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Star Wars: Darth Maul - Death Sentence #3 Review

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Darth Maul prepares his army for war and continues to show how dark he truly is.

You don't want possible spoilers? Don't proceed.

The Good

If you're still under the impression Darth Maul is a silent and one dimensional warrior, I implore you to start reading this short series. The Sith's heinous personality takes center stage in this issue and his despicable actions had me exclaim at least twice. The depths he'll go for his own agenda are pleasantly disturbing.

The entire premise surrounding the natives is a hilarious misfortunate twist for them. They falsely believe Maul will be the savior, but it's more than clear their prophecy spoke of Jedi Master Judd. It helps develop an even stronger sense of empathy for them, but writer Tom Taylor manages to make Maul so deliciously evil that you want to see just how heartless he can be to them. It's quite twisted.

Ja'Boag's arrogance in the face of Jedi Masters is especially amusing and Bruno Redondo's pencils succeed is matching his pretentiousness with a face you'd love to punch. Speaking of Bruno Redondo, he accomplishes a more than able job with this issue. There's an appropriate amount of shading and detail to match the tone of the title. The snap of an ankle, the cold stare from Darth Maul's eyes -- they're all powerful images that require no context to really appreciate.

The Bad

I can't help but wonder if there's any truth behind Ja'Boag's claim that his money could essentially give him leverage over the Jedi Counsel when it comes to keeping hold of the frozen Savage Opress. Surely they'd believe bringing Opress to justice would be a priority, but then again, this could just be yet another display of the alien's arrogance coming through.

While the natives have a huge advantage in numbers, I'm finding it hard to believe hitting with the side of a staff or even using their bare hands would be effective against the opposition sporting armor. It unfortunately reminded me of the Battle of Endor. Tiny complaint, but it's worth noting.

The Verdict

This series has picked up a great deal after the first issue. You'll find yourself rooting for Maul, despite how twisted and terrible his intentions are, and there's more than a fair share of legitimately powerful moments. I can't wait for the next issue to see how everything unfolds, especially after that cliffhanger. Star Wars fans, you should be reading this!

16 Comments
Posted by Deranged Midget

Excellent review! I love how Maul pretended to care for the natives, totally plays into his nature.

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Posted by k4tzm4n
@Deranged Midget: Thank you!  And yes, Taylor is killing it with Maul's personality.  
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Posted by Deranged Midget

@k4tzm4n: It's a brilliant series, I just hope it doesn't end after the 4th issue :/

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Posted by lordraiden

So, where does this sereis take place as far as the SW timeline goes? Some in between the latest season of the Clone Wars with Maul's emergence? Looks interesting, will have to pick it up. So, does he still have a mechanical lower half? I'm curious if there's any confrontations with Sidious?

Posted by k4tzm4n
@lordraiden said:

So, where does this sereis take place as far as the SW timeline goes? Some in between the latest season of the Clone Wars with Maul's emergence? Looks interesting, will have to pick it up. So, does he still have a mechanical lower half? I'm curious if there's any confrontations with Sidious?

Between seasons 4 and 5 of the show, so yes, Maul has the mechanical legs.  No, the Emperor hasn't made an appearance. 
@Deranged Midget said:

@k4tzm4n: It's a brilliant series, I just hope it doesn't end after the 4th issue :/

Unfortunately it will.  It's only a 4 issue run.
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Posted by guttridgeb

I'm really beginning to regret my decision to only get Star Wars comics in graphic novel form. It saves space but I have to wait months to get caught up on the comics that look really good.

Posted by Deranged Midget

@k4tzm4n: That's what I feared.

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Posted by k4tzm4n
@Deranged Midget: On the plus side the show returns this Saturday and this Season is definitely looking exciting.
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Posted by Deranged Midget

@k4tzm4n: *grumbles* Yes, that show...

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Edited by k4tzm4n
@Deranged Midget: Wahhhhhhhh continuity.  Shush and enjoy the enjoyable action. :D 
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Posted by Deranged Midget

@k4tzm4n: IMPOSSIBRU! *sigh* I guess I'll give it a shot one of these days.

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Posted by Owie

This is getting pretty good.  I think it could use at least 2 more issues to wrap up.

Posted by k4tzm4n
@Owie: Yeah, it's a shame the story only has one more issue to wrap matters up and connect into the next season of the TV shot. 
 
@Deranged Midget: One of these days should mean this Saturday morning when the new season begins ;)
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Posted by Deranged Midget

@k4tzm4n: I'll think about it... I can promise you that much. What season is the show going on, fifth right? FIFTH SEASON OF NONSENSE!

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Posted by k4tzm4n
@Deranged Midget: You're not allowed to hate until you actually watch an episode ;)
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Posted by Deranged Midget

@k4tzm4n: I feel as if you won't let this go until I give the show a shot...

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