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Dark Horse comics hands over Star Wars to Marvel in 2015

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It’s a well known fact that much like in gaming, adapting movies to comic books is something akin to watching a train wreck slowly. One comic book publisher that set the bar high though? Dark Horse comics, who made Star Wars comic books well worth reading and collecting. And it’s been a hell of a run for them.

In news that most comics fans saw coming from 12 parsecs away and yes shut up science people I know I’m using the unit correctly, Dark Horse will be handing the over control of the sister-kissing empire-killing galaxy from far, far away back to Marvel.

Marvel published the first Star Wars comics back in the late seventies after the original film went supernova, with tales that made no sense whatsoever and slowly degenerated as the years rolled on by.

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Years later, with the original trilogy wrapped up and the prequel trilogy being a mere nightmare that haunted the dreams of actual psychic Star Wars fans, Dark Horse got given the chance to craft their own Star Wars tales. And they were magnificent.

With Disney buying up LucasFilm, it was only a matter of time until they decided to cut out the middle comics publisher and publish new Star Wars comics in-house. After all, they own Marvel comics.

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In a press statement, Dark Horse acknowledged the end of an era, while also revealing that they have plans to focus efforts on a new franchise in the future:

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.P

Rubbing some salt into that wound, Marvel followed that up with their own announcement:

“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.”

If you’ve ever considered doing some expanded universe reading, then the Dark Horse comics are well worth checking out. There’s the Dark Empire series which continues after the original trilogy, the very excellent Star Wars: Legacy which follows a drug-abusing Skywalker descendant who hunts down Jedi and various other short stories which poke fun at the franchise.

My personal favourite, is this Tony Millionaire short that examines the relationship between Jar Jar Binks and his macho dad, George R Binks.

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Last Updated: January 5, 2017


  1. Darryn, I am so proud of you. You used it right *Wipes a tear from corner of eye*


    • Hammersteyn

      January 6, 2014 at 12:49

      Not that header though…..


      • Sir Rants A Lot Llew. Jelly!!!

        January 6, 2014 at 13:57

        I do believe that was purposeful trollbait. Luckily we did not bite…


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    • Devourer of Small Bunnies

      January 6, 2014 at 12:53

      lol, I was confused at his sorry there too. Oh Brenda.


  2. Hammersteyn

    January 6, 2014 at 12:52

    Maybe we will seen a Marvel and Star Wars crossover in some alternate universe?


    • Unavengedavo(aka. MadeYouLook)

      January 6, 2014 at 12:55

      Professor X is really force sensitive and that is where all his powers come from 😛


      • Hammersteyn

        January 6, 2014 at 12:58

        So much disturbance. Maybe Jean Grey is too. The way she can moves things around.


        • SaintsRowNigri

          January 6, 2014 at 13:12

          Deadpool: “Leia Organa Solo… I am your brother. Now, how’s about that kiss?”


          • Hammersteyn

            January 6, 2014 at 14:19


  3. Unavengedavo(aka. MadeYouLook)

    January 6, 2014 at 13:01

    “Sister-kissing”… If memory serves me right, she kissed him. And then she didn’t know that he was her brother.


    • SaintsRowNigri

      January 6, 2014 at 13:02

      Yeah, but when all was revealed in Return of the Jedi, there was not even a smidgen of “Awkward!” between the two of them…


      • Unavengedavo(aka. MadeYouLook)

        January 6, 2014 at 13:04

        Maybe both of them were familiar with the term “Relative Humidity” 😛


        • SaintsRowNigri

          January 6, 2014 at 13:15

          If you do not vomit into your mouth even a teensy bit after it has been revealed you kissed a sibling (and enjoyed it) I am then worried about you…


          • Gustav Willem Diedericks

            January 6, 2014 at 15:02

            You must forgive him. It’s a Southern trend. 😉

          • Stefan De Villiers

            January 6, 2014 at 16:17

            If it doesn’t bother you, you will enjoy ‘The Crying Game’

  4. Thomas Hagström

    January 6, 2014 at 16:27

    While I certainly enjoy Mavel’s comics, especially some of the darker ones, it’s hard to get past that Dark Horse IS Star Wars to me. They’ve made all the SW comics, for decades I think, and the style and detail is always spot on, giving places and characters from the expanded universe life.
    But we’ll see. Maybe like J.J Abrams movies this will be a wonderful new face of SW for us and coming generations 🙂


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