Since the Disney buyout, Palpatine’s first Sith Apprentice has already received his own canonical miniseries in the form of Dark Horse’s Darth Maul: Son Of Dathomir, which showed what Maul did in the waning days of the Clone Wars. Now, Marvel is committed to giving Maul a new miniseries (written by Cullen Bunn and drawn by Luke Ross) set just before The Phantom Menace.
From USA Today:
The comic finds Maul an untested warrior under the training of Darth Sidious, who would later become the Galactic Emperor. Told to stand down from engaging with Jedi yet, Maul hunts down the worst of the worst in the cosmic underworld to vent his frustration.
After learning a young Jedi Padawan named Eldra Kaitis has fallen into the hands of a crime lord, Maul seizes an opportunity to test his skills against a real Jedi but also maybe turn someone else to the dark side.
It goes without saying that Palpatine’s style of teaching is incredibly cruel, which is something we will see reflected in the way Darth Maul acts. But Maul’s encounter with Eldra is also something which we will learn has serious implications on the mastermind he will become as he tries his hand at swaying the Padawan to the Dark Side.
In any case, it should be interesting to see what the Lucasfilm Story Group does with filling in the largely-unexplored time periods (such as the period set before The Phantom Menace) as time goes on. Issue #1 of Marvel’s Darth Maul arrives in February 2017; Star Wars News Net will be sure to fill you in as we learn more.