(Update: While the article at Newsarama states that this story was supposed to be the final episodes of the series, Lucasfilm’s Pablo Hidalgo says in a tweet that this story was just a final 4-part arc for Darth Maul. Not the series finale)
While we are all still severely disappointed with the cancellation of Clone Wars last year, a bit of good news got announced today, as we now know that we will at least be able to read what the final story arc for Darth Maul was gonna be, in a new comic mini-series by Dark Horse titled, Darth Maul: Son of Dathomir. It will adapt the screenplays for what would have been a new Darth Maul centric arc that didn’t get produced, and will be released this May. Newsarama broke the news exclusively today, and also posted an interview with the writer of the comic series, Jeremy Barlow. Here is a portion of the interview:
Newsarama: This is a story that many fans, including myself, thought we’d never see. What can you tell us about this upcoming comic miniseries?
Jeremy Barlow: 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.
Newsarama: Although there are many fans of the Star Wars: The Clone Warsshow, I know some of the people reading this weren’t able to get up to speed on them. For those coming in fresh, how would you explain the set-up leading into this miniseries?
Jeremy Barlow: 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?
I for one am pretty excited about this. Sure I would’ve loved to see Darth Maul’s final arc completed as full episodes of The Clone Wars, but we know that was never going to happen unfortunately, so I’m just glad we will at least be able to read about the Darth Maul story that George Lucas and Dave Filoni had planned. Along with this new comic series and the Bonus Content episodes still to come this year, there’s still a lot to look forward to with the Clone Wars.
For the full interview with writer Jeremy Barlow, head on over to Newsarama.