RIP Star Wars comics

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RIP Star Wars comics

Postby anarky » Fri Dec 21, 2012 11:33 am

Marvel will be taking over at the end of next year. They've said there will be no new SW comics (though it's unclear if that means altogether, or just brand new series) until 2015.

Given how they've mishandled almost every license they've had (or acquired in a similar fashion due to a Disney buyout), it's probably safe to say practically nothing will be available in paperback anymore, and the comics will die a slow death. Look at how they dropped Dark Tower like a turd when sales slacked off slightly. Or how they totally screwed the pooch with the Disney comics (especially Muppets), which Boom! was doing an excellent job with.
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Re: RIP Star Wars comics

Postby RoIIo Tomassi » Fri Dec 21, 2012 11:53 am

I haven't bought a SW comic (other than a couple KotOR issues for my boy) in damn near two decades, so I really don't care one way or the other.
It's clear Dark Horse does (and would) pay more care to the license than Marvel would. But seriously, SW comics sell in the 10-15,000 range. That's pathetic. Marvel could hardly do worse.

What's sad is some bean counter who has no vested creative interest in Star Wars OR Marvel OR Dark Horse OR comics in general is making this decision. My right brain is screaming in rage.
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Re: RIP Star Wars comics

Postby jjreason » Fri Dec 21, 2012 12:56 pm

I bought lots through the 90s, but they SO rarely captured the fell of sw for me that they were an easy drop when I got around to it. I honestly don't care if there are any sw comics being produced, let alone by whom. :(
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Re: RIP Star Wars comics

Postby Jargo » Thu Sep 12, 2013 5:50 pm

I'm no comics buff but I have enjoyed some of the Dark Horse offerings over the last decade. I'm kind of interested in that new 'what if' take on star wars. THE Star Wars. I read those early drafts of the story and script a few years back and preferred them to the final story. It'll be interesting to see it given visual life.

Star Wars Tales was a decent series. some cool stuff amid the filler.

Still at least Titan publishing aren't getting it. They dropped a moon on Chewbacca, the clumsy fuckwads.
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Re: RIP Star Wars comics

Postby jjreason » Thu Sep 12, 2013 10:59 pm

It was pretty interesting & the art wasn't too over the top. I'll stick around for all 8 issues.
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Re: RIP Star Wars comics

Postby Jargo » Thu Sep 12, 2013 11:29 pm

I'll get the trade paperback or whatever the collected issues is called over here. There's a decent comic book shop in Liverpool. The staff are shit but the shop is ok.
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Re: RIP Star Wars comics

Postby jjreason » Mon Sep 01, 2014 11:41 am

Halfway through "The Star Wars" now. Very solid series, lovely art & it's fairly easy to follow, knowing what we know about Star Wars.

The most shocking thing though is the feel of the Darkhorse books - I mean the paper they're made out of. Glorious glossy covers & heavy paper stock - I don't have to worry about putting sweaty fingerprint marks on the covers if I touch them without white fucking gloves (and no, I don't read my Marvels with white gloves either, but they're fragile as fuck, especially the cheap, flimsy-ass fucking covers). The staples are all well placed & tight, every issue is minty fresh because of the materials used. $3.99 doesn't seem nearly so bad when you can tell some care was taken, compared to Marvel fucking us over at $2.99 per issue for their shitty "99 cents worth at best" comics. :frus:
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Re: RIP Star Wars comics

Postby jjreason » Sat Jan 24, 2015 4:47 pm

Do we want to discuss the new Marvel SW books here? There's only been 1 so far, and it was pretty darned good.

My only complaint - there is basically only ONE THING in my mind that DIDN'T happen between ANH & ESB - Luke meeting up directly and/or dueling with Vader. I hoping that the end of issue 1 leads into Luke fleeing before they cross swords, or else I'm already dead set against something they're going to make canon.
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Re: RIP Star Wars comics

Postby Tom Foolery » Sat Jan 24, 2015 5:46 pm

Why would Vader get sent on such a shit assignment in the first place?
Go to our Scranton satellite Office and Negotiate with an envoy of a third rate crime thug like Jabba for shipping and supply rates?
The Death Star just fucking blew up!! Man has more important shit to do.
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Re: RIP Star Wars comics

Postby jjreason » Sat Jan 24, 2015 6:15 pm

I think it was just the expected Shakespearean opening sequence - jaw dropping & eye popping, foreshadowing what is about to transpire. They can really afford to slow things down after that one, and give us a bit of time to watch Vader stew over who the pilot was & plot behind the Emperor's back about trying to find him in his own book.
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Re: RIP Star Wars comics

Postby jjreason » Sat Feb 14, 2015 8:22 am

SW2 - they broke the code already, at least the code I would have made sure they would adhere to if I were at the helm of the ship. ("Do whatever the fuck you want, but under no circumstances - EVER - will you - EVER - do anything to fuck with the awesomeness of Empire.") I was only mildly blown away by Cassaday here, seemed like a "busier" issue or something.

Vader 1 - this was ok, but likely should have been released in reading order as it seems to assume the reader has finished the complete first arc in the main book, which hasn't even been released yet. Great art in this one though, but Salvador Larocca. Awesome.
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Re: RIP Star Wars comics

Postby Tom Foolery » Tue Mar 03, 2015 11:42 pm

jjreason wrote:Halfway through "The Star Wars" now. Very solid series, lovely art & it's fairly easy to follow, knowing what we know about Star Wars.

Just got this series in a box of stuff. Looking forward to reading it.

The most shocking thing though is the feel of the Darkhorse books - I mean the paper they're made out of. Glorious glossy covers & heavy paper stock - I don't have to worry about putting sweaty fingerprint marks on the covers if I touch them without white fucking gloves (and no, I don't read my Marvels with white gloves either, but they're fragile as fuck, especially the cheap, flimsy-ass fucking covers). The staples are all well placed & tight, every issue is minty fresh because of the materials used. $3.99 doesn't seem nearly so bad when you can tell some care was taken, compared to Marvel fucking us over at $2.99 per issue for their shitty "99 cents worth at best" comics. :frus:

Yeah, I remember when Marvel started using that new paper for their covers.



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Mini series and ongoings and reprint series and oneshots in different eras. It's a bit overwhelming. But eventually I'd like to track everything down, what with me being a fucking madman completist. I said eventually.
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Re: RIP Star Wars comics

Postby jjreason » Wed Mar 04, 2015 1:16 pm

Raise your hand if you spent $20 on Action Figure Variant covers of Vader & Leia #1 today!


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Re: RIP Star Wars comics

Postby Tom Foolery » Fri Mar 20, 2015 6:22 am

Having read the first few issues of Star Wars, Vader, and Leia...it all just reads like glorified fanfic to me.

"hey there's a secret Imperial moon base with At-Ats and shit and Han has to drive one and Luke flies a speeder bike and Vader chops off the At-Ats feet with his lightsaber! Kewl!"
Or over in Vader it's like "Vader walks into Jabba's palace and acts all hard and badass! Kewl!"

They're not really doing anything new, just mix-and-matching elements we're already familiar with like a seven year old would do with his action figures.
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Re: RIP Star Wars comics

Postby anarky » Fri Mar 20, 2015 8:28 am

I was afraid of this.

I'm cool with Disney dropping the EU... IF they replace it with something better, or at least something that looks like they're trying to be better. So far, with the possible exception of Rebels, it seems to suck. :(

I've read some praise, but mostly from hardcore SW fanboys who would like anything with the name on it.
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