Darth Maul: Son of Dathomir #1
Based on unaired episodes of the acclaimed Clone Wars animated series! Getting chopped in half and left to die was only the start of Darth Maul's problems. Now revived and restored, Maul goes after the one man responsible for ruining his life—Darth Sidious!
But Maul's about to learn the hard way that even with a mercenary army, the power of Dathomir's Witches, and his own endless rage backing him up, he's still no match the Dark Side of the Force.
Like that's going to stop him!
|Those Battledroids have been going to this high school for seven and a half years. |
They're no dummies.
This project presented some unique challenges. Randy Stradley hired me to take four episodes' worth of Clone Wars screenplays and make work as comics while still retaining as much of the material as possible.
Oh, and the first issue's script was due in two weeks.
Writing this series was an exercise in judicious reduction. Where television deals in time (and technical budgets), comics conform to physical space—you're talking roughly 100 panels in a 22 page comic, so you're balancing retaining the information against creating an exciting dramatic flow. So it's all about choosing what to keep and what to cut, and trusting your gut.
It's paid off so far. The first issue's reviews have come back overwhelmingly positive, making this one of the best reviewed books I've ever done. Now I know how a band feels when everyone loves their cover song more than their originals!
That, or I just might finally be getting the hang of this writing thing.
Don't take my word for it—you can buy a copy of Darth Maul #1 here (at a discount!) and you be the judge!