A New Star Wars Comic Will Reveal Darth Maul's Backstory

Monday, 14 November 2016 - 2:34PM
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Monday, 14 November 2016 - 2:34PM
A New Star Wars Comic Will Reveal Darth Maul's Backstory
The moment that second plasma blade extended from his doublesaber, audiences knew Darth Maul was something special. He was the first new Sith we got to see in the prequels, and he gave audiences the first major lightsaber fight in sixteen years. He didn't look anything like Darth Vader, Sidious, or any of the aliens we'd seen before. That's why it was such a big letdown when he was unceremoniously cut in half and never spoken of again.

After fans walked out of the theater, the magic began to wear off. They realized that Maul only had about 6 minutes of screen time, a little more than Boba Fett in the original trilogy. They also realized that that lightsaber fight was actually pretty ridiculous at second glance. In fact, the Darth Maul we saw on screen was just about as one-dimensional as you can get—no motivations, no personality, no insight into what turned him to the dark side. But damn it, he was cool. And he deserved better.

Well, rejoice Star Wars fans—he's getting his own comic book series!

According to USA Today, Maul's going to be a part of Marvel's amazing Star Wars comic series, filling the hole left by the ever-popular Darth Vader series, which ended this year:

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Written by Cullen Bunn and drawn by Luke Ross, the five-issue Marvel Comics miniseries Star Wars: Darth Maul (to debut in February) takes a look at the tattooed villain's younger days before his short-lived appearance in the 1999 prequel film Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace.
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Darth Maul has shown up in other media, including the well-received Star Wars Rebels and The Clone Wars, but the character they portray is very different from the movie version—he's articulate, polite, manipulative, and brutal in some parts of Rebels, while he can be more aggressive and outwardly cruel in parts of Clone Wars (especially after he gets his legs back in a dark ritual). What's interesting is that this new comic is going to try to blend both those representations into the character in the comic:

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Bunn is melding versions of the Maul audiences have seen into one, from the attack-dog mentality of the character played by Ray Park in Phantom Menace - before he was sliced in half by Obi-Wan Kenobi's lightsaber and fell down a shaft to his apparent doom - to the cunning Maul seen in The Clone Wars and Rebels animated series.
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It's an encouraging thing to hear, especially considering the great job Marvel has done with the other Star Wars comics up to this point. It'll be a new chapter for them, too, considering that very few of their comics have touched on the Star Wars universe before the prequels. All things considered, it's exciting—we're looking forward to seeing Maul in print!

Darth Maul will debut in February from Marvel Comics.
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