Count Dooku #1

Age of Republic: – Count Dooku #1

Writer: Jody Houser
Artist: Luke Ross
Colorist: Java Tartaglia
Letterer: Travis Lanham
Cover Artist: Paolo Rivera

Dooku #1 takes place sometime after The Phantom Menace and before Attack of the Clones. It is a time where the count has already left the order and entered the service of Darth Sidious, but before anyone has learned that he is working for the Separatists or the Sith. This issue takes place on Sullust as Dooku does some work for his master and runs into a fellow Jedi. The reminisce a little, and then take on an underworld crime syndicate. It’s doesn’t dig too much deeper than that, but with what little of Dooku we’ve got, it’s always nice to get something more.

One thing I do like about this story is how well in line it falls with his movie character. Dooku has a knack for sweet talking people and manipulating them. In AOTC, he almost did it for Obi-Wan, making a case so sincere that the audience almost fell for it. In this issue the count talks with a fellow Jedi and manages to convince the Jedi to let him come along to help out. It allows Dooku to kill two birds with one stone. While we don’t learn a ton about Dooku, we catch a few things in this issue. For one thing, he did make an attempt to save the Jedi’s life, but Sidious denied him. He also showed his loyalty to his master, which is interesting. Why is Dooku so loyal to Sidious? The issue doesn’t explore that, but it does tease a flashback of Dooku and Yoda sparring in the Jedi temple.

Again, it’s not an essential story, nothing ground breaking or anything that will completely change the way you look at Dooku, however, it’s an enjoyable comic. The artwork is good, sometimes very good, and the darker coloring is fitting for the planet and the bad guy it’s following. As a tease, it does make you wish there were more Dooku stories, especially something that might dive deeper into the character. As is, it’s a good read and worth checking out. I give it a four out of five metal bikinis.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.
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