Comic Review: Return to Vader’s Castle #3

Published: October 16, 2019
Writer: Cavan Scott
Penciler: Francesco Francavilla (Pages 1-2 & 19-20), Nick Brokenshire (Pages 3-18)
Colourist: Francesco Francavilla (Pages 1-2 & 19-20), Nick Brokenshire (Pages 3-18)
Letterer: AndWorld Design
Cover Artist: Francesco Francavilla

The synopsis;

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-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! Covers by Eisner-winning artist Francesco Francavilla! Collect them all!

The review;

Here we go again for another creepy instalment from Vader’s Castle by Cavan Scott!

Asajj Ventress adorns this week’s cover being chased by a Sarlaac. Not something that you would expect to see, but Francesco Francavilla nails yet another cover. The RI cover is the same artwork, but in black and white. This week though, the B cover is the one that stands out. It’s a breath-taking illustration of Ventress from Nick Brokenshire. Everything about just screams spooky, evil and dangerous!

After last weeks homage to Peter Cushing, we have a slightly different twist this week.  Sarlacc’s are quite in vogue currently following on from Han Solo and Dok Ondar’s escapades with the creatures in the recent Galaxy’s Edge series from Marvel Comics. We now know that they are ominous above ground as they are below it!

Scott is well known for his Easter eggs hidden in his stories. Last week we had a Doctor Who reference as well as Peter Cushing’s birthday. This issue we have Underworld 1313, the name of the much-anticipated video game that never came to fruition, as the location for this week’s adventures. Are there any more in there, I didn’t see any. I could be wrong though.

We all know that Ventress has a quite complex background from trainee of Dooku to would be bounty hunter and this story picks up on the latter part of her adventure. And that adventure is a classic double cross and pay back story. It is so well told and the artwork from Brokenshire helps the story along effortlessly. The colour palette used really reminds me of The Joker from Batman by using greens, purples and yellows to great effect.

Outside of the Ventress story, Captain Hudd is still attempting to flee his captor, Vaneé. But he ends up in his own predicament trying to escape when some of Vader’s practice droids are released into his path. Francavilla has been doing an amazing job with the shorter section of the weekly instalments, and his work is of the highest order.

Another great all-round effort from all involved, which made me smile while reading it. I can’t believe there are only 2 issues left of the series.

I wonder what Jabba the Hutt and the B’omarr Monks will have in store for us in issue 4.

Availability;

Star Wars Adventures: Return to Vader’s Castle #3 was released on October 16, 2019 and is published by IDW Publishing. This issue is available via Forbidden Planet in the UK and from all good comic bookstores and retails at $3.99.