue added some fascinating new lore to the canon and Darth Vader’s character development as we prepare for the critical juncture in Return of the Jedi. This a solid issue that does leave us wondering how Vader’s latest and arguably most heated attempt to overthrow the Emperor will result in the Vader we see in Return of the Jedi: a Vader resigned to his fate, willing to hesitate for a few agonising moments as the Emperor tortures his son. How this resolution pans out, in my opinion, will make or break this series.

  • 70

    The Comicbook Dispatch

    Star Wars: Darth Vader #41 concludes this portion of Vader’s part in the Dark Droids event. After his defeat against the Emperor, Vader seemingly allows the Scourge to merge with him, but it’s a ploy from the Dark Lord to gain its power for himself. The comic doesn’t take the idea too far into any interesting directions, but we get some good art with Vader in action against the Scourged droids.

  • 70

    Fortress of Solitude

  • 60

    The previous issue teased that Darth Vader was about to become infected by the Scourge, but, unsurprisingly, the first few pages of this issue confirm this was all part of Vader’s plan where he could use the seeming infection for his own agenda. What follows is a largely chaotic series of exploding droids and various troopers, leading to a finale that largely feels like a shrug. This issue largely highlights the overall issue with this Dark Droids event, which is that, for franchise-sprawling storyline about an inhuman threat, there’s not much interesting about the antagonist and the stakes feel incredibly low, as we know the fallout of the event isn’t even a blip on the story of the original trilogy. Even if the experience isn’t exactly dull, we wouldn’t have complained if Vader spent the last few months embarking on a mission that would allow him to sit out the Dark Droids crossover, as the entire endeavor failed to bring anything all that satisfying to the table.

  • 60


    Unless you’ve been loving this storyline there’s not much for you here other than more Vader on droid violence, although it is interesting to see that Darth Vader has Imperials after him for his attack on the Emperor and it is somewhat interesting to see Vader be able to control the Force through any droid he’s connected to.

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