With the Disney’s acquisition of Lucas film and everything that goes with it, we knew it was coming:
BlueSky Disney posted dec. 17th
“Starwars has a large, expansive universe beyond the films…
From television, games, toys, clothing, books to comics, the galaxy George Lucas created is vast and filled with boundless opportunities. If you love Star Wars and you collect comics, then you know that Dark Horse Comics has had the licensing rights to the Galaxy Far, Far Away for a long, long time. And they’ve done some very interesting, and quite high quality tales over the years.
One of the things that many people wondered after Disney boughtLucasfilm was how long will this relationship continue? Especially since the Mouse owns Marvel, the largest comics publisher in the world. Well, it appears we now have the answer. The Suits in the know have determined that no new contracts will be given to Dark Horse after the current ones expire. So all new projects after 2013 will be handled internally by Marvel.
It’s not known yet if titles will be worked into the regular line up, or will Marvel create a special branch of the company that deals with Star Wars. It’ll take a couple of years for the old deals to work there course, but the stories that Dark Horse have coming down the pipeline will be the last. And you can expect anything new from Marvel dealing with Star Wars to arrive around 2015.
Interesting year for that to happen…”
I have to say that even though I knew the Franchise was going to MARVEL at some point, I am a bit sad. I have been reading the Dark Horse Starwars comics since 1990. Tales of the Jedi was my gateway comic! Like an addict I had to have more and DH delivered.
But, lets not look at this as a bad thing. Maybe a move back to Marvel will be a good refresh for the expanded universe. Keeping in mind that they might drop DH from the comic-verse history, but I think that wont happen, mainly because it would be damn hard to make people forget about 20+ years worth of stories.
The Marvel relaunch will coincide with episode 7 and all we can do is hope for some really good stories. =)
Now back to Dark Horse and their current and upcoming books for 2013! Star Wars:
Dawn of the Jedi – The Prisoner of Bogan #1
Lost Tribe of the Sith – Spiral #4
Purge – The Tyrant’s Fist #1
Agent of the Empire – Hard Targets #2
Star Wars #1 Jan 2013
Read the Newsarama interview with Brian Wood
Dark Times – Fire Carrier #1 feb 2013
Legacy – Prisoner of the Floating World #1 Mar 2013
So as you can see there are a lot of really great Star Wars books continuing into 2013 and launching next year! Also a ton of collected editions to keep you reading star wars books for a long time to come.