Luke Actually Fought A Resurrected Darth Maul Long Before Obi-Wan

Back when the idea of Darth Maul's resurrection in the Star Wars galaxy was still theoretical and non-canon, Luke Skywalker actually fought the Zabrak Sith Lord (rather than Obi-Wan Kenobi). As seen in Dark Horse's Star Wars Tales anthology series, a short story saw Luke facing Maul shortly after the fall of the Empire. However, this version of Darth Maul's revival was very different from the one that would eventually occur during the canonical Clone Wars animated series.


Published only a year after the release of Star Wars: Episode II- Attack of the Clones, 2003's Star Wars Tales #17 featured a collection of horror-themed stories from a variety of writers and artists. One of these stories is entitled "Phantom Menaces" by Joe Casey and Francisco Paronzini where Luke Skywalker visits the world of Iridonia on behalf of the New Republic. While Dathomir is the homeworld to the horn-headed Zabrak species, so is Iridonia in the galaxy far, far away. As such, this story presented the idea that Maul was from Iridonia (years before the canon was rewritten, making him one of Dathomir's Nightbrothers).

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Shortly after Luke's arrival to Iridonia, the Jedi Master is repeatedly attacked by a uniquely solid hologram of Darth Maul himself, swearing revenge upon the Jedi Order. Prompted to investigate, the Force leads Skywalker to a hidden laboratory where a mad Zabrak scientist claims responsibility for the hologram of Maul. Having collected the Sith Lord's remains following Maul's demise at the hands of Obi-Wan Kenobi, it's revealed that Maul's actual living brain is powering the dangerous construct. Naturally, Luke shuts down the operation and ends the Sith Lord's legacy once and for all.

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Of course, the official Star Wars canon established by the future animated Clone Wars series saw Maul surviving his fall despite being cut in two by Kenobi in The Phantom Menace. Given new legs and having his mind restored by Dathomir's Mother Talzin of the Nightsisters, Maul would go on to plague Obi-Wan and the Jedi Order until his true demise at the hands of Kenobi in the years before A New Hope. That being said, this original concept where only his brain survives is quite the intriguing concept (as well being one that's arguably more feasible).

While this version of Darth Maul's resurrection is one of many seen in Star Wars Tales (such as Maul being revived to replace Darth Vader), the idea of Luke ending the Sith Lord's legacy is very poetic: the first Jedi of a new era ending one of the Skywalker saga's first Sith Lords. Despite being considered a part of the "Legends" banner, this particular adventure epically proves the inherent value of Star Wars' non-canonical stories.