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Many Won’t Survive the End of Darth Maul: Death Sentence…

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

So, I guess I may have just inadvertently written the first new lightsaber murder officially owned by Disney. That was unexpected.

This week, Star Wars – Darth Maul: Death Sentence comes to an end every bit as nasty as the Sith lord himself.

I have to say, I’ve absolutely loved writing Darth Maul.

Before I started, I had a few people ask me how I could write a character like Maul. Many saw him as little more than a scary face and a few flips but what I discovered was a complicated, tortured, calculating and Machiavellian character who was a whole lot of fun. I loved testing him in this series, watching him pull through and, finally, watching him pull the strings. I’d love to get the chance to write him again some day. It was also nice to create the Jedi Judd and Salmara, and go back and show some of the childhood of Dray, a character I created in Star Wars: Invasion.
Of course, there’s no way that Maul would have been half the character he was on the page without Bruno Redondo. Bruno’s work on this series has been fantastic. His facial expressions, his action, the small moments and the big, he’s conquered them all along with the brilliant Michael Atiyeh. And all this wrapped up in those gorgeous painted covers by Dave Dorman. Cheers to all of these guys along with Michael Heisler, Randy Stradley and Freddye Lins.

Thanks to everyone who picked up the series and to everyone who tweeted, shared, and reviewed it. Hope you like the ending.

Here’s a sneak peek.


Look at this page from Darth Maul: Death Sentence #3!

Saturday, September 22nd, 2012

Star Wars – Darth Maul: Death Sentence #3 is out this week.

We’ve had a huge response from reviewers and fans for our story but how can the story fail when Bruno Redondo and Michael Atiyeh have been combining to bring you scenes like this.

Seriously. Look at this page.

Look. At. It!


Now you’ve looked, the rest of the preview can be seen right here – http://www.darkhorse.com/Comics/Previews/21-329?page=0

Before Darth Maul, There Was ‘The Brainiac / Sinestro Corps War’. DCUO Legends – Collected Today.

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

Before Darth Maul: Death Sentence, Bruno Redondo and I first worked together on a two-part story called the Brainiac/Sinestro Corps War in DCUO Legends. It was because of Bruno’s great work on this series that I asked for him to be involved with Darth Maul.

That story is collected today in the pages of DC Universe Legends #3. I had a great time writing this story. I got to play with all of the Green Lanterns and discovered just how much fun it is to write Guy Gardner.

I saw this page on the internet somewhere. I figure I can share it here.

DCUO Legends #3 is written by Marv Wolfman and myself and illustrated by Bruno Redondo, my ex-’Authority’ partner in crime, Mike S Miller, and Howard Porter. You can also get a digital download of the original issues (#16 and #17) here – http://www.comixology.com/DC-Universe-Online-Legends-16/digital-comic/AUG110178

One Big Week. Two Star Wars Books. Maul V Fett.

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

Yes. This week I have, not one, but TWO Star Wars books out.

The final issue of ‘Star Wars: Blood Ties – Boba Fett is Dead’ will be hitting the shelves at exactly the same time as the first issue of ‘Darth Maul: Death Sentence’. Rather than have them compete for your love, why not pick up both?

I haven’t actually seen a copy of either but I’m pretty sure they’ll be okay. Chris Scalf has been killing it on the pages of Blood Ties and I can’t wait for people to see Bruno Redondo’s first foray into the Star Wars universe.

“Tom Taylor finds something of interest in every scene to ensure you actually haven’t seen all of this before… a hell of a lot of fun. This is a revenge crime thriller. It reads as a Richard Stark novel set in space. The pace clips along and each confrontation is unique and holds its own reason for deserving your attention.” “Star Wars: Blood Ties – Boba Fett Is Dead” is unashamedly an entertaining book.- CBR

“Tom Taylor is raising the bar on what can be done with Maul in a comic, and art team delivers all the eye candy readers could want. Darth Maul: Death Sentence #1 earns a flawless five out of five…” – Roqoo Depot




Revealed! The cover to Star Wars: Darth Maul – Death Sentence #3

Saturday, June 2nd, 2012

The Force.net have shared Dave Dorman’s cover to Star Wars: Darth Maul – Death Sentence #3, so I figure I can now show it here.

Look! Darth Maul and frozen Savage Opress.


Synopsis (don’t read if you don’t want to know).

“While an injured Darth Maul recuperates from his recent battle with a team of Jedi, he plots his revenge—and the rescue of his brother Savage Opress (now in Jedi custody). But it isn’t simply the Jedi that Maul must face; it’s a powerful mining magnate with forces of his own!

Luckily for Maul, the mine owner has made a career out of exploiting the local work force, and the natives are…revolting!

Death Sentence #3 is on sale September 26, 2012. Written by Tom Taylor (Invasion) with art by Bruno Redondo & Michael Atiyeh, and cover by Dave Dorman (Dark Empire, Crimson Empire).”

Revealed! The Cover to Star Wars Darth Maul: Death Sentence #2

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

Dark Horse Comics have revealed the second cover to Darth Maul: Death Sentence over on facebook, along with the solicitation info, so I figure I can now share it here.  This issue has the longest lightsaber battle I’ve ever written inside (it’s Maul, the guy deserves an epic lightsaber battle, he knows how to chop people up) and Bruno is already killing on the art.
Dave Dorman does it again.

STAR WARS: DARTH MAUL—DEATH SENTENCE #2 (of 4)

Tom Taylor (W), Bruno Redondo (P), and Dave Dorman (Cover)

On sale Aug 29
FC, 32 pages
$2.99
Miniseries

It’s a perfect storm of mayhem as brothers Darth Maul and Savage Opress collide with an army of mercenaries, augmented by a team of visiting Jedi!

