Disney’s acquisition of Star Wars rang the bell on Dark Horse’s 20+ years of producing comics set a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away. Beginning in 2015, the license will revert back to Marvel, who produced Star Wars comics from 1977 until 1985.
Today news comes from Marvel, that those Dark Horse comics will be represented in their oversized Epic Collection format. The first offering will be Star Wars Legends Epic Collection: The Empire Vol. 1.
These stories, and other from the Star Wars Expanded Universe were all recently removed from the official Star Wars canon, to allow the filmmakers to make the upcoming sequels with more latitude and flexibility. Fans of the EU were vocal in their support of the material in forums across the internet. This collection is a sign that the studio, (and parent company to Marvel Comics) is not completely forgetting the work of literally hundreds of writers and artists who kept the Star Wars universe alive between 1983 and 1999, and through the new trilogy.
“We’re thrilled to be bringing our innovative Epic Collections to a galaxy far, far away,” says Marvel SVP sales & marketing David Gabriel. “We’ll be bouncing around to different periods of Star Wars history with each Epic Collection, constructing one huge tapestry, collecting full unbroken runs of all the greatest Star Wars comics from the past 35 years.”
This first collection will focus on stories set after Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, and before the original trilogy. Coincidentally, that’s the same period of time that Disney’s new animated series Star Wars: Rebels is set in.
The stories in this collection all come from Dark Horse. The titles include Star Wars: Republic #78-80, Star Wars: Purge #1, Star Wars: Purge — Seconds To Die #1, Star Wars: Purge — The Hidden Blade #1, Star Wars: Purge — The Tyrant’s Fist #1-2, Star Wars: Darth Vader And The Lost Command #1-5, and Star Wars: Dark Times #1-5.
STAR WARS LEGENDS EPIC COLLECTION: THE EMPIRE VOL. 1 TPB.
On-Sale April 2015
A $34.99 Oversized Trade Paperback, 440 pgs
Written by John Ostrander, Randy Stradley, Haden Blackman & Alexander Freed
Art by Luke Ross, Douglas Castiello, Andrea Chella & Rick Leonardi