Where strange fact and stranger fiction collide
If you have been following Dave’s Corner of the Universe, you know two things about me. I love Star Wars and I love Dark Horse Comics. They are like chocolate and peanut butter, and when they come together they are like Reeses cups, they fit tougher perfectly. So you can guess how I felt that about the news that the Star Wars comic franchise going back to Marvel.
Neither I nor anyone else should be surprised by this. From a purely economic stand point it makes sense. Disney owns Star Wars, and Disney owns Marvel. It is logical to keep production in house. But I am more concerned about how it will affect the art and storylines than, Disney’s wallet.
I have stated this before, I am an indy comics kind of guy, in the same kind of way my grandfather was a FDR man. I am not really a big fan of either of the ‘Big Two’, but I love Number Three, Dark Horse, and this goes for most of their Star Wars line. Legacy took SW to a dark and distant future it had never before been too. Agent of the Empire, features a futuristic James Bond who is on the wrong side, he is forgiven because he fights even bigger badies than the Empire and holds on to a personal code of honor tighter than a Jedi. And tales of the Jedi, gave us this beautiful panoramic history of the Star Wars expanded Universe before anyone else. Sure there have been a few misses, like the tale of Skippy the Force sensitive Droid, or when Indiana Jones found a crashed Millennian Falcon but most of Dark Horse’s stuff has been golden.
I am afraid I do not look back at Marvel’s original run of Star Wars with much affection. The art and spaceships looked more like they belonged in Flash Gordon’s Mongo than on Yavin. The story lines were insipid. The colors were terrible. Though this may be more because they were made in the late seventies than anything else.
I remember thirty years ago or so a friend loaned me Marvel’s The Empire Strikes Back, and reading in shocked horror that they had switched out Wedge Antillies with Dak as Luke’s tail gunner, in the battle of Hoth. They killed the hero of the Battle of Yavin. Never having read the comic adaption of The Return of the Jedi, I am not sure how they explain how he destroyed another death star when he was dead.
In fact the only thing I remember about Marvel’s run on Star Wars that I like was Jaxxon a six foot tall green space trucking rabbit. On the other hand there are many things I like about Dark Horse’s run, not the least of which is that for twenty years they have given us constantly good and entertaining stories lines.
I have already stated my concern that the Disney acquisition would mean a re-boot for the EU in a blog called Mickey Mouse: Jedi Knight or Sith Lord, But these concerns are doubled for the comic line. Even if Marvel produces some awesome storylines right off the bat, I am going to be a hard sell. I am like the kid who moved to another town and really misses all his old cool friends and it doesn’t matter how awesome the new kids are, he doesn’t really like them because he resents his parent’s making him move in the first place. I suppose having a new pristine sand box to play in would be nice, but I am going to miss my old one.
So with that said let’s look at some possible good points. Dark Horse has a year to wrap up storylines. At least this gives the writers and characters a chance to go out with a bang, like Alderaan. As opposed to a whimper like storm troopers being beat by a bunch of Stone Age teddy bears. Also many of the character’s I love like Wedge Aayla Secura, and IG-88 are owned by Disney so they will probably still exist in some form in comics.
A friend pointed out there is always a chance we will get a Star Wars: Max line. For those of you who don’t know Max is Marvel mature readers imprint. Not that I am looking for hot nubile naked Twi’leks, but some dark and gritty combat heavy Star Wars titles, maybe centered around bounty hunters or the Sith, would be fun. Though we kind of got that in Legacy.
Also Disney and their subsidiary Marvel, understand how pertinacity Star Wars fandom can be. It is what drove Lucas out of the business. They know they have to come out with both blasters blazing and as such they should launch with some incredible offers. Still I am not too confident about that.
To kind of soften the blow Disney leaked that there is going to be a standalone Boba Fett, movie. If I was a little more jaded I would say they were trying to bribe us off. Ok I will say it. It is a bribe. But oh such a cool and awesome bribe. I hate that my standards are so low that I nearly forgot that The House of Mouse plunged a vibro-dagger into Dark Horse’s back.
I see Dark Horse as the guy who worked for two decades faithfully for a company and got shown the door and a new younger brown noser took over his position. There is no such thing as corporate loyalty. The bottom line in corporate America is the bottom line. And as much as I personally treasure things like loyalty and dedication to excellence, the real world at least the one that resolves around Wall Street doesn’t work that way.
And no matter what, the change is going to happen. I can hold my breath until I am blue as a Wroian, but it’s not going to change a single thing. As the Star wars canon-verse is about to experience some pretty traumatic changes. I will hold on to my vision of a galaxy far far away. Even if it may become a very lonely place.
Here is my post about a pilgrimage I made to dark Horse HQ
Mickey Mouse, Jedi Knight of Sith Lord?