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Star Wars Adventures: Tales From Vader’s Castle Issue 4 Comic Book Review

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The fourth issue of “Star Wars Adventures: Tales From Vader’s Castle” is the best thus far.

After 3 so-so issues, writer Cavan Scott gets into geeky territory here and the issue is better for it. As per usual, there’s the wrap-around story involving Lina Graf and her crew. This time around, they’re in the fortress and Hudd has gone missing. Naturally, they go looking for him and are led down a dark path. G3 decides to tell a story about overcoming fear. That story is an Ewok centric tale titled “Night of the Gorax.” In this story, the Ewoks return home from hunting Boar-Wolfs and discover Woklings (young Ewoks) have been disappearing from the village. They believe Duloks are behind it and decide to investigate matters themselves. They soon discover that things are not as they seem and that a far greater threat is lurking (the titular Gorax).

If only the rest of the series was as fun as this. Not only is this story a nice tribute to “The Wicker Man” and the Ewok films, but it’s the complete package. There’s suspense, there’s a dark edge to the story, there’s a twist, and, best of all, there’s the Gorax! For those that are unfamiliar, the Gorax is the hulking creature from “Caravan Of Courage: An Ewok Adventure.” It’s always refreshing to see inclusions like that (especially if you’re a “Star Wars” die hard like myself). As for the wrap-around, it has finally got to a place of interest as it ramps up to the fifth and final issue with Darth Vader.

The art within these pages is also worthy of praise. I have already raved about Derek Charm’s stylistic art on the wrap-around before so it should come as no surprise that the consistency is still there. Robert Hack’s art for ‘Gorax’ is straight up phenomenal. It has a very retro 80’s Marvel “Star Wars” comic vibe to it especially when paired with colorist Charlie Kirchoff’s stand-out work.

Note: The comic concludes with the standard cover art gallery and IDW comic ads.

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

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