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How Dark Horse Can Survive After Star Wars

Sledgehammer 44 #1

Dark Horse’s licensing contract for Star Wars comics seems to be ending in 2015. Now that Disney owns Lucasfilm and Marvel Comics, it only makes sense that Disney would want Marvel to publish Star Wars comic books. 2015 sounds like it’s going to be the year of Star Wars, with Episode 7 due in theaters, but what about Dark Horse Comics? Star Wars comics have been a Dark Horse staple for twenty years and now they’ll have to find another way to make up for the business they’ll be losing in two years. Thankfully, their March solicitations prove that they have the ability to survive.

1. Hellboy. People love Hellboy. I love Hellboy. You’ve seen Hellboy, but you should probably also read Hellboy too because it’s a lot of fun! Just this month alone has four issues from the Hellboy universe. Hellboy’s journey through hell continues in Hellboy in Hell, while the B.P.R.D. has two titles out that month. An agent fights vampires in B.P.R.D.: Vampire, as a follow up to the 1948 mini-series and the Hell on Earth saga continues with the now ongoing series B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth #105. Sledgehammer 44 #1 introduces the Iron Man of the Hellboy universe, as a man in armor fights Nazis in France during World War II.

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Disney Purchases Lucasfilm

Disney has purchased Lucasfilm for $4.05 billion and has now acquired the full rights to the entire Star Wars and Indiana Jones franchises. Lucasfilm is also known for Labyrinth, Howard the Duck, The Land Before Time (and Radioland Murders, but no one’s ever seen that. I love it).

Disney has already announced the green-lighting of a new Star Wars trilogy. The new film, Episode VII, will be in theaters in 2015 and to butt heads with the likes of Avengers 2 and the hypothetical Justice League movie. Episodes VII, VIII, IX will start off around 20-30 years after Return of the Jedi and will deal with the rebuilding of the Republic and Luke Skywalker’s ascension to Jedi Master.

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