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A couple of days ago, Reuters mentioned in an article about the Mayan temple that doubled as the Rebel base on Yavin IV in ANH that Eppy VII was about Luke setting up the Jedi Order there...naturally people thought this lowly Reuters staffer knows something the rest of us don't. Folks, Michael Arndt isn't going to take his script to a bar and leave it there like a drunken Apple employee for a Reuters reporter on his way to Guatemala to discover. I knew right away the guy who wrote the article was referring to Kevin J. Anderson's books from the '90s and he probably got that from scouring Wookieepedia or something. Nothing to see here, move along.

Then came more chatter about Marvel getting the comics license when the current one with Dark Horse expires, this time from a Disney blog. Sadly this is probably true. It would be really surprising if Disney were to allow Lucasfilm to license its own comics to a rival when Disney owns one of the biggest comics publishers in the world. Disney likes to keep it in the family. Even though not every Star Wars comic from the past 20 years was a winner, Dark Horse has been a great home for the GFFA. It went from being a small indie to the third largest comics publisher (behind D.C. and Marvel) just as the Star Wars renaissance was happening in the '90s. While the old school Marvel Star Wars comics had their hokey charm, I liked that Dark Horse's stable took the mythology a little more seriously. I thought they had a better handle on what Star Wars is and at the same time, were willing to take chances and expand the universe even beyond what has been in the books. At least back in the late '70s, Stan Lee was still in charge. Frankly I am not a fan of current Marvel Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada and I worry about what that guy will do to Star Wars titles. Not to mention that in my humble opinion, most of the guys who work for the big two are the usual fanboy hacks, while Dark Horse finds really good, interesting artists.

Update: Yesterday, Dark Horse's Randy Stradley posted on DH's forum in response to the rumors, "Don't believe everything you read on the internet."

Date: 2012-12-22 01:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] frostbit-sky.livejournal.com
I have not read everything, but from what I have read, I like what Dark Horse did with SW. The art is pretty good too.
I don't like the art from the old SW Marvel comics. So choppy.

Date: 2012-12-22 02:30 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] krpalmer.livejournal.com
I'm not quite sure if we should look back to the old Marvel Star Wars comics and expect hypothetical new comics published by them to be "just like the old days"... although, given that nowadays Marvel just concentrates on "its own characters" and leaves "licensed properties" to other comic book publishers, I can see your point about wondering about what might happen if they were told to take on a license.

My own problem when it comes to this matter, I suppose, is that the Star Wars comics are just one more "non-animated spinoff I'm not paying attention to nowadays." I had, though, been thinking a bit of going back to the reprint books (published by Dark Horse, of course) of the old Marvel Star Wars comics...

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