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Review: Star Wars Adventures: Vader’s Castle

Star Wars Adventures: Vader's Castle

The best thing about new additions to the Star Wars canon is the cross-pollinating of genres. Each new project has given fans a fresh new take on the universe. No longer is it just a space opera, it has become so much more. Things have been expanded infusing the universe, with a plethora of new and interesting characters. Star Wars Adventures: Vader’s Castle is an example collecting two volumes with a horror them about them.

Rogue One gave us an interesting take on the heist movie, it also gives us some much-needed explanation on a glossed over plot point in the original films. Then there is Solo, which gives us the definitive back-story of the coolest smuggler in 12 parsecs. But at its heart is a new take on the coming of age story. Then there is the much-lauded Mandalorian, which introduces new characters as well as let us know where certain characters have been like Boba Fett. In the generously devilish collection, Star Wars Adventures: Vader’s Castle, the universe dips in the horror genre, while uncovering legends, true and untrue, about some of the universe’s most legendary figures through the well-spun tales of our crypt keeper, Lina Graf, while on  Mustafar, the home of Vader’s Castle.

In “The Haunting Of The Ghost”,  the crew of the Graysom lands on the planet of Mustafar, and uncover a haunted ship. In “Count Dooku: Prince Of Darkness”, the aforementioned villain takes refuge on the planet of Bray where a showdown with Obi-Wan becomes inevitable and where he gains an unfair advantage.  In “The Briar Witch”, where Han and Chewie take the job to Rendel, where a plant controlled by a witch makes anyone who touches it, suddenly much older. In “Night Of The Gorax”, we are taken back to Endor, where we saw an Ewok version of Beowulf. In “ The Fearful Finale”,  Han and Chewie help someone uncover the Treasure Of Rane Mahal, where everyone gets double-crossed. In “ The Horned Devil”,  we are taken to Lotho Minor, where a ragtag band of scavengers, find Darth Maul, only to almost finding their own ends.  In “The Curse Of Tarkin”,  a ship gets a surprise visit from Governor Tarkin, who unleashes his version of Frankenstein, which almost kills everyone on the ship. In “ Bop, She Bop, Little Sarloc Horror”, Asajj Ventress takes a job, where Sarlaccs is the center of a settlement’s many problems. In “Vault of the Living Brains”, Jabba The Hut’s cousin leads him to a place of untold riches, only to find that his cousin had their own ulterior motives. In the final story, “Night Of The Lava Zombies”, a zombie plague infects an Empire ally, making Vader, compliant to a different master.

Star Wars Adventures: Vader’s Castle is an entertaining set of stories that plunges into this universe while exploring some of these very famous characters. The stories by Cavan Scott are astonishing. The art by the creative team is splendid. Altogether, an excellent collection, that feels like Tales From The Crypt meets The Outer Limits.

Story: Cavan Scott
Art: Derek Charm, Chris Fenoglio, Robert Hack, Corin Howell, Kelley Jones, and Charles Paul Wilson III
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: Star Wars Adventures: Return to Vader’s Castle

Star Wars Adventures: Return to Vader’s Castle

Cavan Scott (Author) Francesco Francavilla (Artist) Megan Levens (Artist) Nicoletta Baldari (Artist) Kelley Jones (Artist) Charles Paul Wilson III (Artist) Derek Charm (Cover Artist)

Return to Vader’s Castle for a spooky spin on your favorite villains from a galaxy far, far away….

This exciting graphic novel explores the hidden corners of the Star Wars universe and features a wretched hive of scum and villainy including Darth Maul, Jabba the Hutt, Grand Moff Tarkin, Asaji Ventress–all under the shadow of Darth Vader!

Star Wars Adventures: Return to Vader’s Castle

Preview: Star Wars Adventures: Return to Vader’s Castle

Star Wars Adventures: Return to Vader’s Castle

Cavan Scott (Author) Francesco Francavilla (Artist) Megan Levens (Artist) Nicoletta Baldari (Artist) Kelley Jones (Artist) Charles Paul Wilson III (Artist) Derek Charm (Cover Artist)

Return to Vader’s Castle for a spooky spin on your favorite villains from a galaxy far, far away….

This exciting graphic novel explores the hidden corners of the Star Wars universe and features a wretched hive of scum and villainy including Darth Maul, Jabba the Hutt, Grand Moff Tarkin, Asaji Ventress–all under the shadow of Darth Vader!

Star Wars Adventures: Return to Vader’s Castle

Chilling Tales of a Galaxy Far, Far Away Return to Vader’s Castle

Star Wars Adventures: Return to Vader’s Castle

Following the success of last year’s Tales from Vader’s Castle comic-book miniseries, IDW Publishing heads back to the lava planet Mustafar for more Halloween-timed storytelling in Star Wars Adventures: Return to Vader’s Castle.

Shipping weekly throughout October, this five-issue story pairs Star Wars Adventuresmainstay writer Cavan Scott with Eisner Award-winning artist Francesco Francavilla for the story of torment deep within Fortress Vader, one that frames five tales of terror to thrill young and mature readers alike!

