When the Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated TV series was abruptly cancelled last spring as part of the Disney/Lucasfilm acquisition, fans wondered if the still-dangling storylines would ever be resolved.
Then came snippets out of Skywalker Ranch of produced scenes involving the clones and the Jedi that extended the series, with the promise of inclusion on the season 6 DVD and Blu-Ray releases–the final releases on the series. But one big story was left dangling: the final fate of Darth Maul.
That is about to change. Newsarama is now reporting that a project has been initiated to close out Darth Maul’s story via a four-issue Dark Horse comic series. Darth Maul: Son of Dathomir will pick up where the show left off and bring the story of Darth Sidious’ first apprentice to a resolution.
In the series, Maul is still working with the nightwitch, Mother Talzin, and when Sidious learns that his once-prized pupil still lives, he does all he can to stop him from wrecking the elder Sith’s intricate plans to rule the galaxy.
Maul will have to deal with the betrayal of his former master, as well as his hate of the Jedi–and the war that is ravaging the galaxy as a whole.
Veteran writer Jeremy Barlow will write the series, and an artist has not be assigned as of this writing. The scripts will come directly from the unproduced teleplays and will be the definitive close to the Darth Maul story.
Darth Maul: Son of Dathomir will also be one of the last Star Wars comics published by long-time publisher, Dark Horse Comics, after Disney announced last week that the Star Wars license was going back to Marvel–which is also owned by the House of Mouse.
While not the beautifully animated TV series that fans have come to love, it is nice to know that Lucasfilm is trying to gives fans some closure. I would rather see a two-hour theatrical release to close the series, much like the film that launched the series back in 2008, but as a fan, I will take what I can get.
Darth Maul: Son of Dathomir will be released later in 2014.