Visit The Little Star Destroyer Of Horror In Star Wars Adventures: Return To Vader’s Castle #3

by Tony Thornley

The Star Wars universe is full of monsters, but none are more famous than the Sarlaac, the ravenous monster that ate Boba Fett and nearly had Han Solo and Lando Calrissian for dessert. However, the creature doesn’t start as a giant sand monster, as Star Wars Adventures: Return To Vader’s Castle #3 shows…

Cavan Scott, Francesco Francavilla, Nick Brokenshire, and Andworld Design show us a determined former Sith on the trail on a most unusual and terrifying foe.

As rebel Thom Hudd tries to escape from Vader’s castle, with the Caretaker hot on this trail, the frightening servant of Sith tells the Rebel a story. On Coruscant, Asajj Ventress is hired to investigate a series of underworld disappearances before they draw unsavory attention. However, she doesn’t expect a literal monster at the core of the mystery… or the figurative monster behind it.

Scott crafts a story that’s creepy without crossing a line into outright horror. It’s perfect for an all-ages book. For an adult reading it with their kids they get a fun, breezy adventure, for the kids being read to they get a little spooked while seeing a side to Star Wars that they might not know. Ventress is always an interesting character to involve in a story, either as antagonist and protagonist, so using her here is smart.

Brokenshire’s art style is cartoony and expressive. However, it’s not too childish, giving the story an eerie edge. He’s especially good at using POV’s straight from a horror movie, all tight close-ups and shadows that actually build up tension. Even though the cover spoils the Sarlaac twist, the art still sells the thrills leading up to it. He uses muted and dark colors, which also helps with the tension. Francavilla’s pages are a great intro and outro, setting up the terror to come.

Monsters are lurking all over the Star Wars universe, and that makes for a great read for all ages.

Star Wars: Return to Vader’s Castle #3 is available now from IDW Publishing.

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