Star Wars: Age of Republic - Count Dooku #1 Review

by Kaasen Koy on February 13, 2019

Dooku #1 cover

Writer: Jody Houser

Artist: Luke Ross

Colorist: Java Tartaglia

Publisher: Marvel



Star Wars: Age of Republic - Count Dooku #1 continues the trend of outstanding one-shots that have been coming out of this anthology recently. It tracks Dooku on an undercover mission to Sullust that becomes complicated when a Jedi Knight appears nearby. 


One of the few stories to avoid the “conflicted hero” theme, Dooku #1 gives us a villain who is already fully given himself to his cause and has no great struggle with the actions he must take to ensure the rise of the Sith. The Count is written exceptionally well; any of the lines in his inner monologues could have been delivered easily by Christopher Lee. This story may lack the central purpose of some of the more thematic issues in Age of Republic, but it's a quick, well-crafted espionage thriller that makes good use of every panel and page.


Dooku #1 may have the most understated artwork of the series so far, but Luke Ross’ lifelike characters and carefully choreographed action continue to be a highlight in a series filled with fantastic art. (On a very subjective note, I dislike seeing alien races in Star Wars that are simply upright animals in robes. The Jedi that appears in this issue is just a tiger with no creative flourishes whatsoever and that kind of design always strikes me as lazy.)


Count Dooku #1 is another fantastic one-shot in what has quickly become my favorite Star Wars series running. It’s a little out of step with the other Sith and Jedi stories in Age of Republic and loses the theme, but it offers a glimpse of the Count as an agent of the Emperor — happy to highlight his deftness in diplomacy and double-crossing as much as his skill with a lightsaber.

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