Kara O'Connor

Darth Maul–Son of Dathomir #1: A Dark Son

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In the midst all the concern over which expanded universe plots will remain part of J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars canon, Dark Horse gives us a new gem with Darth Maul: Son of Dathomir

Star Wars Darth Maul--Son of Dathomir cover via darkhorse.com

Star Wars Darth Maul–Son of Dathomir cover via darkhorse.com

Star Wars Darth Maul: Son of Dathomir #1
Writer: Jeremy Barlow
Illustrator: Juan Frigeri
Publisher: Darkhorse
Release Date: May 21, 2014

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A four part mini-series, Son of Dathomir was bestowed upon Dark Horse by Lucasfilms after the company had its popular TV show, The Clone Wars, cancelled before the arc could be produced. Once part of the actual scripted story arc set for season six, Darth Maul’s tale picks up right where the TV show ended–with a stressful cliffhanger concerning Maul’s fate at the hands of his old master.

If you are unfamiliar with the show, allow me to catch you up: in the movie, Episode 1: The Phantom Menace, Darth Maul was hacked in two by Ewan McGregor’s Obi-Wan Kenobi, but somehow manages to remain alive and is pieced back together in The Clone Wars. But after his brother is killed by his former Master, Darth Sidious, Maul is now a prisoner and seething for revenge.

Son of Dathomir opens with Maul in a rather precarious predicament, but with the aid of his loyal band of Mandalorian warriors, he manages to stage a daring escape. However, it appears that Sidious and Count Dooku may have deeper plans within plans for Maul, and they mention an old enemy: Talzin, the Nightsister witch.

The new story was exciting and, although I have yet to finish The Clone Wars, I found it easy to follow and understand. The art was classic Star Wars with lots of muted colors and vicious expressions, along with futuristic zaps, pows, and similar action bubbles to accentuate the lively battle scenes.

In a strange way, I found myself rooting for Maul right out of the gate. He seemed to be a sort of anti-hero in the vein of an early Walter White or Snake Plissken. Perhaps he’s just a man who’s been wronged, looking for some peace from his pain? Or is he truly the villain we met in Episode I, now motivated only by his journey toward vengeance?

“Difficult to see. Always in motion is the future.” ~ Yoda

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