Script: Jeremy Barlow
Pencils: Juan Frigeri
Inks: Mauro Vargas
Colors: Wes Dzioba
Lettering: Michael Heisler
Cover Art: Chris Scalf
The Clone Wars have returned. Over a year after the show was cancelled on Cartoon Network and 2 months after the Netflix debut of Season 6, we have another chapter of the lost missions. This time it’s the continuing story of Darth Maul.
This story began as a script for the Clone Wars TV show and it shows. Not only is Jeremy Barlow’s script very cinematic, but when it’s paired with Juan Frigeri’s pencils and layouts it feels like you are watching an episode of the Clone Wars. I could hear the amazing voice talents of Sam Witwer, Corey Burton and the late Ian Abercrombie in the dialogue.
Darth Maul is not one to go down without a fight. It wasn’t enough that he was chopped in half and fell into the deep depths of Naboo’s planet core. He survived several encounters with not only the Jedi and Republic forces but also the Dark Lord of the Sith Darth Sidious. We pick up after the death of Maul’s brother, Savage Oppress, and his defeat on Mandalore by his former master.
Maul has lost some of his allies, but he still has many forces loyal to him. Sidious has captured Maul, seeing that he has some use, but he is also a potential threat that must be controlled. He will never be able to regain his place as apprentice, he is now just another pawn in Sidious’ grand plan.
The story is a fairly simplistic one. Darth Maul is imprisoned and those still loyal to him have come to break him out to continue what he began on Mandalore and beyond. Of course when the Sith are involved nothing is ever as simple as it seems, everything becomes a part of Sidious’ plan. He continues to be the master strategist, letting nothing get in his way.
There is a lot to enjoy in this book. Darth Maul’s return on the Clone Wars show raised a lot of uncertainty, but he quickly became a fascinating, multi-dimensional character. This story continues to give us everything we want from the former Sith Lord, add in the Mandalorians and you have what could quickly become a fan favorite story.
Advanced Review Copy (ARC) courtesy of Dark Horse. All staff members can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.