Darth Maul: Death Sentence #4
Darth Maul: Death Sentence #4
Writer: Tom Taylor
Artist: Bruno Redondo
Colorist: Michael Atiyeh
Letterer: Michael Heisler
Cover Artist: Dave Dorman
*** Warning: Heavy Spoilers ****
In this action packed issue of Darth Maul: Death Sentence #4, the mini-series comes to an end. Darth Maul saves his brother, and the demon in the light prophecy is fulfilled. There’s death, drama, and even a little humor at Maul’s expense.
Master Judd comes to the forefront in this issue. The dinosaur looking Jedi finds himself up against Maul again but this time there’s a difficult choice waiting for him. Will he choose to stop Maul or save the people of Moorjhone? While Tom takes the safe route of having Master Judd do the Jedi thing and save the people, he also pulled a fast one by having Judd become the demon in the light. This was one twist I did not see coming, and it served as a fitting end for the unique Jedi.
Aside from Judd, we also see more of Dray and Salmara. Still suffering from having his hands cut off, Dray finds the courage to stand up to Maul. I have to admit, the jabs he takes at Maul were pretty funny. Yet Taylor balances that humor with some pretty heavy drama. Outclassed, Dray ends up watching Salmara killed before him. Part of me wondered if this might be the explanation for his eventual fall into insanity and the dark side, yet Dray didn’t seem mentally fractured by the event. Hurt and upset, yet, but not insane from the emotional trauma.
Needless to say, Tom Taylor really turned out a nice script for this issue. There’s tons of action and drama for all of the characters. The demon in the light prophecy comes to fulfillment. Plus Maul and Savage make their escape back into the galaxy with a ton of credits. What sort of mayhem will they get into next? Who knows, but they certainly got into a enough in Death Sentence.
The artwork in this issue continue to be top notch. Bruno Redondo and Michael Atiyeh come together for some really nice outdoor scenes where everything is being bathed in brilliant sunlight. Some of my favorite panels are the ones with Master Judd being cast in the light as he plays out his part as the demon in the light savior. Elsewhere there’s some great emotion on the characters faces as Dray, Salmara, and Maul face off. I think the best thing they pulled off was the transition from Judd’s death to Dray’s awakening as he comes to after headbutting Maul. It’s a culmination of excellent artwork. First we see Judd in his epic last moments. Then we see a blurry Maul taunting Dray. All of this is followed up by the drama of Maul killed Salmara and the shock, pain, and anger on Dray’s face. It plays out perfectly.
And no review would be complete without a few words on the gorgeous cover from Dave Dorman. Dave was a great choice for the series, and issue #4 is one of the best. I love how the lightsaber hides half of Maul’s face. Somehow it makes him look even more intimidating by focusing all attention on the eyes. It invokes emotion and gets readers fired up before they even open the comic. Combined with the story and artwork inside, it works out wonderfully.
Darth Maul: Death Sentence earns a well deserved five out of five metal bikinis, giving the series as a whole a flawless performance. A great job by all of those involved.