Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Darth Maul: Death Sentence by Tom Taylor - Book Review

Darth Maul: Death Sentence is the continuing story of Darth Maul, the cool Sith Lord from Phantom Menace.  He was last seen being chopped in half by Obi-Wan Kenobi and falling down a reactor shaft.  After being rescued and given robotic legs, Darth Maul and his brother, Savage Opress, are wreaking havoc and looking for revenge.

Death Sentence opens with Maul discovering their is a bounty on his head.  He heads to confront the contractor, Ja'boag, a wealthy mining businessman.  Meanwhile, two Jedi and a Padawan fly to confront the brothers and help Ja'boag, even though he is scum.  After a fight, Maul is rescued by the native population, who have been forced out of their caves/mines and onto the surface of the world, which is about to be scorched of life due to a situation where three suns rise simultaneously.  Maul is seen as the savior foretold in a prophecy, the Jedi are trying to save the native people, and Ja'boag is trying to save himself and keep his profits.  It all comes to a head in a large battle, with an unexpected resolution to the prophecy.

This story fits into the storyline presented in the cartoon series The Clone Wars.  I'm not very familiar with the ongoing story, nor how Darth Maul was saved.  However, I did enjoy seeing more of Maul and having a chance to see a more of his story.  At one point, he even took on a Magnificent Seven-type role, which was unusual for a Sith Lord.  He was definitely the most interesting character. Also, there seems to be some set-up for the Padawan to have a significant part to play in future dealings with Maul.  It will be interesting to see if that comes to pass. Savage Opress has the potential to be an interesting character as well.

The art was reminiscent of other Star Wars comics and the Clone Wars series.  It was nice, and flowed with the story.

I would recommend this to any fan of Star Wars.

I received a review copy of this book from Netgalley and the publisher, Dark Horse Comics.

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