While Marvel Comics may be getting the license to Star Wars starting in 2015, there is still a full year to go with Dark Horse Comics in charge of the Galaxy far, far away. And as one of their final acts, they’re giving fans the final chapter to one of the more beloved parts of recent Star Wars canon – the Clone Wars animated series.
When Star Wars: The Clone Wars ended last year after five seasons, several questions were left dangling, maybe the most prominent being “what the heck happens to Darth Maul??” The Sith Lord from The Phantom Menace (and maybe the only cool part of that whole movie) was brought back from the dead in season four of Clone Wars, in a major storyline that spanned the last two seasons. We all know he’s nowhere to be seen in Revenge of the Sith, and when we last saw him on the show, he was being smacked down hard by Darth Sidious for being a bad little Sith boy and trying to be as ruthless as his master. Although there is still a lot of what would have been season six done and in the can, soon to be released as “bonus content”, what would have been the Clone Wars’ series finale detailing the final fate of Darth Maul never got around to being told. But that’s about to change, as Dark Horse is about to give fans the long awaited conclusion to the Clone Wars in comic book form in Darth Maul: Son of Dathomir, from writer Jeremy Barlow and an artist still to be determined. The first issue will be hitting this May.
Talking with Newsarama, writer Jeremy Barlow said, “Due to the Star Wars: The Clone Wars TV show’s sudden cancellation, Lucasfilm wasn’t able to film the final episodes of the series, which is a shame because the story is an important — and action-packed — chapter in Darth Maul’s continuing evolution as envisioned by George Lucas; Dark Horse and the team at Lucasfilm saw an opportunity to save these teleplays from obsolescence and we’re adapting them into a four-part miniseries called Darth Maul: Son of Dathomir.” As far as to what Star Wars locales we might see in this this story, according to Barlow, “We start at that secret prison (where Maul has been imprisoned by the Emperor) carved out of massive obsidian blocks and from there we bounce to the harsh moon of Zanbar, hit the Black Sun stronghold on Ord Mantell, and finally make our way to Dathomir, which is as dark and dangerous a place as you can get.”
Although there is the possibility this story could still be animated at some point, if it does, comic book fans will have a leg up on other fans getting to see this story come to a close before anyone else does. Darth Maul: Son of Dathomir should be just what the doctor ordered to tide fans over before the premiere of Star Wars: Rebels Episode VII the following year.