I pitied Darth Maul in this story, especially in the last box. He just wants what we all want: someone to love us.Tales #24, Marked, was an awesome little late. As a matter of fact, I think it’s in my top 5 of Star Wars Tales stories. Its premise is simple and it’s in line with what we know about Sith philosophy: only the strong survive. Darth Maul is sent to a remote planet to investigate a significant disturbance in the Force. There he comes into contact with Silas, a Dorvian strong in the darkside of the Force. From there, the two engage in a death match – the winner gaining the honor of being Darth Sidious’ apprentice. For Maul it’s a test, for Silas it’s an interview.
Maul comes out victorious, and learns a valuable lesson: to be a Sith means constant improvement, but with that means constant dis-satisfaction with who you are. And Sidious will be right there, offering Maul back-handed compliments until he decides he’s had enough.Silas was an interesting character in this story. It was also a shame Maul killed him. His potential seemed evident. I would have loved to see this ruthless character operate as a Sith.
I really don’t have much else to say. Marked furthered the background of Maul and added more dimensions to him. I think from now on I’ll always see that scared little boy under that tough and tattooed exterior.For my next post I’ll be taking a look at Episode 1 Adventures. Until then my friends, may the Force be with you.