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Star Wars: Darth Maul

(Star Wars: Marvel Limited Series)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  3,065 ratings  ·  296 reviews
Raised on hate, fear and anger...steeped in the ways of darkness...and trained to kill! Darth Maul's time as apprentice to Darth Sidious has long been cloaked in shadows - now at last his tale of revenge is revealed! It's a story of rage unleashed as Darth Maul prepares for his first encounter with the hated Jedi. But when a Jedi Padawan is captured by sinister forces, why ...more
Paperback, 112 pages
Published September 5th 2017 by Marvel Comics
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Darth Maul’s first blood!

This Marvel Comics TPB edition collects “Star Wars: Darth Maul” #1-5.

This comic book miniseries is set before of the events of “Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace”.

Creative Team:

Writer: Cullen Bunn

Illustrator: Luke Ross


Darth Maul has been the secret apprentice of Darth Sidious, since he was a little kid…

…and now that he’s a young adult, he still in secret…

…due Darth Sidious’ plans take a lot of time to be developed…

…and Darth Maul is s
I enjoyed this graphic novella. I don't know if this is different than the cannon before the Disney movies, but it's a great story. This is about Darth Maul's first kill. It fits in well with characters from the Clone Wars. The thing I regret about Solo bombing is that I was interested in how it would connect to the larger universe and Darth Maul had an appearance in that film I was curious about. I hope they finish the story in a comic or show. I do know that Maul comes back in the Clone Wars, ...more
Ben Brown
I’ll say this for Cullen Bunn’s “Darth Maul” miniseries: it’s decent. At a quick 5 issues, there are enough moments in each individual chapter that are sufficiently cool, intriguing, or fun enough to make the series worth a read. If you’re like me, though, and struggle to find the character of Darth Maul all that interesting…well, suffice to say, this probably won’t be ranking anywhere near the top of your favorite Star Wars comics.

This is one of those series where the artwork is far and away th
Dec 01, 2017 rated it it was ok
Kind of dull. This story is mostly Darth Maul and his internal monologue describing his rage and how he must kill Jedi and, while on his clandestine mission behind Palpatine’s back, saying repeatedly Palpatine can’t know that Maul’s been disobedient. Or Mauly will be in trou-ble! ......There’s no tension in this story or its outcome with its (whoa!) big revelation that Darth Maul’s filled with rage.
Michael O'Brien
Jun 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
"Peace is a lie, there is only passion.
Through passion, I gain strength.
Through strength, I gain power.
Through power, I gain victory.
Through victory, my chains are broken.
The Force shall free me."
The Code of the Sith

The Sith Code came to mind as I read this book about Darth Maul, apprentice to Darth Sidious (the future Emperor Palpatine). How does a master with a creed like that get his apprentice to restrain his passions enough for the centuries of Sith designs to finally be realized --- which
Jul 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Probably the best thing I've read from Cullen Bunn, I really liked the character monologue, something that is usually overdone in comic books but works really well with Maul. Bunn wrote a really good Jedi Padawan and brought Cad Bane and his gang into the story, which was pretty cool to see, I fairly enjoyed them in the Clone Wars series and they certainly needed more content, but what really made me love this book, was the art by Luke Ross, who is on top of his game here, instantly became a fan ...more
Himanshu Karmacharya
The book follows Darth Maul's adventures and the story of his first Jedi kill.

The artwork is great, and the story is pretty decent which overall makes for quite an enjoyable read.
Oct 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics-scifi
It's beautiful to see how a great character like Maul is still being used in new stories. His hatred alone carries him forward and his arrogance at being the best is yet to be tested. In the days before Episode I, Darth Maul is restless. The battle with two dangerous tentacled creatures doesn't quench his thirst to face the hated Jedi.

Several oher characters from the extended universe are used here and they're all villains, profiteering mercenaries or members of crime syndicates that don't shy a
Michael Mills
Aug 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
I do like Darth Maul – something that's down to equal parts childhood nostalgia and impeccable good taste.

He (along with podracing) is the best thing to have come out of The Phantom Menace, but for all his prominence in the marketing of that film way back when he was barely explored as a character; he was a purpose-built killing machine.

