Given the success of the (sadly completed) Darth Vader series, it should come to know surprise that Marvel launches another title centered around a Sith Lord. Set prior to the events of Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menance, Darth Maul centers around Darth Sidious‘ apprentice.
While I’m not wild about the art of Luke Ross in this first issue, the action is fast-paced and certainly shows off Maul’s prowess. As in the film, the character doesn’t speak much, but here we are given narration to let us know what’s going on in Maul’s pointy head. Impatience is the main theme of the first issue as Darth Maul struggles to deal with his anger and hate for the Jedi but still obey his master and wait until the proper time to strike and make their existence known.
For Maul this means increasingly dangerous hunting expeditions (the comic opens with the Sith Lord killing an entire pack of Rathtars. Pushing the limits of his master’s orders, Maul discovers a captured Jedi Padawan ready to be auctioned off to the highest bidder. Maybe his revenge can get an early start after all. Worth a look.