Dark Horse to lose Star Wars comic rights in 2015
In an announcement that should come as no surprise, Dark Horse has announced that they will lose the rights to the Star Wars series.
After Disney bought both Marvel and LucasFilm, comic fans had been waiting for this seemingly inevitable announcement. After all why would Disney allow a company not under them to continue creating comics for a franchise they now own when they have Marvel, a widely loved publisher in their own right? The answer, as many came to conclude, was that Disney wouldn’t, and it would only be a matter of time until they pulled the rights from Dark Horse.
As they did so, the founder of Dark Horse posted a message stating, “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.”
At the same time, Carol Roeder, LucasFilm director of publishing, stated, “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. 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.”
What do you think of this likely unsurprising decision by Disney?