Dark Horse Comics will be partnering with Disney on an upcoming mini-series based on their animated feature Frozen. The mini-series will be the first of many comics based on Disney's properties that Dark Horse will produce in the coming year, though details on specific series to expect are still pending.
The largest independent comic publisher in the United States, Dark Horse Comics was founded in 1986. Dark Horse achieved early prominence by being one of the first publishers to license Japanese comics, such as Lone Wolf and Cub, for American release. The publisher also became famous for producing comics based on popular film franchises and television series, such as Alien, Predator, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Conan the Barbarian and Star Wars. Dark Horse is also the publisher of the Hellboy, Sin City and 300 series.
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Dark Horse Comics announced the new deal in a press release on their website. The new comic is scheduled for release sometime in the summer of 2018 and will center upon Queen Elsa, Princess Anna, Olaf and Kristoff teaming with "a mysterious, adventurous young woman" to restore peace to the land in the wake of untold destruction and unrest in a neighboring kingdom. The comic will be written by writer Joe Caramagna with art by artists from the Kawaii Creative Studio - both of whom have worked on earlier Disney-based comics for Joe Books and IDW.
"We are incredibly excited to collaborate with Disney on this great project," said Mike Richardson, Dark Horse president and founder. "Frozen has legions of fans, many of whom are here at Dark Horse. I've personally enjoyed repeated viewings with my granddaughter, and I look forward to sharing this new series with her."
This news raises several questions and offers many exciting possibilities. Recently, Disney announced their intention to bring more characters from the reality of Star Wars: Legends (formerly the Star Wars Expanded Universe) into the Star Wars canon. Disney also owns Marvel Comics, who have been exclusively publishing Star Wars comics since Disney acquired Lucasfilm Ltd. in 2012. It's possible that Disney's deal with Dark Horse could be part of a larger agreement that might ease legal conflicts over Disney's use of characters that were originally created by Lucasfilm in partnership with Dark Horse or Dark Horse's efforts to reprint their classic Star Wars comics.
Disney's recent merger with 20th Century Fox also bears consideration in regards to the Dark Horse/Disney partnership. With Disney now controlling licensing rights to Fox properties that Dark Horse have worked on in the past, it seems likely that we could soon be seeing more materials based on those franchises as a result of this partnership and not just new comics based on Disney's animated movies and cartoons. Of course Disney is already licensing their properties to comic companies besides Marvel (IDW is currently publishing a comic based on the new DuckTales cartoon, for instance) but this is still exciting news for those hoping for more Alien vs. Predator comics in 2018. The only certainty in all of this seems to be the success of the upcoming Frozen comic, as die-hard fans seem unable to "Let It Go" over four years after its release.
Source: Dark Horse Comics