Lit What differences do you expect between Dark Horse and Marvel?

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  1. Alixen

    Alixen Jedi Master star 4

    Aug 7, 2003
    Well, it was a good run, but the future is once more clouded by the dark side of the force.

    Marvel is a different beast, obviously, to what it was with the old comics. But honestly, I've not kept up with any of the Marvel comics in a long time, so I have no idea what to expect from writers to just how far those writers are allowed to push. So, when the license swaps... what do you think will be the 'limit'?

    Will the skimpy slave outfits be visible? Will slaves come up as plot points? Will be see the deaths of sentient beings on-page? How clearly? 'Can they' show terribly grim scenes like the last stand of the Padawans of Jabbiim? Regenerating bounty hunters holding Jedi under lava? The visual effect of an engineered plague on gungans? Torture of characters? Sith gimp masks? Drug addicts in the bowls of slums? Implications of underage sex? Near and implied rape? Cannibalism (though as in sentient eating sentient, as this is SW)? Cannibalism of a child?

    These are all areas that under Dark Horse the comics were allowed to delve into, no matter how subtle they were, and often not at all. The latter example is in Dark Times; a noble devoured the child of one of the side characters, and has supposedly done so many times before. It's not sugar coated.

    I know Marvel has had its darkness. A lot of its characters aren't exactly modest or discerning with who they share a bed with, I recall plenty of blood and death in the older Wolverine comics, and skimpy superhero outfits are practically a trope of comics. But Dark Horse got dark at points. I'm just pondering whether Disney will reign Marvel in if they even do want to approach things the same way.

    While I myself haven't enjoyed all of Dark Horses stories in the SW universe (I like an element of hope if there is to be darkness, as the films had, but sometimes that was lacking like Jabbiim.) but over all they have delivered some of the strongest and most striking stories in the entire EU, and that they pulled no punches allowed me to enjoy them as an adult, and not just a man-child reliving his days of making lightsaber noises in the back garden. Some of their fare was right up there with some of the more mature shows on TV.

    The Clone Wars TV show itself wasn't bad though, in that regard, so it may just have been an approach of the Lucas corp that may stay in effect. We had beheadings, clear and obvious shots of lightsabers cleaving through bodies (even if no none-cyber limbs flew), slave outfits, and so forth. And this was on cartoon network.

    Opinions? What are we due for, looking at Marvels modern releases? I'm moderately hopeful that not a great deal will change, but we'll have to see.

    A side worry I have is art quality. Marvel (and DC) have such a vast array of writers, some on several projects at once, that i'm worried we will never again get anything as stunning as the early volumes of Dark Times and KOTOR.
  2. Vthuil

    Vthuil Force Ghost star 5

    Jan 3, 2013
    I'm not at all worried about "darkness" (frankly I think people stress it way too much in Star Wars anyway). What I am concerned about is the likelihood of much less ambitious stories.
  3. Zorrixor

    Zorrixor Force Ghost star 6

    Sep 8, 2004
    Like you, I've no idea what Marvel's comics are actually like.

    That aside, whether the licence had stayed with Dark Horse or switched to Marvel, I expect the content for the near future would have been predominantly the same thing: direct sequel tie-ins. They're going to want to push the new era and new characters big time, so to a large extent I doubt the change in publisher would have made much difference for the next two or three (at least) years anyway.

    We might have been able to get some better endings to DOTJ and Legacy Vol 2, etc, rather than things being rushed, but aside from that? I wasn't expecting anything that adventurous even under Dark Horse.
  4. Havac

    Havac Former Moderator star 7 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

    Sep 29, 2005
    Different logos. I'm pretty confident on that one.
  5. CooperTFN

    CooperTFN TFN EU Staff Emeritus star 6 VIP

    Jul 8, 1999
  6. TrandoJedi

    TrandoJedi Jedi Master star 4

    May 4, 2011
    Crossovers, a ridiculous amount of crossovers. I'm sure there will be an abundance of Brian Michael Bendis as well.

    Hopefully nothing will change and the comic stories will continue to be the best of the NU just as they were usually the best of the EU. Knowing Marvel, I fear of double shipping and other garbage.
  7. Jedi Ben

    Jedi Ben Chosen One star 7

    Jul 19, 1999
    It's very hard to say.

    Marvel have been, in terms of number of titles and shipping frequency, quite conservative o the licenced properties of Oz and Dark Tower, so if that is applied to SW, there may not be the amount of material people expect.

    On the other hand, if they applied their current superhero operating model to SW, you could expect:
    • Double-shipping on books - all at $3.99
    • A group of SW titles
    • A regular event story tying the group together once a year at a minimum
    • Frequent status quo shake-ups
    One element common to both strands is this: Marvel have a talent for assembling very good creative teams:
    • Dark Tower: Started with Peter David, Jae Lee, Richard Isanove
    • Oz: Creative combo of Eric Shanower and Skottie Young
    I would expect them to assemble some very good teams that would be very well-suited to the properties, who they'd be at this point is anyone's guess though.

