The Star Wars Farewell Megabundle may mark the end of a comic book era — Dark Horse Comics loses its license to Marvel starting January 1, 2015 — but what a way to go out.
According to the Dark Horse Digital website, it is now possible to buy every Star Wars comic released during the 20-year DH era for the price of $300.
These are digital versions, which can easily be accessed from your iPad or Samsung tablets or other eReading device.
Just to put what an amazing deal this is in perspective, buying each of the 568 items individually would run you $2,714.34. That’s a discount of around 89 percent, but since it’s all digital and Dark Horse can no longer profit from the Star Wars Universe, why the heck not?
“The end of an era closes,” the website states. “We say a fond farewell to Star Wars. The wookies will be missed and bounty hunters will be sad. But take heart young jedi, for these last few days you can seal in carbonite the entire Dark Horse digital library of Star Wars. Get every comic, every panel, every battle in perfect digital format in your collection. Access via the cloud city when ever you want. Many of these comics may never see the force again, or print. Get 20 years of Star Wars comic history at a once in a lifetime price.”
In case you’re wondering what that works out to in terms of page count, the Star Wars Farewell Megabundle consists of a staggering 28,353 pages.
It’s not clear how enthused Disney will be over this sale since they plan to reissue some of the Dark Horse Comics in an alternate-universe trade paperback series entitled the Star Wars Legends Epic Collection. Buying in now would pretty much negate the need to purchase any of these Marvel releases, provided you’re okay with reading comics on a color tablet as opposed to physical form.
Disney has gone on record stating that nothing from the Dark Horse run or the expanded universe will be considered “canon.” Everything non-Legends-affiliated moving forward, will be canon, however, unless otherwise noted.
And this new “canonical” journey begins January 15 with Marvel’s release of Star Wars #1, a title that has already sold one million copies through the direct market, the ComicBook website reports.
Thankfully, per the licensing agreement with Dark Horse and Lucasfilm, customers who purchase Star Wars titles before January 1, 2015, will still be allowed to access their titles even after the license switches to Marvel.
All this builds to Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, which releases in December 2015.
How about it, comic/Star Wars fans? Will you be purchasing the Star Wars Farewell Megabundle before January 1?