Marvel is now firmly back in control of Star Wars in comic-book form. Thanks to Disney's purchase of Lucasfilm, the publisher is churning out brand-new adventures in a galaxy far, far away, reprinting its original Star Wars adventures from the '70s and contributing to the brand-new Star Wars continuity established in the Disney era that also includes animated series like Star Wars Rebels and, of course, the new films. It's an exciting time if you love both Star Wars and comics, but it doesn't mean we have to forget about what's come before.
Sadly, moving Star Wars back to Marvel meant that Dark Horse Comics, which had been publishing Star Wars stories since 1991, could no longer contribute to the mythos, and it also meant that all of those wonderful Dark Horse adventures were placed in the "Star Wars Legends" category of stories that are no longer canonical. The comics are still out there, though, and many of them are among the most entertaining stories ever dreamed up in the Star Wars universe. Now, thanks to Marvel, many of them are also just a click away.
Marvel announced today that more than 500 Star Wars comics (with more on the way this summer) have just been added to its Marvel Unlimited digital subscription service, including both Marvel comics from 1977-1987 and Dark Horse Comics from throughout that publisher's partnership with Lucasfilm. The Dark Horse selections include everything from Dark Empire to Shadows of the Empire to Star Wars: Legacy and the classic Star Wars X-Wing: Rogue Squadron, and if you have a Marvel Unlimited subscription (which also includes 15,000 or so comics from throughout Marvel history, with more arriving all the time) you can go read them right now.
If you don't have a Marvel Unlimited subscription, or you happen to have let your subscription lapse, Marvel's offering you a free month to dive back in to go with this announcement. Just head HERE and follow the instructions. If you love comics and you love Star Wars, it's an opportunity to binge on both at the same time. And hey, if you need a little help with what to look for, Marvel's got its own handy guides, or you can just listen to Blastr's own Trent Moore.