Darth Maul is a fan-favorite character from the Star Wars prequels because of his awesome look and his double-bladed lightsaber, yet he was seriously underused and was killed off in his first appearance. Nevertheless, fans want to see more of the Dathomirian Zabrak Sith — and finally, thanks to Disney and Marvel Comics, we will be getting just that!
Marvel Comics is releasing Darth Maul-themed Star Wars comics starting in February, and we have finally been graced with the first look...
The artwork looks fantastic, and the plot sounds very exciting. The writing is helmed by Cullen Bunn, best known for the Marvel comic Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe. The art is done by Luke Ross, who has a bit of Star Wars comics experience, including Star Wars: The Force Awakens Adaptation. Needless to say, Darth Maul is in safe hands.
The plot of the comics appears to follow Darth Maul before the events of The Phantom Menace as he learns to use his hate and rage to his advantage while taking on an incredible task.
Bred on hate, fear, and anger. Steeped in the ways of darkness…trained to kill. Darth Maul’s time as an apprentice to Darth Sidious has long been cloaked in shadows, but at last we will reveal his tale of revenge. His master tells him to embrace his anger, but to stay hidden and bide his time. Maul has waited long enough – his patience growing ever thinner. His moment to step into the light has finally come. Prepare for a tale of unbridled rage as Darth Maul readies one of his first encounters with his mortal enemy…with the Jedi.
Some of the panels released of the comic look very promising, connecting not only to The Phantom Menace, but to other Star Wars entities as well...
The Scimitar, also known as the Sith Infiltrator, was Maul's heavy duty Star Courier seen in The Phantom Menace. It has a unique and cool design, and I'm anticipating the chance to see more of it.
The Scimitar was later seen during the Clone Wars in the possession of Darth Sidious, who had inherited it after the death of Maul at the end of The Phantom Menace. If the Lordof the Sith chooses to use the Scimitar as his primary form of transportation, it must be for good reason, and Star Wars: Darth Maul #1 will likely shed light on why.
This was a connection I was rather surprised to see. The Rathtars were first introduced in The Force Awakens aboard Han Solo's ship. After Finn and Rey let the beasts loose, we saw the sheer power of the creatures with numerous tentacles, and even more teeth!
Bearing that in mind, seeing Darth Maul take on one of these creatures is rather remarkable. In The Force Awakens, running seemed to be the only option when dealing with such a creature. Seeing Maul take on (at least) two of these beasts is truly impressive.
The DRK-1 probe droid is a spying drone first seen in The Phantom Menace. Only three have been known to have been made, as Darth Maul was the engineer behind these AI drones. All three were seen in The Phantom Menace on Tatooine in Maul's attempt to locate Qui-Gon Jin.
It seems very fitting to see these basic, yet unique, droids return with their master in the 5-part comic series. Perhaps we will even get to see deeper into their creation at Maul's hands.
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Darth Maul is one of the coolest-looking Star Wars characters, and I am eager to see further into the rage and hatred that motivates and empowers him this February. If anyone could do Darth Maul justice, though, it would have to be Cullen Bunn and Luke Ross. I'm going to need to get a countdown going.
Star Wars: Darth Maul #1 releases February 1st. Will you be making this purchase? Let me know in the comments, and thanks for reading!