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Star Wars Adventures: Tales From Vader’s Castle Issue 1 Comic Book Review


IDW kicks off a new Star Wars comic book mini-series titled “Star Wars Adventures: Tales From Vader’s Castle.”

In the first of a five issue mini-series set to release throughout the month of October (just in time for Halloween), readers essentially get two stories written by Cavan Scott. The first is a wrap-around story much like you’d see in “Star Wars Adventures” only this one will be serialized throughout the five issues (I would imagine). This story revolves around Rebel pilot/engineer Lina Graf and her crew comprised of Skritt, Lt. Hudd, XM-G3, and CR-8R AKA Crater. Their ship is damaged and they need to land somewhere to make repairs. Unfortunately, they pick the worst possible landing spot on the planet Mustafar. Crater warns them not to go outside as it would be a mistake and the droid then launches into a story he learned from Chopper on his adventures on the Ghost with Kanan and Hera. After this, we get the “Star Wars Rebels” centric main story called “The Haunting Of The Ghost.” In this tale, Hera and company are searching for Graysom and wind up collecting a sort of phantom passenger who sneaks on board the Ghost to wreak havoc.

For a debut issue, “Star Wars Adventures: Tales From Vader’s Castle” doesn’t have a strong start. While the wrap-around story shows some promise with the Mustafar and Vader’s Castle elements, nothing has happened yet. In terms of “The Haunting Of The Ghost,” it’s a deeply underwhelming story that doesn’t let the reader know what this “phantom” is. Sure, it’s intriguing to see the Holocron play into the story, but that’s all it has going for it. It feels like a missed opportunity overall and a waste of the beloved “Star Wars Rebels” characters to boot.

Even though the writing doesn’t make much of an impression, the artwork does. Artists Derek Charm and Chris Fenoglio split the duties here with Charm covering the Lina story while Fenoglio tackles the ‘Ghost.’ Both artists have completely different art styles which work for their individual stories. Charm does a striking job of setting the mood and tone of the Lina tale with his stylized art while Fenoglio creates what one would expect Rebels characters to look like in a traditional comic book version form.

The comic closes out with a cover art gallery and IDW comic ads.

Overall Thoughts: “Star Wars Adventures: Tales From Vader’s Castle” falters a bit with issue, but with issue 2 teasing Count Dooku AND Obi-Wan Kenobi, I’m still on board to see what’s next.

October 2, 2018 - Posted by | Comic Book Review | , , , , ,

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