Following The Walt Disney Company’s acquisition of Lucasfilm, the rights to all new Star Wars comics jumped ship from their longstanding home at Dark Horse Comics to Marvel Comics. Though certain all-ages original titles would be published by IDW, Marvel would distribute practically all Star Wars comics, including reprints of many Dark Horse series from the past. Today Dark Horse issued a press release that the publisher will be returning to the galaxy far, far away as a new publishing partner for Star Wars comics beginning in 2022, according to Lucasfilm.
Dark Horse Comics, in collaboration with Lucasfilm and Disney Worldwide Publishing, is honored to announce a new line of all-ages comics and graphic novels expanding the Star Wars galaxy. Beginning in Spring 2022, fans can expect to experience adventures in every era, from the High Republic through the rise of the First Order, through new and exciting stories that Dark Horse is thrilled to introduce.
Dark Horse Comics has collaborated with Lucasfilm over the course of nearly 30 years on a variety of comics and art books, from Dark Empire in 1991 to The Art of Star Wars Rebels in 2020. Now, Dark Horse is returning to the many worlds of Star Wars with all-new stories for readers of all ages.
“Dark Horse has a rich history publishing Star Wars comics and graphic novels. Star Wars is near and dear to all of our hearts and I’ve been a fan since I saw the original film nineteen times during its original release. I am thrilled that Dark Horse will once again bring new stories to life from this incredible galaxy and I’m not exaggerating when I say we can’t wait to bring these new adventures to fans of every age.” — Mike Richardson, Dark Horse Comics Founder and CEO
“All of us at Lucasfilm Publishing are thrilled to be working with Mike Richardson and everyone at Dark Horse on comics and original graphic novels set in a galaxy far, far away. There are unlimited storytelling possibilities for all ages comics, and we look forward to collaborating with Dark Horse—and with the best writers and artist in the industry—to bring those stories to readers and fans all over the world.” –Michael Siglain, Creative Director, Lucasfilm Publishing
This new agreement does not imply that Marvel Comics will stop producing Star Wars comics; rather, Dark Horse is now Marvel and Disney’s new Star Wars partner, much like IDW Publishing was previously. IDW has previously released comics such as Star Wars Adventures and Star Wars: The High Republic Adventures, both of which appear to be wrapping up in the spring of 2022. There is no word on whether or not IDW will continue to publish any future Star Wars comics.