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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.
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.
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!