Dark Horse Comics will end its Star Wars partnership in 2015

With the New Year comes new beginnings and Disney is starting off with major changes for the future. One of those changes are the pulling of all marvel based video games, an assortment list games have already bit the dust, Spider-Man games Edge of Time, Shattered Dimensions, Friend or Foe, and Web of Shadows, as well as X-Men entries Destiny, Origins: Wolverine,  So how The Amazing Spider-Man game hasn’t been removed form shelves. Digital stores like Steam, Xbox Live and PSN have also taken down its marvel collection of games.

Just recently Disney made another move with the Star Wars franchise; first they announced a new Star Wars Episode VII film with J.J. Abrams as the supposed Director,then at the start of this year they ended its partnership with Dark horse. For years Dark horse has kept the Star Wars franchise alive through its comic publications, Dark horse rep Mike Richardson released this statement:

The End of an Era

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.

For those who are new to the industry, Dark Horse revolutionized the treatment of comics based on films. After a history of movie properties being poorly handled with little regard for execution and continuity, Dark Horse took a new approach, carefully choosing licenses and approaching them with excitement and creative energy. Our goal was to create sequels and prequels to the films we loved, paying careful attention to quality and detail, essentially treating those films as though they were our own. Star Wars has been the crown jewel of this approach. We began chasing the title as far back as 1989, and with the launch of Tom Veitch and Cam Kennedy’s Dark Empire, a new era in comics was born. I’m not ashamed to admit that we were Star Wars geeks, and we have been determined to spare neither effort nor expense in the pursuit of excellence.

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.

Mike Richardson

As you can see Disney has plans for the franchise, and let’s hopes they can’t continue the success Dark horse has established. As for Dark Horse, the loss of the Star Wars license is a significant loss, but with its future and present franchises they have established the loss shouldn’t affect them in the long run and recent news has stated so (Year Of The Horse).The concern most fans have with this move is that Disney will not give the Comics the proper attention it deserves.

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DARK HORSE DIGITAL HITS TWO-YEAR ANNIVERSARY To celebrate, Dark Horse proudly welcomes Dynamite Entertainment comics to its digital store!

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Dark Horse Digital reaches a new landmark, turning two years old this coming weekend. To thank its loyal fans, Dark Horse announces two special anniversary promotions, as well as huge news that will change the digital-comics publishing landscape forever.

Dynamite Entertainment has inked a deal to include its comics digitally through the Dark Horse Digital store and apps. Thirty single issues and more than twenty collections are available for purchase today! New titles will be added weekly, with all upcoming Dynamite releases available digitally the same day as print.

“We’ve been looking for ways to expand our digital presence, and this is our first step to building an even more robust library of digital comics,” said Dark Horse President Mike Richardson.

“We’re proud to add Dark Horse Digital to our retail partners selling our digital titles to their audience. Our wide range of titles, from Vampirella to Battlestar Galactica, Grimm, The Shadow, Red Sonja, and many of our other Dynamite titles, are a perfect fit for the large audience who purchase Dark Horse titles. We’re thrilled to work with Mike and his team at Dark Horse Digital on this new endeavor and excited about new opportunities to come,” added Nick Barrucci, Dynamite Entertainment’s CEO and publisher.

As a sign of appreciation for its loyal digital subscribers, Dark Horse Digital announces that fifty free first issues from many of its best-selling series will be available for the next forty-eight hours (promotion ends Friday, April 26, at 9 a.m. PST).

Starting Friday morning and throughout the weekend, Dark Horse Digital is offering 10 percent off all bundles in the web store! And confirmed newsletter subscribers will receive an additional coupon! The newsletter coupon stacks with the bundle discount, offering even greater savings.

The sale starts this Friday, April 26, and ends Sunday, April 28, at midnight PST—so head over to Dark Horse Digital and sign up for the Digital Newsletter to maximize the discount.

Dark Horse Comics launched its standalone comic-reader app and digital store on April 27, 2011, and has received incredible support from the continuously growing digital-comics fan base.

