Star Wars: Darth Maul #1
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Star Wars: Darth Maul #1

Writer: Cullen Bunn Artist: Luke Ross Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: February 1, 2017 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 19 User Reviews: 28
7.2Critic Rating
7.6User Rating

Bred 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, but at last we will reveal his tale of revenge. From writer Cullen Bunn (DEADPOOL KILLS THE MARVEL UNIVERSE, WOLVERINE) and artist Luke Ross (STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS, HERCULES) comes a tale of rage unleashed as Darth Maul prepares for his first encounter with the Jedi.
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  • 9.6
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Feb 2, 2017

    I wasn't pleased with the cover price, but after seeing that Eliopoulos got to do ten pages, I'll gladly pay it. Darth Maul continues to shine as one of the most meancing characters in the Star Wars universe. This Sith is on a disturbing quest that will have fans trembling in anticipation. I didn't think there were any more tales to tell with Maul, but I've been happily proven wrong. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    CourtOfNerds - Jonathan Calvaruso Feb 2, 2017

    I've always been intrigued with Maul, his back-story, upbringing and old age have been explored, and I'm glad Cullen Bunn has decided to tackle this part of his life. We've seen glimpses of Jedi training but nothing of the Sith. He writes Star Wars in a way that the reader will not have a problem jumping into the timeline. With references from Episode I and VII, it really brings the story full circle. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comicosity - Allen Thomas Feb 1, 2017

    Darth Maul #1 explores the inner world of the Sith warrior, giving context to his cruelty toward others. He endeavors to face a real challenge, and will plunge himself into the depth of danger to find one, whether that be monster, Jedi, or his own master. The story is a nice addition to the Star Wars comic line, and its a great read whether you like the character or the lore itself. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Nerds On The Rocks - Logan Dalton Feb 1, 2017

    At last we have revenge for Phantom Menaces focus on a whiny 9 year old and a Jamaican stereotype/CGI abomination in the form of Darth Maul #1, which focuses one of the few cool parts of that movie. And as a cherry on top of a red and black Zabrak sundae, theres an adorable Pixar short film meets the art style of Peanuts backup story from Chris Eliopoulos and Jordie Bellaire that shows that even probe droids can have friends. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    On Comics Ground - Luis Lobo Mar 7, 2017

    All in all this was a great starting issue to one my favorite Star Wars characters of all time. The artwork was fantastic, giving the tone of anger, rage, and bloodlust. The storytelling is phenomenal, exploring the mind of a killer who is forced on a leash and told to wait, only wanting to fulfill his one purpose; the slaughter of Jedi. I recommend this issue to fans of Darth Maul and Star Wars in general. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Graphic Policy - christopher scott author Feb 5, 2017

    The art by Ross is well done and polished. The issue reveals in enertaining art some of the galaxy's most dangerous creatures, that the Sith apprentice hunts. Ross also shows the natural diversity of life and worlds in the Star Wars universe, something the sci-fi universe is known for. The combat scenes are interesting and fans will be happy as they show off Darth Maul's iconic double-bladed lightsaber. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Feb 4, 2017

    Star Wars: Darth Maul isn't the series I wanted as I really want to see the molding process and dig more into Sidious' past, but what we get here explores that time before the events of The Phantom Menace and how this "caged beast" is ready to cut loose. We saw those elements in the film and it plays well here. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Jessica Petrecz Feb 2, 2017

    Star Wars: Darth Maul is a good addition to the growing Star Wars catalogue at Marvel. This book serves a purpose: to add history and context to an underutilized character that certainly struck a chord with the audience. Bunn and Ross are telling that tale that audiences knew existed of bloodshed and destruction to add to the allure of Darth Maul. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    We Got This Covered - Tom Bacon Feb 1, 2017

    Star Wars: Darth Maul # 1 is a strong issue, albeit mostly focused on scene-setting. The quality of world-building is excellent, and you can tell that Cullen Bunn is really going to enjoy exploring the contradictory portrayals of Darth Maul. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Crusaders - Lead Sharp Feb 6, 2017

    If you give enough of a shit about a character whose eventual bisected demise has been foretold in a celluloid tumor already you could do far worse. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Lainez Feb 6, 2017

    As a Star Wars fan Darth Maul #1 did everything it needed to do to get me back to the series for more. Cullen Bunn and Luke Ross are able to weave a tale together that captures how dangerous Darth Maul is and sets the stage for what their story for the character will be. Unfortunately the $4.99 cover price and the fact that 10 pages are dedicated to a back-up story makes it tough to recommend to any one other than hardcore Star Wars fans. Those two factors keep this series from knocking it out of the park in its first issue. But if you are a Star Wars fan, particularly a fan of Darth Maul, than this is a comic book you should consider checking out. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    GWW - Nerdswhogetlaid Feb 13, 2017

    If you are a Star Wars fan, and a Darth Maul fan, I'd recommend giving this one a shot. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    AIPT - Nick Nafpliotis Feb 1, 2017

    And even if this series does end up feeling inconsequential to the new Star Wars cannon, the opening pages of Darth Maul #1 prove that we'll at least get some exciting fight scenes to enjoy. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Feb 4, 2017

    For Maul this means increasingly dangerous hunting expeditions (the comic opens with the Sith Lord killing an entire pack of Rathtars. Pushing the limits of his master's orders, Maul discovers a captured Jedi Padawan ready to be auctioned off to the highest bidder. Maybe his revenge can get an early start after all. Worth a look. Read Full Review

  • 5.8
    Multiversity Comics - Jacob Hill Feb 3, 2017

    Demonic Zabrak Sith Lords are inherently cool, but a story of how bored he is seems like wasted potential. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    The Source by SuperHeroStuff - Marc Buxton Feb 7, 2017

    Star Wars: Darth Maul#1 may give Lucasfilm and Marvel awesome Darth Maul marketing art for the next two decades, but it did not give fans a story with any substance as of yet. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    We The Nerdy - Josh McCullough Feb 1, 2017

    Overall,Star Wars: Darth Maulis a very disappointing debut. It lacks the substance, length or depth to make it a worthy purchase, and is far too overpriced for the material it contains. If this ends up being any good, I'd recommend waiting for the trade. Read Full Review

  • 4.7
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Feb 1, 2017

    With so many options available to Marvel, it's disappointing to see Darth Maul playing it so safe with the character. This first issue offers little insight into the character and fails to build a compelling conflict around him. Whether the conservative approach was by design or mandated by Disney/Lucasfilm, either way fans aren't getting the Darth Maul flashback tale they deserve. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Kabooooom - Brandon Griffin Feb 2, 2017

    Every Star Wars title Marvel has released so far has been great, tapping into what fans would want out of each adventure. This misses the mark completely, putting readers through a carousel of cringing and eye-rolling. Instead of hitting the internet to complain about Marvel "forcing" diversity down your throat, why don't you share with them how horrible this book is. This is clearly a half-ass cash grab given to someone who knew how to make a pitch but clearly can't deliver. Read Full Review

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