Darth Maul #2

Darth Maul #2 (of 5)

Writer: Cullen Bunn
Artist: Luke Ross
Colorist: Nolan Woodard
Letterer: Joe Caramagna
Cover Artist: Rod Reis

Darth Maul #2 delivers on a lot of fronts with nods to Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Wars Rebels and the Marvel Star Wars ongoing comic series. The story delves into some interesting territory as it touches on Malachor, but there are also hints to far greater things, as well as tons of fun easter eggs. From the artwork to the story, there’s lots to enjoy.

First off, Luke Ross’ artwork really shines in this issue. The opening page is gorgeous with some great illustrations of aliens old and new. There’s representation for the original trilogy, the prequels and even The Force Awakens. From action scenes to environments, the artwork does a superb job of bringing the comic and the story to life. But furthermore, it adds tons of details for readers to pour over. The bar scenes alone provide a who’s who of alien species from across the franchise. Later on, when the action turns toward the criminal gathering at Xrexus’ hideout, there are nods to tons of fan favorite criminals. It truly becomes a game of trying to identify everyone. On the one hand, I give high praise to Ross and Nolan Woodward for the beautiful artwork. On the other hand, I give Ross huge props for including such great nods to various alien species and characters. It adds so much more to the artwork and the comic as a whole.

As for the story, Cullen Bunn takes some interesting steps in this issue. For starters, Darth Maul enlists the services of some very recognizable bounty hunters: Cad Bane and Aurra Sing. As a fan of the bounty hunters, this added a lot of fun to the issue. It’s always fun seeing the bounty hunters in action, but Cad Bane is also a fun character when it comes to dialog. On top of that, Bunn introduces some new bounty hunters who are equally colorful.

Then there’s Malachor. Malachor was introduced, into canon at least, in the television show Star Wars Rebels. In that episode we saw Darth Maul’s return yet again, as well as an epic duel between Darth Vader and Ahsoka. Darth Maul #2 provides a flashback of Malachor which ties the place into Darth Maul’s history and Sith training. However, Bunn doesn’t reveal too many answers about the place. Palpatine shares a little history about what happened there, and Maul shares his own ties to the place, but the way the flashbacks play out adds a lot of mystery to the issue. Why was Maul meditating on his memories of Malachor? What did he learn from the ashes of the Sith there? And how does this tie-in with Star Wars Rebels? There’s lots of questions and it’s tantalizing to speculate on the possibilities.

For those who have watched Star Wars Rebels “Twin Suns,” Maul’s thoughts on page two strike a somber resonance. While issue #1 had me worried, Darth Maul #2 has brought everything around. This comic is awesome. From the artwork to the story, I’m fully engrossed and intrigued and I can’t wait to see what happens next. I give this issue a five out of five metal bikinis and highly recommend checking it out.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

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