Star Wars: Darth Vader #34

Writer: Greg Pak Artist: Adam Gorham Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: May 10, 2023 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 4 User Reviews: 8
7.6Critic Rating
7.1User Rating

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According to the JEDI, fear leads to anger, and anger leads to hate. But does hate lead to suffering...or power? As DARTH VADER'S Force abilities spiral out of control, his lieutenant Sab? is caught in the maelstrom - and finally must confront the horrifying consequences of her choice to serve him. Will she choose darkness over light?
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  • 8.4
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge May 17, 2023

    The reliance on Sabe for a bit now has been an interesting thing but it's also not working quite as well as I had hoped, especially since it went so weirdly big in the arc prior to this and using all the handmaidens. I do like Sabe a lot and exploring her story more is worthwhile, but it's just falling a bit short. This storyline is moving along a bit better for me as it's more focused and down to the two core characters as they work through everything. I like the strangeness of the vision and the communicative side of it all. And even though the attack at the end of the issue feels nonsensical, it's executed well and shows just how intense Vader is and that it truly is hate that powers him. Good stuff all around but felt like it needed some tightening and slimming of the concept. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Patrick Cavanaugh May 10, 2023

    We might only be two issues into this ark, but it's harkening back to earlier chapter's in Vader's journey that lean away from linear storytelling and more into the psychological torment Vader suffers, which also comes with impressive displays of his rage-fueled anger. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp May 15, 2023

    With Vader out of control and not completely aware of his actions, the of Sab feels unnecessarily vague, but there's nothing uncertain about the fate of those who were hunting him as he splits their shuttle in half and gleefully stands over the wreckage. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    The Comicbook Dispatch - StoryBabbler May 10, 2023

    Star Wars: Darth Vader #34 concludes the long storyline with Vader and the handmaiden Sabe. The resolution is very predictable to anyone who's been reading this series' past story arcs, and it feels like it's long overdue so the series can move on. The art by Adam Gorham really picks up the weight and is what holds this comic together with everything that happens in it. Now that the handmaiden storyline is hopefully over, the Darth Vader series can proceed to a new storyline. Read Full Review

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