We've known for months now that Dark Horse's line of Star Wars comic titles would be ending sometime this year, but now we know when (sort of): August.
In the just-released solicitations for the publisher's August 2014 titles both ongoing series, Star Wars and Star Wars: Legacy, are billed as series finales. Dark Horse's other remaining limited series Star Wars: Darth Maul—Son of Dathomir concludes in August as well and publisher has confirmed August will be the last month they publish new Star Wars comic books.
They will, however, still be publishing some new trades in subsequent months and a Dark Times Gallery Edition.
The end of this 23-year run of Dark Horse as the exclusive licensed publisher of new Star Wars comic books came about due to the acquisition of Lucasfilm by Disney in 2013; although months elapsed before Dark Horse announced Disney was not renewing their rights to do Star Wars comics, the decision was widely speculated upon by fans and industry observers due to the similar move of PIXAR titles from BOOM! to Marvel upon Disney's acquisition of Marvel.
When Disney announces the transition of the Star Wars comic book license from Dark Horse to the in-house comics publisher Marvel, they billed the launching of that to be in 2015. Unless some further announcement is made to alter those plans, fans of Star Wars comics will be faced with at least a four-month drought of comics, and possibly more if Disney waits until Star Wars Episode VII is released in December 2015 to restart the comic book line.
Dubbed "The end of an era" by Dark Horse's marketing, here are all three new Star Wars comic book titles on sale in August 2014.
The end of an era!
Star Wars #20
Brian Wood (W), Carlos D’Anda (A), Gabe Eltaeb (C), and Hugh Fleming (Cover)
On sale Aug 13
FC, 32 pages
Leia risks it all for a friend she hasn’t seen since childhood! Han, Luke, and Chewie risk it all for Leia!
Brian Wood and Carlos D’Anda say farewell to that galaxy far, far away before they send our heroes to an unknown fate!
“This is a great read and has been each and every issue.”—Comics List
Doom on Dathomir!
Star Wars: Darth Maul—Son of Dathomir #4 (of 4)
Jeremy Barlow (W), Juan Frigeri (P), Mauro Vargas (I), Wes Dzioba (C), and Chris Scalf (Cover)
On sale Aug 20
FC, 40 pages
Count Dooku is possessed by the spirit of Mother Talzin! Darth Maul’s Shadow Collective is shattered! The Separatists attack! And Darth Sidious himself enters the fight!
• Based on unproduced episodes of the television series The Clone Wars!
The final battle!
Star Wars: Legacy #18
Corinna Bechko (W), Gabriel Hardman (W/A), Brian Albert Thies (A), Jordan Boyd (C), and Agustin Alessio (Cover)
On sale Aug 27
FC, 32 pages
Ania Solo and her friends find themselves fighting alongside the Imperial Knights and the Empress herself against a legion of Sith! While the others fight for control of the galaxy, Ania fights to save her friend—Imperial Knight Jao Assam, who has been enslaved by the dark side!
“Star Wars: Legacy is essential reading for any Star Wars fan, and it’s one of the best tie-in comics on shelves at the moment. Highly recommended.”—All-Comic