Script: Jeremy Barlow
Pencils: Juan Frigeri
Inks: Mauro Vargas
Colors: Wes Dzioba
Lettering: Michael Heisler
Cover Art: Chris Scalf
When we last left Darth Maul, it seemed that he had persuaded Count Dooku to join his cause. However, it seems that trust is something that is in short supply among the Sith. Darth Maul still has plans for the former Jedi though.
Maul is on the run from his last encounter with the Jedi. Between the attacks by General Grievous’s Droid Army and the Jedi, Maul’s forces are growing weaker. They are beginning to question his leadership. However, Darth Maul is ever resourceful, using what he has to every possible advantage.
With Dooku now a prisoner, they return to Dathomir. The whole story now coming back around full circle to where it all began, when Assajj Ventress returned home and unknowingly put all these pieces into motion. Make no mistake, everyone involved knows that this is the endgame. Maul’s plan is to use Dooku as a vessel to return Mother Talzin to strength, and they will exact their revenge on Darth Sidious and the galaxy.
This issue could be summed in only a few words “… and then they fought.” Half of this book is fighting. Even though so much of the book is action, it never feels forced or padded. These fights are dramatic, emotional and intense. Everyone faces off together as one fight flows into the next, each one bringing a new element. We have lightsaber battles, the witch’s magic, Sith lightning, and more. Sidious facing off against Mother Talzin is on par with Dumbledore fighting Voldemort. It’s not often when we get to see two titans go head to head.
I have to echo the same complaint I’ve had on each of these issues. I want to see this story animated. The art in the book is very well done. It’s just that the stories would be pushed into legendary status (no pun intended) if we were to see them in the show.
I am happy that we did get a chance to see how this part of the Clone Wars story wrapped up. As the Star Wars license passes from Dark Horse to Marvel, I hope the new stewards will give us more chances to experience these lost stories.
Advanced Review Copy (ARC) courtesy of Dark Horse. All staff members can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.