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Does a tweet from Brian Wood point to Dark Horse keeping the Star Wars license?

March 6th, 2013 by Marc Comments

With the Disney buy out of LucasFilm, a lot of things were up in the air at that point, one of them being the license for Star Wars comics. Over the years Star Wars has made its comic home at Dark Horse. Once the merger was announced the rumors started flying around the internet that the licensing rights would revert over to Marvel, another Disney property, after the year’s end. Website Blue Sky Disney had this to say at the time:

“The Suits in the know have determined that no new contracts will be given to Dark Horse after the current ones expire. So all new projects after 2013 will be handled internally by Marvel.”

Well, it seems that may not be the case after all. Of course we can’t be sure for certain, but today Brian Wood, writer of the Dark Horse series simply titled Star Wars tweeted this:

“To ppl calling doom (with no proof) on Dark Horse holding of the Star Wars license, I just got a contract extension to write through ish 20”

In effect, Dark Horse has signed the writer on for twenty issues of the hit book. If you know how Dark Horse usually releases their Star Wars books then you know this could be a big deal. They are usually released in volumes with each volume consisting of five issues, but it appears this series may be ongoing instead of releasing five issue volumes. Issue number three is set to be released soon, so that means Wood’s deal is for another 17 issues, which means they would only be up to issue 12 by year’s end. So why would Dark Horse sign Wood for an additional eight issues past what is supposed to be the Star Wars license reverting to Marvel? Does Dark Horse know something we don’t? Though we have no real proof of Dark Horse losing or keeping the license, it looks like Wood’s contract extension may be a clue.

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Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….