When most people think of October, they immediately associate it with Halloween. It’s the month for pumpkins, costumes, haunted houses, and scary stories. To celebrate the spooky nature of this month, IDW will be releasing a new comic book mini-series called Tales from Vader’s Castle.
“I’ve always loved scary stories, and where better to tell them than the lair of Darth Vader himself?” said writer Cavan Scott in the official press release. “Being asked to write any Star Wars character is a joy, but tackling the Dark Lord of the Sith? That’s a childhood dream… or should I say, a nightmare! Vader terrified me growing up, and I can’t wait to add to the legacy of Star Wars’ villain, providing frightening new scares for the next generation.”
“We’re thrilled to welcome the creepy Cavan Scott, the frightening Francesco Francavilla, and an array of eerie artists into the creepiest corners of the Star Wars universe for Tales from Vader’s Castle,” said Michael Siglain, creative director of publishing for Lucasfilm. “There’s no better way to celebrate Halloween than with these spooky stories from a galaxy far, far away.”
The mini-series will contain 5 individual eerie adventures featuring a variety of characters, including some of our favorites from Star Wars Rebels, specifically Hera Syndulla, Kanan Jarrus, and Chopper.
“Since this is a spookier story about these characters stranded on this nightmarish planet, it’s been fun really pushing the horror aspect in the art,” said artist Derek Charm. “The shadows are heavier, the colors are harsher, and everything has this apocalyptic vibe… like things may not work out for our heroes!”
Inspired by Ralph McQuarrie’s sketches from The Empire Strikes Back, Vader’s Castle made its first appearance in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, where Orson Krennic traveled to Mustafar to meet with Vader himself.
And while not directly mentioned, Lucasfilm’s Pablo Hidalgo confirmed in the “Ghosts of Geonosis” episode of Rebels Recon that Tarkin was going to take Kanan, who had been captured in season one, to Vader’s castle. When the Ghost crew discovered he was being taken to Mustafar, Hera said Kanan referred to it as a place “where Jedi go to die.”
It’ll be interesting to see how the events from the Kanan-Hera-Chopper issue enhances or informs the content previously established in the television series. In the meantime, make sure to follow IDW Publishing on Twitter for more updates.