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.

In that time, Dark Horse really developed the expanded universe of Star Wars with many popular stories starting with the landmark "Dark Empire" storyline in explored what if Luke was tempted by the Emperor and turned to the dark side of the force.

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."

Finally, there are those who fear that Marvel is not capable of writing good Star Wars stories.  One might remember that, before Dark Horse, the licensing for Star Wars comics was actually with Marvel Comics.  But, some people saw that the comics as they were at Marvel were not as innovative.  Many remember a giant green rabbit named Jaxxon who was created as an homage to Bugs Bunny (personally, I loved him).  Now, that could have potentially been a product of the times.  We'll never know how the stories would have turned out if the licensing had remained at Marvel.  But, one should remember that Dark Empire creators Tom Veitch and Cam Kennedy actually started to pitch the story to Marvel before the licensing moved to Dark Horse.  What we do know is that it's unfair to judge what Marvel could do with the comics based on the writing back then as writing and storytelling has changed so much since then.

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.

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  1. I saw giant green bunny, and thought about when Usagi Yojimbo joined the TMNT form another series, LOL!

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  2. No, I mean really, it made me think about the time he DID! LOL!

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    1. LOL...sorry, I totally misread your comment and thought you said you thought about a time when a green Usagi Yojimbo joined another TMNT team in another universe. I have no idea how I got there. LOL!

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