[TV] Star Wars: the Clone Wars To Continue As A Comic Book
Posted by Joseph Lee on 01.07.2014
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Newsarama reports that Star Wars: The Clone Wars will continue in comic book film after the March 2013 announcement that the animated series would end before a proper finale. The comic book series will launch in May, as part of the last year of Lucasfilm's partnership with Dark Horse Comics.
The four-part limited series is called Darth Maul: Son of Dathomir. It will adapt the screenplays for what would have been the series finale of The Clone Wars. It was written by Star Wars comics writer and former editor Jeremy Barlow. The artist has yet to be announced. It features Darth Maul returning for a battle with Darth Sidious (Emperor Palpatine). Barlow promises to go into the world of Darthomir, the Nightbrothers and a new character called Brother Viscus. Here are highlights of an interview:
On what to expect from the comic: "Due to the Star Wars: The Clone Wars TV show's sudden cancelation, Lucasfilm wasn't able to film the final episodes of the series, which is a shame because the story is an important — and action-packed — chapter in Darth Maul's continuing evolution as envisioned by George Lucas. Never ones to let a good story slip away, Dark Horse and the team at Lucasfilm saw an opportunity to save these teleplays from obsolescence and we're adapting them into a four-part miniseries called Darth Maul: Son of Dathomir."
On where the story picks up: "We're making these as new-reader-friendly as possible, understanding that some folks will be coming to this series without prior knowledge of the television show. All you need to know is that Darth Maul has returned, that he's really pissed off, and that his former master Darth Sidious is determined to put him back in the ground, permanently. Beyond that, Maul now serves a Dathomir Witch named Mother Talzin and together they've raised a ragtag army of hired soldiers and criminals, causing all kinds of trouble for Sidious' plans for galactic conquest. There have been victories and losses for both sides, and as we come into Darth Maul: Son of Dathomir, Sidious has captured Maul and stashed him away on a remote prison planet made of obsidian. How cool is that?"
On what has happened to Darth Maul in the events after Episode I: The Phantom Menace: "It's safe to say that no one expected Maul to come back — that goes for everyone in the Star Wars galaxy, as well. Obviously, his final scene in The Phantom Menace wasn't the end of him. He lived through being cut in half and dropped down the chute, survived on his own hate, and was restored by dark forces on Dathomir. But he returns to a galaxy that's moved on without him. His master, Darth Sidious, has chosen a replacement, and the Jedi have bigger problems on their hands, so he's yesterday's news, which only fuels Maul's rage. He's out for revenge on everyone and everything, and against all odds he builds an army and comes back roaring. Still, he's an underdog in this fight — up against the Republic, the Separatists, the Jedi, and the Sith — with only his patchwork military and his own determination. He'll discover that those elements still might not be enough, though."