How does Darth Maul fare in one of earliest adventures, bloody, like usual!
Cover Art By: David Stevenson
Written By: James Luceno
As a quick aside on what you can expect from a short story review before we get into the actual review of Darth Maul: Saboteur. I’ll be handling short stories the same as the adult novels, just not in as much depth or with as much detail. It’s not that the quality is any less, it’s simply a fact of the medium, there is less to work with. Even in one-shot comic books I still have at the very least the art to go over in conjunction with the shorter story. But, with the short stores there’s still only the words you would find in a full fledged novel, only not as many. Hopefully that clarifies what you can expect, outside of my usual lowest common denominator humor!
With that out of the way let’s delve into Darth Maul: Saboteur. The author of this particular short story is James Luceno, and he is a writer with whom I have a love/hate relationship. At times I love his writing style, but there are also times when I find his writing style too breezy and simple for my tastes. Darth Maul: Saboteur is a case of his writing style working for me, Luceno crafts an interesting glimpse at everyone’s favorite Iridonian Sith, well maybe not favorite, there are a lot of Sith out there. There isn’t a lot of depth to be found in Darth Maul: Saboteur, but there is enough in the right places. Luceno provides little touches such as detailing the plight of the Lommite miners or adding little quirks to the residents of the downtrodden world of Dorvalla.
As already mentioned there is an Iridonian Sith at the front of this story, and Luceno tackles the always quiet Darth Maul in splendid fashion. He adds depth to a character that based on his most popular appearance alone has little to none. What Luceno wisely does is use Maul as a backdrop for the real purpose of the story, showing the true breadth and scope of the plans put into motion by Darth Sidious. Darth Maul: Saboteur is a small story, but it is one that looms large as a piece of the puzzle Sidious is working on known as the galaxy at large. This ends up being the strong point of Darth Maul: Saboteur, the attention and detail that Luceno offers in a very short time to the scheming and machinations of Sidious prior to his larger moves in Episode I: The Phantom Menace.
I guess I should warn that there isn’t a whole lot of action in Darth Maul: Saboteur, this tale is one of intrigue and minor political maneuvering, but I happen to be a fan of that sort of thing so you won’t hear any complaints from me. Darth Maul: Saboteur is a taut and well told story, adding depth to a character that has fascinated audiences since his arrival and further showing the true scope of Darth Sidious’ plans. It’s not all that deep in an overall story sense, but it is a fast and interesting read that is well worth the effort of checking out.