Comic Review 186 // Return to Vader's Castle

I had so much fun last week with Tales from Vader's Castle that I had to dive into the following collection. Cleverly named Return to Vader's Castle.

Title: Star Wars Adventures: Return to Vader's Castle

Written by: Cavan Scott

Illustrators: Francesco Francavilla, Megan Levens, Nicoletta Baldari, Kelley Jones & Charles Paul Wilson III.

Fluff: Return to Vader's Castle for a spooky spin on your favourite villains from a galaxy far, far away...

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

Fans will be excited to discover these creepy stories by fan-favourite writer Cavan Scott, with art by the greatest talent from across the galaxy, including Nicoletta Baldari, Nick Brokenshire, Francesco Francavilla, Kelley Jones, Megan Levens, and Charles Paul Wilson III!

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Format: Paperback, 120 pages


I like that this is a straight-up sequel to Tales from Vader's Castle. It jumps straight into the sideline story of the first and sees us join the Rebel Thom Hudd in a torture chamber, having been captured by Vanee - the servant to Lord Vader.

The artwork is very similar to the first book, which is excellent, and the flow of the stories is also very much the same. This time though, it is mostly Vanee telling them, and they focus on the "bad guys" of the Star Wars universe. I loved that we got Darth Maul, Jabba the Hutt, Asajj Ventress and Tarkin stories. It is nice to see their viewpoints of the war now and again.

Though I understand the formula needed to stay the same, it felt a bit flat in this title. The excitement, I guess for me, had been used up. The thrill of exploring Vader's Castle had disappeared as we instead watched Hudd attempting to flee and the stories themselves lacked a valid link to the plot. A lack of "moral" was missing in the stories' scenarios.

Darth Maul's tale was definitely a standout piece. It was great to see him in his insane spider format in the garbage world. I had only ever witnessed this stage of his character in Clone Wars, so it was great to revisit again. Tarkin's was a close second, though very much revenge of Frankenstein it made a good chase for how ruthless Tarkin is how he will let nothing stand in his way.

Overall an enjoyable read, but just not as good as part one. But maybe that is my fault for going back to back with these titles. Maybe with a gap in reading, I may have had a different opinion. Ah well, power of hindsight.

As always, cheers for reading along!

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