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In the shadows, an ancient enemy stirs. The Sith
-practitioners of the dark side of the Force long
thought destroyed - secretly work to undermine
and eventually overthrow the Jedi Order, the
guardians of peace and justice in the galaxy.

Two members of the Sith order - Darth Sidious
and his apprentice Darth Maul - secretly await
their moment to strike. But while Sidious plans
an intricate series of deceptions and
machinations, Maul grows restless.

The moment of revenge is close at hand, and he is
unwilling to wait much longer...
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Darth Maul is a 2017 Star Wars Expanded Universe limited comic series written by Cullen Bunn and illustrated by Luke Ross. It serves as a prequel to The Phantom Menace.

Shortly before the invasion of Naboo, a young Darth Maul grows frustrated and impatient with maintaining concealment from the Jedi, per orders of his master, Darth Sidious. To vent his anger, he tests his anger against creatures and cutthroats throughout the Galaxy. However, during one mission, he is one of the few to learn that a powerful crime lord has captured a young Jedi Padawan. Seeing this as an opportunity to test his mettle, he sets out to seek this Jedi, secretly defying his master's wishes.

Not to be confused with the non-canonical Legends comic series released in 2000 by Dark Horse Comics. Darth Maul: Son of Dathomir was also published under Dark Horse, but as an adaptation of an unreleased arc of Star Wars: The Clone Wars. It is canonical to the Expanded Universe under Disney and Marvel's publishing.

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Tropes in this series include:

  • Call-Forward:
    • Khaat Qiyn and Bairdon Jace appeared as participants of the Battle of Geonosis in Attack of the Clones, but they were unnamed.
    • Cad Bane and Aurra Sing appear as allies to Maul and affirm that they're enemies of the Jedi Order and the Republic, just like they will continue to be in The Clone Wars.
    • The Zabrak kid from Issue #2 would later go on to inherit his father's bar and, upon a visit from Luke, he told the patrons to kill him and take his lightsaber in Marvel Star Wars (2015). He also mentioned that like Luke, his father is dead; we get to see how this happened in Darth Maul.
    • In Issue #2, Maul remembers visiting Malachor with Sidious and learning about the Scourge. Apparently, before the visit, he had dreams of the place, either out of Dreaming of Things to Come or just because it's related to the history of the Sith.
      • Maul's Madness Mantraread here  that he will say in The Clone Wars by the time Savage finds him is revealed to be an altered version of the mantra he learned during his lesson on Malachor by Sidious.
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    • Maul considers corrupting Eldra, something he will later try with Ezra in Rebels.
  • The Cameo:
    • Maul stalks Khaat Qiyn and her Padawan, Bairdon Jace, on Coruscant. Their appearance is to show how the Jedi seem uneased about an unknown presence yet ignore signs of it, as well as how Maul is eager to see his abilities unleashed against the Jedi.
    • Hondo Ohnaka and his gang, as well as Grakkus the Hutt make cameos as bidders at the auction held by the Xrexus Cartel.
  • Clothing Damage: Maul loses his tunic after getting slashed across the chest with a lightsaber.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Maul finally kills Eldra in a surprise attack. Eldra herself dropped a rockfall on his head.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • The criminal gang that wins the auction for Eldra are Moogans. Moogan smugglers were involved in Almec's corruption conspiracy in The Clone Wars.
    • In Issue #2, Maul is temporarily blinded and later ruins Feebee's optic sensors, likely referencing how in Rebels, he permanently blinds Kanan.
  • Cover-Blowing Superpower: Defied. If Maul wants to successfully hunt down Eldra, he has to try not to use the Force too obviously and refrain from using his lightsaber in front of others, because Sidious would not be pleased that the revelation of the Sith still being alive is spreading around in the Galaxy like wildfire and thus ruining his plans.
  • The Dog Bites Back: Feebee leaves Tek-Tek to die when given the chance in revenge for his poor treatment at the latter's hands.
  • Doomed by Canon: Eldra learns that Maul is a Sith, but that means she likely never lives to return to the Jedi Order, as they can't learn about the survival of the Sith until The Phantom Menace, which happens some time later.
  • Dramatic Irony: In Issue #2, Maul believes that he will live a long life. Well, he does survive being Half the Man He Used to Be soon and is believed to be dead for about the next decade. And then almost two decades later after that, he gets Killed Off for Real, about halfway through the average lifespan of a Zabrak, assuming it is the same as a Human's.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Maul feels a sort of kinship with Eldra after fighting alongside her and noting their similarities, but is so confused that he figures it must just be wanting to corrupt her into his student.
  • Exactly What I Aimed At: Eldra throws her sword, missing Maul. He snarks about how impractical sword throwing is, only to turn around and see the avalanche she triggered.
  • Face Death with Dignity: Xev's only response to learning that Maul has come to kill her is to regret that she didn't get a better vintage for her last drink.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: The Jedi Order is often criticized for recruiting its members at a very young age and impressing Emotion Suppression and The Stoic lifestyles upon them. However, considering how many people are willing to use and exploit individuals with Force sensitivity — Eldra is captured and put up for auction, with numerous bidders — it's more understandable that the Order wants to protect as many young people as possible.
  • Mythology Gag: This isn't the first time Maul goes after a Padawan to kill them. He does this in Darth Maul: Shadow Hunter in Legends as well.
  • Running Gag: In Issue #2, after being recruited by Maul, Aurra confides in Bane that she has a bad feeling about this.
  • Slasher Smile: Maul grins like a maniac whenever Eldra fights, seeing her prowess and looking forward to fighting her himself. Say nothing of the actual duel, where he's positively delighted.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: From what is seen so far, Aurra isn't as sadistic as she is in The Clone Wars and has shades of a downplayed Naïve Newcomer. Makes sense, since there's a near-decade gap between that and this comic, so she's had plenty of time to change.
  • Vengeance Feels Empty: After killing Eldra, Maul expects to feel something, but only feels empty and angrier than before. He concludes that he will have to spend the rest of his life killing Jedi in order to fill the hole.
  • Villain Has a Point: While Sidious might've been twisting some facts around to Maul about the Scourge of Malachor, the Sith are right about the Jedi Order's encouragement of being The Stoic and Emotion Suppression being bad for your mental health. Though this doesn't erase that the Sith are still pretty bad in thinking that the opposite extreme of that (which is being completely driven by emotion with a lack of any logic and composure) is better.

Alternative Title(s): Star Wars Darth Maul

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