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Star Wars Adventures: Tales From Vader's Castle Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2019-05-27 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 0 user ratings
ISBN:1684054079
LANGUAGE:English

" Fun enough, but kind of short even for a comic. " said.

" I enjoyed it, but it was a little too intense for my kiddo. " said.

" Fun frame narrative w anthology stories. Character development, and good storytelling. The art is pretty good, too, w a nice variety of styles (due to diff artists) and color pallets (diff environments). My 5 yo really liked the stories. " said.

" I honestly did not expect to like this series. There were things about it that were a bit too juvenile or "Kiddy", but this story was pretty awesome. There were some really great tales starring some of our favorite characters. This definitely surpassed my expectation and did not go the direction I thought it would, which is a good thing. I absolutely adored the Ewok story and the Obi-Wan/Dooku one. I wan more of both in canon. Amazing read for October! " said.

" This was actually a pretty darn good book; I didn't realize when I ordered it that it was designed for the younger aged set, but it had a good mix of short scary stories from Rebels, younger Han Solo, Dooku/Kenobi, the Ewoks, and of course, we do see Vader since it is his castle after all. My only complaint is that since it's a small book, the stories were far too short! Great for reading on Halloween, and us older folks too! " said.

" I think this is my new favorite SW comic this was so good!! " said.

"This is a light, fun, and really enjoyable anthology adventure. It’s definitely geared towards a younger audience, so even though is kinda-sorta dubbed a “horror anthology,” it’s more of a series of adventures with mildly spooky elements that are tied together by an ongoing story of typically-mischievous Star Wars rebels. And I really liked that.

There’s something refreshing about this comic. Cavan Scott’s writing feels right at home in Star Wars, but carries an airy, flexible tone that capably manages to bounce between stories revolving around icons like Obi-Wan Kenobi, Han Solo, and even a tribe of Ewoks, while also delivering a thorough line plot about new characters accidentally stumbling into Vader’s fortress on Mustafar. The stakes never feel *that* lofty, but Scott’s pacing is spot-on and keeps things moving so no single scene overstayed it’s welcome.

The same goes for the artwork, which changes depending on the particular one-off story each issue focuses on, but remains consistent and enjoyable. Nothing really blew me away, but the layouts balanced panels and splash pages really well, and I did love the coloring. Lots of contrast and some great uses of reds and blacks went a long way in elevating the artwork. I definitely enjoyed Derek Charm’s work the best though; his classic-cartoon-esque style for the mainline story was delightful and colorful, and his expressiveness was really a lot of fun. He also draws a real scary and larger-than-life Vader, which is also a winner.

This comic is a lot of fun, and even though it’s not earth-shattering in its story or “scariness,” it’s a consistent delight and I greatly enjoyed my time with it.
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"Cavan Scott's Star Wars Adventures series has grown on me. I originally found them to be inconsequential and silly. But now, having re-read some of the old SW comics from the 70s and 80s, I see Adventures as being much more in line with what SW used to be like in graphic novel form. The artwork also reminds me more of that classic era than any of the current books.

This collection of scary stories is surprisingly grim, given the target readership of the series. And I question whether people actually would tell each other stories while they're infiltrating Vader's castle on Mustafar anyway. :) But the stories—including glimpses of Dooku and Obi-Wan, young Han Solo, Ewoks, and Kanan and Hera—are fun. In the frame story, Vader plays less of a role than his adviser, Vaneé, but of course Vader appears at the end to do his usual thing. There are mild references to the story about the origins of Vader's castle in Charles Soule's excellent graphic novel, Fortress Vader.

As a bonus: covers by Francesco Francavilla!
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