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Sunday, December 23, 2012

Star Wars: Darth Maul

Title: Star Wars: Darth Maul

ISBN: 1569715424

Price: $12.95

Publisher/Year: Dark Horse, 2001

Artist: Jan Duursema

Writer: Ron Marz

Collects: Star Wars: Darth

Rating: 3/5

Darth Maul blows into Star Wars: The Phantom Menace in one piece and
leaves in two. Otherwise, very little is known about this demonic-looking Sith
who helped launch the rise of the Empire.

Ron Marz fills in the gaps with this graphic novel, dynamically
illustrated by Jan Duursema. Taking place before the events of Menace,
obviously, the story demonstrates just how tough a character Maul was, how
brutally efficient he could be and how devoted to his evil master's cause he

The primary focus of Maul's attention here is the Black Sun, a
widespread criminal syndicate that Darth Sidious (the future Emperor Palpatine)
fears could prove a thorn in his side during the coming conflict. Maul's
mission is to cripple the syndicate enough to diminish the threat without
destroying it beyond the hope of being useful later.

He carries out his mission single-mindedly and ruthlessly. Anyone who
enjoys the Star Wars brand of action will love it, because once he gets going,
Maul is a juggernaut. And Duursema's pencils carry the action brilliantly and
colorfully forward so that Marz's story splashes right from the page.

I am not a diehard Maul fan, in part because the character was so
underdeveloped in the movie. This book makes me appreciate the character a
whole lot more.

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