Script: Tom Taylor
Art: Bruno Redondo
Colors: Michael Atiyeh
Lettering: Michael Heisler
Cover Art: Dave Dorman
Darth Maul is raising an army. The people of Moorjhone realize only too late that it wont matter which side of the battle they are on, the only one walking away from this fight will be Darth Maul.
In the last issue Savage Opress was frozen in carbonite during the fight with the Jedi and the Rim Commercial Mining security forces. We are not sure how much Darth Maul actually cares whether Savage lives or dies, but we do know that Maul does not like the fact that he has been captured. Savage carries valuable information that either the Republic or the Separatists could use against Maul. This may be as close as a Sith ever gets to actually caring for another living creature.
Regardless of his feelings about Savage, Maul will not let him be taken away as a prisoner. Exploiting the local legend about the Demon in the Light, Maul has created an army to fight and free Savage. Maul trains them in the only way that he knows. He trains them to use their hatred, anger and fear. He chastises them for helping a wounded soldier up. Only too late does the old man of the village, Trisjon, realize the truth about Maul.
The Jedi’s last hope for a peaceful end to the conflict arrives just in time, for Maul to orchestrate a slaughter.
The story has been evolving over these three issues. The first issue reveled in the violence. The second issue explored the madness and obsessive nature of the dark side. This third issue shows just how far Maul will go. He truly does not care about any life in the galaxy but his own. He will sacrifice thousands without a second thought.
The art really shines in the final pages of the book. The final 3 pages play out in a slow motion effect, letting the gravity of what is about to happen sink in. We see the attempts to stop what has been put into motion, but we know it’s too late. Like the Jedi we are forced to stand by and just watch.