Some thoughts on some of this weeks comics from IDW Publishing – including TMNT: Donatello, Tales From Vader’s Castle and Ducktales
Star Wars: Tales From Vader’s Castle #1
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
Derek Charm – Artist, Variant Cover Artist
Chris Fenoglio – Artist, Variant Cover Artist
Francesco Francavilla – Cover Artist
A fun horror series, outside of the main canon from IDW Publishing – this one is called ‘The Haunting Of The Ghost’ Telling ghost stories is a time honoured trope, and this issue does that. The setting is well done. There isn’t a camp fire here, but it is hot! Where are they – well the place where Darth Vader calls home! That was well done, and the ghost story, throwing back to the Star Wars: Rebels era was also very good. I liked the telling of the tale and the build up to the next issue. The colours were really well done and made a good read!
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Macro Series: Donatello
TMNT returns to its roots with new spotlights on individual Turtles, but this time they’re extra-large! Donatello understands that more is at stake than his brothers realize. In order to prepare for the coming conflict, Don will aim to repair his relationship with his mentor Harold… and his malicious robotic counterpart Metalhead! *Retailers: See your order form for incentive information. The new ‘Macros’ will set up each individual Turtle for the climactic storyline leading to TMNT #100!
Paul Allor – Writer
Brahm Revel – Artist
David Petersen – Cover Artist
Donatello has always been the problem solver and here he looks to solve many problems in one go. It brings together some blasts from his past though. Harold and Metalhead. This was an interesting read and it got to the bottom of Donatello’s relationships and what he wants to do. He wants to avoid a future, and this looks to be his way to do it. In the meantime there are some other kinks to work out. We don’t just get science in this issue, there is some good action and an interesting resolution.
Next month – Michaelangelo!
Two brand-new stories of life in Duckburg await in DuckTales #13! Join Scrooge McDuck, Donald Duck, Huey, Dewey, Louie, Webby, and their friends as they deal with the ‘Countdown to Termination’ and hit the ice in ‘The Mighty Ducks of Duckburg!
Steve Behling – Writer
Gianfranco Florio – Artist
Giuseppe Fontana – Cover Artist
Marco Ghiglione – Variant Cover Artist
Countdown To Termination has only a little bit of Scrooge and the boys in this story. Gyro has been put under pressure to invent something useful in 24hrs. The countdown is on and he’s having trouble. The story is well told and the suspense is good fun. The ending was well done, with a fun twist at the finish too!
The Mighty Ducks Of Duckberg has the Beagles facing the Ducks in an ice hockey match. There’s something fishy going on, and Webby (the secret weapon) works it all out. It’s a nice finish of revenge on the Beagles on ice!