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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 –

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

Star Wars: Blood Ties wins the Stan Lee Excelsior Award!

Saturday, July 7th, 2012

I’ve just received an email letting me know that Star Wars: Blood Ties has come 1st in the Stan Lee Excelsior Award!

“The Stan Lee Excelsior Award is an exciting new book award for graphic novels and manga – where kids aged 11-16 choose the winner by rating each book as they read it!

Eight graphic novels are selected for the shortlist and it now attracts dozens of schools and public libraries from all over the UK – from Scotland to Jersey, from Belfast to Gateshead! The overall goal of this scheme is to encourage reading amongst teenagers. However, its secondary target is to raise the profile of graphic novels and manga amongst school librarians and teachers. This storytelling medium has been a largely underused resource within education for many years. The Stan Lee Excelsior Award attempts to highlight some of the amazing books that are out there - books that fully deserve to be in our school libraries alongside regular fiction!

We work closely with both the Schools Library Association and the Stan Lee Foundation. We are thrilled that ‘Stan The Man’ has given us his blessing and his permission to name this award after him.

‘Nuff said!”

This year, a whopping 77 schools participated in the program.

Congratulations to Chris Scalf, Randy Stradley, Freddye Lins and Michael Heisler. This was the acceptance speech which was read out on my behalf at the awards ceremony.

“On behalf of myself, Chris Scalf and all at Dark Horse Comics, I’d like to thank you so much for this honour. Star Wars: Blood Ties is a book that Chris and I are very proud of, and we’re both very happy to see its inclusion in such a worthwhile program.

When people say they don’t read comics, I’m quite stunned. To me, it’s the same as saying ‘I don’t read books’ or ‘I don’t watch movies.’ The idea of discounting an entire story-telling medium out of ignorance seems completely backwards.

Using Graphic Novels to promote literacy is an absolute no-brainer. Providing subject matter that young people actually find engaging obviously encourages reading. And yet, there are still so many that can’t see beyond ‘cartoon pictures’ to the thought-provoking, mysterious, suspenseful, funny, romantic, inspiring or heart-wrenching stories that can be told within.

I am very pleased to be part of an award that encourages reading and especially encourages reading of graphic novels. I’d like to thank Paul Register and all of the organizers, and urge them to take this award and conquer the globe. I’d love to see this award and this program spread to every school in the world.

I should also say thanks on behalf of Boba Fett, who also couldn’t be here today. He was swallowed by a giant tentacle-pit thing in a galaxy far, far away… and that makes it a bit hard to attend an awards ceremony in Sheffield.

- Tom Taylor.”

Again, thank you to everyone who voted and participated in the award. Being chosen by so many young people across so many schools means this award is one I will truly cherish.

Writing for young people is something that brings me a lot of joy, and I’d urge all fans of my Star Wars work to check out The Deep: Here Be Dragons. It’s an award-winning all-ages adventure story which I’m also very proud of.

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

Saturday, June 2nd, 2012

The 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).”

Star Wars: Blood Ties – Boba Fett is Dead #2 – Out this week!

Monday, May 28th, 2012

Boba Fett continues to be dead this week.  Issue #2 of Star Wars: Blood Ties – Boba Fett is Dead is out this Wednesday all over the world, and features one of my favourite covers ever from, the man, Chris Scalf.

Here are some of the nicest things said about issue #1

“Boba Fett is Dead isn’t your average Star Wars installment, it’s a rough tale of what happens when you start a war against a force that isn’t completely understood. I really look forward to what Tom Taylor has in store for the rest of this series, it’s certainly going to be an intense one. Story: ★★★★★ Art: ★★★★★ Bamfas

“It reads as a Richard Stark novel set in space. “Star Wars: Blood Ties – Boba Fett Is Dead” is unashamedly an entertaining book. Tom Taylor finds something of interest in every scene to ensure you actually haven’t seen all of this before. If you like Star Wars this is a nice and easy way to dip into the comics and have a good time.” – CBR

“What a way to start this tale – we dive right into the action, and don’t really stop at all for the whole issue. Taylor combines the action with a streak of dark comedy in both Connor Freeman and his enemies.” “Just go out and get it and read it. And then thank me.”Big Shiny Robot

“With elements of a Raymond Chandler novel, it follows in the footsteps of sci-fi noirs such as Blade Runner and Alphaville.” “I strongly recommend the Blood Ties comics to any Star Wars fan.”Fanboy Comics

“I never read any of the original Blood Ties limited series, but Tom Taylor writes this issue so well, I felt caught up and right in step with the action.” “I’m going to follow Scalf to any comic he does. Overall grade: ASci Fi Pulse

“It’s full of characters I’m unfamiliar with in the Star Wars Universe, but it doesn’t matter, the story is solid and the art by Chris Scalf is amazing.”
– Nerd Farm

“What you have here is a great first issue: plenty of answers to bring you up to speed and heaps of mystery to keep you guessing.”
- Giant Fire Breathing Robot

“I loved the first issue of Star Wars: Blood Ties-Boba Fett is Dead! Tom Taylor and Chris Scalf did an amazing job in the story and the art.” – Angry Koala Geer

Now, THAT cover.

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.


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

On sale Aug 29
FC, 32 pages

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…

And Here’s Dave Dorman With His Painted Cover to Darth Maul: Death Sentence

Monday, April 9th, 2012

Following on from the cover reveal, here’s my friend, Dave Dorman, with his painted cover to Star Wars: Darth Maul – Death Sentence.

Darth Dorman with Darth Maul

‘Darth Maul: Death Sentence’ will be out on July 25th.