Screenrant had the exclusive news this morning that Star Wars comics will be heading back to Dark Horse Comics. They also confirmed IDW will continue to publish Star Wars comics as well with both IDW and Dark Horse publishing all-ages comics. This doesn’t mean Marvel will stop publishing Star Wars comics, but it does mean your options for Star Wars comics will be expanding.
Dark Horse Comics will begin publishing an all-ages line of comics starting in Spring 2022. Stories will span all areas of Star Wars including the High Republic, First Order, and eras during the movies.
The news comes as some surprise since Marvel Comics took back publishing rights to Star Wars comics in 2015. That included reprinting Dark Horse titles under the Marvel brand via their Legends Epic Collections line. Dark Horse exclusively published Star Wars comics starting in 1991, but Marvel actually originally published licensed Star Wars comics before that. Marvel is currently up to volume 5 of their “Original Marvel Years” reprints. The switching back to Marvel was due to Lucasfilm being bought by the Walt Disney Company for $4 billion back in 2015.
“Dark Horse Comics has a rich history publishing Star Wars comics and graphic novels,” Mike Richardson, the founder and CEO of Dark Horse Comics said to Screenrant. “I am thrilled that Dark Horse will once again bring new stories to life from this incredible galaxy and I’m not exaggerating when I say we can’t wait to bring these new adventures to fans of every age.”
A lot can change over time as Richardson can likely attest. Back in 2014, Richardson wrote a blog post on Darkhorse.com saying it was the end of an era for Dark Horse and Star Wars comics. “All things come to pass. So too, do all licensed deals. I am sad to report that Disney, the new owner of Lucasfilm, has notified us here at Dark Horse of their intention to move the Star Wars publishing license to another of their recent acquisitions, Marvel Comics, beginning in 2015. This will end a partnership that has lasted more than two decades,” Richardson wrote.
At the time, Dark Horse responded to losing the Star Wars license by pivoting and publishing comics under other brands like Halo which is coincidentally getting an encyclopedia from Dark Horse in March 2022.
We don’t yet have details on specific comics titles or the creators working on them but stay tuned to AIPT as we’ll continue to report on this developing story.
Like what we do here at AIPT? Consider supporting us and independent comics journalism by becoming a patron today! In addition to our sincere thanks, you can browse AIPT ad-free, gain access to our vibrant Discord community of patrons and staff members, get trade paperbacks sent to your house every month, and a lot more. Click the button below to get started!