Darth Maul #5

Darth Maul #5 (of 5)

Writer: Cullen Bunn
Artist: Luke Ross
Colorist: Nolan Woodard
Letterer: Joe Caramagna
Cover Artist: Rafael Albuquerque

Darth Maul #5 brings this mini-series to an end as Maul finally kills his first Jedi. The question is, was the journey worth it? To be honest, the Maul storyline was kind of lack luster. The real gem was the bounty hunters. It makes for a mixed bag of a story.

The whole mini-series has built up to Maul fighting his first Jedi. In a way, this is an important event in Maul’s life. However, his first Jedi is nothing more than a padawan. Furthermore, it’s not even an easy fight for him. He does win in the end, but it’s not exactly a huge victory. Palpatine of course confronts him on it and reveals that the whole thing was a test and he passed. While this could have been a nice opportunity to build up on Maul’s feelings and mental situation going into The Phantom Menace and his fights with Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan, it instead becomes a wasted opportunity. It’s nothing more than Maul killing his first Jedi and finding that it brings him only emptiness which he thinks he can only fill by killing more Jedi. It wasn’t the best Maul story.

On the other hand, it was a nice bounty hunter story. While Cad Bane, Aurra Sing and the other bounty hunters were the B-story, there dialog and interactions were much more fun and interesting. Bunn’s take on Maul seemed unoriginal and boring, but his take on the bounty hunters was spot on and fun. If there’s one takeaway from this mini-series, it’s that Bunn should be allowed to do a story arc on the bounty hunters and should be kept away from the Sith.

The art continued to be pretty good, though the prominent illustration of Palpatine and Maul’s teeth at the end was a bit much. Still, it wasn’t too bad and it maintained an nice artsy feel without skimping on details or getting sloppy. It did it’s job and brought the story to visual life. And some of the panels do look really nice, especially the array and composition with the Maul vs padawan fight pages.

All in all I give Darth Maul #5 a three out of five metal bikinis. It’s not a great comic or a great mini-series, but it’s not a complete wash either. If you like bounty hunters, you’ll want to check it out, but if you’re a Maul fan, you might be disappointed.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

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