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oday, there has been a big shake up in Star Wars comics publishing. Since Disney took over the franchise in 2014, Marvel has been publishing the adult comic series while they have licensed out the all-ages format to IDW Publishing. There have been rumors circulating for a while that IDW would no longer be fulfilling that role, and it seems to have been confirmed this morning.

Dark Horse will be taking over the all-ages comics starting in spring of 2022. Dark Horse has a long history with Star Wars, having published for the franchise starting in the 1990s through 2014. Some of the most notable series were Star Wars: Republic and of course Dark Empire. This change was confirmed via starwars.com.

It is still unclear how the transition will exactly work but, in essence, it seems that Star Wars: Adventures and The High Republic Adventures will effectively be transferred to Dark Horse for the future. The official announcement mentioned there will be stories that take place “from the High Republic through the rise of the First Order.” Based on information from distributors, it appears IDW’s last month will be either February or March. Readers of the current IDW comics should be on the lookout for further news about trade collections. It is possible that some single issues may be uncollected in the transition.

It is also unclear how the digital comics will be handled for the new issues coming forward. It can be assumed that they will all be sold on Comixology. However, we do not know if they may also come to Marvel Unlimited on delay. The Legends Dark Horse comics are available on that service, so it is possible the future ones would be as well.

For continued updates with future comic news, tune into The Cosmic Force live on Wednesday evenings and later on your podcast platform of choice.

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Jacob is a law student living in Indiana. He has been a Star Wars fan for as long as he can remember: growing up with hand-me-down Kenner action figures and the 1995 VHS box set. He currently produces The Cosmic Force podcast, and assists with anything regarding Star Wars comics. In his limited free time, Jacob enjoys craft beer and bar trivia, as well as spending time with his dog Ruby.

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