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Dark Horse Digital Announces “May the 4th Be With You” Sale

SWSTARTERFree starter bundles for new readers, plus a galaxy of Star Wars comics for $30 or $100: reader’s choice!

MAY 2, MILWAUKIE, OR—Hot on the heels of its most successful anniversary sale to date, Dark Horse Digital announces a very special limited offer for Star Wars Day!

Starting today, get blasted into a galaxy far, far away with two amazing May the 4th MegaBundles! One MegaBundle is for devout comics readers, and the other is for the younger Star Wars fan in your life!

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The Star Wars May the 4th MegaBundle places over 3,700 pages of Star Wars comics goodness right at your fingertips.  With 150 digital issues for $100, this bundle includes some of our most popular Star Wars series, such as The Old RepublicCrimson Empire, and Dark Times, as well as some of our newest series, such as Darth Vader and the Cry of Shadows and our hit series Star Wars!

SWKIDSThe Star Wars May the 4th Kids MegaBundle features over 1,000 pages of kid-appropriate digital Star Wars titles for only $30! Hit series such as Star Wars Adventures and The Clone Wars will provide hours of summer entertainment for your little Star Wars fan!

Each MegaBundle also comes with an exclusive digital preview of the upcoming Darth Maul: Son of Dathomir, adapted from unaired episodes of the TV show The Clone Wars! With his Shadow Collective army stalled, Darth Maul calls on Mother Talzin for help and is sent reinforcements—the deadly Nightbrothers! Maul is ready again to take on the Separatist droid army, Count Dooku, and General Grievous in a trio of simultaneous battles! Read more

Dark Horse Previews “Star Wars: Rebel Heist” #1

On April 30, Dark Horse will release the latest in Star Wars comics – Star Wars: Rebel Heist.  As the solicit explains, a young Rebel finds out that his hero Han Solo may not actually be the perfect hero.  Set in the days of the Rebellion, this story is written by Matt Kindt, pencilled by Marco Castiello, inked by Dan Parsons, and colored by Gabe Eltaeb.  Featuring covers by Matt Kindt and Adam Hughes, Star Wars: Rebel Heist #1 goes on sale April 30.  See the preview pages below.

Dark Horse Presents: STAR WARS BLACK FRIDAY!

STAR WARS BLACK FRIDAY!

DARK HORSE STRIKES BACK!

 

For 72 hours, Dark Horse Digital will offer 150 single-issue Star Wars comics for $100! A savings of over $300!

 

1November 22, MILWAUKIE, OR—Dark Horse Comics is rocking Black Friday madness with a very exclusive limited offer for its digital-comics readers . . .

Feast your optic sensors on this year’s Black Friday MegaBundle. For one weekend only, you can get over 150 digital Star Wars comics for the crazy-low price of only $100.

Get classics like The Clone Wars, The Old Republic, and all three arcs of Crimson Empire. Get a taste of Brian Wood’s critically acclaimed Star Wars series.  Your favorite Sith friends are here too, with Darth Maul and Darth Vader series, plus the latest series, Lost Tribe of the Sith. Your favorite bounty hunter, Boba Fett, is here, plus the Imperial spy comic Agent of the Empire. Go back in time to the origins of the Jedi in Dawn of the Jedi, travel to hundreds of years after the films end with Legacy, and more!

Over 3,500 pages of Star Wars goodness! This sale goes live at midnight (PST), Friday, November 29, and runs through midnight, Sunday, December 1.

Get this MegaBundle here: http://goo.gl/bZwZpM, before Chewie punches it, and it jumps to hyperspace!

The free Dark Horse Digital comics app is now available worldwide through all modern web browsers and features cloud storage in both the Android and iOS apps.

Stop by Dark Horse Digital and get all the Star Wars comics you could want and more!

About Dark Horse Digital

Founded in 1986 by Mike Richardson, Dark Horse Comics has grown to become the third-largest comics publisher in the United States and is acclaimed internationally for the quality and diversity of its line. In 2011, the company that revolutionized the comic industry proudly presented its groundbreaking digital-publishing program, Dark Horse Digital.

Having launched with hundreds of titles, Dark Horse Digital offers its most popular titles at an unprecedented value, while providing the highest-quality reading experience possible. Single-issue comics are priced as low as just $0.99, and there is also an extensive list of free introductory #1 issues. Additionally, DH Digital’s “bundles” group together story arcs spanning multiple issues into affordable packages, allowing readers to get the three or four issues that comprise a complete narrative, starting at just $3.99 and up. And through cloud-based technology, Digital Store purchases can be read and enjoyed on your laptop, desktop, mobile browser, and Dark Horse Bookshelf app, available now on iTunes.

To get started, simply log on to Digital.DarkHorse.com or download the app to create an account, and begin building your collection today.

