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Star Wars: Darth Maul - Son of Dathomir Paperback – November 28, 2017
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Jeremy Barlow is an editor at Dark Horse Comics and writer of Star Wars Rebellion and Star Wars Tales. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The story feels like a 3-4 episode story from The Clone Wars itself. It even follows a similar format, and you can tell where each part of the story would've been broken into separate episodes. The downside to the comic format is that it's easy to rush through the entire book in half an hour. A lot of scenes go by quickly, and a bit of subtly is lost. On the plus side, due to the fact that this is a comic, it can go slightly darker than the show could, and a few panels even show a little carnage and blood.
If you're looking for closure to Darth Maul's story, you may be disappointed. The ending is open ended, and although it hints at things to come, there is no absolute conclusion for Maul's character. While Maul himself doesn't get closure, one other important character from the show does meet their definite end, so the entire story isn't a complete waste.
All in all, the book is basically just a fun little adventure featuring Dooku and Grievous fighting against Maul and his forces. Things end up a little more complicated than that, but not by much. If the idea of Separatists vs Terrorists and dueling Dark Lords sounds fun, then you could do worse than this book. But if you're looking for a deeper, more meaningful experience, look elsewhere.
The book was originally published by Dark Horse Comics, which held the rights for Star Wars comics before it reverted back to Marvel. Although Dark Horse published a significant amount of Star Wars comics, most were considered non-canon after Disney bought the Star Wars franchise and re-established a new canon (which includes all of the newly produced Marvel Comics). The sole book Dark Horse published that was still maintained in that new canon is this one. It's fairly obvious to readers of the Marvel books that this one stands out as different -- there's much more depth to the storyline, rather than the de-compressed, quick tales that Marvel now produces.
Overall, the book is a solid read and worth the time. It's the first time I've felt that Darth Maul was an interesting character. Marvel created a separate series based on Maul (set prior to the events of the Phantom Menace) that didn't really establish anything to make him more interesting. This book, however, does show more depth to the character making him less one-dimensional. In addition, the artwork by Juan Frigeri and Mauro Vargas is solid (although not as detailed as some of the more recent Marvel books). The collection also includes a couple of cartoonish shorts reprinted from Star Wars Tales -- Hate Leads to Lollipops; Baby Darth Maul Goes to the Dentist; and and untitled Baby Darth Maul short -- as well as a very extensive cover art gallery (including some with the Dark Horse Comics logo).