When Star Wars was purchased by Disney, we all expected them to tap into every possible outlet to show off their new toy. We’ve seen this in the announcements about the movies, the television series and the spinoff films that will act much like the Marvel franchise films act.
But Star Wars has a long and deep tie with the world of comic books, dating back to 1977 when the very first one was published, and Disney is reviving that aspect of the Star Wars universe. According to StarWars.com, beginning in 2015 Marvel will start releasing comic books that tell stories outside of the main films.
This is called the Expanded Universe and has existed for years. It saw a major upswing in the late 80s and through the 90s as fans of the original films were starting to get hungry for more story. This caused books and comic books that tell the story outside of the six films to become very popular as it, as the name suggests, expanded the Star Wars universe.
Disney is reviving that and expanding their new universe with stories that will likely tie into J.J. Abrams Star Wars Episode VII which is due out on December 18, 2015. These stories could go back and possibly even retcon Expanded Universe stories to fit the new vision Disney has for the franchise.
But what we do know for certain is that the Star Wars comic books are going to start hitting the presses once again and we can expect them to be churned out more than ever before.