Star Wars: Darth Maul #1
September 2000
22ppg, $2.95

Scripter: Ron Marz
Penciler: Jan Duursema
Inker: Rick Magyar
Letterer: Steve Dutro
Colorist: Dave McCaig
Cover Artist: Drew Struzan
Book Design: Jeremy Perkins
Assistant Editor: Michael Carriglitto
Editor: Dave Land
Publisher: Mike Richardson

Darth Maul (1st time appearing without shirt)

Darth Sidious

Qui-Gon Jinn, Obi-Wan Kenobi

Sith attack droid (as seen with the Deluxe Darth Maul figure from Hasbro), training droids, spider repair droid (seen in the hangar bay)

Coruscant (most notably, the Sith's secret base)

Sith Infiltrator (1st chronological appearance)

Darth Maul's lightsaber (red, double bladed), Sith communication gauntlet

This timeline in this issue indicates the events of this series take place 6 months prior to The Phantom Menace, while the online timeline indicates 33 years before A New Hope.

Published both with an artwork cover by Drew Struzan and a photo cover variant.
Darth Maul is meditating as four training droids approach him from the rear. Using the Force, he retrieves his lightsaber and stands ready. He disables two of the droids with his lightsaber while deflecting laser blasts. When the lasers get to be too much, he turns and runs up the wall of his training room, flipping over backwards and slicing up the third and fourth droids. It is then that Darth Sidious approaches with a task for him.

Sidious instructs Maul to ready himself for a journey. He must assure that Black Sun will not interfere with their plans for the Neimoidians. Sidious goes on to explain the vast criminal underworld that is Black Sun, and directs Maul to throw them into disarray. To do this he must destroy the head of Black Sun, as well as the nine Vigos that report to him. As a gift, Lord Sidious presents Darth Maul with the Sith Infiltrator, his tool to achieving his goal.

Maul pledges his loyalty and departs in the ship from the hidden docking port somewhere on Coruscant. Somewhere else on the city-planet, Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi are taking a walk when Qui-Gon senses a disturbance in the Force. His padawan asks what it was, but he can offer no answer other than to say that it's meaning will eventually reveal itself.

Non-Comic Related Items
Darth Maul-Shadow Hunter (pbk; Reeves; 2001)

Related Issues
Darth Maul #2 Darth Maul #3 Darth Maul #4

Trade Paperbacks and Alternate Covers
Star Wars Omnibus: Rise of the Sith Star Wars Legends Epic Collection: Rise of The Sith Trade Paperback #2 Darth Maul Trade Paperback 30th Anniversary Collection #3
Darth Maul 1 Dynamic Forces Photo Cover Darth Maul 1 Photo Cover

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