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.
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.
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.
Last Updated: January 5, 2017