When Disney purchased Lucasfilm in 2012, it killed the popular animated series ‘Star Wars: The Clone Wars’ which aired on Disney’s competitor Nickelodeon. Disney is now crafting its own animated series to air on Disney XD, which is all well and good, but where does that leave leave fans of ‘The Clone Wars’ who haven’t gotten a resolution to that series? They could start a support group along with fans of ‘Green Lantern: The Animated Series’ and ‘Young Justice’… but they won’t have to.
Unlike fans of the two DC shows, ‘Clone Wars’ fans will get some closure as Dark Horse comics will publish a comic book which will wrap up what the producers had planned for the rest of the series. The publisher is currently publishing a comic based on another unrealized concept ‘The Star Wars’ based on George Lucas’ first pass on the story that eventually evolved into the ‘Star Wars’ universe we know today.
‘Darth Maul: Son of Dathomir’, written by Jeremy Barlow, will depict the title character returning to life and going after his former master Darth Sidious, who eventually becomes The Emperor. Barlow states that the series will delve into the world of Dathomir and its inhabitants like the Nightbrothers and a new character named Brother Viscus.
Barlow had this to say about the new miniseries:
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?
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.
Dark Horse recently lost the rights to publish ‘Star Wars’ comics in a move that everyone knew was coming, since Disney also owns Marvel Comics. But it looks like they will continue cranking out interesting new comics until their contract expires.
Are you excited to see ‘The Clone Wars’ storyline wrapped up?