Script: Jeremy Barlow
Pencils: Juan Frigeri
Inks: Mauro Vargas
Colors: Wes Dzioba
Lettering: Michael Heisler
Cover Art: Chris Scalf
Darth Maul has escaped from his imprisonment and survived his battle with General Grievous’ droid forces, but now he is on the run from the Republic and the Separatists. Or at least that’s what Maul wants his former master Darth Sidious to think.
When the Sith are involved, nothing is ever as it seems, everything is moves within moves, hidden strokes that their opponent wont know until it’s too late. Last issue we learned that Sidious wanted Maul to escape in an effort to track down Mother Talzin. Now we see that Maul has his own plan at work with Mother Talzin. Darth Maul, Dooku and Grievous are now pawns in a master level game between Talzin and Sidious.
Much like the previous issue, there is a lot of action. The second half of the book is a fight between Maul’s forces and Grievous’ droid army. I’ve never been a huge Mandalorian fan, but I don’t think I will ever get tired of seeing Darth Maul leading a Mandalorian army. It reminds me of the rumours and speculation leading into Episode 2.
Since the Sith have so many different plans in motion and motivations, it really is hard to tell who the winner is at the end of the day. Is this part of Darth Sidious’ plan? Is Darth Maul really winning? Is he still just another pawn? Everything builds to a cliff hanger that leaves you wanting more.
The writing continues to be top notch. It really is a shame that these scripts did not get animated, because this would’ve looked amazing on screen. However, the art team has really stepped up and delivered. It must be very intimidating for an artist to have such a high bar like the Clone Wars TV show to stand against.
The excellent story telling of the Clone Wars continues. There is much for fans to enjoy, but it never feels like the creators simply catering to fan service.
Advanced Review Copy (ARC) courtesy of Dark Horse. All staff members can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.