Star Wars: Darth Vader #28

Writer: Greg Pak Artist: Luke Ross Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: October 19, 2022 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 5 User Reviews: 5
6.8Critic Rating
8.3User Rating

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THE SHADOW IN THE FIRE! For decades, Sabé, Handmaiden of Padmé, schemed to assassinate Darth Vader, whom she believed murdered her queen. But Sabé has learned Vader's greatest secret, and now she fights at his side, believing that someday, she may prove there is still good in him. What happens when the Handmaiden finally comes face-to-face with the Emperor, who knows all of her secrets? The Queen's Shadow enters the crucible! Will Vader let her burn?
Rated T

  • 8.2
    Comic Watch - John Edward Lee Oct 19, 2022

    Sabe still has friends and Vader still has enemies. Some of those are one in the same. As Vader and Sabe move on to complete their mission, a new group steps in to make the two of them their own mission. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Oct 26, 2022

    This storyline has done well overall to work some small nudges in getting Vader to realize once again that the Emperor is always toying with him and humiliating him in his own way. But also that he's completely bound to his master. This helps to set him seeing a real chance at change by bringing Luke on down the line to bring about his vision of order to the galaxy but also why he won't sacrifice his son to Palpatine. I really liked the moments of knowing how Sabe stands next to Palpatine and both have memories of Naboo decades earlier in a very different context. It's another nicely done bridging moment that loops people back in that we never thought would have an impact in this era of storytelling. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Crusaders - M.R. Jafri Oct 20, 2022

    The writing by Greg Pak has so much potential but the continued weakening of Vader's character and determination limits the enjoyment of this book. All of this might be purposeful given the end of Return of the Jedi, but this just feels too soon. Let us enjoy Vader at the height of his power rather than the ongoing self doubt and weakness. Read Full Review

  • 6.0 - Patrick Cavanaugh Oct 19, 2022

    With this installment seemingly getting its foot to start a new narrative arc, it feels a lot like we're treading water, as Vader grapples with his feelings for Sab and that connection to the past as Sab herself has an identity crisis. The events of the book are fine enough, even if the narrative momentum is currently at a plateau, but it's the final pages of the book that build excitement for where this narrative could go, igniting intrigue in the reader just before this installment concludes. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Nov 3, 2022

    Darth Vader #28 is an odd comic. In what felt like the natural conclusion to the Sab arc, instead we get a confrontation between the former Handmaiden and the Emperor, without any payoff either way halfway through the comic, before shifting gears in lightspeed directly into Sab and Vader continuing to work together on a new mission. Read Full Review

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