Star Wars Adventures: Tales From Vader's Castle #1 Review

by Nathan Koffler on October 03, 2018


Writer: Cavan Scott
Artists: Derek Charm and Chris Fenoglio
Letterer: Robbie Robbins
Publisher: IDW

Before we begin, I will start by letting you know that I am not a big fan of any media that is related to Star Wars. I decided to give this issue a shot because it seemed like it could be a great all-ages horror comic book. I am a fan of anything spooky but I like to spend some time with all-ages horror stuff too because of how influential it was for me growing up. After reading this issue, I’m unsure if it’s good enough in any department to be considered a good comic book.

Let’s start with discussing the spooky elements, or more appropriately, the lack of spooky elements. I would not have opened up this issue if I knew it was going to hold back this much on the horror content. Of course I get that it’s a children’s comic book series but there are plenty of amazing all-ages comic book series from the last couple of years that still understand and execute a proper pace. This first issue is just a slow and completely uninteresting comic book. I know that Star Wars media is usually kind of slow which is fine, but this isn't just slow. There is so much setup for absolutely zero excitement.

To add to it’s blandness, the artwork has no distinctive quality about it. Two separate artists each did different parts of the book so there is supposed to be a change of style. I looked for that change and I don’t even really see it because all of it is that unoriginal.

This Star Wars series that was advertised to be an all-ages spooky comic book does not deliver on a single promise. The story is boring, the characters are uninteresting, and the art is dull. To add to the disappointment, there is not a single thing even remotely spooky about any of it, which has a little to do with the fact that nothing really happens in it at all. This issue feels like IDW lazily put this series together and threw Star Wars on the cover for a quick cash grab.

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