There've been a few attempts to flesh him out since and this is the most successful I've come across. He has a certain wounded nobility, a victim complex that
Mar 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Ive always been interested in Darth Maul and the confilct that must be within him. A simple story where he goes on a search for a padawan. Not alot of depth to the plot, pretty simple story. However the art does have its moments.
I've always found Maul to be an interesting character, so I quite enjoyed this. Solid 3.5 stars.
Lance Shadow
Oct 12, 2017 rated it liked it
Star Wars: Darth Maul is the most recent miniseries added to the comic book canon set up by Marvel for the star wars universe. Written by Cullen Bunn, it is exploring what is new territory for the canon star wars universe: while legends has a vast archive of stories taking place in the Old Republic Era, the canon version of the time period is so far largely unexplored. While a couple of episodes from Star Wars Rebels, several episodes of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, the Dr. Aphra comic, and the jo ...more
Neil R. Coulter
As with almost all Star Wars graphic novels, Darth Maul is entirely unnecessary and inconsequential. But it's not as obnoxious as most of Marvel's new-canon books have been, and the art is appealing.

The story takes place sometime before The Phantom Menace, and the problem is that it doesn't convey anything new about Maul, Palpatine, or the Sith in general. What you learn from this story is that Maul is an angry young fellow who longs to kill as many Jedi as possible. That's not very new. One doe
Jim C
Sep 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
This collection takes place before The Phantom Menace. In this one, Darth Maul wants to test his power of the force against a Jedi. His master forbids this as it would reveal the Sith still exist. Darth Maul discovers a captured padawan and realizes if he gets to her this could be the opportunity to battle a Jedi.

I really enjoyed this collection. I thought the author nailed the voice of Darth Maul as we get him being a student to Darth Sidious but also as a caged beast waiting to strike. This is
May 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Maul-rats
This was the epitome of OK-ness.

**Calm down, Maul, I have some nice things to say, too!**

If you wanted to read this to learn something new about Episode I's bifurcated baddie, keep looking. Maul is a rage-fuelled revenge machine, and he chafes under Darth Sidious' tutelage when all he really, really, REALLY wants to do is kill some Jedi.

How do we know this? Because he himself (through some clunky first-person monologuing) tells us so, again and again- it's like the editorial staff couldn't trust
Apr 05, 2018 rated it liked it
This story takes place before The Phantom Menace, and sees Maul impatient to start killing Jedi. So he goes against the Emperor's orders and makes some messes as tracks down a kidnapped Padawan that he can kill. It's not the strongest story, but it does have some good action in it, even if it barely makes use of Aurra Sing (although it makes slightly better use of Cad Bane). Maul puts off the barely-restrained animus that characterizes him throughout this story, although he makes some strange de ...more
I've always wanted to know more about the quiet and deadly looking Sith from Episode 1 and this new cannon graphic novel provides some nice background into the character without reverting to the all-too-easy troupe of being an 'origin story'.

In Star Wars: Darth Maul, the familiar Sith master-apprentice tension common in the Darth Vader / Palpatine dynamic is again factored into Maul's story, with Palpatine a dangerous and intense presence which casts a shadow over Maul's every action.

As far as
This was a fun graphic novel - the first of the new Disney canon that doesn't seem to be ashamed to incorporate fun elements from the prequels, from droidekas and Neimoidians to Aurra Sing and of course Darth Maul himself, as well as elements from The Force Awakens. Maul taking on a couple of rathtars seems entirely in character.

Of course, there are plenty of cameos from the Clone Wars CG TV show too - Cad Bane plays a significant part in the story, and there are a couple of glimpses of Hondo Oh
May 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This review is part of my weekly column, Sunday Star Wars, at my blog, The Grimoire Reliquary.

