29 January 2018

Star Wars: The Screaming Citadel


Star Wars: The Screaming Citadel is a classic dark-and-stormy night kind of Gothic horror, but ... you know ... also very Star Wars. It's weird and delightful. Lots of witty banter, double and triple-crossing, lavish Bram Stoker's Dracula-esque clothes, symbiotes, snarky droids, and a possessed Wookies.

Skywalker, desperate to become the Jedi Knight he needs to be to beat Vader, teams up with the rogue archaeologist (and general bad 'un) Doctor Aphra. Aphra has an ancient Jedi crystal thingamajig in her possession that she cannot unlock, but she knows a very old, very bored alien queen who will ... if she's introduced to the right bit of interesting organic life. Skywalker's willing to be that bit (not at all understanding what it will cost him) to get the ancient Jedi crystal thingamajig unlocked. It's a win-win for everyone, right? Well, no. Not at all.


Star Wars: The Screaming Citadel is five-issue crossover between the main Star Wars and Star Wars: Doctor Aphra comic book series. Chronologically, it appears to be set sometime between the films A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back. Do you need to have read the Doctor Aphra series for The Screaming Citadel to make sense? I don't think so. Your level of enjoyment may be increased, but enough of Aphra's backstory is provided by Skywalker & Co. that you get the gist of it. But maybe don't listen to me as I'm off to read Star Wars: Doctor Aphra, Volume One.

Star Wars: The Screaming Citadel by Kieron Gillen, Jason Aaron, et al. Marvel, 2017.

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