Reviews: Michaelangelo, Tales From Vader’s Castle, Lodger & Judge Dredd

Some thoughts on this weeks digital comics from IDW including new series Lodger, a new Judge Dredd story, Michaelangelo and Vader’s Castle

Star Wars: Tales From Vader’s Castle #4

Tales from Vader’s Castle puts a spooky spin on your favorite characters from a galaxy far, far away…

This exciting weekly series explores the hidden corners of the Star Wars universe and features Rebels stars Hear, Kanan, and Chopper; Obi-Wan Kenobi and Count Dooku; Han Solo and Chewbacca; the Ewoks; and of course, Darth Vader -all under the shadow of Vader’s Castle!

Cavan Scott – Writer
Robert Hack – Artist, Variant Cover Artist
Derek Charm – Artist, Variant Cover Artist
Francesco Francavilla – Cover Artist, Variant Cover Artist

Inside Vader’s castle and things are getting creepier! This time the tale come from the droid and is set on the forest moon of Endor….
it’s nice to see Chirpa, as I remember my Ewoks TV series (yes, I’m that old) What follows is a good tale from the Ewoks. We’ve got an evil that needs a sacrifice, as well as a good Wickerman reference! I like the way it all built up. We then get back to the horror in the castle, and what we all knew is coming is getting closer as the team are shrunk in size. Vader next week?

Teenage Mutant ninja Turtles Macro Series: Michaelangelo

Michelangelo’s deteriorating relationship with his father, Splinter, reaches a point of no return! Will Mikey fight those he loves to save those who need him the most? An oversized special focused on Michelangelo that will have lasting repercussions for the character

Ian Flynn – Writer
Michael Dialynas – Artist, Variant Cover Artist
David Petersen – Cover Artist
Ryan Brown – Variant Cover Artist

Michaelangelo is featured this week in these one-shots. This one really gets to the core of Michaelangelo, and makes me believe he will be key to what comes next between the Turtles and the Foot. Shredder may be gone and Splinter is in charge, but there is still something going down. This issue may be one of the first real chinks in that armour.
This issue was really good, with some great character moments from each character and the battle at the end was well done!

Leonardo next!

Lodger #1

A handsome drifter murders his way through the midwest while hiding in plain sight as a travel blogger, leaving families in shreds and body bags in his wake. Ricky Toledo was fifteen when she fell hard for “Dante”-until he killed her mother and got her father sent to prison for it. It’s three years later, and Ricky will stop at nothing to get revenge. Lodger is a dark, grimy, psychological thriller-a game of cat and mouse between a broken young woman and a serial killer-and like all the best crime noir… a twisted love story. A new series from Eisner Award winners David and Maria Lapham! BLACK CROWN’S first black and white miniseries! Don’t miss a special variant cover by Bill Sienkiewicz!

Maria Lapham – Writer
David Lapham – Writer, Artist, Letterer, Cover Artist
Bill Sienkiewicz – Variant Cover Artist

This new series is part of IDW’s Black Crown imprint.

Wow! this is a real dark read. There is some serious cat and mouse going on in this issue. It introduces us to the two main characters well. Sort of – the killer changes as he seems fit! I like the way that played out all the way to the end! Ricky seems to be a very resourceful character, but I can see her getting into other trouble before the end!

I enjoy the art in this, the black and white adds a really good tone to the story – making everything seem bleak and small-town! This will be an enjoyable series to work through!

Judge Dredd: Toxic! #1

Celebrated British writer Paul Jenkins takes his first shot at Judge Dredd! The death of a genetically modified toxic waste worker leads to a startling discovery that fuels anti-immigration fervor and threatens to spill over into the streets of Mega-City One. Cutting satire and gritty action from writer Paul Jenkins (Hellblazer, The Inhumans) and artist Marco Castiello (Star Wars)! Covers by Jenkins’ Peter Parker: Spider-Man teammate Mark Buckingham (Fables, Marvelman)! Painted variant covers by concept artist John Gallagher (The Flash, Supergirl)! Ask your retailer about the rare black and white variant cover by Mark Buckingham! Ask your retailer about the super-rare variant cover by Marco Castiello!

Paul Jenkins – Writer
Marco Castiello – Artist, Variant Cover Artist
Mark Buckingham – Cover Artist
John Gallagher – Variant Cover Artist

A new series start for the IDW version of Judge Dredd!

It starts with a nice “Dredd” feeling monologue about Mega City one and the Judges. Then we get a good introduction to a new part of Mega City One. Something many may not think about – what happens with all the waste. Well it seems that there are ‘Scrubbers’ mutated people who carry out the work in a poisonous atmospheres…
What looks like a normal death seems to be something more as Dredd, Anderson and the Judges now have to deal with something bigger and deeper in the world!
The anti-aliens bias looks like it could rip apart MC1

BTW – there’s an interesting looking protester against the Aliens!

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