Thursday, August 27, 2015

Retro Dark Horse: Star Wars Comic Pack #56

The first time Darth Maul survived his bisection on Naboo by Obi-Wan Kenobi occurred in an original Star Wars graphic novel called Star Wars Visionaries published in 2005.  This graphic novel contains 10 non-canon stories by concept artists who worked on Revenge of the Sith.  In the first and arguably best story in the graphic novel titled Old Wounds, the 3-4 year old Luke Skywalker and Owen Lars are approached by a menacing Darth Maul with cybernetic legs.  Maul went to the Lars homestead to draw Obi-Wan Kenobi out of hiding and we learn Maul has been tracking Obi-Wan's whereabouts for some time before ending up on Tatooine.  Maul has an intense hatred of Obi-Wan for what he did to him on Naboo and the two engage in a prolonged lightsaber fight.  Eventually, Maul is bested and when Obi-Wan hesitates to kill Maul, Owen shoots Maul dead.  It is a powerful story and Maul's resurrection in The Clone Wars borrows several elements from this story namely his immense hatred of Obi-Wan Kenobi and the cybernetic legs.

This story is reprinted in Star Wars Comic Pack #56 which came in a 2010 San Diego Comic-Con exclusive boxed set with a Darth Maul and Owen Lars action figure.

Star Wars Comic Pack #56a - Dark Horse Comics, U.S. (July 2010)
reprints Darth Maul story from Visionaries TPB
2010 San Diego Comic-Con exclusive
Loose, this Star Wars Comic Pack issue is the most expensive fetching from $10 - 15 on eBay.  The graphic novel this comic partially reprints usually fetches $5 - 10.

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