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7 Darth Maul Stories You Should Read

Not since the height of the Phantom Menace hype back in 1999 has Darth Maul been this popular.  His return to the Star Wars Universe via the animated show The Clone Wars has brought Darth Maul back into the public consciousness.  To top that off, a brand new Darth Maul novel has been announced and will be released in 2014.  But we don’t have to wait until 2014 for some great Darth Maul stories.  The Expanded Universe is filled with them.

If you have gotten caught up in the current Darth Maul hype, and you just can’t get enough of that tattooed Zabrak, here are 7 stories from the Star Wars Expanded Universe you must check out.

Star Wars: Darth Maul
This was a series of comics that ran in 2000 and told the story of Darth Maul being sent by Darth Sidious to take out the leadership of the Black Sun criminal organization.  Interesting that Maul would eventually do this again in The Clone Wars TV show, although in a much easier fashion.  This is one of my favorite comic stories from Dark Horse and features the amazing artwork of Jan Duursema.  As a bonus Drew Struzan did the cover art.  You can now find this story in a collected trade paper back and it is also available digitally.

From 1999 to 2005 Dark Horse Comics published Star Wars Tales.  These were really cool.  Each issue would contain a handful of stories which ranged from serious to funny to the extremely ridiculous.  In issue #24 there was a 12-page story called Marked which featured Darth Maul.  The apprentice is sent by Sidious to kill a Force-user who is posing a threat.  Maul finds the Force-user is a Drovian named Silus and he is a competitive fighter.  Maul must enter the competition and face the fighter.  But does Sidious really want to eliminate this Force-user or is he seeking out a new apprentice?  Look for some really cool flashbacks of a young Darth Maul in training in this story.

Darth Maul: Shadow Hunter
If you are a fan of Darth Maul you must read this novel.  Released in 2001 and written by Michael Reeves, Shadow Hunter tells the story of Darth Maul’s hunt to retrieve a holocron which contains information that may reveal Darth Sidious’ evil plans.  The man on the run from Maul is Lorn Pavan, an information broker who is in over his head.  Pavan’s son Jax will go on to be featured in the Coruscant Nights books as well as the upcoming novel The Last Jedi.

This is one of the more off-the-wall Darth Maul stories.  The 48-page story can be found in Star Wars Tales #9 and gives us the chance to see a face-off between Darth Vader and Darth Maul.  Vader is hunting down stolen plans for the Death Star and comes across some Prophets of the Dark Side.  These prophets have taken it upon themselves to resurrect Darth Maul and of course a lightsaber battle ensues.  Sure it is a bit ridiculous but it’s a fun quick read.

The Wrath of Darth Maul
This is the closest thing to a Darth Maul biography we have.  It tells the story of Maul from him being a toddler, to his training under Darth Sidious, to his apparent death on Naboo, to his resurrection.  Since this book was released in 2012 it has the advantage of being able to pull from all the Darth Maul stories that had come before as well as The Clone Wars TV series.  This is a young adult novel so it is written at that level but even adults should find this story intriguing.

Old Wounds
Back before The Clone Wars TV series decided to bring Darth Maul back and give him robotic legs this had already been done in the 2005 story Old Wounds.  This was a story found in the pages of the Star Wars: Visionaries, a collection of stories written and drawn by concept artists who worked on Revenge of the Sith.  The story is that Darth Maul somehow survived being cut in half and has been tracking down Obi-Wan.  He eventually catches up with him on Tatooine while Obi-Wan is protecting Luke at the Lars Homestead.  This story is actually really cool and the artwork by Aaron McBride is amazing.  The Darth Maul design from this comic heavily influenced (meaning it’s almost exact) the look of Maul in The Clone Wars show.

Darth Maul: Death Sentence
The Clone Wars brought Darth Maul back from the dead in Season Four, but we really only got a tease with him showing up right at the end of the season.  Then we were left wondering what was happening with him between Season Four and Season Five.  Death Sentence tells that story.  A four-issue series from Dark Horse Comics, Death Sentence is written by Tom Taylor and has great art by Bruno Redondo.  In the series Maul and his brother Savage Opress are wreaking havoc in the Outer Rim and a team of Jedi are sent to track them down.  But the Jedi aren’t the only people the brothers have to worry about.  A corrupt mine owner and his mercenaries also want them dead.

So before you watch The Clone Wars this Saturday and (maybe) find out Maul’s ultimate fate, check out some of these stories to get a full appreciation of the character.

Aaron Goins

The Hollywood Reporter profiles Kathleen Kennedy

Lucasfilm’s Kathleen Kennedy on ‘Star Wars,’ ‘Lincoln’ and Secret J.J. Abrams Meetings:

Kennedy already had called Beth Swofford, Abrams’ CAA agent, and been told Abrams was too deeply engaged in the nextStar Trek movie and other obligations at Paramount — not to mention innumerable television projects — to consider the job. Nonetheless, Abrams agreed to meet with Kennedy on Dec. 14 at his Bad Robot offices in Santa Monica. Famously plain-spoken, she summarizes her pitch like this: “Please do Star Wars.” And she had cards to play. Not only was Oscar winner Michael Arndt (Little Miss SunshineToy Story 3) writing the script, but Lawrence Kasdan, who wrote 1980’s The Empire Strikes Back and 1983’s Return of the Jedi, was on board to consult. Abrams “was flipping out when he found out that Michael and Larry were on the movie already,” says Kennedy.

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Now I Am The Master- TWL #43

Join Karl and Jason in their latest episode where they sit down to discuss the many different dynamics we see between the Master and Apprentice relationships we see in the films.  From Qui-Gon Jinn teaching Obi-Wan to Obi-Wan trying to train Anakin and up through the great tutelage of Yoda to Luke Skywalker, Karl and Jason delve into all the unique elements of the Master-Apprentice relationship in the Star Wars films!


Star Wars Episodes 2 and 3 3D Releases Postponed

The official announcement says:

Lucasfilm has decided to postpone this fall’s scheduled release of Star Wars Episodes II and III in 3D. Given the recent development that we are moving forward with a new Star Wars trilogy, we will now focus 100 percent of our efforts on Star Wars: Episode VII in order to ensure the best possible experience for our fans. We will post further information about our 3D release plans at a later date.

Hmm, by “focus 100% of our efforts on Star Wars: Episode VII” I wonder if LFL means that the 3D releases won’t come out any time soon, or are just delayed somewhat. Secondarily, I find it interesting that they refer to the new movie as “Star Wars: Episode VII” and wonder if that gives us any clue as to what the final title of Episode 7 will be. I imagine that the traditional “Star Wars: Episode VII – A New Hope Has Risen for Star Wars Fans” title arrangement will be used, the formula of “Star Wars” followed by a colon, followed by a roman numeral, followed by a dash and then the actual movie title. What do you think?