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Star Wars: The Screaming Citadel

(Star Wars (2015) #5.5)

3.59  ·  Rating details ·  1,914 ratings  ·  221 reviews
Collects Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #7-8, Star Wars (2015) #31-32, Star Wars: The Screaming Citadel #1.

A rebel pilot and a rogue archaeologist delve into the darkest shadows of the galaxy side by side, as Luke Skywalker reluctantly teams up with Doctor Aphra! The not-so-good Doctor will make Luke an offer he can't afford to pass that leads him to a very rare gatherin
Kindle Edition, 138 pages
Published October 11th 2017 by Marvel
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Screamin’ goooood!

I bought some of the comic book issues of this storyline, but I wasn’t able to get the ones from “Doctor Aphra” title. I’ve chosen this TPB edition to make a better overall review.

The story is set after the events of “Star Wars IV: A New Hope” but before the events of “Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back”. This TPB edition contains from the titles of “Star Wars: Screaming Citadel” #1 (one-shot), “Star Wars” #31-32 and “Star Wars: Doctor Aphra” #7-8 in its new Marvel Canon
Ben Brown
So…this was a thing.

Star Wars: Volume 5’s Yoda-centric story ended up being my first real disappointment in Jason Aaron’s Star Wars run, so I had a ton of hope pinned to “The Screaming Citadel.” The fact that I ADORED the first crossover Star Wars event that Marvel did last year, “Vader Down,” and that this was being written by the same writers of said event, Aaron and Kieron Gillen-the latter of whom’s “Doctor Aphra” series I have seriously been digging-had me really psyched to see what this wo
Luke Skywalker is still trying to find a way to become a Jedi, and rogue archaeologist Doctor Aprhra has a crystal containing the essence of an ancient Jedi Master. Aphra has a plan to see a mysterious queen who receives visitors only once a year and will grant a favor to unique life forms. Since Luke is crazy strong with the Force, Aphra believes he’ll catch the queen’s eye, and she will help them unlock the crystal. Despite Aprhra’s previous employment with Darth Vader and their less than frie ...more
This is one of the weaker story of the New Star Wars Graphic Novel series. It was interesting, but what is up with Leia flirting like that with Han. That did not happen. She gave him nothing but a hard time until after Empire. Hans looks weird in this too.

It is interesting seeing a vulnerable Luke and his missteps as he's trying to learn the ways of the force. The main villain in this one was pretty silly. I don't know, it made for weirdness, some good and some not. I guess they are trying to m
Mar 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
Star Wars attempts a horror story... and mostly succeeds. Dr. Aphra talks Luke into meeting a strange queen who knows how to activate a Jedi artifact Aphra recovered in her last arc. Soon there's lots of running from possessed monsters in a Gothic castle. It's different for Star Wars and sometimes a bit goofy but I liked it. I also enjoyed the character studies of Luke and Aphra.
Gianfranco Mancini

Vote: 3,5

Loved the first half of this Star Wars/Aphra crossover, it was like reading a gothic vampire horror story in the "sword & bolter" Star Wars universe.

The "villain archeologist/jedi farmer boy" team-up was just great, I'm in love with Triple-Zero and BT-1 and I'm starting to like a lot Doc Aphra too, covers/artwork by Larroca/Checchetto were awesome except for some silly photorealistic visage seeming just out from a movie frame...

... sadly Aphra series' second cheesy half of the cros
Feb 12, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Wow, this was truly terrible. Like, I don't even care about these books' setting not making any sense — it's all basically glorified fan fiction at this point, because none of these events could have logically happened between films IV and V. Fuck all that. The worst thing about Screaming Citadel is that it's just painfully dumb. It's an attempt to mash up Star Wars with Alien and Marvel's symbiotes. And that's the whole idea — Aphra shows up and tells Luke she can hook him up with a Jedi master ...more
Jim C
Aug 02, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a crossover event between the main comic Star Wars and Doctor Aphra. In this one, Doctor Aphra and Luke team up to visit a planet where a queen only sees people once a year. Doctor Aphra is in possession of a Jedi crystal that is non functional. The queen might be able to make it functional where Luke can learn from it and it will be more valuable to Doctor Aphra.

This universe will delve into different genres at times and this is a horror genre collection. I was all for it. How can I not
Hard to reconcile the events of this book within the broader Star Wars cannon. Stories with such magnitude as this comic book crossover of which the plot centers around a sentient Jedi stored in a mysterious artifact in the possession of popular comic-born character Doctor Aphra whose intention (on the surface) is to free this Jedi to aide Luke’s training (remember this is set in between A New Hope and Empire Strikes Back, so Luke’s still coming to terms with the whole Jedi thing) should’ve been ...more
Feb 17, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics, sci-fi
Luke Skywalker and Dr. Arpha decide to go to a strange meeting in a place called the "Screaming Citadel". Obviously (the name didn't give an hint as to trouble?) there is trouble and Han, along with Leia, must go to the rescue. Luke, proving a very poor representative of the Jedi, struggles to defeat some characters a 14 year old Padawan could have dispatched. I won't spoil any more of the story.

