‘Star Wars: The Clone Wars’ to End in the Form of Dark Horse Comics Series

By January 9, 2014
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Star Wars: The Clone Wars

After Disney purchased Lucasfilm last year, there was some question as to what would happen with certain existing endeavors dealing with the Star Wars characters. More specifically, many fans were wondering if “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” would get a chance to end the way it was intended.

Sadly, the official announcement last March from Dave Filoni, supervising director of the Cartoon Network series, said:

“After five highly successful and critically acclaimed seasons of “Star Wars: The Clone Wars,” we feel the time has come to wind down the series. While the studio is no longer producing new episodes for Cartoon Network, we’re continuing production on new “Clone Wars” story arcs that promise to be some of the most thrilling adventures ever seen.”

It was said that Lucasfilm might be able to finish the remaining episodes and release them online as bonus content. Unfortunately for fans, that won’t be happening. However, the planned finale, which prominently features the returned villain Darth Maul, will see the light of day, albeit in a different form.

Star Wars: The Clone Wars - Darth Maul, Obi-Wan Kenobi

Newsarama (via THR) spoke with writer Jeremy Barlow who revealed the plan to end “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” at Dark Horse Comics. Barlow says:

“Due to the ‘Star Wars: The Clone Wars’ TV show’s sudden cancellation, 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.'”

We suppose that’s better than nothing, but not being able to see this action-packed finale in motion is certainly a disappointment. And for anyone who hasn’t watched the animated series, they can enjoy these comics too. Barlow is making the comic series “as new-reader-friendly as possible,” and adds, “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.”

Since we just learned that Star Wars is leaving Dark Horse Comics in 2015 so Disney can bring their newly acquired characters under the fold of Marvel Entertainment and their comic book arm, this serves as a fitting final project for the sci-fi saga to end its run at the comic book company. We still wish we could see the finale in action though.

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Ethan Anderton
Some of his favorite films include Ghostbusters, The Empire Strikes Back and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, while his favorite TV series include LOST, Mad Men, 30 Rock, Parks & Recreation, Arrested Development and Saturday Night Live.