Disney will not be renewing the Star Wars comic book license with Dark Horse when it is set to expire in 2013. Marvel will be taking over the reigns and start publishing both digital and the tangible versions later next year. This makes sense because Disney purchased the entire Star Wars franchise and having Marvel handle the graphic novels and comic books keeps everything in the family.
We have confirmed reports within Dark Horse and Marvel that the licensing agreements are set to expire and they will be transferred over to Marvel. It is unknown when Marvel will begin to actually publish the comics, as there are a lot of semantics to work out. There is a number of different monthly stories, sagas, and new series that are announced. Back issues are also a big concern, and what happens to all of the established artists that revitalized the comic series? All of these questions will not be solved easily, but it will be interesting how Marvel handles the license.
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