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Comic(s) Relief: Marvel To Republish Select Dark Horse Star Wars Comics

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star_wars_the_empire_coverAs part of the whole post-Disney buyout restructuring of pretty much the entire Star Wars media empire, one of the groups left holding a shorts straw was Dark Horse Comics. Dark Horse held the Star Wars comics license for over two decades, publishing a ton of memorable series beginning with the Return of the Jedi follow-up Dark Empire all the way back in 1991. But since Disney already owns a major comics company — Marvel — it made good business sense for them to move the Star Wars comics back in house. The good news is that Marvel isn’t just ignoring those 20+ years of Dark Horse/Star Wars history. In addition to publishing new Star Wars comics, Marvel will be republishing select Dark Horse material as well.

This mirrors the approach Disney and Lucasfilm have been taking with the volumes of existing “Expanded Universe” material that has been rendered non-canon as part of their attempts to create a more cohesive Star Wars universe going forward. The old EU material will remain in print and available, but under the banner of “Star Wars Legends,” to denote that it’s not part of the new canon. The comics will follow suit as part of the Legends line, and Marvel will be republishing the Dark Horse Star Wars comics in their “Epic Collection” format, full-color volumes which typically bundle together 20 or so issues of a series.

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Prometheus: Fire And Stone Trailer Sets Up Epic Comics Crossover

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We’ve been hugely excited about Dark Horse’s upcoming Fire and Stone mega-event for months now, and the newest trailer for the series is only making it worse. Launching in September, Prometheus: Fire and Stone will kick off a multi-series shared storyline that will dive deep into the shared mythology of the Aliens, Predator, and Prometheus franchises. Those worlds have all been linked to varying degrees on the big screen, but Fire and Stone is set to explore the connections more thoroughly than ever before. If you haven’t already, check out the Prometheus: Fire and Stone trailer up top before we go any further.

After the first issue of of Prometheus: Fire and Stone launches in September, the four other series will unfold with an issue per week, setting up an eight-week cycle of the Prometheus book, the Aliens book, the Alien vs. Predator title, and Predator: Fire and Stone. While each of the four series will have its own storyline, characters and events from each will overlap each other, creating a larger narrative structure that will culminate in a standalone wrap-up issue after they’ve all completed their runs.

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Comic(s) Relief: Dark Horse’s Gorgeous Aliens/ Predator/ Prometheus Covers

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AVP1Fans were chomping at the bit when it was revealed that Ridley Scott’s Prometheus was indeed a prequel set in the world of the Alien films. And while Prometheus disappointed many due to script problems and lunk-headed characters, it was still gorgeous, full of ideas, and a voyage that left us craving more of one of cinema’s most compelling science fiction settings. While a Prometheus sequel is in the works, fans won’t have to wait until it hits theaters to explore more of that universe. Dark Horse is launching Fire and Stone, an interconnected set of comic miniseries this fall, exploring and further uniting the worlds of the Prometheus, Aliens, and Predator films. Whatever revelations await us, one thing is clear: the cover art is bloody gorgeous.

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Lucasfilm And Marvel Partner Up For New Star Wars Comics

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star wars comic booksIn 2012, Disney purchased Lucasfilm for $4.4 billion with the goal of re-launching Star Wars franchise. The first big step will be Star Wars: Episode VII in 2015. Since the purchase, Disney has been consolidating the various branches of Lucasfilm under the larger banner. While fans can currently read new adventures that take place in a galaxy far, far away with comic books from Dark Horse, the property will jump ship to Marvel starting in 2015. This comes to no surprise to anyone, considering Disney both own Marvel and Lucasfilm, and this is an attempt to keep Star Wars under the same corporate umbrella.

Marvel and Lucasfilm had a partnership at the very beginning of the Star Wars revolution. Back in 1977, the comics giant released the very first Star Wars comic, which sold over one million copies. The two companies continued their lucrative relationship until 1991, when Dark Horse started publishing new Star Wars adventures. While it’s unclear if on-going comic book series such as Brian Wood’s Star Wars, which takes place between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back, will continue in 2015, it’s unlikely that new stories will move from Dark Horse to Marvel.

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Aliens, Predators, And Engineers: Four Things You Should Know About Dark Horse’s Shared Comics Continuity

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AlienWith the success of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe, the notion of franchises existing within a shared universe is very en vogue right now. (They’re giving the classic Universal monsters the treatment.) The same thing has been happening to a much less ambitious degree with the respective universes of Alien, Predator, and Prometheus. The Alien vs. Predator movies were the biggest direct crossover so far, but they’re also very much the black sheep of the bunch, typically not regarded nearly as well as the standalone films. Whether future movies in those franchises will tie together closer or not, Dark Horse Comics is about to take this notion and run with it, rebooting their Alien, Predator, and AvP titles in 2014, then launching an ongoing Prometheus series to form a cohesive shared comics universe.

Dark Horse has been publishing licensed comics for titles such as Aliens, Predator, RoboCop, and others for decades now. That’s a lot of years of stories shifting into the rearview mirror, but the nice thing about Dark Horse’s Aliens/Predator/Prometheus reboot is that it isn’t a reboot in the traditional sense. The movies still stand as canon, this is just making a fresh start for the comics side of things.

The folks over at io9 conducted some great interviews with Chris Roberson, Paul Tobin , Joshua Williamson, and Chris Sebela, the four series writers. We’ve sifted through the lot and picked out the biggest take-aways that should leave you excited for Dark Horse’s grand experiment.

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George Lucas’ Original Star Wars Script Gets A Comic Book Adaptation

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With all the new Star Wars projects coming in the next few years—titles like J.J. Abrams’ Episode VII, the animated Star Wars Rebels , and the possible TV series—it isn’t always easy to remember where this franchise began: in the mind of one George Lucas. Now that some of his original ideas are coming to fans in the form of a new comic book series from Dark Horse Comics, we’ll get to see what young Lucas had in mind before honing his vision into the film original trilogy. And thanks to USA Today, we now have a short trailer that gives us a good look at all of the characters we thought we were so familiar with. I don’t think anyone should tell Han Solo that he looks like Swamp Thing’s little brother, he might get really pissed off.

The eight-issue limited series, written by J.W. Rinzler and illustrated by Mike Mayhew, hits shelves and digital comic vendors September 4, and adapts the first draft that Lucas wrote back in May of 1974. The overall arc of the story is similar: the Jedi lead a rebel uprising, and the Gallactic Sith lords want to crush them. Only this time, Luke Skywalker takes on the Obi-Wan Kenobi role, while Anakin Starkiller replaces Luke’s farmboy. Darth Vader is a guy without a mask or a breathing problem. R2D2 can talk. Lightsabers are “laser swords.” The reptilian Solo is a mysterious rebel pirate.