Deathstick is proving to be a worthy successor to Darth Maul as Crimson Dawn’s enforcer, displaying a unique fighting style accompanied by droids.
Warning: Contains spoilers for Star Wars: Bounty Hunter # 14!
Deathstick – an assassin currently occupying Darth maulPrevious position as Crimson Dawn’s deadly enforcer – just showed cool use for droids while hunting bounty hunters Dengar and Beilert Valance in Star Wars: Bounty Hunter # 14. Star Wars fans have seen many variations of battle strategies, but this one is especially creative and makes it clear why Deathstick is a force to be reckoned with.
Previously, the fate of the Crimson Dawn crime syndicate in the Star Wars galaxy was unknown. Originally appearing in Solo: A Star Wars Story, Qi’ra took on the role of apprentice to the leading villain Darth Maul. Recently, readers of the ongoing crossover event Bounty hunter war learned that Qi’ra has replaced the fallen ex-Sith, and has an assassin by his side named Deathstick. Together, they have replaced Maul as Crimson Dawn’s dark mind and red right hand, with Star Wars: Bounty Hunter # 14 – by Ethan Sacks and Paolo Villanelli – showing Deathstick’s abilities.
As Deathstick first reveals himself and relentlessly pursues Dengar and Beilert Vallance in Nar Shaddaa, he employs droids not as soldiers, but as part of his own fighting style. Flanked by tiny flying droids that launch fire suppression, it rampages through its foes. Wherever Deathstick goes, his fellow mechanics follow him, almost as if they were part of his armor, even taking hits intended for the assassin and chasing him where she cannot follow. That Deathstick is capable of operating around the torrent of laser fire that emerges from his helpers and shows the incredible ability he brings.
Dengar and Beilert Valance are overwhelmed by incoming fire as they drive through the city and attempt to lose Deathstick, but the droids chase after the bounty hunters and nearly cause them to crash during their space car chase. Specifically designated as surveillance droids, they allow Deathstick to know where his prey is headed and gain the upper hand, guiding his targets to a kill zone supervised by the assassin, who prepares to fire at them from afar.
Deathstick makes a strong first impression as a resourceful assassin, but it is unclear if the droids are his property or if he is capable of hacking into any nearby droids to do his bidding. For all readers, Crimson Dawn might have several covert sleeping droids hidden all over the Smuggler’s Moon, just in case they need eyes somewhere. Now that the union is establishing itself as a massive presence in the Star Wars Underworld with the sale of Han Solo’s carbonite-clad body, Deathstick’s skill and mysterious resources make it clear that they will be an influential presence in the galaxy. With a unique fighting style that sees her acting like a precise sword within the chaos of the droids’ fire, Deathstick is already proving to be a worthy successor to Darth maul, and is on its way to ending its goals as Star Wars: Bounty Hunter keep going.
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