Thursday, November 16, 2017

Modern Marvel: Star Wars: Screaming Citadel Mile High Comics Exclusives

Mile High Comics commissioned exclusive covers for all five parts of the Screaming Citadel event.  The connecting covers are all drawn by Mike Mayhew.  Mayhew's first Star Wars artwork appears on the interior pages of Dark Horse's The Star Wars 8-issue mini-series, but he has drawn a couple of issues of Marvel's main Star Wars title as well as provide cover artwork for several issues.

The Screaming Citadel story draws heavily from gothic horror and Mayhew's covers do an excellent job portraying that genre.  The planet Ktath'atn is an ideal location with grey skies, ample fog, and lightning which is the background for Mayhew's artwork.  The cover art for Screaming Citadel #1 shows Luke Skywalker while an image of the Queen's face is in the background.  The Queen feeds on the life energy of others, not unlike a vampire.

Star Wars: Screaming Citadel #1f - Marvel Comics, U.S. (May 2017)
Mile High Comics exclusive
The artwork on Star Wars #31 shows several of Marvel's original characters that appear in this story: Doctor Aphra, Sana Starros, Triple-Zero, and BT-1.

Star Wars #31d - Marvel Comics, U.S. (May 2017)
Mile High Comics exclusive
Princess Leia is on the cover of Doctor Aphra #7.  Strangely there is a Star Destroyer in the sky, but no Imperials appear in the story.

Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #7c - Marvel Comics, U.S. (May 2017)
Mile High Comics exclusive
Star Wars #32 captures the desired gothic horror mood better than any of the covers.  The Wookiee Black Krrsantan is infected by a Abersyn symbiote in the story and turns on our heroes.  On the cover, he is doing a good impersonation of a werewolf.  The red planet in the background and the fog add to the effect and this is my favorite of the covers.  The only flaw is there are more Star Destroyers in the sky.

Star Wars #32d - Marvel Comics, U.S. (June 2017)
Mile High Comics exclusive
The final cover for Doctor Aphra #8 shows Han Solo fighting off the Abersyn symbiotes.  In the background is the Citadel which looks very much like a futuristic Dracula's castle.

Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #8c - Marvel Comics, U.S. (June 2017)
Mile High Comics exclusive
Here is what the five covers connected look like:

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