Comic Review: Star Wars #10

StarWars10-CovWhen we last left off our heroes (meaning, Star Wars #9, not the last time I reviewed this comic), Leia had travelled to the remains of Alderaan where she found a derelict ship piloted by the very man who created the Death Star’s primary laser weapon.  Han and Chewie had survived a dog-fight with Boba Fett and are hiding out on Coruscant.  Luke and Wedge had infiltrated the Star Destroyer Devastator while Prithi waits in her X-Wing.

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This issue opens with Luke and Wedge trying to stay alive onboard the Devastator.  Hiding out on the ship has offered the two of them the chance to discuss the current goings-on, in which Wedge envies Luke for having a relationship with Prithi.  Wedge then says not to worry; Prithi won’t let them down because she’s “Rogue Squadron”, thereby establishing (for now) how that popular name came into being.  The most compelling part of this discussion is the end, where Luke says that they got revenge for all who had died when they blew up the Death Star, but Wedge counters saying that it’s not enough.  Not even close.  This gives Wedge a bit more hardened and bitter edge than we saw in any of the movies. Read more

Dark Horse & IDW Comics Preview – October 9, 2013

Here are some selected previews that will be out in comic shops Wednesday, October 9.  These are the books that caught my eye this week.

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Luke Skywalker and Wedge Antilles have infiltrated an Imperial Destroyer. But now nine thousand stormtroopers are searching for them, and Darth Vader is aware of their presence. Completing their mission and escaping with their lives may be an either/or proposition!

Meanwhile, the Rebel fleet prepares for an Imperial assault!

  • Artist Carlos D’Anda returns!
  • Legendary Star Wars cover artist Hugh Fleming!

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NYCC: Dark Horse Announces New York Comic Con Exclusives

OCTOBER 2, MILWAUKIE, OR—New York Comic Con, the largest pop culture event on the Eastern Seaboard, is right around the corner, and Dark Horse is bringing you the latest and greatest in exclusive comics and Dark Horse Deluxe products!

The Star Wars #1 NYCC 2013 Exclusive (Limited Edition of 1,000)

Before Star Wars, there was The Star Wars! This is the authorized adaptation of George Lucas’s rough-draft screenplay of what would eventually become a motion picture that would change the world.

Price: $5.00

Availability: Two per person, while supplies last

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Elfquest: The Final Quest Special NYCC 2013 Exclusive (Limited Edition of 500)

Elfquest is a winner of the Golden Pen Award from the Young Adult Advisory Committee. This special, an oversized prologue to the Elfquest: The Final Quest series, marks thirty years of Elfquest action and adventure!

Price: $10.00

Availability: Two per person, while supplies last

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Domo Qee NYCC 2013 Exclusive (Limited Edition of 1,000)

A 2.5-inch Qee version of Domo unavailable anywhere else, packaged in a color box.

Price: $9.00

Availability: Four per person, all days

NYCC13 CAVEMAN DOMOMake sure to stop by booth #1636 to check out all this awesome stuff, only available at New York Comic Con 2013!

About Dark Horse

Founded in 1986 by Mike Richardson, Dark Horse Comics has proven to be a solid example of how integrity and innovation can help broaden a unique storytelling medium and establish a small, homegrown company as an industry giant. The company is known for the progressive and creator-friendly atmosphere it provides for writers and artists. In addition to publishing comics from top talent, such as Frank Miller, Mike Mignola, Neil Gaiman, Brian Wood, Gerard Way, Felicia Day, and Guillermo del Toro, and comics legends, such as Will Eisner, Neal Adams, and Jim Steranko, Dark Horse has developed its own successful properties, such as The MaskGhostTimecop, and SpyBoy. Its successful line of comics and products based on popular properties includes Star WarsMass Effect, Buffy the Vampire SlayerAliensConanEVE OnlineHaloSerenityGame of Thrones, and Domo. Today Dark Horse Comics is the largest independent comic book publisher in the US and is recognized as one of the world’s leading publishers of both creator-owned content and licensed comics material.

Comic Review: “The Star Wars” #2 (of 8)

Mild spoilers below.

TTSW2-Covhis month’s issue of The Star Wars is the print-version of deja vu.  There is much in this story that will make you think, “… this seems familiar”, because you can start seeing more of how the final version of Star Wars: A New Hope came into being from this first draft.

Case in point: this issue contains a huge space battle.  It’s no surprise.  First, it’s Star Wars – of course there’s a space battle.  Second, the previews from Dark Horse showed it.  What’s interesting about this battle is that it’s obviously the Rebels vs. the Death Star from the end of Star Wars, but it takes place around the time of the Imperial troops storming the Tantive IV.  There is much dialogue in this comic battle that was repurposed and repositioned in both movie battles.  We have references to “Cut off” as opposed to “Cut the chatter!”, “Get back on target!” as opposed to “Stay on target!”.  Two unnamed droids who are obviously the precursors to C-3PO and R2-D2 are caught in the middle of the battle, much like they did on the Tantive IV, only here, R2 speaks in perfect English, er, Basic. Read more

Comic Review – The Star Wars #1 (of 8)

TheStarWars_1_01With The Star Wars #1, J. W. Rinzler and Mike Mayhew take us to a time and place  they call “Longer ago, in a galaxy either further away.”  Adapted from the original screenplay by George Lucas, this comic shows what might have been if Lucas’s original plans hadn’t been altered by several revisions of the script.

