When Disney bought Star Wars (and, you know, LucasFilm with it) the comics community wondered how long it would take for the Star Wars comics license to disappear from Dark Horse, who have held it for over two decades, to Disney's comics publisher Marvel.
Turns out it was a year and a bit.
Rather reliable Disney blog has the word. Blue Sky Disney reports;
The Suits in the know have determined that no new contracts will be given to Dark Horse after the current ones expire. So all new projects after 2013 will be handled internally by Marvel.Which is about the time we might get Episode Seven...
It's not known yet if titles will be worked into the regular line up, or will Marvel create a special branch of the company that deals with Star Wars. It'll take a couple of years for the old deals to work there course, but the stories that Dark Horse have coming down the pipeline will be the last. And you can expect anything new from Marvel dealing with Star Wars to arrive around 2015.
I remember picking up Dark Empire in 1991. I rather enjoyed it and have dipped into the franchise on and off ever since, and it deservedly won far more critical acclaim that the previous license holder. Becaise, yes, Marvel had the license when the original films were released... and looks like they are getting it back again.
So. Brian Bendis' Han Solo? Frank Cho's Princess Leia? David Mack's Boba Fett? Won't be long...