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"…a big part of the story is Darth Maul's descent to the dark side and almost being tempted away from it."
―Cullen Bunn[src]

Star Wars: Darth Maul is a Marvel comic book miniseries. The series, written by Cullen Bunn with art by Luke Ross, began on February 1, 2017. The story focuses on the character of Darth Maul and is set before the events of Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace, in which the character made his first appearance.

Plot summary[edit | edit source]

Star Wars: Darth Maul is set prior to Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace and explores the origins and early days of Darth Maul, an antagonist in the 1999 prequel trilogy film. Maul, under the tutelage of the Sith Lord Darth Sidious, is not yet allowed to engage Jedi in combat, so he spends his time hunting down crime lords. He finds a Jedi Padawan, Eldra Kaitis, in the hands of one such crime lords and takes it as an opportunity to test his skills against a Jedi. The series shows how Maul is tempted by the dark side of the Force, and even how he is almost swayed away from it.[1]

Development[edit | edit source]

Darth Maul was announced by USA Today on November 14, 2016. In the article, writer Cullen Bunn—who teamed with artist Luke Ross for the comic—said that the series would bridge the different depictions of Maul throughout the Star Wars canon, namely the warrior seen in The Phantom Menace and the cunning strategist of Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels. In crafting the character before the events of The Phantom Menace, Bunn took inspiration from the character's climactic duel with Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn and Padawan Obi-Wan Kenobi in the film; the duel showed Jinn meditatively waiting for his encounter with Maul, while the Sith Lord paced impatiently. The comic became an opportunity to sow the seeds of that impatience and anger.[1]

In crafting a protagonist in Eldra Kaitis, Bunn created a character who would have an impact on Maul's life moving forward. He was also able to depict the relationship between Maul and Sidious, and show that Sidious is "not a very warm teacher." Through Maul's encounters with other characters, Bunn found a fascinating line between devotion to the dark side and the light side of the Force. In that, a big part of the story became Maul's devotion to the dark side yet nearly being tempted away from it.[1]

The series began its release with Darth Maul 1 on February 1, 2017.[4]

Media[edit | edit source]

Color code key:
Collected (TPB) issue Released issue Future issue
Issue Title Publication date Trade paperback
1 Part I February 1, 2017[4]
Darth maul TPB solitation.jpg
Darth Maul
September 19, 2017[3]
2 Part II March 22, 2017[6]
3 Part III April 26, 2017[7]
4 Part IV June 21 2017[5]
5 Part V July 19 2017[5]

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Notes and references[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 Truitt, Brian (November 14, 2016). Exclusive: Darth Maul gets a new 'Star Wars' comic book. USA Today. Archived from the original on December 14, 2019. Retrieved on November 14, 2016.
  2. MarvelLogo.svg Star Wars: The Rise of Darth Maul on Marvel Comics' official website (backup link not available)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Amazon favicon.png Star Wars: Darth Maul on Amazon.com (backup link)
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 MARVEL COMICS FULL FEBRUARY 2017 Solicitations. Newsarama (2016-11-22). Archived from the original on March 26, 2020. Retrieved on November 24, 2016.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 New comic covers from Panini and Marvel as well as delays at Darth Maul. Jedi-Bibliothek (2017-04-08). Archived from the original on August 29, 2019. Retrieved on April 8, 2017. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "Delay" defined multiple times with different content
  6. MARVEL COMICS FULL MARCH 2017 Solicitations. Newsarama (2016-12-20). Archived from the original on June 5, 2019. Retrieved on December 20, 2016.
  7. MARVEL COMICS FULL APRIL 2017 Solicitations. Newsarama (2017-01-24). Archived from the original on March 26, 2020. Retrieved on January 24, 2017.

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