It's a good enough story, the artwork is uniformly good. Luke? He is underwhelming as ever. It really
Jan 02, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This felt a bit like Star Wars doing Abbott & Costello meet Dracula. It's ostensibly a creepy horror story, but it's filled with banter (especially between Aphra and Luke, who make for a fun pairing), a fair bit of action, and some over-the-top villainy that manages to pull all the major characters in (yes, even Sana, whose interactions with Aphra are second only to Luke's). The plot is pretty silly; Aphra is using Luke to get a strange Queen to unlock a Jedi relic, but is of course double and t ...more
Travis Duke
Started strong but ended a little silly. The story starts with Dr. Aphra, now with the rebels, propositioning Luke to help her. Aphra has an ancient crystal that has the essence of an old jedi in it but she cannot unlock it. Luke needs a Jedi to train him so Aphra makes a deal to go to the screaming citadel to make a deal. I like the premise and I like Aphra and I love the evil droids BT and triple 0. I thought the story had a fun idea and actually has a small tie with Lukes training so I was hy ...more
Aug 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics, star-wars
I really like Star Wars horror, it’s a problem
Crossing over two of the new lines results in an enjoyable story, but once again it is undermined by the knowledge of the original films and how these new storylines should have affected them.
Lance Shadow
Another story with horror themes in the Star Wars universe to satiate my thirst for star-wars-with-a-scare in the month of October. Aka, the time of year I like to call "the month of horror". While I started with the legends novel Red Harvest (review here:, I now give you a complete 180 degree turn with a canon comic book.
I didn't know what to think before readign this book. On the one hand, seeing Luke and Dr Aphra crossing over was an exciting prospec
Scott Foley
Jan 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Apr 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A bit different for a Star Wars comic omnibus, but still fun.
Chris Lemmerman
The last Star Wars crossover, Vader Down, was good fun but didn't seem to do much to forward either the Star Wars or Darth Vader narratives. The same can be said about this one, which crosses the main Star Wars title with Doctor Aphra; however, the character interactions more than make up for this.

Building off of the end of the first arc of Aphra's solo book, she grabs Luke and heads to the Screaming Citadel to see if she can bargain for her Jedi AI to be reactivated using Luke's life. Enter the
Ricky Ganci
Jun 28, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not entirely sure who at the LucasFilm Story Group signed off on this nightmare, but this is hands down the worst piece of EU lore since the Disney acquisition. It is disparate from the overall direction of the unified canon to such a degree that makes it laughable, absurd, and a clear wrinkle in what has otherwise been rather smooth storytelling fabric.

Mr. Gillen continues to press his hamfisted and discordant agenda, commandeering Luke, Leia, and Han and filtering them through the lens he'
Michael Mills
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Creepy murder mind control bugs? ..............thanks but no thanks.

Also it wasn't great that Aphra looked significantly whiter in some issues than others. I don't care whether you have different artists working on the same character, whitewashing is still not a things that should be happening here.

Super bonus: multiple! queer! characters! I feel like the comics are spoiling me for the movie universe in this aspect.
David Dalton
Jan 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Lots of Sci Do Adventures

Good Star Wars stories featuring my favorite SW characters. Plus several new ones. A SW cross-over with Doctor Aphra. Good idea.
The Screaming Citadel really didn't add much to the Star Wars canon. Luke Skywalker and Dr. Aphra head off to a strange planet to unlock the secrets of a Jedi artifact (see Star Wars: Doctor Aphra, Vol. 1: Aphra for more details). Han and Leia chase after them. There are some fun moments (looking at you Triple Zero). Anyone that has been enjoying Marvel's recent Star Wars comics will probably like this. Just know that it is basically a throwaway story. ...more
Jan 31, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The fact that evil versions of Threepio and Artoo exist pleases me immensely
Jorge de la Vega
This review will be a bit longer than I'm used to for TPB comic books, and will mainly focus on an emerging trope within the Star Wars hub series. My criticism lies not with the concept or storyline presented here, but rather how this detail has come to affect my personal enjoyment of the current canon.

So, this is the THIRD storyline in a row (after Rebel Jail and Last Flight of the Harbinger) that writers have chosen to downplay the skills, value and overall intelligence of the male protagonis
Scott Rhee
Have comic books always been this frustrating, or is it just a recent trend? Case in point: “Star Wars: Screaming Citadel”. I recently picked it up at my local library (I can’t afford to buy comic books anymore; they are ridiculously expensive. I mean, if I were to buy a copy of this at the store, it would cost me $18. Granted, it’s a full-color, glossy-paged volume that collects five issues in one, but still...) thinking that it was a stand-alone story that I could enjoy without having to read ...more
Jan 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Hmm - I found this comic book juvenile, predictable and not Star Wars. The artwork is mostly fair, apart from some of the stuff by Salvador Larroca that is absolutely hideous. I mean, who doesn't want to see Luke Skywalker drawn in a photorealistic style to resemble Paul Heaton from the Beautiful South?

ugly artwork

The traditional heroes of Star Wars, Luke, Leia and Han, appear to have each been burdened with an idiot-ball, as they seem like simplistic caricatures of themselves, with none of the intelligenc
Steve Davala
Pretty fun book in the SW galaxy. What with all the soul sucking zombie like dudes and brain controlling parasites.
I guess that says it all.

I was a bit confused at the change of art style mid way through and then back again.

But I enjoyed a nice sit down on the couch and read through this Sunday afternoon.
Ryan Parker
Mar 10, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is just a weird story that doesn’t feel very “Star Wars” to me - parasitic symbiotes infecting people and turning them into hive mind zombies?! The real issue I have with it though is I just can’t picture these events happening between Episodes 4 & 5 as they are supposed to. It’s not believable they’d go through this and not be radically altered. This just doesn’t fit. ...more
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