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[ News Review and Archive ]
January 2014

[ News Archive... ]
The following news items were posted on Star Wars Book & Comics during January 2014:
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NEW RELEASE . . .

Thursday 30th January
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[Available now...] Star Wars Insider #123
Magazine
Titan Magazines ( [UK] )

Featuring exclusive short story, Hammer, by Edward M. Erdelac.

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Tuesday 28th January
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Maul: Lockdown
Hardback Novel, e-Book & Audio Book by Joe Schreiber
Del Rey ( [US] )

Approximately 32 years before the Battle of Yavin:
It's kill or be killed in the space penitentiary that houses the galaxy’s worst criminals, where convicts face off in gladiatorial combat while an underworld gambling empire reaps the profits of the illicit blood sport. But the newest contender in this savage arena, as demonic to behold as he is deadly to challenge, is fighting for more than just survival...

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NEWS . . .

Sunday 26th January
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[The Star Wars] Clarification for The Star Wars "Limited Edition" graphic novel
Following some confusion amongst distributors and retailers regarding the "Limited Edition Hardback" graphic novel collection for The Star Wars due for release later this year, Dark Horse Comics' editor Randy Stradley has clarified on their Message Boards[External site - opens in a new window/tab] what the "Limited Edition Hardback" will actually consist of:

Sorry. The is NO "Limited" Edition. I have tried and tried and tried to instill this information in the brains and database of our Marketing department folks, yet as lat as yesterday I heard one of them mentioning the "Limited Edition."
What it should properly be called is a "Deluxe Over-sized Edition." It is 1) larger than comics size, 2) consists of a cloth-bound "clamshell: box which contains three separate books (also clothbound) -- the story itself (issues #1-8), a separate volume of the #0 issue, and another volume comprised of sleeves with cellophane "windows," each sleeve containing a print of one of the comic book covers. It is limited in the sense that we're only printing as many as we believe we can sell. So if that's "limited," then every book we publish is limited.
I'm sorry for the confusion.

Therefore we can expect a regular paperback graphic novel (list price $19.99) as well as a hardback graphic novel (list price $39.99). Both will collate all 8 comic book issues plus the hardback will include the #0 Companion Handbook and are due for release on 22nd July (US). With the "Deluxe Over-sized Edition" (list price $99.99) due for release on 26th August (US).

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Wednesday 22nd January
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[Available now...] Legacy II #11 - Wanted: Ania Solo (part 1 of 5)
Comic Book & e-Comic Book by Corinna Bechko, Gabriel Hardman, Rachelle Rosenberg et al.
Dark Horse Comics ( [US] & [UK] [import])

Approximately 138 years after the Battle of Yavin:
Just who is Ania Solo? Is she a lowly salvage dealer from a backwater planet, as she says, or is she an escaped prisoner and the murderer of an Imperial Knight, as the authorities claim?

[This story occurs during The Legacy of the Force era.]
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Wednesday 22nd January
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[Dark Horse Digital] Digital e-comic releases this week
Dark Horse Comics has added the following Star Wars digital comic titles to their Dark Horse Digital[External site - opens in a new window/tab] e-comic store this week:

Dark Horse Digital[External site - opens in a new window/tab] purchases can currently be viewed on iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, an Android enabled tablet or smartphone or any modern web browser.

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NEW RELEASE . . .

Tuesday 21st January
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[Available now...] Star Wars Insider #147
Magazine
Titan Magazines ( [US] )

Featuring exclusive short story, Hammer, by Edward M. Erdelac.

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Wednesday 15th January
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[ Available now... ] Dawn of the Jedi: Force War #3 (part 3 of 5)
Comic Book and e-Comic Book by John Ostrander, Jan Duursema et al.
Dark Horse Comics ( [US] & [UK] [import])

Approximately 25,782 years before the Battle of Yavin:
Je’daii generals Daegen Lok and Xesh are captured by Xesh’s former Rakatan masters, and Xesh learns the truth behind his arrival on Tython. Half-mad with regret, he is forced to give the invaders the knowledge they need to defeat Xesh’s Je’daii friends—and enslave the entire planet!...more

[This story occurs during Before the Republic era.]
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[ Available now... ] Darth Vader and the Cry of Shadows #2 (part 2 of 5)
Comic Book & e-Comic Book by Tim Siedell, Gabriel Guzman, Michael Atiyeh et al.
Dark Horse Comics ( [US] & [UK] [import])

Approximately 17 years before the Battle of Yavin:
Clone trooper Hock has been through much since being left for dead by his Jedi leaders in the Clone Wars. Now, Hock believes he has found a truly great warrior who deserves loyalty and commands respect—Darth Vader! If Hock can impress the Dark Lord as a stormtrooper, he will have earned respect of his own from the leader he admires most...more

[This story occurs during The Rise of the Empire era.]
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NEWS . . .

