STAR WARS' MARVEL Era Begins This Week With Digital Releases

Star Wars: Tag & Bink Were Here
Star Wars: Tag & Bink Were Here
Credit: Marvel Comics
Star Wars; Dark Empire Trilogy
Star Wars; Dark Empire Trilogy
Credit: Marvel Comics

While the "official" beginning of the new Marvel era of the Star Wars comic book license isn't set to begin until the release of next week's Star Wars #1, Marvel has started a bit early. A flurry of digital collections of Dark Horse era titles have hit comiXology under the Marvel banner. In a marketing email, comiXology states there's "over 8,000 pages" of Star Wars comics online, but judging by the sheer number of collections -- it could be twice that much.

In addition to collections Marvel has already announced will be reprinted, the Star Wars comics now on comiXology include Brian Wood's recent Star Wars series set just after the events of the original movie, the comic adaptation of George Lucas' first draft of the movie The Star Wars, the manga adaptations of the Star Wars movies, and also some cult favorites like the comedic Star Wars: Tag & Bink Were Here.

This would be the first time these Star Wars comics have been available through comiXology. Unlike many comics publishers, Dark Horse doesn't sell digital editions of its comic books through the Amazon-owned company; instead, it hosted them on its own standalone application. While Dark Horse no longer has the license, anyone who purchased Star Wars comics on their app can continue to access and read those issues, although they cannot buy more through Dark Horse.

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