The newest issue in the Marvel Age of Republic series was released today. Following last week’s Qui-Gon Jinn issue, we get a story about the Sith Zabrak that ended that Jedi’s physical life: Darth Maul.
Maul, Sith apprentice to Darth Sidious, strains at his master’s leash anxiously waiting for his chance to destroy the Jedi Order. Sidious demands patience, waiting for his own secret plans to fall into place.
I won’t spoil the issue for you, but I truly loved seeing how disgusted Maul appeared when he found himself wearing Jedi robes.
Jody Houser writes a solid story, and Luke Ross brings Darth Maul to life in the same amazing manner he did in the Bunn series of yore.
Marvel just released the first issue of its new series: Star Wars – Age of Republic. Age of Republic is the first mini-series of one-shots that serves ups stories during individual eras, as part of a maxi-series of new Star Wars comics. Each era will consist of a series of one-shots featuring both heroes and villains.
Age of Republic – Qui-Gon Jinn (2018) #1 is centered around Qui-Gon Jinn, and takes place prior to The Phantom Menace. Written by Jody Houser (Rogue One and Thrawn comic adaptations), with art by Cory Smith, the story follows Qui-Gon Jinn as he faces his conflicting beliefs about the role of the Jedi.
Houser weaves a compelling story true to Jinn’s character as a rule-bender who searches for balance within the Force. The art is some of the most beautiful I’ve ever seen portray the Star Wars universe, with a color palette that really pops and scenes packed with action.
Overall, this issue is a good story. It does feel a bit short; it’s impossible to get enough of Qui-Gon Jinn, so I appreciate Marvel for bringing us another piece of this compelling and conflicted character. At the very least, it’s something to tide us over until the release of Claudia Gray’s Master and Apprentice novel next year.
Star Wars: Age of Republic continues next week with Darth Maul.