Dark Horse is back in the Star Wars business.
Starting next year, the publisher will once again tell stories set in the Star Wars universe, publishing all-ages comics and graphic novels in partnership with Lucasfilm.
“Dark Horse has a rich history publishing Star Wars comics and graphic novels,” said Mike Richardson, Dark Horse Comics CEO. “Star Wars is near and dear to all of our hearts and I’ve been a fan since I saw the original film 19 times during its original release. 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.”
Dark Horse’s history with Star Wars goes back to 1991 and the publication of multiple Dark Empire miniseries, which were followed by more than 100 titles that helped develop the whole idea of the Star Wars Expanded Universe. In 2015, the license moved to Marvel, Lucasfilm’s sister company at Disney. And while Marvel has published Star Wars comics aimed at an older audience ever since, Lucasfilm awarded their all-ages license to IDW in 2017. It sounds like that license is what’s moving to Dark Horse, vs. the one Marvel has.
“All of us at Lucasfilm Publishing are thrilled to be working with Mike Richardson and everyone at Dark Horse on comics and original graphic novels set in a galaxy far, far away. There are unlimited storytelling possibilities for all ages comics, and we look forward to collaborating with Dark Horse—and with the best writers and artist in the industry—to bring those stories to readers and fans all over the world,” said Michael Siglain, Creative Director, Lucasfilm Publishing.
The publisher has not shared specific details on the titles they’ll publish, noting that more information would be forthcoming as they look to start releasing them next spring.