I enjoy works set out as prequels to the prequel trilogy – Master and Apprentice is one of my most favourite reads. I didn’t always like Darth Maul, but catching up on the Clone Wars series has warmed me up to ol’ Red’n’Spiky! And if I needed another reason, just look at that cover. It would make for a great effin’ movie poster in its own right. To make things better, the internal art is no less impress
Jeff Lanter
Mar 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
This is a tough graphic novel to review because there some things in it that I really liked but also some things that keep it from being as good as it could be. The plot is really good with backstabbing, scheming, and a nice surprise close to the end. Some of my favorite Star Wars stories are the ones where bounty hunting and other seedy stuff is the focus and you get that here in a story about a Jedi (surprisingly). I think the art has some really nice and detailed panels that bring this story ...more
Drown Hollum
Dec 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
This was completely...passable! This might not stand out as a must read, but for Darth Maul fans, it's a totally readable comic. There are some good observations on Maul and the Sith, which add some depth to what is otherwise a pretty standard plot. Cad Bane also makes an appearance, which, if I'm being honest, made me much more excited for a possible Cad Bane series. The art is solid, and there is a pretty satisfying conclusion to Maul's hunt. If you're thirsty for a good Maul book, you can rea ...more
The Diary of Darth Maul, and Angry One.
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This story was a good one.
We get into Darth Maul head, learn his reasons. Oh, it's a dark place in there.
What was a bit off for me is that the Maul's dialog was so repetitive, he sounded like a machine. But I guess, it's the way he is. Focused on anger and revenge, crashes the obstacles, fears only his Master.
The art is simply beautiful, I stopped to stare. Another awesome illustrator - Luke Ross - to the favourites list.
And a story is a glimp
Siona St Mark
Nov 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
I also read this as single issues.

This miniseries started out pretty slow, but it worked it's way up to a really good ending. Maul is one of my favorite Sith characters, so I may be a little biased. I really like how this shows the anger than Maul is fueled by, and how he... is influenced by it, I guess you could say.

Over all, I think this really proves to me that the new canon comics are better and more interesting to me than most of the new canon book.
Jamie Connolly
Dec 15, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
It was cool. Not bad. Honestly I'd had higher hopes for a Darth maul comic from the mind of Cullen Bunn. Still fun though. A contained little story about mauls lust for revenge against Jedi. 3 stars.
Also I'd read this a couple years ago and forgotten. This is why I need to put all my books that I read on Goodreads. Eventually, if you read a lot, you will lose track of what you read. Regular books too, but graphic novels especially.
Aug 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a fantastic story and contained incredible artwork. It really gives Darth Maul a little more depth, especially if you only know him from Episode 1.This takes place before the events of Phantom Menace and illustrates well what is behind Maul's hatred and rage in the film. One of the better 5 issue Star Wars comics.
Robert Caple
Jan 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read the 'Darth Plagueis' novel over a year ago which introduces Darth Maul to the Star Wars Universe and explains how Palpatine acquired him in the first place. This comic follows on nicely, if unintentionally, from that novel as Maul eagerly hunts down a Jedi in order to get his first big kill. It also adds more context to the character leading into The Phantom Menace.
Cameron Foster
Jan 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I’ve been wanting to explore more of the Star Wars universe and also read more comics/graphic I combined the two!

This was such a great story that showcased another side of the mysterious Darth Maul and his role as a Sith apprentice!
Dec 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
An excellent Darth Maul comic. I thought the inner dialogue was a bit much--show, don't tell, especially with comics! Other than that, though, it was excellent. Well drawn, well written, captivating.
Neville Ridley-smith
Jan 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, starwars
Decent and straightforward story and art. Entirely appropriate backstory for Maul - hunting his first Jedi padawan... Very Star Wars
Hamid Babayev
Aug 28, 2020 rated it liked it
O yee. That was first blood of the legendary evil Darth Maul. It was okay, a good storyline with awesome draws. But(what there is always) I dont even understand why he is so angry. Why he feels so wish for rage. I know he eats with his angry and that is better for him than the force. But whyyyyy...he is new as a sith, he didnt know what plans the Darth Sideous, I dont understand the motivation of Maul.

But for the record he is my favourite among sith lords.
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Cullen grew up in rural North Carolina, but now lives in the St. Louis area with his wife Cindy and his son Jackson. His noir/horror comic (and first collaboration with Brian Hurtt), The Damned, was published in 2007 by Oni Press. The follow-up, The Damned: Prodigal Sons, was released in 2008. In addition to The Sixth Gun, his current projects include Crooked Hills, a middle reader horror prose se ...more

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