The only thing that can make Darth Maul angrier than he is about the price on his head is having his brother captured by the man who put it there. If you thought two Sith were dangerous, wait until you see Darth Maul on his own!

• Darth Maul and Savage Opress together—as seen on the TV series The Clone Wars!

Happy Star Wars Day and Free Comic Book Day!

Saturday, May 5th, 2012

Happy Star Wars Day! Dark Horse Comics have shared a special ‘May the Fourth Be With You’ surprise; an advance preview of Darth Maul: Death Sentence! Click the picture below to be taken to this exclusive preview. it’s nice to have four free pages to share for Free Comic Book Day.

Also, I will be signing at All Star Comics in Melbourne tomorrow from 3-4pm with Tristan Jones (Ghostbusters/TMNT/Rides a skateboard) and Doug Holgate (Amazing Joy Buzzards/Zinc Alloy/Very finely bearded). Come by and bring or buy any of my latest comics – Star Wars: Blood Ties – Boba Fett is Dead, Rocketeer Adventures and Star Wars: Invasion – Volume 3 - Revelations, and I will happily deface them for you. I should also have more copies of The Deep: Here Be Dragons for sale. Sorry to everyone who missed out when these sold out at the recent Supanova conventions.

Now. Click this picture to preview Bruno Redondo’s great work!

Darth Maul: Death Sentence Artist Announced – Bruno Redondo.

Friday, April 20th, 2012

Yes! Bruno Redondo, who illustrated my two-part story in DCUO Legends, ‘The Brainiac/Sinestro Corps War’ is the artist on Star Wars: Darth Maul – Death Sentence.  Couldn’t be happier to have Bruno on board for this. His character work and expressions are just perfect and his action is fantastic.
Obviously, I can’t show you any art from the series yet but here’s an early concept sketch Bruno sent me of Maul. I think it shows enough to whet the appetite…


Two Books. Two Galaxies. Two Epic Space Battles Come to an Explosive End.

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011


Two epic battles have been raging in the pages of Star Wars: Invasion – Revelations and DCUO Legends: The Brainiac – Sinestro Corps War, and both come to a climactic end this week. Two wars. Two Galaxies. Two books. Two publishers. One big week.

These two story arcs probably contain my largest ever fictional body count.

DC Universe Online Legends #17

Written by: Tom Taylor
Art by: Bruno Redondo
Cover by: Doug Mahnke
Colored by: Jorge Gonzalez

Hal Jordan is seriously conflicted as he and the Green Lantern Corps arrive at Korugar to “contain” the war between Sinestro’s Yellow Lanterns and Brainiac–but can they save the planet of innocents caught in the crossfire? And how desperate could things possibly get that would see Hal team up with Sinestro for one final battle?!

Star Wars: Invasion—Revelations #5

Writer: Tom Taylor
Artist: Colin Wilson
Colorist: Wes Dzioba
Cover Artist: Chris Scalf
Release: November 16, 2011
32 pages, issue 5 of 5

Queen Nina and Princess Kaye have successfully rescued the refugees from the Battle of Shramar, but the Yuuzhan Vong invaders may still have another win for their tally. Or is there another revelation in store? Meanwhile, on Coruscant, Jedi-in-training Finn Galfridian finds that in trying to prevent an assassination, he may be complicit in one! The next revelation may be about Finn’s new mentor!

Revealed! Green Lantern On The Cover Of DCUO Legends 17

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

Yes. Doug Mahnke’s cover to DC Universe Online Legends #17 is this good.

I’ve just seen this is up over on DC’s site, so I figure I can now share it here. Gaze at it!

And the good reviews for issue #16 are coming in.

“Writer Tom Taylor – a playwright from Australia who’s been doing some Star Wars comics for Dark Horse and took a turn at The Authority – does excellent work with the main Green Lantern characters, particularly Guy Gardner, who is positively gleeful at the idea of watching Sinestro and Brainiac stomp the **** out of each other. The dialogue is generally excellent, particularly Guy’s. Taylor takes what should be work-for-hire on a loss-leading marketing ploy and infuses it with moral questions. About the nature of only following orders. The morality of taking no stand in the face of genocide. The law of unintended circumstances.”

And Bruno Redondo, who I chatted to this morning (I love Skype) is also coming in for much deserved love…

“I was also pleasantly surprised by Bruno Redondo’s art… It’s fairly straight-ahead comic pencils – clean lines, nothing too stylized to scare off any videogame nerd who might be buying their first comic – but he does pretty dynamic action and good facial expressions, which are key to a character like Guy Gardner and to the emotional beats Taylor builds into the story.” - Crisis on Infinite Midlives

“The reader is subjected to a brutal scene of violence as Sinestro gets his face smashed in. Tom Taylor underlines the scene with witty prose. He also puts us in the driver’s seat for the victim. For that moment, the audience sees things from Sinestro’s point of view. A war in space unfolds with ships, hulking skull faced warriors, and dozens of black and gold suited aliens blasting away at each other. The forces of Brainiac and the Sinestro are at war. I really liked this issue overall. It had beautiful artwork and an engaging story that provoked emotion, thought, and plain enjoyment. I give it five out of five metal bikinis and looked forward to the second part of The Brainiac-Sinestro Corps War.” - Roqoo Depot

A big thanks to everyone who has taken the time to tweet, message and email their reaction to this first issue.  I had a great time creating these two issues with Bruno and Ben Abernathy and it always means a lot to read some kind words. Cheers!