Wednesday 15th January
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[Dark Horse Digital] Digital e-comic releases this week
Dark Horse Comics has added the following Star Wars digital comic titles to their Dark Horse Digital[External site - opens in a new window/tab] e-comic store this week:

Dark Horse Digital[External site - opens in a new window/tab] purchases can currently be viewed on iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, an Android enabled tablet or smartphone or any modern web browser.

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Tuesday 14th January
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[Star Wars Omnibus - Adventures] Omnibus: Adventures
Omnibus Graphic Novel by Jeremy Barlow, Tom Taylor, Chris Cerasi, Daxiong et al.
Titan Books ( [UK] )

These stories occur between 1 year before and up to 3 years after the Battle of Yavin:
Luke, Leia, Darth Vader and others feature in six tales of galaxy-shaking adventure for readers of all ages!
Collects Han Solo and the Hollow Moon of Khorya, Princess Leia and the Royal Ransom, Luke Skywalker and the Treasure of the Dragonsnakes, The Will of Darth Vader, Boba Fett and the Ship of Fear and Chewbacca and the Slavers of the Shadowlands.

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[Omnibus: Dark Times - Volume 1] Omnibus: Dark Times - Volume 1
Omnibus Graphic Novel by various
Titan Books ( [UK] )

These stories occurs approximately 19 years before the Battle of Yavin.
Master Dass Jennir will strive to find out what it means to be a Jedi in a changed galaxy now ruled by the Empire. Master K’Kruhk, suddenly responsible for a group of Jedi younglings, will sacrifice much for their safety. The struggles of the Jedi will intertwine with those of others now living in fear, including the diverse crew of a smuggling ship, the
Uhumele, and a Nosaurian whose troubles begin when the Clone Wars end.
Collects Into the Unknown, The Path to Nowhere, Parallels and Vector (Chapter Two).

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NEWS . . .

Sunday 12th January
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[Dark Horse Comics - Year of the Horse] Dark Horse Comics announce "Year of the Horse"
Following the New Year announcement that the Star Wars comics license was to move from Dark Horse Comics to Marvel Comics, today Dark Horse Comics revealed that 2014 will be the "Year of the Horse". In an exclusive with Comic Book Resources Dark Horse executives Mike Richardson and Scott Allie reveal Dark Horse Comics' plans for the rest of the year and why the end of Star Wars if far from the end of Dark Horse...read full article[External site - opens in a new window/tab].
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NEWS . . .

Sunday 12th January
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[Dark Horse Comics] Comics for April 2014
In their latest solicitations, Dark Horse Comics has announced the following Star Wars comic titles due for release in April 2014 plus graphic novels due June.
[Star Wars #16] [] Star Wars #16 (ongoing)
Comic Book by Brian Wood, Stéphane Créty, Julien Hugonnard-Bert, Gabe Eltaeb et al.
Shortly after the Battle of Yavin
Establishing the new Rebel base on Arrochar, Wedge Antilles teaches the local pilots Rogue Squadron’s secret tactics, Luke Skywalker joins the Arrocharian militia on a “routine” mission, and Princess Leia balances her duty to the Rebellion with her upcoming duties as a royal wife. So why is everyone so uneasy?
• Writer Brian Wood gets to the heart of Star Wars!
Available: April 9th 2014
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[The Star Wars #7] [] The Star Wars #7
Comic Book by J. W. Rinzler, Mike Mayhew, Rain Beredo, Nick Runge et al.
When Princess Leia falls into the hands of Darth Vader, General Skywalker, Annikin Starkiller, and Han Solo must go on the offensive against the Galactic Empire. But they have a secret weapon on their side—one that the Imperials have vastly underestimated: Wookiees!
• Official eight-issue adaptation of George Lucas’s original rough-draft screenplay for Star Wars!
Available: April 16th 2014
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[Darth Vader and the Cry of Shadows #5] [] Darth Vader and the Cry of Shadows #5 (of 5)
Comic Book by Tim Siedell, Gabriel Guzman, Michael Atiyeh and Felipe Massafera et al.
Approximately 17 years before the Battle of Yavin
Stormtrooper Hock sabotages the remnant Separatists from the inside as they defend against Darth Vader’s advancing forces, and fights for his life against a figure from his past. At Vader’s side, Hock witnesses firsthand the power and ruthlessness of the man-machine he has followed into battle!
Available: April 16th 2014
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[Legacy II #14] [] Legacy II #14 (ongoing)
Comic Book by Corinna Bechko, Gabriel Hardman, Jordan Boyd, Agustin Alessio et al.
Approximately 138 years after the Battle of Yavin
A look into Ania Solo’s prison-camp past reveals a secret connection to the brutal bounty hunter who is desperate to bring her to justice—dead, not alive!
But bounty hunters are only part of Ania’s problems!

