Wednesday, February 11, 2015

The Rebooting of the Star Wars Expanded Universe

For those of you who do not keep up with such things, the Star Wars expanded universe has returned to Marvel Comics after over twenty-five years. There is logic to this, as both Marvel and Star Wars are now extensions of Disney.

Soon after Disney took over Lucasfilm they went and announced that basically all the Expended Universe (EU) that had been put out there (Nearly three decades of comics, novels, video games and more) is non-canon. That means that all the good and bad that had come out of the EU is meaningless as far as Disney is concerned.  All that matters is the six movies and two Lucasfilm cartoon shows, Clone Wars and Rebels.

With that being done everything was in place to start it all up again with a 100% fresh start.

Last month we got Star Wars issue 1 from Marvel comics. It sold over a million copies. Issue two sold out. Today Issue one of the first spin off series, Darth Vader, came out and is in high demand. Originally Darth Vader was to be a limited series, yet due to the high demand it had already been switched over to an on going series before the first issue came out.

Since these comics are being produced by the company that owns the rights, it would seem that these are to be canon now. I am unable to say if this will be good or not. There is potential there and it should be interesting to see where they go with these new EU storylines.

There was a lot of really good concepts put out there in the past EU that will from here on out be fully ignored. And it is going to feel weird when the new EU covers areas that the old EU already dealt with and we are given a fully new continuity on it all.

So the new Star Wars EU is off to big start. All we can do now is wait and see where it takes us.

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