Darth Maul: Death Sentence #2

Darth Maul: Death Sentence #2 (of 4)

Writer: Tom Taylor
Artist: Bruno Redondo
Colorist: Michael Atiyeh
Letterist: Michael Heisler
Cover Artist: Dave Dorman

Okay, Darth Maul: Death Sentence #1 was pretty good. Tom Taylor took Maul and Opress to a new level of fun. Death Sentence #2 throws things in directions I did not see coming and was just sheer awesome storytelling. The art is still great and the panels flow smoothly along with almost no odd interruptions. Oh, and the slaughter that began in #1 continues with even more mayhem and entertainment.

Starting off with the artwork, Bruno Redondo and Michael Atiyeh do a good job of capturing the characters and scenery. Big panels give the feeling of spacious scenery, while smaller panels give emphasis to character emotions. I really liked the character expressions on Maul and Opress in the second panel on page two and then the landing shot of them on the platform, crouched for battle. Both panels give them a nice sinister look. The action scenes do a good job at creating a sense of motion. I also like how the backgrounds aren’t cluttered up. Instead of shoving unnecessary scenery, the backgrounds utilize colors to enhance the emotions without detracting from the eye candy of the panels. Well placed sound effects draw the eye skillfully across the panels when needed and help maintain a steady pace.

Toward the end of the issue, Darth Maul has a creepy dream sequence that’s worth mentioning. In these panels, the artwork shifts style. The colors become darker with heavier shading. The characters appear twisted and terrifying. It’s a great touch and definitely comes off like a nightmare. The evil Obi-Wan face really turned out great, too.

Now for the story. When we left off, the Maul brothers were about to kill Ja’Boag. Well the sneaky Gossam manages to evade death, but his army doesn’t fare so well. Maul and Opress tear into them and the Jedi, though not without some setbacks. Tom Taylor manages to sneak in a lot of humor with the new alien guy who has just one wise crack after another. I loved the fact that he had a lightsaber staff and he does pretty well in combat. With a little teamwork, Opress is taken care of, and Maul is sent packing. Yet even so simple a outcome is riddled with surprises. Let’s just say that when the limbs hit the lightsaber fan, things fly in all directions. In combat between powerful Force users, no one comes out unscathed.

The inclusion of the nightmare scene comes a little abruptly. Up until this point, all of the panels were flowing smoothly, but when it drops out to Maul and his nightmare, it felt a little jarring. Regardless, I liked what they did with it, and it had a nice transition out. From there the story takes a turn with the ‘demon who walks in the light.’ Without spoiling anything, the story takes a simple spin on perspective to leave the parties involved in dramatically different corners. I can’t wait to see how this turns out.

With more great artwork and great storytelling, I give Death Sentence #2 another flawless five out of five bikinis. It combined all the things I love in a comic into one story: action, horror, drama, comedy, and intellectual twists. Best yet, it contained enough of a story that the issue was able to stand up on its own. While the ending certainly leaves the reader wondering where things will go next, it pacts enough satisfaction that you don’t feel left out on an abrupt cliffhanger.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

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  1. Fantastic. Darth Maul is actually going to do something good, for once in his life. Also was he eating hummus in one panel. I hope he doesnt throw it, its spicy. Lol Paranorman.

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