Available: April 23rd 2014
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[Rebel Heist #1 (variant cover)] [] Rebel Heist #1 (of 4) (regular cover by Adam Hughes)
Comic Book by Matt Kindt, Marco Castiello, Dan Parsons, Gabe Eltaeb, Adam Hughes et al.

A young Rebel meets one of the Alliance’s best for his first mission. But the young man’s hero worship is crushed by the reality of Han Solo. A botched escape, a ship that doesn’t work—could it be that Solo is just a lucky bumbler whose luck has run out?
• Han Solo–the truth behind the myth!
• Covers by Adam Hughes!

Available: April 30th 2014
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[Rebel Heist #1 (regular cover)] [] Rebel Heist #1 (of 4) (variant cover by Matt Kindt)
Comic Book by Matt Kindt, Marco Castiello, Dan Parsons, Gabe Eltaeb, Adam Hughes et al.

A young Rebel meets one of the Alliance’s best for his first mission. But the young man’s hero worship is crushed by the reality of Han Solo. A botched escape, a ship that doesn’t work—could it be that Solo is just a lucky bumbler whose luck has run out?
• Han Solo–the truth behind the myth!
• Covers by Adam Hughes!

Available: April 30th 2014
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[Rebel Heist #1 (ultravariant cover)] [] Rebel Heist #1 (of 4) (ultravariant cover by Adam Hughes)
Comic Book by Matt Kindt, Marco Castiello, Dan Parsons, Gabe Eltaeb, Adam Hughes et al.

A young Rebel meets one of the Alliance’s best for his first mission. But the young man’s hero worship is crushed by the reality of Han Solo. A botched escape, a ship that doesn’t work—could it be that Solo is just a lucky bumbler whose luck has run out?
• Han Solo–the truth behind the myth!
• Covers by Adam Hughes!

Available: April 30th 2014
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[Dawn of the Jedi: Volume 3 - Force War] [] Dawn of the Jedi: Volume 3 - Force War
Graphic Novel by John Ostrander, Jan Duursema, Dan Parsons, Wes Dzioba et al.
Approximately 25,782 years before the Battle of Yavin
The Rakata, powerful users of the dark side of the Force, have invaded the Tython system to enslave the Je’daii . . . With Forcesabers in hand, the Je’daii fight, led by mad Je’daii Daegen Lok and the mysterious Force Hound Xesh. But when Xesh is captured, the direction of the war is changed...
Collects Dawn of the Jedi: Force War #1 thru #5.
Available: June 11th 2014
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Release dates subject to change.

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NEW RELEASE . . .

Thursday 9th January
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[Star Wars Comic #1] Star Wars Comic #1
Children's Comic Book
Titan Comics ( [UK] )

Just before the Battle of Yavin:
Fantastic first issue! Featuring original short comic story, War on the Jundland Wastes by Mike W. Barr, plus puzzles, games, A-Z of The Clone Wars: Q, pull-out double-sided poster, sneak peek at Star Wars Rebels, competition and free cover gift - 2 lightsaber pencils (4 to collect)!

[This story occurs during The Rebellion era.]
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NEWS . . .

