Star Wars Adventures: Return to Vader’s Castle – comic book series

Following the success of last year’s Tales from Vader’s Castle comic-book miniseries, IDW Publishing heads back to the lava planet Mustafar for more Halloween-timed storytelling in Star Wars Adventures: Return to Vader’s Castle.

Shipping weekly throughout October, the new five-issue story pairs Star Wars Adventures mainstay writer (and returning Vader’s Castle scribe) Cavan Scott with artist Francesco Francavilla (Afterlife with Archie) for the story of torment deep within Fortress Vader, one that frames five tales of terror.

“I am over the moon to be returning to Vader’s Castle for another helping of Halloween horror from a galaxy, far, far away. And what better way to celebrate the scariest time of the year than by focusing on the villains of the Star Wars saga?” says Scott. “The response to our last visit to Mustafar was phenomenal, and I hope fans will join us once again, embracing the dark side in the company of Sith, warlords, and crazed Imperial scientists.”

Francavilla says, “I’m hyper-excited to be back working on Vader’s Castle! I had so much fun doing the covers for the first mini, and Cavan’s tales are such a delight, that I was happy to hear from IDW that there would be a sequel. I agreed to work on interior pages as well, so it’s double the fun for me and for all the readers!”

Each issue focuses on a different villain, each story written by Cavan Scott and illustrated by a renowned comic creator:

#1: Darth Maul, illustrated by Megan Levens: “Maul is the counterpoint and nemesis of my favourite character from the saga, Obi-Wan Kenobi, so getting to tell a part of his story (and draw those fabulous tattoos) was something I didn’t hesitate to sign up for!”

#2: Grand Moff Tarkin, illustrated by Kelley Jones: “Although I rooted against him, I always had a sneaking admiration for Tarkin, as he was – in all honesty – the real evil of the Empire: cold, calculating, and all too human!”

#3: Asajj Ventress, illustrated by Nick Brokenshire: “I can’t wait to show you the super-creepy shenanigans we’re getting up to in the Star Wars universe!”

#4: Jabba the Hutt, illustrated by Nicoletta Baldari: “These are the comics you’re looking for!”

#5: Darth Vader, illustrated by Charles Paul Wilson III: “I told IDW that I’d draw the Kessel Run in less than 14 parsecs if they could get me on this book again, and they told me I could do it… but only if it was in under 12.”

Each issue of Star Wars Adventures: Return to Vader’s Castle will feature Cover A by Francesco Francavilla, Cover B by that issue’s respective guest artist, and a special black-and-white retailer incentive edition by Francavilla. Issue #1 will also include a special Derek Charm retailer incentive variant.

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