Darth Maul was clearly the best part of The Phantom Menace, and is beloved by Star Wars fans.
When fans witnessed his lacking role and quick demise in Episode I it left them wanting more. Fans got just that with Dark Horses run with the character until Disney acquired Star Wars and we got to see even more with The Clone Wars and Rebels. The verdict was still out, though, on his early years with Palpatine training to become a Sith. He was using his hate and anger on the path to the Dark Side while waiting patiently yet growing restless to get revenge and finally reveal himself to the Jedi.
I’ve always been intrigued with Maul, his back-story, upbringing and old age have been explored, and I’m glad Cullen Bunn has decided to tackle this part of his life. We’ve seen glimpses of Jedi training but nothing of the Sith. He writes Star Wars in a way that the reader will not have a problem jumping into the timeline. With references from Episode I and VII, it really brings the story full circle.
Cullen Bunn has left Maul on a leash. Palpatine has full control of his apprentice. After a brief run in with some Rathtars giving us a look into what he is capable of. We see Maul stalking Jedi on Courscant wanting desperately to show himself knowing that the Jedi cannot maintain order forever and that their strength is waning. You get to see just how short Mauls leash is when Palpatine puts him in his place for endangering his preparations and maneuvers. Maul is sent on a mission to Kellux to help Palpatine’s Trade Federation friends. There his learns some vital information which sends him off on his own mission to finally battle a Jedi.
As for the Art, the colors of Nolan Woodard are vibrant yet dark and gloomy at the same time and the only problem I had with the art itself from Luke Ross was the way Mauls ship was drawn. It didn’t bring me right back like other parts of the book did when seeing the industrial park on Courscant and the Trade Federation ships. A minor detail in what is an all-around great book. It leaves you wanting more kind of upset it’s a mini-series but happy to know they have an end game. Hopefully
The short story at the has little dialog but packs a big story in only a couple pages. Chris Eliopoulos and Jordie Bellaire tell a bonding tale between a fallen droid and an unlikely helper. I really enjoy stories like this interpreting for yourself what they are saying yet feeling the emotions of objects that aren’t supposed to feel and the friendships that can be made.