Written by: Cullen Bunn
Art by: Luke Ross
Darth Maul is Marvels latest series in the Star Wars universe. The story arc is set around 32 years before the Battle of Yavin. About one year before the events in The Phantom Menace. We are introduced to our title character, apprentice to Darth Sidious, becoming tired of training and honing his skills against some of the most ruthless beings in the galaxy. It isn’t enough for Maul and he is anxious to test his mettle against an actual Jedi Knight. His Master is not quite ready for the Sith to be revealed. Instead, Darth Maul is sent on a secret mission and told to remain in the shadows.
Writer Cullen Bunn and Artist Luke Ross do a fantastic job setting the stage for this new run. Bunn places the reader firmly in head of Maul. You get a good sense of his impatience, torment and longing to engage the Jedi. Taking recognizable characters from the silver screen and bringing them to the comic page is no easy task, but Ross does it with ease. His use of dark tones and ominous pallet really sets the ton for our characters journey. The panel placement is interesting, but does well taking us from “thoughts” to “dialogue’.
There are many Star Wars fans that felt disappointed that they were introduced to this amazing new villain in The Phantom Menace, only to have him killed off before the end of the movie. Now although he has returned to canon in both The Clone Wars and Rebels animated television shows, this series will give the reader the much desired story of Darth Maul in his prime. This is a great start to this run and I look forward to more.