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Star Wars: Darth Vader #45

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Based on 6 critic ratings.


DARTH VADER has used the SCHISM IMPERIAL to secure terrible new forces, including the cyborgs of the M.A.R. CORPS and the death machine of GOVERNOR TAUNTAZA…

But what treasure or horror lies within the MARTYRIUM OF FROZEN TEARS?

And what cost will Vader and his allies pay to secure it?

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23 pages
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6 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 90

    It’s no easy to task to add nuance and character to a villain that has long since been dead, while also placing shackles on a creative team that they can only work with said character during a specific time in his life. Luckily, Marvel found the right creators for the job as Greg Pak, Adam Gorham, and Paul Fry are able to weave an interesting look at Vader while planting some interesting seeds for the future. One way to explore a character is by studying them through the eyes of those in their employ, and it’s a great way to start off Darth Vader‘s forty-fifth issue here. Pak has always been a major boon to Marvel Comics and I look forward to see what he has in store for this galaxy far, far away.

  • 80

    The Fandom Post

    While I like aspects of what this Darth Vader series brings about, a lot of it just feels like it’s spending time with characters that you’re not going to connect with. The team that Vader put together is pretty uninteresting in general from what we’ve seen of them before and spending more time on them isn’t helping all that much. Part of that is that it feels like Vader’s mission is ill-defined and uncertain because it’s kept from the lower ranks. And the whole mysterious Vader thing is just overplayed after so long, especially since we know where certain places it’ll go in the big picture. The last few pages are pretty good at what it’s doing but I just wish it felt more meaningful over the course of this arc.

  • 80


    The issue has two main pieces that make it an interesting read, and for those who haven’t been following this Schism storyline (like me) there’s still plenty to enjoy.

  • 60

    SWNN - Star Wars News Net

    Darth Vader issue #45 slows down the pace for an exploration of the Schism Imperial and its diverse views, particularly on Vader himself. The first half of the issue is fairly exposition-heavy, though I am perhaps influenced by my own biases against this kind of journeying dialogue, and I wasn’t expecting much from the issue because of it. But the second half offers far more intrigue and demonstrates the larger role these events may have to play in Darth Vader’s redemption arc overall.

  • 50

    The Comicbook Dispatch

    Star Wars: Darth Vader #45 delivers a new part to the Schism Imperial storyline as Pryde’s loyalty to the Empire and Darth Vader is questioned by the other members. To put it nicely, this comic is underwhelming due to not only having little to no action, but the characters and their writing feel very juvenile. The problem isn’t Pryde being a believer in Darth Vader, it’s how he’s written that’s the problem and that extends to the rest of the Schism Imperial characters. On top of that, the comic wastes the journey to Tython and nothing memorable or extraordinary happens there until the end. Thankfully, the next issue looks like it will be more interesting.

  • 30


    Star Wars: Darth Vader #45 is essentially one long recap set against an all-white background with visually indistinct characters talking circles around each other. It’s never a good thing when the best parts of a comic are its title and the promise of something better to come.

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