The Future Of Star Wars Is Coming To An EndS

Dark Horse's Star Wars: Legacy comic has been surprisingly great, telling the story of a distant descendant of Luke Skywalker who's neither Jedi nor Sith. And now Dark Horse is pulling the plug. To quote Luke's daddy, "Nooooooooooooooooooooooo!"

We've been enjoying the hell out of Star Wars: Legacy since it launched, despite some confusing soap-opera stuff about exactly who turned out to be whose mother. The Skywalker line turns out to culminate in a total scumbag named Cade Skywalker, who's a drug-addicted pirate with no love for either side of the Sith/Jedi divide. Cade's douchiness does sometimes get a bit annoying, but just when you're ready to fire him as your protagonist, he goes and does something totally awesome. And all of the wrangling and scheming between the Jedi, the Imperial Knights, the Sith, the Empire, the Imperial Mission, and so on, gets more and more byzantine and glorious as it goes along. And any issue featuring the improbable heroics of Admiral Gar Stazi is automatically a keeper.

So we're pissed and sad that Dark Horse is pulling the plug on this comic with issue #50, essentially foreclosing the far future of the Star Wars universe. Writes Dark Horse:

In 2006, Dark Horse Comics launched Star Wars: Legacy #1, with covers by Adam Hughes, story by John Ostrander, and art by Jan Duursema. Over the last four years we've seen people embrace the tales of Cade Skywalker-a direct descendant of Luke, a rogue Jedi, and a bounty hunter. Much to our delight, Cade quickly became a favorite among comics fans and Star Wars enthusiasts.

Unlike other publishers, Dark Horse has never been one for prolonging a series simply to do so. Our comics come from a place of creativity and artistic expression, and this applies to all of our titles, whether creator owned or licensed property.

One of our promises to ourselves, our fans, and George Lucas himself was that we would treat our line of Star Wars books with the highest level of respect. We hope that you'll agree that we've achieved this goal, and trust you'll take our word when we say that we'll continue to strive for such high standards.

We are proud to say that the quality of Star Wars: Legacy has never dropped. John Ostrander and Jan Duursema have consistently created issue after issue of excellent art for nearly four years straight. Very few creators can claim such landmark success, and we hope John and Jan are as proud as we are of delivering such great material.

We have never felt that John and Jan's work dipped below the benchmark of fine sequential art. So, it was a hard, but ultimately necessary, decision to close this chapter of the Star Wars universe with issue #50.

The words "Bantha Fodder" come to mind. [Dark Horse on Facebook via Comic Book Resources]