Darth Maul #1

Darth Maul #1

Writer: Cullen Bunn
Artist: Luke Ross
Colorist: Nolan Woodard
Letterer: Joe Caramagna
Cover Artist: Rod Reis

Darth Maul #1 goes from hunting rathtars to hunting pirates as Maul unleashes his anger on anyone and everything. As one might fear, there’s not a lot of depth the dark lord of the Sith in training as he simply fumes about having to wait for his master’s plans to fall into place. To bide his time, Maul slays monsters and teases himself with the hope of being able to kill a Jedi. With so much free time, Sidious decides it’s time to give him another mission.

After failing to satisfy himself with the wanton slaughter of a bunch of rathtars, and almost revealing the presence of the Sith to the Jedi, Maul gets sent to wipe out some pirates to help out the Trade Federation. Maul makes quick work of the pirates, but not before one of them tells of a captured Jedi padawan being held by some crime boss elsewhere. With his mission accomplished, Maul decides to go off on his own to discover this Jedi padawan.

In essence, that sums up the entire issue. While this isn’t the first Darth Maul comic we’ve ever gotten, it is Marvel’s first. However, when weighed with those that have come before, this one isn’t showing a lot of promise yet. In fact it looks like it might just be another throwaway Darth Maul story. Maybe Cullen Bunn has some surprises in store, but if this issue is any indication, there’s not going to be much to the story or characters.

The highlight of Darth Maul #1 surprisingly enough is the artwork. Now I was not a fan of Luke Ross’ work on The Force Awakens comic adaptation, but Ross’ work in this issues was really good. There’s some great shots of Maul, some great shots of the aliens, and overall, it’s a nice looking comic. There’s some odd shifts in the textures, but otherwise it’s good stuff.

As a bonus, there’s a mini comic at the end of this issue by Chris Eliopoulos and Jordie Bellaire called “Probe Droid Problem.” It showcases Darth Maul’s probe droids as seen in The Phantom Menace. One of them comes across another droid and manages to help it escape. In return, that droid helps the probe droid escape from the Jawas. Like all of the other mini-comics so far, though, this one sucks. The artwork is on par with a newspaper comic, there’s barely any dialog, and this story in particular is very hard to follow along with as the panels don’t flow very well. Some of them are very jarring and confusing and it’s hard to know what exactly is going on in some of them. In my opinion, it was another waste of space. While I like the idea of adding in mini-comics, I don’t think Chris Eliopoulos is any good at them.

As for Darth Maul #1, the story is okay and the artwork is pretty good. Since this is the first issue, I’d give this one a four out of five metal bikinis. It’s not a bad issue, and there’s plenty of opportunities for this mini-series to go somewhere. This one sets up the story and gives readers some nice visuals.

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Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

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