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Star Wars Adventures: Tales From Vader’s Castle Issue 5 Comic Book Review


The fifth issue of “Star Wars Adventures: Tales From Vader’s Castle” closes out a disappointing series.

In the fifth and final issue of the “Star Wars Adventures: Tales From Vader’s Castle” comic book series, Lina Graf and company get in deep trouble inside the castle as they face off against Darth Vader and a host of other threats. The surviving group attempt to escape by using the lesson they learned from the stories that have been told in this series. There’s also an all too brief story about Mustafarians invading the castle out of revenge only to be defeated by Vader.

The fifth issue (and the previous four for that matter) of writer Cavan Scott’s “Star Wars Adventures: Tales From Vader’s Castle” has rewarding moments, but as a whole, the series felt like one missed big opportunity. I’m still not sure why the Vader’s Castle arc was aimed at a younger audience instead of a more adult demographic as it would have been fascinating to see edgier content. There was a real chance to explore the dark side and the castle itself, but it’s all pushed aside in favor of the stories that are told. Granted, there is a real chance we see the castle again in a future film or show, but still.

There is one part of this fifth issue that really caught my eye and that was the short story about the Mustafarian raid on the castle. It’s a shame this wasn’t a full blown story as, again, there’s a lot of potential there, but what we do get is compelling. It doesn’t hurt that the story was accompanied by stunningly detailed artwork by Charles Paul Wilson III.

The art by Derek Charm on everything aside from the Mustafarian story is consistent as per usual. Given that the wrap-around story is the majority of this issue, he obviously gets to create more panels this time around and he certainly seems to have a blast doing so. I’m sure any artist would relish getting to showcase Darth Vader in action.

Lastly, the comic concludes with a cover art gallery and IDW comic ads.

November 18, 2018 - Posted by | Comic Book Review | , , , ,

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