Each issue focuses on a different villain, each story written by Cavan Scott and illustrated by a renowned comic creator:

Star Wars Adventures: Return to Vader’s Castle.
  1. Darth Maul, illustrated by Megan Levens: “Maul is the counterpoint and nemesis of my favorite character from the saga, Obi-Wan Kenobi, so getting to tell a part of his story (and draw those fabulous tattoos) was something I didn’t hesitate to sign up for!”
  2. Grand Moff Tarkin, illustrated by Kelley Jones: “Although I rooted against him, I always had a sneaking admiration for Tarkin, as he was – in all honesty – the real evil of the Empire: cold, calculating, and all too human!”
  3. Asajj Ventress, illustrated by Nick Brokenshire: “I can’t wait to show you the super-creepy shenanigans we’re getting up to in the Star Wars universe!”
  4. Jabba the Hutt, illustrated by Nicoletta Baldari: “These are the comics you’re looking for!”
  5. Darth Vader, illustrated by Charles Paul Wilson III: “I told IDW that I’d draw the Kessel Run in less than 14 parsecs if they could get me on this book again, and they told me I could do it… but only if it was in under 12.”

Each issue of Star Wars Adventures: Return to Vader’s Castle will feature Cover A by Francesco Francavilla, Cover B by that issue’s respective guest artist, and a special black-and-white retailer incentive edition by Francavilla. Issue #1 will also include a special Derek Charm retailer incentive variant.

Preview: Star Wars Adventures: Tales from Vader’s Castle

Star Wars Adventures: Tales from Vader’s Castle

Cavan Scott (w) • Derek Charm, Chris Fenoglio, Kelley Jones, Corin Howell, Robert Hack, Charles Paul Wilson III (a) • Francesco Francavilla (c)

How do a band of rebels distract themselves when sneaking into the creepiest place in the galaxy? Tell scary stories of course! Follow Lina Graf, Crater, and friends as they sneak—and fight—their way into the terrifying castle of Darth Vader! Along the way, they’ll trade spooky stories featuring the most terrifying villains and creatures in the universe!

TPB • FC • $12.99 • 120 pages • 6” x 9” • ISBN: 978-1-68405-407-7

Preview: Star Wars Adventures: Tales from Vader’s Castle #5 (of 5)

Star Wars Adventures: Tales from Vader’s Castle #5 (of 5)

Cavan Scott (w) • Derek Charm, Charles Paul Wilson III (a) • Francesco Francavilla (c)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Tales from Vader’s Castle puts a spooky spin on your favorite characters from a galaxy far, far away! This exciting weekly series explores the hidden corners of the Star Wars universe and features Rebels stars Hera, Kanan, and Chopper; Obi-Wan Kenobi and Count Dooku; Han Solo and Chewbacca; the Ewoks; and of course, Darth Vader—all under the shadow of Vader’s Castle! Fans will be excited to discover these creepy stories by fan-favorite writer Cavan Scott with art by the greatest talent from across the galaxy.

Preview: Wraith

Wraith

Joe Hill (w) • Charles Paul Wilson, III (a) • Gabriel Rodriguez (c)

A graphic novel prequel to Hill’s New York Times bestselling novel NOS4A2. Discover the terrifying funhouse world of Christmasland and the ageless monster who rules it. Climb into the passenger seat as Hill and artist Charlie “Talent” Wilson III explore Charlie Manx’s twisted beginnings, introduce a new and depraved cast of characters to Christmasland, and take us for a 100 MPH ride down an icy nightmare road in a car with no brakes…

TPB • FC • $24.99 • 204 pages • ISBN: 978-1-68405-348-3

Tales from Vader’s Castle Celebrates Spooky Stories in a Galaxy Far, Far Away

IDW Publishing is providing a chance for readers of all ages to explore the creepiest corners of the Star Wars universe in Star Wars Adventures: Tales from Vader’s Castle, a thrilling five-part comic book event with new issues hitting stands every Wednesday in October. Fan-favorites Cavan Scott and Derek Charm team up with an incredible roster of guest artists for this special miniseries, just in time for Halloween.

The weekly series features beloved characters from throughout the galaxy, including Rebels stars Hera, Kanan, and Chopper; Obi-Wan Kenobi and Count Dooku; Han Solo and Chewbacca; and the Ewoks! What frights and scares await them in Darth Vader’s castle?

Eisner Award-winning artist Francesco Francavilla provides cover artwork for each Star Wars Adventures: Tales from Vader’s Castle issue, while different renowned creators (Kelley JonesChris FenoglioCorin HowellRobert Hack, and Charles Paul Wilson III) lend their distinctive styles to spooky tales over the course of the five weeks.

Preview: The X-Files: Case Files—Florida Man… #2 (of 2)

The X-Files: Case Files—Florida Man… #2 (of 2)

Delilah S. Dawson (w) • Elena Casagrande & Silvia Califano (a) • Catherine Nodet (cover a) • J.J. Lendl (cover b) • Charles Paul Wilson III (cover ri)

Witness the stunning conclusion to our first installment of Case Files! While investigating a rash of bizarre crimes in a small Florida town, Scully and Mulder find themselves in the clutches of an alligator-worshiping cult!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Preview: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles/Ghostbusters II #5

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles/Ghostbusters II #5

Erik Burnham, Tom Waltz (w) • Dan Schoening, Charles Paul Wilson III (a) • Dan Schoening (c)

The climactic conclusion as the teams reunite to face their adversaries… and a long lost ally!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

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