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EXCLUSIVE: Ewoks hunt the Gorax in first look at IDW's Tales From Vader's Castle #4

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Oct 19, 2018

IDW Publishing is saluting the scary season all month long with its entertaining YA crossover series, Star Wars Adventures: Tales From Vader's Castle.

Written by Cavan Scott and paired with splashy, cartoon-style art by Derek Charm and a rotating roster of guest artists, this stellar space opera title is a five-issue, weekly anthology framed around the intimidating Sith Lord's cool obsidian-colored crib on the scorching planet of Mustafar. Stay tuned for a sneak peek at the newest issue below!

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This fistful of Halloweentime tales features main covers by Francesco Francavilla and will spotlight a galaxy of fan-favorite characters spanning the sci-fi landscape far, far way, including Star Wars Rebels stars Hera, Kanan, and Chopper; Obi-Wan Kenobi and Count Dooku; Han Solo and Chewbacca; and the adorable Ewoks.

The series launched its premiere issue on Oct. 3, and last week's chapter showcased a thorny creature called The Briar Witch and featured Corin Howell as the guest artist.

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Now SYFY WIRE has an exclusive look at Tales From Vader's Castle #4 (Oct. 24), with Ewoks Chirpa and Logray leading a hunting expedition to track down the mysterious predator called the Gorax. This issue also spotlights the outstanding atmospheric art of Robert Hack (The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina). The main creative matchup of Scott and Charm also reveal how this issue came about with some illuminating thoughts on where readers can expect this next set of after-dark stories to go.

"I don’t think anyone was sure when I suggested Ewoks for issue 4," Scott told SYFY WIRE. "We wanted a giant monster story, and the obvious choices were the rancor or maybe the wampa. But the wampa had just appeared in Forces of Destiny and I had another colossus in mind… albeit one from, shall we say, a sidestep in Star Wars continuity. The giant Gorax first appeared in Caravan of Courage: An Ewok Adventure, but I was over the moon to see the shaggy beast appear in 2016’s Star Wars: Galactic Atlas. The Gorax was canon! I’ve always been a fan of the Ewoks.

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"While Empire was the first Star Wars film I saw at the cinema, Return of the Jedi was the first one I saw as a proper obsessive fan, and ten-year-old me thought the Ewoks were great. I still do. No-one can tell me those things aren’t scary. Imagine what it would be like to be in thick jungle at night and have a hairy, black-eyed, skull-wearing walking bear-thing swing at you, armed with spears and chattering teeth.

"And guest artist Robert Hack really went for it. The man was meant to draw creepy Ewoks. I can honestly say that bringing together Ewoks and The Wicker Man is one of my highlights of writing Star Wars… so far."

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"The group splits up this issue, which is never a good idea in a horror comic, and a recent movie character makes his comic debut late in the comic," added Charm.

Rocket into our exclusive peek at Star Wars Adventures: Tales From Vader's Castle #4 in the full gallery below, then tell us if you're digging these spooky Star Wars campfire tales.

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