Wednesday 8th January
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[Dark Horse Comics] Dark Horse Comics to publish The Clone Wars "finale"
While we await news of how Lucasfilm actually plan to release the final unaired episodes of The Clone Wars TV series - the so-called "Bonus Content" / "Lost Episodes", it appears that Dark Horse Comics are to produce an authorised four-issue comic series "finale" to The Clone Wars. According to Newsarama.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab]: "in an exclusive to Newsarama, Lucasfilm has told us the finale to Star Wars: The Clone Wars is being told as a comic launching this May [...] titled Darth Maul: Son of Dathomir that will adapt the screenplays for what would have been the series finale of Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated series. Written by seasoned Star Wars comics scribe (and former editor) Jeremy Barlow with an artist to be announced, Darth Maul: Son of Dathomir sees the full-scale return of Darth Maul to the Star Wars universe and into a head-to-head battle with his former master Darth Sidious – aka, the Emperor. Barlow promises to fully delve into the world of Dathomir, as well as some of its inhabitants like Nightbrothers and even a new character called Brother Viscus."
Full details of the story are at Newsarama.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab].

Update: Pablo Hildago has clarified that the Darth Maul comic story is not the finale to The Clone Wars but rather the finale to Darth Maul's story in The Clone Wars.
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Wednesday 8th January
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[Star Wars Omnibus - Adventures] Omnibus: Adventures
Omnibus Graphic Novel by Jeremy Barlow, Tom Taylor, Chris Cerasi, Daxiong et al.
Dark Horse Books ( [US] )

These stories occur between 1 year before and up to 3 years after the Battle of Yavin:
Luke, Leia, Darth Vader and others feature in six tales of galaxy-shaking adventure for readers of all ages!
Collects Han Solo and the Hollow Moon of Khorya, Princess Leia and the Royal Ransom, Luke Skywalker and the Treasure of the Dragonsnakes, The Will of Darth Vader, Boba Fett and the Ship of Fear and Chewbacca and the Slavers of the Shadowlands.

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[Available now...] Star Wars #13: Five Days of Sith (part 1 of 2)
Comic Book & e-Comic Book by Brian Wood, Facundo Percio, Gabe Eltaeb et al.
Dark Horse Comics ( [US] & [UK] [import])

Shortly after the Battle of Yavin:
After a defeat by Rebel forces and the escape of prisoner Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader decides to clean house. From one end of the galaxy to the other, Vader’s “new broom”—a squad of elite stormtroopers backed by the Dark Lord’s own lightsaber—is sweeping the ranks of the Empire!...more

[This story occurs during The Rebellion era.]
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NEWS . . .

Wednesday 8th January
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[Dark Horse Digital] Digital e-comic releases this week
Dark Horse Comics has added the following Star Wars digital comic titles to their Dark Horse Digital[External site - opens in a new window/tab] e-comic store this week:

Dark Horse Digital[External site - opens in a new window/tab] purchases can currently be viewed on iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, an Android enabled tablet or smartphone or any modern web browser.

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NEW RELEASES . . .

Tuesday 7th January
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[Omnibus - Knights of the Old Republic: Volume 2] Omnibus: Knights of the Old Repulic - Volume 2
Omnibus Graphic Novel by John Jackson Miller, Brian Ching et al.
Titan Books ( [UK] )

Approximately 3,963 years before the Battle of Yavin:
After Zayne Carrick is framed for the murder of his fellow Jedi in training, his poor luck prevents him from clearing his name and throws him into dangerous situations all over the galaxy, leading to his final confrontation with the Jedi Masters who massacred their own Padawans!
Collects Knights of the Old Republic issues #19 thru #37 (previously published as Volume 4 - Daze of Hate, Knights of Suffering; Volume 5 - Vector; and Volume 6 - Vindication).

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[ The Clone Wars Magazine: issue 22] Star Wars: The Clone Wars Magazine #22
Children's Magazine
Titan Magazines ( [US] )

Between 22 and 19 years before the Battle of Yavin:
Last issue!! Featuring
two comic stories, plus puzzles, games and competitions.

[This story occurs during The Rise of the Empire era.]
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NEWS . . .