Since then, Dark Horse Digital has grown significantly in numbers and readership by featuring its most popular and best-selling titles, including Star Wars, Buffy, Serenity, Hellboy, Conan, and Mass Effect, as well as exclusive digital-only comics such as Falling Skies, Prototype 2, and Dragon Age. Dark Horse Digital also provides sales and discounts for its readers on a weekly basis. It currently offers thousands of comics and continues to increase the digital availability of the Dark Horse back catalog.

Dark Horse Digital is available through all modern web browsers and features cloud storage through both the Google Play and iOS apps.

For additional information, check out the exclusive interview with Dark Horse President Mike Richardson and Dynamite Entertainment’s CEO Nick Barrucci on Comic Book Resources!

Dark Horse Presents Hits Landmark with it’s 25th Issue!

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DARK HORSE PRESENTS REACHES LANDMARK  25th ISSUE!

2012 Eisner, Harvey, and Diamond Gem Award Winner for Best Anthology

It’s no secret that Dark Horse Presents continues to be comics’ greatest anthology, boasting eighty pages with no ads and new stories every month. Heading into its third year of publication, the Eisner and Harvey Award–winning anthology is bringing in the big guns with the landmark twenty-fifth issue!

Dark Horse Presents is a reflection of everything that has made Dark Horse Comics so successful over its history . . . great creators, amazing stories, and a showcase for exciting new talent,” says Dark Horse President Mike Richardson.

After training with Buffy, Billy the vampire slayer heads back to his hometown to deal with the zompire epidemic! Delve into a time-travel story from Eisner Award–winning writer Matt Fraction! Publisher Mike Richardson adapts Andrew Vachss’s vision of violence in the big city in Underground!

Read a chapter of The Chapel Chronicles by fifteen-year-old Emma T Capps. Plus, new installments of Ron Randall’s Trekker, Frank Barbiere’s Blackout, Mike Baron and Steve Rude’s Nexus, Phil Stanford’s Crime Does Not Pay, Fred Van Lente’s Brain Boy, Peter Hogan’s King’s Road, and Dan Jolley’s Bloodhound!

Praise for Dark Horse Presents:

“Dark Horse’s prestigious anthology series . . . showcases emerging talent alongside some of the greatest writers, artists and cartoonists comics has to offer, as well as promising new and underground talents.”—ComicsAlliance 

“Seriously, this is comics’ best kept secret trove of great comics.”—Comic Book Resources’ Robot 6

Dark Horse Presents #25 is on sale June 19, 2013 and is available for pre-order through Diamond APR130017

Review – The Occultist #3 of 3

Story: Mike Richardson & Tim Seeley
Script: Tim Seeley
Art: Victor Drujiniu
Colors: Andrew Dalhouse
Letters: Nate Piekos of Blambot
Cover: Steve Morris
Published By: Dark Horse

In the last issue of The Occultist we saw a man who appeared extremely paranoid, going so far as having guests go through a body scanner before being able to enter his home. We soon learned that this man was not at all paranoid, in fact, the precautions he took were not enough. We saw his brutal demise, which is now where the latest installment of The Occultist begins. The cops are investigating the horrendous scene and Rob is off in another dimension. Rob is trying to reason with the bounty hunter that took him and Detective Melendez to this other realm right before they were killed. Just as Rob is making some headway with the bounty hunter he is again sucked back into the previous realm where his girlfriend is being held captive by the big scary monster. There is a lot going on in Rob’s life and he is just beginning to have a clear understanding of how everything works. He has very little time to figure out how to save his girlfriend, himself and for all intents and purposes the world! Will he be able to do it and will the Sword help him?

This is the last issue until Dark Horse Presents #11 and the initial storyline is wrapped up nicely. There will undoubtedly be new questions and adventures when the series returns, some of which have already been introduced in this issue. I enjoyed this 3 part series very much, but maybe it should have been a 4 part series so the wrap-up didn’t feel as rushed (not in terms of content or quality, it just felt hectic). Regardless, it was a fun ride and I will definitely be looking forward to and reading the next installment.

Release Date: January 11th, 2012

Story:★★★½☆ 
Art:★★★½☆ 
Dialog:★★★½☆ 
Overall:★★★½☆