Last month, Count Dooku and General Grievous had their asses giftwrapped and handed back to them by Darth Maul and his forces. This issue, we get to see what the cyborg zabrak does while holding all the cards. Is it good?
Star Wars: Darth Maul – Son of Dathomir #3 (Dark Horse)
After conferring with Palpatine, Jedi Masters Windu, Kenobi, Secura, and Red Shirt Tiplee investigate the ruins of Ord Mantell. The discovery of random helmet reveals to them that the Mandalorians are involved.
Meanwhile, Maul gloats to the Emperor about capturing Dooku and Grievous. But when the Sith lord callously says he should kill them, Maul does the most supervillain thing EVER and leaves them alive. Grievous goes back to his easily escapable jail cell, while Dooku gets a face full of Mother Talzin exposition.
Unfortunately for our collective of villains, Kenobi and Tiplee discover their (very cool) base hidden inside an asteroid. After Dooku realizes that he will likely be betrayed by the Emperor…and that a battalion of troopers led by Kenobi is about to kill him… he agrees to join Maul.
After the Jedi and clone troopers breach the base, Grievous “shockingly” escapes, the Jedi master you’ve never heard of “shockingly” gets killed, and Maul/Dooku & Company leave after putting their adversaries completely on the ropes…which actually was kind of shocking.
Is It Good?
This issue had more telegraphed plot points than a badly written sitcom. Fortunately, each one was executed in such a way that it was surprisingly fun to watch unfold.
Example: Grievous is left alive and kept in a cell with two inept guards. His escape is a forgone conclusion, but it was still made for an awesome action scene. Same with the death of Jedi Master Red Shirt.
Much of the credit for that goes to artist Juan Frigeri, who brilliantly brings each page to life. Let’s hope that writer Jeremy Barlow can find more smart and inventive ways to give us those type of scenes as the series comes to a close.