Star Wars. For most, it has an emotional meaning. Whether it is the movies we’ve all come to know and love, or possibly the novels that have spawned a generation of readers. Is it the video games that enthralled your soul? Come on, you’re here because you love the comics as well! So if you do, is the spin off comic about one of our favorite, albeit short lived, villains one of your favorites?
Darth Maul is the name sake comic for the villain who plagued Obi Wan and Qui Gon Jinn in the infamous prequels. So you take the writing style of Cullen Bunn, and add the amazing art work of Luke Ross, and you get the ball busting bad ass on the page!
Our story starts by following a group of bounty hunters (Not Jango Fett regrettably) as they try and complete a bounty. The creature they are after is a massive tooth filled beast that surprises the group of them. After one of them devour the entire group of bounty hunters, Darth Maul comes and takes care of three of them without even breaking a sweat. He also has the ability to tell his entire start of a story in soliloquy form. Seriously it was actually a very original way to develop his story, and it worked really well for me. Hunting a few Jedi, getting hassled by his master, and learning of a plot to sell off a young padawan are a few of the things we go over in the pages of this issue.
The writing is damn near perfect. It fits the picture of Darth Maul we have, and his absolutely sadistic view of life. Bunn dives into a version of Darth Maul deeper than anything we had ever seen. It gives a depth to him that I had never seen before, and honestly I loved it. I was ecstatic the way this comic was written, and I think it is one of the best Star Wars comics I have ever had the joy of reading.
The art in this comic really brings it to life. It is one of the cleanest, and most down to earth art, while being about a completely out of the box and off world topic. This is the damn star wars universe, and even though Luke Ross could have gone so much farther, he really seemed to have toned it down for this one, and I love it. It can be just as hard to tone down the art as it is to make it more aggressive.
This comic is a must own for fans of Star Wars, Darth Maul, and the opposite of everything to do with Jar Jar Binks. Seriously, this is a dark comic with no pieces of comedy involved in it, so strap in and watch one mans mind as it warps into a battle among itself, to try and envelop in darkness.
It is the perfect creation of a Sith, and I can not wait to see where the rest of the story goes.