C2E2: Dark Horse Presents Mass Effect & Star Wars

The company leads the way with George Lucas' space epic, but predicts Mass Effect will be just as big.

Blair Marnellby Blair Marnell

C2E2: Dark Horse Presents Mass Effect & Star Wars

Dark Horse held court twice at the C2E2, first during the "Video Games and Comics" panel in which the panelists announced some of their ambitious plans for "Mass Effect" comics.
 
Although the details and even the name of the next project remains unrevealed, Dark Horse editor David Marshall and Director of Publicity Jeremy Atkins confirmed that a new "Mass Effect" series will be published later this year. And the pair were noticeably excited about the project before Marshall predicted that the "unfolding "Mass Effect" universe may soon rival "Star Wars" in terms of scope and size. Atkins also noted that some of the "Mass Effect" comics are already outselling a few "Star Wars" comics through Dark Horse’s digital distribution.
 
John Jackson Miller, a writer for both the "Star Wars" and "Mass Effect" comics was also onstage and he spoke about writing prequels for the game that actually figure into the overall continuity of the franchise. He jokingly referred to asking BioWare for a list of unimportant characters he could kill in his titles.
 
Atkins and Marshall also indicated that Dark Horse is currently speaking with a number of game publishers about working together and they seemed enthusiastic about the potential deals that may come out of that.
 
But "Star Wars" comics still play an important role at Dark Horse, and during the Star Wars/Dark Horse 20th Anniversary panel, the major announcement was a new series; "Star Wars: Agent of The Empire" by legendary comic scribe John Ostrander ("Star Wars Legacy"). "Agent of The Empire" will take place three years before the first "Star Wars" movie ("A New Hope") with Leia, Winter and Isard in supporting roles. The lead character is Jahan Cross, with other characters from the original trilogy slated to appear. The series will launch in December.
 
Ostrander and Jan Duursema are also working on a new "Star Wars" title that is currently unannounced. However, it will not be a follow up to their "Star Wars Legacy" series.
 
Miller also has a new "Star Wars" series coming up: "Knight Errant: Deluge;" which will feature the return of Kerra Holt, a lone Jedi in Sith controlled space during the Old Republic era.