Review – Star Wars: Darth Maul – Son Of Dathomir #4 (Of 4) (Dark Horse)

24768 - CopyPublisher: Dark Horse Comics
Writer: Jeremy Barlow
Artist: Juan Frigeri, Mauro Vargas
Release Date: 20th August 2014

I believe Darth Maul is one of the most under-rated Sith. He may have the most recognizable face in Star Wars (after Vader’s, I know), but he is often glossed over in terms of influence, intelligence and power within the franchise. Luckily, the recent Clone Wars series’ brought him back from Obi Wan Kenobi’s killing slice in Phantom menace, and now Dark Horse have made him badder than ever!

This mini-series was, in fact adapted from unproduced Clone Wars scripts, the TV show having been mercilessly cancelled.  To begin, Darth Sidious, captures Darth Maul. He is to be used as bait to draw out Mother Talzin, Maul’s mother and leader of the dark-side sect, the Nightsisters. Sidious wants her and the threat she poses to his plans for galactic domination eliminated.

However Maul in turn captures Count Dooku and General Grievous, forging an uneasy alliance with the Count against Sidious.  Son of Dathomir has been a captivating read, Maul’s personality is fleshed out somewhat so that he isn’t just a one-dimensional rage-machine, however not so much that he loses his unpredictable edge or dangerous presence.

In issue 4, the art is the star, this isn’t to say the script is bad in any way, but this is an action-packed conclusive issue so the focus is on the furious battle between Talzin, Maul, Dooku, Sidious and Grievous. I was very impressed with Juan Frigeri’s portrayal of the tremendous and corrupting Dark Side powers used by the Sith Lords. Colour is also effectively used, toxic neon’s are contrasted with the smoky darkness of Dathomir’s caves and the soft oranges and reds of the sky.

One gets so caught up in the excitement of the Sith super-fight that when it’s all over and the comic is done, one feels slightly cheated that there aren’t more pages; I’m on a rush, give me more! A further bonus is that one tends to read Count Dooku’s and Darth Sidious’ lines in their voices, it can’t be helped!

This was a fittingly fun end to a very entertaining series. When there are so many Sith Lords plotting, fighting and killing together, one will never be bored. Moreover, a competent script and dazzling art have made it a visual pleasure.

Rating: 4/5


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The writer of this piece was: Lewis “Daft Vader” Campbell
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