Star Wars comics return to Marvel in 2015
Yesterday, it was announced that Star Wars comics would be heading to Marvel in 2015. For those unfamiliar with Star Wars in comic books, the franchise has been with Dark Horse Comics for the last 20 years.
When Disney bought Lucasfilm and, therefore, the Star Wars franchise, I think it was a forgone conclusion that the company would want to bring Star Wars comics to its other recent acquisition - Marvel Comics. The question wasn't really if, but when. And, it looks like it will happen when Lucasfilm's licensing agreement ends after this year.
There are those out there who fear that this move will turn Princess Leia truly into a Disney Princess with comic book storylines being kid friendly. Again, this only goes to show how deep people stereotype the Walt Disney Company by thinking everything is rainbows, magic and unicorns.
Then, there are those who are crying foul at Goliath squashing David. In this case, Disney trying to crush Dark Horse Comics. But, again, having just purchased a company known for publishing comic books, why would they not want to bring it in house? Now, I'm in no way saying that a corporate giant is a saint, but, I don't think this move was to try to harm Dark Horse Comics. I feel for all the good folks at Dark Horse who worked on these properties, but, regardless of how you look at it, there is, at least, a good chunk of time before the licensing goes to Marvel. And, as Dark Horse founder Mike Richardson assured fans, "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."
So, in the meantime, I'll continue to enjoy the few Star Wars series I follow at Dark Horse and will look forward to the move in 2015.