Return to Vader’s Castle #1

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It the second Tuesday of this week! Meaning I lost track of of the day of the week. Let’s make up for it by reading a DARTH VADER comic!

Oh. It’s Star Wars Adventures.

Return to Vader’s Castle #1
Writen by Cavan Scott
Penciled and Inked by Francesco Francavilla and Megan Levens
Colored by Francesco Francavilla and Charlie Kirchoff
Lettered by AndWorld Design
Published by IDW Publishing

Synopsis: (from the web site)Return to Vader’s Castle for a spooky spin on your favorite villains from a galaxy far, far away… This exciting weekly series explores the hidden corners of the Star Wars Galaxy and features a wretched hive of scum and villainy including Darth Maul, Grand Moff Tarkin, Asajj Ventress, Jabba the Hutt—all under the shadow of Darth Vader! Fans will be excited to discover these creepy stories by fan-favorite–QUIT THAT!

Not to harp on Disney for more complaints about Star Wars products with no Star Wars in them… but… The story’s fine except Vader isn’t in it! Maul kinda sorta is in it. But he is messed up!

The castle is in it, but who cares? It has no part to play. The plot is about this creepy dude that talks too much and the one cool rebel with a mountain man beard. Yeah, that guy.

As you can see by the cover the art is rushed and weak. IDW wanted five spooky stories for five weeks. And if issue #1 is the best of the crop they are meh.

I’ve met Charlie and his colors are fine. AndWorld’s letters are unobtrusive so they are fine, too. But this issue doesn’t grab me. I wouldn’t look inside and buy it. I really wouldn’t pick it up.

The best it has is the retro last page. The variants are so weak that IDW doesn’t advertise them.

For and issue #1, this is a 2½ stars out of 5 stars.

Get it at your local comic shop or check it out online.

Lonnie Webb

Geek-o-Rama received a copy of this book for the purpose of this review. All thoughts, comments, and opinions are those of the individual reviewer.

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