The trade paperback of the Darth Maul mini series is released today. The trade paperback contains the 5 issues along with a short story featuring one of Maul’s probe droids befriending another droid on Tatooine during The Phantom Menace, it’s always nice to have some nice fun droid stories especially after this kind of big dark stories.
Darth Maul miniseries takes place before The Phantom Menace. It’s the second pre-TPM story we get in canon (the first one being Yoda as part of the main ongoing Star Wars comic series) and hopefully, we’ll see many more taking place in this time period we haven’t seen a lot about.
One of my favorite things of this miniseries is the diversity you get in it – there are alien species from all eras (Prequels, Originals, Sequels), it’s as good as it gets. It’s visually beautiful to see all these species appearing in the same story. And we even see some Kyuzo, the same species as Constable Zuvio, they are even dressed similarly as him! I really loved seeing species and ships from The Clone Wars! You can even spot in the background several times the one and only HONDO OHNAKA! You can spot Lom Pyke and his pyke Syndicate too and the Moogans also have a role in the story. What I was the most happy about was the return of Cad Bane and Aurra Sing. These two were hired by Darth Maul, on their team a Culisetto (species first seen in The Force Awakens) and a Chadra-Fan (species introduced in A New Hope). The bounty hunter team was a perfect combination of species across all eras.
Pre-TPM Maul is obviously not the same Maul from The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels, he is closer to the TPM Maul – a man of a few words, even though we get to go into his mind, he talks a lot more to himself! There is one thing that always comes back with Maul – his rage, his anger and you can see how it already consumes him. This miniseries gives us a better look at his apprentice-master relationship he has with Darth Sidious and as you could expect from Sidious – there is a lot of manipulation.
Now, about the story, it’s interesting and the last two issues are extremely action-packed! Darth Maul is on the trail of a Jedi Padawan who has been captured and he sees in it the perfect opportunity to test his skills. For this mission, he hires Cad Bane and his team. Obviously, the situation is more complicated that it seems and it leads to a lot of fight and badassery. Cad Bane is his usual self and I love it, he’s such a great bounty hunter! The duel between Maul and the Padawan was spectacular! It keeps you entertain for sure!
Ross and Woodard (the artist and color artist) have done an incredible job in this comic. It’s at the same time really realistic in the way that Ross really did the characters right and there is also a comic feel sometimes with some images. It’s something that really works. The palette of colors knows how to be dark when it needs to and to be colorful as well.
There is one thing I want to mention even though it’s not necessarily important – Nar Shaddaa. I love how it looked like in Star Wars The Old Republic and I’m really happy it has a similar look in this comic (and the other appearances it made in canon), it’s a big city but it has a more filthy feel.
There is a huge connection with Star Wars Rebels in the story, in a flashback we see Darth Sidious taking Darth Maul to … MALACHOR! So now we know how Maul knew the planet. But we also got a better look at the fight that took place there long before these characters were even born and it seemed like an epic and dark fight! Maybe one day, could we get the full story of what happened on Malachor?
7.5/10 It’s a great miniseries, visually beautiful and with an entertaining story. The question is, did we really need a Darth Maul story taking place in there? I’m not sure it was needed, there are many other stories that would be great to be told in the Pre-TPM era. However, this miniseries is good enough for it to be worth of your time!