    As to trades, buy those reasonably quickly as Marvel's trade policy is far more erratic than DHC, but they may issue SW in OHC collections too - those, if done right, would be hard to turn down.
  8. mes520

    mes520 Jedi Master star 4

    Nov 3, 2012
    I'm not sure, but maybe that's what worries me.
  9. DelRiego

    DelRiego Jedi Grand Master star 4

    Mar 12, 2002
    I expect the worst: crossovers with the ridiculous Marvel U, superfluous stories with no consequences, pointless stuff done for shock-value, what-ifs, ripoffs of beloved characters, a lot of one-shots related to the movies, very little delving into other eras, etc; and foremost, work done as hired guns, without the "spark" and enthusiasm DH put into it .

    So, expectations so low, they will probably surprise me with the first competent thing they put out.
  10. Force Smuggler

    Force Smuggler Force Ghost star 7

    Sep 2, 2012
    We won't get galaxy shaping/daring comics like KOTOR, Legacy, TOTJ, DE, DOTJ will we? Sigh. Going to miss that kind of stuff.
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  11. Cushing's Admirer

    Cushing's Admirer Force Ghost star 7

    Jun 8, 2006
    I don't think darkness should be cut from SW but the tone of how it's handled should be. I also hope it's not dark all the time.
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  12. Force Smuggler

    Force Smuggler Force Ghost star 7

    Sep 2, 2012
    Wonder how different the art will be?
  13. Jedi Ben

    Jedi Ben Chosen One star 7

    Jul 19, 1999
    Probably very good whoever is on board for it.

    There's quite a bit of ill-founded panic in this thread.
  14. Qui-Gon3590

    Qui-Gon3590 Jedi Knight star 1

    Jun 10, 2005
    Is anyone in the world excited about DH losing the license? They have done an A+ job or an A at worst. I hate this Disney takeover.
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  15. GrandAdmiralJello

    GrandAdmiralJello Comms Admin ❉ Moderator Communitatis Litterarumque star 10 Staff Member Administrator

    Nov 28, 2000
  16. Matt Skywalker

    Matt Skywalker Jedi Knight star 3

    Apr 26, 2014
    I want this to be a What If ? title.

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  17. Todd the Jedi

    Todd the Jedi Mod and Soliloquist of SWTV star 6 Staff Member Manager

    Oct 16, 2008

    But really, I don't see there being too many differences. We might never get another Kerra Holt or Ania Solo, but I can see some great potential for fun and exciting stories.
  18. TrandoJedi

    TrandoJedi Jedi Master star 4

    May 4, 2011
    Well, I think the quantity part is spot on anyways. ;)
  19. Revanfan1

    Revanfan1 Force Ghost star 6

    Jun 3, 2013
    That's like the coolest thing I've ever seen.
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  20. BigAl6ft6

    BigAl6ft6 Force Ghost star 6

    Nov 12, 2012
    the creative teams will definitely have some "names" in the Marvel comic stable, at least off the jump.

    Peter David writes a lot, a lot, A LOT of Marvel's license stuff. And sci-fi stuff. I think that's actually likely. He said he had a bad experience with Lucasfilm in the past but new regime, he's a Marvel guy, that I can see happening. and I will be very, very happy if that happens.

    Point 1 issues. Those are annoying.

    THINGS WILL NEVER BE THE SAME!! written in the solicits a lot.

    TPB are going to come out over a year after the final issue of the arc finishes. Marvel goes to regular size HC's (or "prestige edition HC's") for first prints on, like, everything. Gotta deal with that one.

    If they let Patton Oswalt write a one-shot based on his pitch, I'd buy 3 copies.
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  21. werpudel

    werpudel Jedi Master star 2

    Dec 4, 2008
    I'm pretty scared of the art they're probably gonna force unto Star Wars. I still recall those mostly awful, only stylized drawings (?) of the first TPBs of the Dark Tower. It nearly ruined the story for me (and I'm one of those who read the books nearly right from the beginning. yes, it's been quite a long ride to get to the end ;)
  22. Vthuil

    Vthuil Force Ghost star 5

    Jan 3, 2013
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  23. King_Kenobi62

    King_Kenobi62 Jedi Knight

    May 7, 2014
    An ultimate universe probably. Honestly I'm more of a DC guy myself and don't read marvel because I feel like every title is in a constant crossover or event so I can't jump in so as long as that doesn't happy with star wars I'll be happy.

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  24. Skaddix

    Skaddix Jedi Grand Master star 5

    Feb 3, 2012
    Darkness aint an issue. The Big 2 is all about being grim, dark and gritty these days
  25. OLeg89

    OLeg89 Jedi Knight

    Mar 11, 2013
    I want to be optimistic because last few years of Marvel superhero stuff are the best in almost a decade since I've started reading comics. Huge amounts of variety of styles, talent and artwork. I even like Bendis' All-New X-Men (it being a very decompressed teenage romcom), which is not something I'd expect myself to say in 2012. Do I want likes of Fraction, Hickman, Aaron, Rucka, Peter David or even Ales Kot (my current favorite among rising stars) doing to Star Wars what they do to MU? I very much do.

    But on the other hand what does Marvel do with other Disney licenses? Well, there's that Disney Kingdoms stuff about... some things I don't recognize. Boom Studios before losing license published new comics (and rather good ones) based on Darkwing Duck, Duck Tales, Rescue Rangers, Pixar properties. Where's all that stuff? Cynic in me says we'll get huge launch with some big name and in 6-12 month there will be one or two books monthly written by Christopher Yost (no disrespect to Mr. Yost intended).

    But I'm an optimist. Always was and always will be =)
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