Lit Star Wars: Dark Times: Gallery Edition - the last DHC SW Book

Discussion in 'Literature' started by Jedi Ben, Jun 16, 2014.

  1. Jedi Ben Chosen One

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    You know, for a book of this type, $99.99 is actually quite reasonable - they could have charged $125-150!


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  2. Zorrixor Force Ghost

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    I normally don't bother with things like this...

    But. I feel sorry for Dark Horse losing the licence, and think I'll get it to make the point that this stuff was valued and that reprints are worth keeping in circulation.
  3. Todd the Jedi Mod and Inquisitor of SWTV

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    Should have been called Star Wars: Dark Times: Suck It, Marvel!
  4. vong333 Jedi Master

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    I'm going to buy it, not only because I like it, but because man I'm telling you after this dark horse has a problem. If you look at the top 300 comics, there not selling. I would have thought that there Mass Effect and Halo comics would do good, but I guess Master Chief is almost done and the Sentinels aren't good enough to spike sales. When Dark Horse loses the license they are going to hurt.
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  5. Praenomen Cognomen Jedi Master

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    Yeah, if my general understanding of the publishing industry is at all correct, I think Dark Horse will be able to exist as a scaled-back publishing house without any danger of going out of business... but a lot of people are going to lose their jobs.

    They've either gotta go full-force with special imprinted titles like the Hyrule History book that got so much buzz a while back (tough, because it involves convincing franchises with complete control of their properties to make big releases), or they've gotta branch out and stop acquiring all these franchise licenses and instead release some original IP to get some critical acclaim like Image.
  6. Nobody145 Jedi Master

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    Normally that would be a bit too much for me, as while I like the first Dark Times arc a bit, usually not that much. But for Dark Horse's last book, I'll make an exception and try to pick this up. I'm sure going to miss Dark Horse Star Wars comics, only another half a year for their books.
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  7. GrandAdmiralJello Moderator Communitatis Litterarumque

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    Yeah Dark Times is not my favorite line (and I still blame it for the loss of Invasion and AotE) but... as DH's last SW product and as an interesting concept, I think this is worth looking into for the reasons others have mentioned.


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  8. Jedi Ben Chosen One

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    IF monthly comics was the sole revenue stream for them, perhaps but it isn't.

    You can't not consider the effect of trade sales and manga - both of those mean DHC are likely to be just fine due to the mix of other product lines they have.

    Changing tack, for a better idea of how the book is likely to be have a look at this article on the IDW Artists Edition of Daredevil: Born Again:
    http://www.tcj.com/some-thoughts-on-david-mazzucchellis-daredevil-born-again-artists-edition/
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  9. Zorrixor Force Ghost

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    @Ben, something your thread title made me wonder: if this is the "last book", are we still going to see any trades for the final Legacy arc, etc, before this Dark Times volume, or... are those not happening?
  10. Jedi Ben Chosen One

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    Covered in DHC's August solicits Zorr!

    The last trades are due Oct-Nov
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  11. Havac Former Moderator

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    Credit. Credit it for the loss of Invasion.
  12. Zorrixor Force Ghost

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    Careful @Havac Kaye Galfridian will come and smack you around for saying something like that.
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  13. GrandAdmiralJello Moderator Communitatis Litterarumque

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    The Galfridians were wearisome but I really liked seeing the Solo babies before they were all dead. :(


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  14. Darth_Henning Jedi Master

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    I really have little interest in the actual book. But the part of me that loves the last 36 years of Star Wars wants to get it simply for completeness and to thank Dark Horse for all they did with the license.
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  15. BoromirsFan Jedi Master

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    while it may be PR i thought i heard something about them saying that star wars made up only 6 percent of their revenue?

    another poster said master chief is ending... I don't follow halo comics but there is a halo collection coming this fall and halo 5 next year. I believe Halo hype is going up because of this.

    as for dark horse focusing more on their own properties, I believe they should try balancing that while also increasing the scale of their current licenses.

    Perhaps try bugging whedon to make more firefly/serenity books. Expand Dragon age, the last airbender more, halo, etc.

    I really hope losing star wars doesnt ruin them.

    Edit: while normally I'd buy this in a heartbeat since this is their last book, by the time this comes out I will have spent so much on their star wars line that I don't think I can justify spending 100 bucks on this.

    I'll just have to wait for your impressions/
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  16. Barriss_Coffee Chosen One

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    I think I'm going to dress up as the Dark Horse logo for CVII and carry this book around. I'll haunt the Marvel stands and silently hold the book open to key pages when people pass by. I should probably bring one of those Panel to Panels too. Be the creepy mime Dark Horseman.
  17. Rogue Five Jedi Padawan

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    Do it while riding a black horse to complete the effect.
    Also, I now want to see someone dress up as the dark horse logo.
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  18. Vthuil Jedi Grand Master

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    I'm that oddball who never liked Dark Times, but I really want to buy this just as a sort of farewell thing.
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  19. Havac Former Moderator

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    And she would be a mighty hero.

    Ugh. Worst comic.
  20. Dr. Steve Brule Jedi Master

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    They really missed the boat by not having Frank Miller actually finish those new 300 and Sin City comics he's been talking about for years, to coincide with the new movie releases.
  21. Gorefiend Force Ghost

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    They likely tried, but Frank properly ate the people they send, or worse he forced them to watch the Spirit movie.
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  22. Jedi Ben Chosen One

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    Nah, they just got monologued.

    A really bad one.
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  23. The2ndQuest Tri-Mod With a Mouth

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    Uh, yeah, this has my attention- how did I miss this announcement?

    The Path to Nowhere may not be the peak of the Dark Times series (obviously that would be Blue Harvest) but it was asolid start, but that's not really important here- the key thing is we're getting full-sized Wheatley art! That's major! There's a reason it convinced the company to massively delay publication of issues just to maintain that level of art throughout the majority of the series. The detail the guy put into his stuff (especially the earlier arcs) was incredible on the regular page, so it'll be very interesting to see what other details pop at full-scale.
  24. Alixen Jedi Master

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  25. BoromirsFan Jedi Master

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    I apologize if this is the wrong place for discussion, but did anyone think that Dark Times had it's strongest Wheatley art at the beginning (Into the Unknown/Path to Nowhere) and ended with lackluster art (for Wheatley) in A spark remains?


    A Spark Remains art just seemed slightly off and less vibrant compared to Wheatley's previous works.
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