Friday 3rd January
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[Marvel] Star Wars comics return to Marvel in 2015 (Updated: 5th January)
In an official announcement on StarWars.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab], comic publishing will return to Marvel Comics in 2015 meaning that, after 24 years, current licensee holder Dark Horse Comics will lose the rights to publish Star Wars comic stories:

Jedi, Sith, and the Rest of the Star Wars Universe Come to Marvel Comics in 2015

The Walt Disney Company's Lucasfilm Ltd. and Marvel Entertainment are joining forces to bring new Star Wars adventures to readers across the galaxy, with Marvel granted exclusive rights to create and publish Star Wars comics and graphic novels beginning in 2015.
The agreement marks a homecoming for the Star Wars comic books. Marvel Comics published the first Star Wars comic book, Star Wars #1, in March 1977, which went on to sell more than 1 million copies. Marvel Comics published its Star Wars series for nine years. In 1991, Dark Horse Comics took over the license, publishing fan favorite titles like Dark Empire and Star Wars: Legacy. Last year, Dark Horse released The Star Wars #1, an adaptation of George Lucas' original rough-draft screenplay for the film, garnering rave reviews and national media attention and ranking among the top-selling Star Wars comics of all time.
"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," said Carol Roeder, director of Lucasfilm franchise publishing, Disney Publishing Worldwide. "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."
"We here at Marvel could not be more excited to continue the publication of Star Wars comic books and graphic novels," said Marvel worldwide publisher and president, Dan Buckley. "The perennial brand of Star Wars is one of the most iconic in entertainment history and we are honored to have the opportunity to bring our creative talent pool to continue, and expand Star Wars into galaxies far, far away."
"We're incredibly excited by this next chapter in the Star Wars saga," said Andrew B. Sugerman, executive vice president of Disney Publishing Worldwide. "Bringing together the iconic Lucasfilm and Marvel brands to tell new stories will allow us to continue to thrill lovers of the original Star Wars comic books and entertain generations to come."
Marvel has continued to push comic book publishing forward with innovations and experiments like motion comics and digital-only releases, in addition to its deep, ongoing catalog of monthly series and graphic novels created by some of the industry's most gifted artists and writers.

UPDATE #1 (3rd Jan.): Brian Wood, author of the ongoing Star Wars series, has tweeted that his contract ends with issue #20 (due for release in August 2014). While Gabriel Hardman and Corinna Bechko, authors of Legacy II, have also confirmed the end of their series with issue #18 - also due in August 2014.

UPDATE #2 (3rd Jan.): Mike Richardson, founder of Dark Horse Comics, has released the following 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.
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UPDATE #3 (4th Jan.): With regards to digital Star Wars comics purchased from Dark Horse Digital[External site - opens in a new window/tab], Newsarama.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab] has received confirmation from Dark Horse Comics that "digital purchases of Star Wars comics will still be available to you, either on your device of choice, or accessible via the cloud storage. They won't go anywhere with the license transfer, so feel free and secure to keep buying that way if it's your preferred method."
However, from 2015 you will not be able to purchase any digital Star Wars comics from Dark Horse Digital[External site - opens in a new window/tab].

UPDATE #4 (4th Jan.): On the Dark Horse Comics Message Boards[External site - opens in a new window/tab], Dark Horse Comics' editor Randy Stradley explains what the announcement means for Dark Horse Comics' back catalogue of Star Wars comic stories: "The license for all Star Wars comics -- past and present -- transfers to Marvel as of 2015. Dark Horse has a short time after that date to sell off any existing inventory and, of course, any stock purchased by retailers could conceivably sit on store shelves for decades after that (until it is sold). Obviously, Dark Horse does not plan on having any remaining inventory after the end of the license, so in the coming year as existing stocks of various Star Wars titles are sold out, it is unlikely that they will be reprinted. At this point there is no way of knowing what Marvel's plans are (if any) for reprinting any Dark Horse material, or what form those reprints might take." Put simply, from 2015 Dark Horse Comics can not publish any Star Wars comic stories, whether new or old, either in printed or digital mediums, what-so-ever.UPDATE #5 (5th Jan.): Randy Stradley, Dark Horse Comics' editor, released the following response on the Dark Horse Message Boards[External site - opens in a new window/tab] regarding fan feedback about the transfer of license from Dark Horse Comics to Marvel Comics:

"To those who are still angry, two days later, about the news that Star Wars comics will be moving to Marvel in 2015, I would say please relax. Change is inevitable, and the fact that Dark Horse will have held the license for over two decades is kind of amazing.
"But Dark Horse must lose the license, this is probably a good time for it. From my perspective, the upcoming films will mean less freedom to do what we at Dark Horse have always done best: expanding the universe. With a new film scheduled every year, and a new television series, it is likely that there will be a lot of comics pages devoted to adaptations and direct spin-off stories in support of the films and TV shows. That's not where my interests lie, and it has never been Dark Horse's strong suit. That would be too much like real work to me.
"Probably, the coming years will be a great time to be a Star Wars fan (especially a *new* Star Wars fan), and I hope you all enjoy the ride, but I think I'm going to be glad to not be in the mix.
"I am immensely proud of all of the work that has been done by our many, many creators over the years. I would urge you to channel your anger into thanks for them. Go find them -- most of them are on Facebook -- and tell them thank you. I guarantee all of them could benefit from a kind word right now.
"I'm also thankful that I was able to work with so many great people at Lucasfilm over the years. We didn't always see eye-to-eye on everything, but their willingness to allow us to take chances with stories and characters and different segments of the Star Wars timeline resulted in some truly great stories.
"And, finally, I want to thank all of the fans for the years of support. Even if we weren't always 100% successful, we always tried to give you more than you expected. It was your interest that fueled our creativity.
"Here's to the new year!"

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Friday 3rd January
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[Dark Horse Comics] CBR has exclusive look at Star Wars: Rebel Heist
First announced at 2013's New York Comic Con, ComicBookResources.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab] has an exclusive look at Matt Kindt's forthcoming four-isue comic book story Rebel Heist as well as an interview with the author himself. Kindt, author of Mind MGMT, reveals his inspiration behind his story:

I thought, "How great would it be to do a series where you get to see Han Solo from a regular dude's point of view?" Which is basically my point of view! What if I got to tag along with Han Solo, and we had to do some mission for the rebellion? What would that be like? I thought something like that would be awesome.
So that was the springboard. It would be cool to have four core characters, and each issue would play with that idea -- Princess Leia and a spy character who she teams up with, but it's all from the point of view of the character Princess Leia teams up with. Viewing Princess Leia, viewing Han Solo, viewing Chewbacca, viewing Luke through the guise of a normal dude. Han Solo is like the coolest character ever, so it was fun to write that, where this guy's sort of starstruck by him -- just like I would be. Then they've got this mission to do, and doing a real mission where everything's on the line, and your life is in danger -- by the end of that issue, Han Solo's not so cool anymore. This guy's scared out of his mind. Han Solo's kind of reckless.
That was my way in, almost viewing those characters in a childlike way, like I did when I was a kid, and you look up to Han Solo as the coolest. It was easy to write after that.

Here's a look at the cover for issue #1, with art by Adam Hughes.

Rebel Heist #1 by Matt Kindt, with art by Marco Castiello, is due for release in April.

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Wednesday 1st January
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[Available now...] The Star Wars #0
Comic Book & e-Comic Book by J. W. Rinzler, Mike Mayhew, Nick Runge et al.
Dark Horse Comics ( [US] & [UK] [import])

A companion to the eight-issue adaptation of The Star Wars, this is an exclusive peek behind the scenes at the designs that have brought a new, yet incredibly familiar, galaxy to life. Included are the never-before-seen comics sequences that were used in Dark Horse’s pitch to George Lucas As well as previously unpublished designs and comics pages!

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[Omnibus: Dark Times - Volume 1] Omnibus: Dark Times - Volume 1
Omnibus Graphic Novel by various
Dark Horse Books ( [US] )

These stories occurs approximately 19 years before the Battle of Yavin.
Master Dass Jennir will strive to find out what it means to be a Jedi in a changed galaxy now ruled by the Empire. Master K’Kruhk, suddenly responsible for a group of Jedi younglings, will sacrifice much for their safety. The struggles of the Jedi will intertwine with those of others now living in fear, including the diverse crew of a smuggling ship, the
Uhumele, and a Nosaurian whose troubles begin when the Clone Wars end.
Collects Into the Unknown, The Path to Nowhere, Parallels and Vector (Chapter Two).

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