Marvel to reprint Dark Horse Star Wars comics as STAR WARS LEGENDS EPIC COLLECTION

Star Wars Legends Epic Collection The Empire Vol 1 Cover Marvel to reprint Dark Horse Star Wars comics as STAR WARS LEGENDS EPIC COLLECTIONHuh, well blow me down with a womp rat. Over the 20 years of Dark Horse’s Star Wars license they built up a healthy business in selling collected editions of their “expanded universe” stories. However that ended when Disney purchased Lucesfilm and reassigned the Star Wars license to their “in house ” publisher Marvel.

Although the entire “expanded universe” is expected to be rewritten in the wake of Episode VII coming next year, many thought the comics would go to the big remaindered table in the sky, especially since Marvel’s graphic novel backlist is, ahem, a work in progress.

Well, it’s turns out Marvel couldn’t resist the low hanging fruit of keeping the Dark Horse Star Wars comic in print — at least in a $34.99 collectors edition in the “Epic Collection” format. The first collection will be out in April, 2015, leading the way to the new film.

ANd perhaps, the content of these reprints would even give a clue to wheat might still be canon in the new Star Wars timeline?

Marvel is excited to announce the release of an oversized dose of a galaxy far, far, away – Star Wars comics are coming to Marvel’s prestigious Epic Collection format – STAR WARS LEGENDS EPIC COLLECTION: THE EMPIRE VOL. 1 TPB.
 
Let the dark times begin! Marvel welcomes Star Wars to the Epic Collection program, with this first volume of a series focusing on the years that follow Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith! After the end of the Clone Wars, the Republic has fallen and Palpatine exerts his ruthless grip on his new Galactic Empire. Now, the few Jedi that remain must decide whether to hold true to their faith, or abandon it completely in the face of a brutal purge — one carried out by the new Dark Lord of the Sith. Rise, Darth Vader!
 
“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.”
 
STAR WARS LEGENDS EPIC COLLECTION: THE EMPIRE VOL. 1 TPB. will offer a new way for fans to collect and read iconic Star Wars stories across the past 35 years of published titles. These oversized, self-contained color collections will bring the adventures of the Rebellion, the Galactic Empire and more to the masses with exciting new Epic Collections.
 
COLLECTING: 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, STAR WARS: DARK TIMES 1-5
AUTHOR: JOHN OSTRANDER, RANDY STRADLEY, HADEN BLACKMAN, ALEXANDER FREED
ARTIST: LUKE ROSS , DOUGLAS WHEATLEY, JIM HALL, CHRIS SCALF, MARCO CASTIELLO, ANDREA CHELLA, RICK LEONARDI

 
STAR WARS LEGENDS EPIC COLLECTION: THE EMPIRE VOL. 1 TPB.
WRITTEN BY JOHN OSTRANDER, RANDY STRADLEY, HADEN BLACKMAN & ALEXANDER FREED
ART BY LUKE ROSS, DOUGLAS CASTIELLO, ANDREA CHELLA & RICK LEONARDI
440 PGS./Rated T …$34.99
On-Sale April 2015
ISBN: 978-0-7851-9398-2
© 2014 Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. Used under authorization. All rights reserved.
 

 

Comments

  1. Hands of Trash says:

    Goddamn hilarious if these sell well considering everything they’re doing will have been available from Dark Horse for years. What’ll be even more goddamned hilarious is when Marvel’s inability to maintain their back catalogue and keep this work in print strikes.

  2. jim . sheridan says:

    I assume they are just going to see if the new film sells these.

  3. It’s more like they’ve seen how well DH sells the Omnibuses and they’re picking up where DH is leaving off with them. This volume would probably have been next in line from DH and they’re choosing to run with it.

  4. “ANd perhaps, the content of these reprints would even give a clue to wheat might still be canon in the new Star Wars timeline?”

    I doubt that, since these are specifically being marked “Legends,” which is LucasFilm’s polite term for “no longer in continuity.”

    Anyway, glad to see this, as it means that some great work by some great creators won’t be lost in limbo for eternity.

  5. Peter says:

    Why would you keep this in print? This random collection of out of continuity material from an array of creators is hardly a compelling candidate for an evergreen title.

  6. It’s hardly random. These are stories following directly on a movie presented in chronological order, and most of them starring arguably Star Wars’s biggest character.

  7. Other Chris says:

    I’m glad I bought these when they were originally printed. Call me a purist, but I don’t want any Star Wars product with the Marvel logo on it.

  8. Inhumans99 says:

    Other Chris…I am sure you are aware that the series ran for about 10 years at Marvel, so hate Marvel all you want, but they were the original publisher of all things Star Wars. One of the few times I had a subscription to a comic was for Star Wars (last 12 issues of the original ongoing series). The license is just coming back home to its original owners.

    If you were a purist, you would have purchased the Marvel series, quit buying Star Wars comics when Dark Horse obtained the license, and in fact would go back to picking up the comic books now that Marvel is once again producing new stories set in the Star Wars universe.

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