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Star Wars: Darth Vader #46

Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 7 critic ratings.


DARTH VADER and the SCHISM IMPERIAL launch their boldest challenge to the power of PALPATINE with an assault on EXEGOL, the home of the EMPEROR’S greatest secrets and treasures!

But if sheer brute force can’t overcome the defenses of the SITH CITADEL, what terrifying new resources will the DARK LORD draw upon?

Also: CAPTAIN ENRIC PRYDE faces his greatest test!

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23 pages
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7 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 90

    Comic Watch

    With Star Wars: Darth Vader #46, the story speeds up as it goes from the build of who the Schism members are to them finally doing something other than the recruiting taking place. Like with the other Star Wars series currently running, these events take place before The Return Of The Jedi so it will be interesting to see how Pak ties the Schism story arc up so that the continuity remains intact.

  • 90

    Nerd Initiative

    The end of the issue is another example of the incredible storytelling, and jaw dropping moments that the series has become known for. And it will leave readers wondering how Vader is going to get out of the mess this time. Only the Greg Pak knows, but readers should know that it’s going to be incredible and a moment to remember.

  • 80

    With Darth Vader‘s Imperial “Schism” faction deviating from the rest of the Galactic Empire, they serve almost as his own hit squad, whether they agree with his motives or not. In hopes of thwarting Emperor Palpatine, Vader uses his squad to help strike out at Palpatine’s growing power, as this Schism witnesses both the physical and mental power that Vader has amassed through his devotion to the ways of the Sith. While the previous arc in Star Wars: Darth Vader was relatively linear, showcasing the Sith Lord developing this group of defectors, kicking off this new arc offers glimpses of that narrative momentum yet juxtaposes it with imagery that showcases the ethereal and all-encompassing nature of Vader, the Force, and the power of the Sith. The explosions and carnage crafted by illustrator Raffaele Ienco and colorist Federico Blee feels entirely immersive, as if the readers themselves are being sucked into the blazing infernos, though they are ones we can safely escape by flipping the page. At this point, we have no real idea where this new narrative could be headed, but the artwork alone is reason enough to join Vader and his Schism to see just how far he’ll go to plant the seed to destroy his former master.

  • 80

    The Fandom Post

    I’m curious to see where this team and storyline are going to go with Exegol but also the larger approach from the Star Wars creative brain trust about how to really handle Palpatine and his grand plans. So much of it was one just a single secretive Sith operating in a stealthy way to gain power but now these larger machinations are in place and the entire Exegol operation is just staggering. I’m intrigued but wary but mostly glad that we’re getting it in a clean and interesting way from both Pak and Ienco. The slimmed-down cast here helps a lot, you have no real attachment to anyone outside of Vader because you know they’re all disposable, and you see a lot of events focused on trying to direct Vader toward where we see him in Return of the Jedi. It’s interesting but still has that edge of uncertainty to it all.

  • 80

    SWNN - Star Wars News Net

    This was a thoroughly entertaining issue stuffed with deception, intriguing sub-plots and returning characters along with great action scenes and dramatic reveals. I hope Darth Vader keeps it coming until the final issue which will presumably arrive later this year.

  • 75

    The Comicbook Dispatch

    Star Wars: Darth Vader #46 brings the first chapter of Vader’s invasion of Exegol. Here we get to see Darth Vader and the Schism Imperial make their first big play against Emperor Palpatine by infiltrating the planet Exegol to seize its secrets. We have Raffaele Ienco back as the interior artist, which helps make the comic fun to read when it’s good. The fighting isn’t too intense or spectacular, but there is a neat little trick used by Vader. However, the ending does show that there’s a bigger fight for Darth Vader in the next issue that could get exciting.

  • 70


    Star Wars: Darth Vader #46 sees the return of both Sabé and artist Raffele Ienco, adding to the welcome sense of narrative momentum as the book gets back to advancing its plotlines instead of spinning up new ones.

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