Marvel's Darth Maul Comic Finally Does The Character Justice

To many, Darth Maul is the most exciting part of The Phantom Menace movie. In fact, he's one of the best Star Wars villains of all time. Unfortunately for fans, though, the character doesn't get nearly enough time in the cinematic spotlight. The five-part Marvel Darth Maul comic book series rectifies that in a big way. In it, readers learn more about the vicious Sith's background - what drives him and from where his motivations stem.

The Star Wars comic books open up the rich mythos of the universe. The films, however, introduce so many fascinating characters that they simply cannot give the personas the screen-time they deserve. That's where the Star Wars extended universe comes in. Because of it, some of the best characters in the Star Wars franchise get a chance to shine outside of the film endeavors (although the spinoffs are starting to address this). Darth Maul stands out among those characters.

Here's everything you need to know about this dark Sith's comic series. 

  • Maul Will Gladly Kill Anyone, Good Or Bad

    In the series, the vast majority of Maul's victims are actually monsters and criminals. At one point the Sith is even sent on a mission to deal with pirates harrying the Trade Federation. Basically, Maul is little more than a weapon. He is driven by an insatiable thirst for blood and while he's happy to kill indiscriminately, he prefers to kill Jedi.

  • Maul's Jedi Hatred Is Finally Explained

    Maul's Jedi Hatred Is Finally Explained
    Photo: Star Wars Rebels / Disney XD

    In the second installment of the five-part series, readers get a glimpse into Darth Maul's past. Depicted as a young boy with his master Sidious, the young Sith is taken to Malachor, an ancient planet. There he learns of a an ancient battle during which the Jedi wiped out much of the Dark Side followers. Sidious makes the youth breathe in the ashes of a slain Sith Lord so that Maul can experience all the pain and anguish of his predecessor. From then on, Maul hates all Jedi and lusts for revenge.

  • Maul Hunts Rathtars And Successfully Slays Them

    Rathtars are first introduced into the Star Wars universe in The Force Awakens and they're formidable beasts. Like giant octopi with huge mouths and razor sharp teeth, the rathtars are like mobile sarlaccs. Because of their ability to roll at high speeds, the beasts are near impossible to destroy. That said, Darth Maul is able to take on numerous rathtars at once and he deposes them with style and ease. One realizes how formidable Maul is because he kill rathtars without qualms.

  • The Sith Lord's Fighting Style Is Fueled By Frustration, Anger, And Hate

    The Sith Lord's Fighting Style Is Fueled By Frustration, Anger, And Hate
    Photo: The Phantom Menace / 20th Century Fox

    Maul fights viciously. He uses brutal violence to convey the hatred that he has for Jedi. While capable of finesse, as is evidenced by use of his double-bladed lightsaber, Maul's true style is ugly but efficient. He fights with aggression, savagely attacking his opponents over and over again. It's that lack of control and discipline that ultimately leads to his downfall at the hands of Qui Gon.

  • Darth Maul Isn't Initially Allowed To Hunt Jedi

    Early in the series, Darth Maul stalks two Jedi, desperate for a chance to attack and kill his so-hated rivals. It's at this point that readers first see Sidious. The older villain chastises Maul for jeopardizing the end goal by prematurely seeking out Jedi. Maul's rage is clear but he submits to his master. The title character realizes that if he hunts Jedi without permission again he will be severely punished. A frustrated Maul is then sent on a Trade Federation mission like a chastised errand boy.

  • He Has No Problem Disobeying Authority

    In defending representatives of the Trade Federation from pirates, Maul learns of a Jedi that's been captured. The Sith immediately disobeys his master's commands, seeking the criminal organization that is holding the Jedi prisoner. It's at this point that readers begin to understand just how relentless Maul is. Even the threat of punishment can't stop him from chasing Jedi.