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Official details and some creator feedback released today about this one. Looks like the final Dark Horse issues will be in August 2014.

Marvel/Lucasfilm/Disney Press Release

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The Walt Disney Company’s Lucasfilm Ltd. and Marvel Entertainment are joining forces to bring new Star Wars adventures to readers across the galaxy, with Marvel granted exclusive rights to create and publish Star Wars comics and graphic novels beginning in 2015.

The agreement marks a homecoming for the Star Wars comic books. Marvel Comics published the first Star Wars comic book, Star Wars #1, in March 1977, which went on to sell more than 1 million copies. Marvel Comics published its Star Wars series for nine years. In 1991, Dark Horse Comics took over the license, publishing fan-favorite titles like Dark Empire and Star Wars: Legacy. Last year, Dark Horse released The Star Wars #1, an adaptation of George Lucas’ original rough-draft screenplay for the film, garnering rave reviews and national media attention and ranking among the top-selling Star Wars comics of all time.

“Dark Horse Comics published exceptional Star Wars comics for over 20 years, and we will always be grateful for their enormous contributions to the mythos, and the terrific partnership that we had,” said Carol Roeder, director of Lucasfilm franchise publishing, Disney Publishing Worldwide. “In 2015, the cosmic adventures of Luke, Han, Leia and Chewbacca will make the lightspeed jump back to Marvel, to begin a new age of adventures within the Star Wars universe.”

“We here at Marvel could not be more excited to continue the publication of Star Wars comic books and graphic novels,” said Marvel Worldwide Publisher and President, Dan Buckley. “The perennial brand of Star Wars is one of the most iconic in entertainment history and we are honored to have the opportunity to bring our creative talent pool to continue, and expand Star Wars into galaxies far, far away.”

“We’re incredibly excited by this next chapter in the Star Wars saga,” said Andrew B. Sugerman, executive vice president of Disney Publishing Worldwide. “Bringing together the iconic Lucasfilm and Marvel brands to tell new stories will allow us to continue to thrill lovers of the original Star Wars comic books and entertain generations to come.”

Marvel has continued to push comic book publishing forward with innovations and experiments like motion comics and digital-only releases, in addition to its deep, ongoing catalog of monthly series and graphic novels created by some of the industry’s most gifted artists and writers.


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Mike Richardson, Dark Horse Publisher wrote:
"The End of an Era

"All things come to pass. So too, do all licensed deals. I am sad to report that Disney, the new owner of Lucasfilm, has notified us here at Dark Horse of their intention to move the Star Wars publishing license to another of their recent acquisitions, Marvel Comics, beginning in 2015. This will end a partnership that has lasted more than two decades.

"For those who are new to the industry, Dark Horse revolutionized the treatment of comics based on films. After a history of movie properties being poorly handled with little regard for execution and continuity, Dark Horse took a new approach, carefully choosing licenses and approaching them with excitement and creative energy. Our goal was to create sequels and prequels to the films we loved, paying careful attention to quality and detail, essentially treating those films as though they were our own. Star Wars has been the crown jewel of this approach. We began chasing the title as far back as 1989, and with the launch of Tom Veitch and Cam Kennedy’s 'Dark Empire,' a new era in comics was born. I’m not ashamed to admit that we were Star Wars geeks, and we have been determined to spare neither effort nor expense in the pursuit of excellence.

"It is ironic that this announcement comes at a time when Dark Horse is experiencing its most successful year ever. For obvious reasons, we have prepared for this eventuality by finding new and exciting projects to place on our schedule for 2015 and beyond. Will they take the place of Star Wars? That’s a tall order, but we will do our best to make that happen. In the meantime, 2014 may be our last year at the helm of the Star Wars comics franchise, but we plan to make it a memorable one. We know that fans of the franchise will expect no less. The Force is with us still."


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To answer all, the Star Wars book I'm writing ends with #20. I'm assuming it'll all get collected.

No reason to think Marvel has interest in me writing SW. I'm sure everyone and their mothers will want to write a Marvel Star Wars book!

I love Marvel, but DH put 22 years into developing and nurturing SW, and this sucks for them, ESP the staff who handles the franchise there.

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"I love Marvel, but"? It's not Marvel's fault that a licence has expired and Disney want it to remain in-house. I'm sure Marvel would love to continue the stories, but I bet Dark Horse wouldn't agree to that. This is basically Star Wars' New 52. People will drop it, but others will enjoy not needing to catch up on 22 years of continuity.

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Woods is just showing empathy for Dark Horse & their staff he's been working with while on the Star Wars book. Depending on how DH consolidates their publishing line after the loss of the licence could mean job losses for people he knows.

Marvel will doubtless launch & sell a ton of SW books in 2015. Long term it'll just depend how they (ab)use the universe & what talent they use.

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I don't see it as Star Wars 52 at all. They're only got 1 ongoing star wars series at this point which I'm sure they'll wrap up by the time Marvel gets it. Just just do Star Wars mini series now, it's been that way for a good while now so there's nothing really for Marvel to continue. I just don't like it because DH has done such a great job with the Star Wars stuff that there's no way it'll be as good with Marvel.


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That's how people felt when Transformers went to Dreamwave - after years of Marvel doing it, there was no way it could be as good. But it was. Until Dreamwave commited suicide... But then IDW took it and went in another direction - guess what? Still just as good.

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Difference is though is Marvel has already had Star Wars, and those weren't that good.


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Can anybody suggest some highlights from the Dark Horse Star Wars stuff? By the time I finally decided to approach it, there was already so much it was hard to know where to jump on board.


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Can anybody suggest some highlights from the Dark Horse Star Wars stuff? By the time I finally decided to approach it, there was already so much it was hard to know where to jump on board.


Star Wars: Blood Ties: Boba Fett is Dead
And pretty much any of the ones that center on Darth Vader
"Star Wars" and "The Star Wars" are both great titles

Those are my favorites. I hear Legacy is pretty great but I haven't personally read it yet.


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Tag & Bink Are Dead 1
Tag & Bink Are Dead 2
The Return of Tag & Bink: Special Edition
Tag & Bink: Revenge of the Clone Menace
The Revenge of Tag & Bink

Literally the only Dark Horse ones I've read, though I've constantly meant to get into it. You're right though - there's a lot of it.

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What happens now for the current Star Wars comics? They are really good and love how its canon

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haterade wrote:
Can anybody suggest some highlights from the Dark Horse Star Wars stuff? By the time I finally decided to approach it, there was already so much it was hard to know where to jump on board.

There's a SW recommendations thread here -> star-wars-reading-recommendation-t8110.html

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What happens now for the current Star Wars comics? They are really good and love how its canon

They all finish later this year. Can't see Marvel continuing with any of them and there's rumours that they'll be ignoring the whole extended universe to start from scratch.

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Can't see Marvel continuing with any of them and there's rumours that they'll be ignoring the whole extended universe to start from scratch.

Wow for real? That would be pretty awful.


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I can see why they would ignore the DH stuff. For one, Dark Horse would have charged them through the nose for the rights to reprint. For two, Marvel want people to buy their comics, not Dark Horse's trades.

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but aren't the rights to all EU SW characters still belong to Disney ?

also I don't think paying to reprint DH stuff is a problem,Disney/Marvel has $$$ to spare

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I was under the impression when Dark Horse lost the rights they lost everything with it so it wouldn't cost Marvel any extra money if they'd want to reprint the Dark Horse stuff. Also it seems like doing that is a nice way for them to make a quick buck I don't think many people would look at it as 'marvel selling dark horse comics' more just 'marvel selling star wars comics'


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