What we know as Star Wars: A New Hope started life as The Star Wars, a tale of Jedi-Bendu vs. the Knights of Sith, as the New Empire had hunted down the architects of the Imperial Space Force.  You’ll notice similar themes and characters — Luke, Leia, Jedi, Sith, the Force, the Empire, mechanical prosthetics, wise tutors — but this story from 1974 has them changed so much that you can’t predict what’s going to happen.

J. W. Rinzler has written many books detailing the behind-the-scenes efforts to get the original trilogy on the screen as well as other tomes dealing with the Star Wars saga, so he is a prime candidate to put Lucas’s original story to the comic page.  Mike Mayhew takes a cue from Ralph McQuarrie’s original designs to provide a universe that hints of what was to come, but in many ways is unique and distinct.

Without spoiling anything, let me say I love this comic.  When it was first announced many months ago, I eagerly waited for this day to come.  I love Ralph McQuarrie’s designs; one of my prized collectibles is the McQuarrie Starkiller vs. Vader statue that embodies the familiar concept art.  I can’t wait to see how this might be incorporated into the story in a later issue.  And after having seen Star Wars countless times, it’s great to see something entirely new yet familiar.  Unlike some Expanded Universe stories, you don’t need any foreknowledge to fully enjoy this comic.

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The artwork is crisp and clean, and the story moves along at a crisp pace (almost too fast, actually, but you have to take some pacing liberties when trying to adapt a movie script to a comic).  This story makes me really wish we’d get to see this as a movie; I’d love to see these designs realized.  Star Wars costumers — this is your cue.  I’ve see the McQuarrie Vaders, Starkillers, and Stormtroopers.  I have a feeling this mini-series will provide ample fodder for your talents.

If you are a Star Wars fan, you would do yourself a service to pick up this book.  I wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone who wants a peek into how the inner-workings of

“The Star Wars” #1 Preview on StarWars.com

The official Star Wars website has posted a preview of “The Star Wars #1″.  Go.  Click that link.  Look at the pages.  Then come back here.

Wow.  I love this stuff.  This and “Star Wars Rebels” are two of the big Star Wars projects I’m eagerly anticipating.  (The third is Episode VII, naturally.)  I’m a sucker for Ralph McQuarrie’s concept artwork, so   “Rebels” ticks all the right boxes in the artwork we’ve seen so far.

“The Star Wars”, though, not only fulfills my McQuarrie love but also my love for behind-the-scenes info.  I love the little minutia you find out about on DVD extras.  I love J. W. Rinzler’s behind-the-scenes books on the original Trilogy, so the fact that he’s writing this new series is the cherry on top of this alternate Star Wars sundae.  That analogy breaks down, I know, but go with me here.  These character designs are straight out of the concept art for “Star Wars”; we’ve seen them as drawings, paintings, and even concept figures from Hasbro, but now we’re seeing them in the story that George Lucas initially dreamed.  Jedi-Bendu vs. the Knights of the Sith.  Annikin Starkiller is the main character, Luke is a general.  It’s familiar but completely different.

I can’t wait.

“The Star Wars” #1 debuts September 4; I’ve embedded their preview trailer below.

 

LucasFilm Announces Second Annual Star Wars Read Day!

LUCASFILM LTD., DISNEY PUBLISHING WORLDWIDE AND PUBLISHING PARTNERS ANNOUNCE SECOND ANNUAL STAR WARS READS DAY

Bookstore and library events to be held October 5, 2013

 

swreadsNew York, NY – Lucasfilm, Disney Publishing Worldwide, and its publishing partners announced today the second annual Star Wars Reads Day to be held this October 5, 2013.  Last year, 30 authors and 1,500 costumed volunteers participated in over 1,200 Star Wars Reads Day events across North America.  On October 5 of this year, Star Wars fans, authors, and artists will again come together in this multi-publisher initiative that celebrates reading and Star Wars.  Participating publishing partners include Abrams, Chronicle Books, Dark Horse, Del Rey, DK, Quirk Books, Random House Audio, Scholastic, Titan Magazines, and Workman.

 

Star Wars Reads Day is the kind of initiative that we at Lucasfilm love to support” says Carol Roeder, Director of Publishing at Lucasfilm.  “Reading and Star Wars have gone hand-in-hand since 1976, when the novelization of the original Star Wars movie was released.  Over the years, many fans have discovered the joy in reading through Star Wars books, and we hope to continue encouraging more people to read.”

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