Gaming Behemoth Embracer Group Outright Buys Dark Horse Comics

Once upon a time, there existed a tiny comic book publisher called Dark Horse Comics. When they first hit comic book spinner racks throughout the world, they had such titles as Dark Horse Presents (an anthology series) and none of my so-called “serious” comic collecting friends took this Oregon-based publishing house seriously at all. How could they when it was obvious to them that the material that really mattered – The X-Men, The Teen Titans, Web of Spider-Man, Crisis on Infinite Earths – was seeing the light of day not from some Johnny-come-lately outfit, but by the venerated Big Two, Marvel and DC. Over time this elitism went the way of All-Flash: Dark Horse began to introduce genuinely exciting stories to their roster in the form of Frank Miller’s Sin City and Hellboy, not to mention their celebrated license to print Star Wars comics at a time when, on the silver screen at least, the Lucas space opera was all but dormant. So it took some time, but eventually the tiny publishing house that could actually did, and did so quite brilliantly.

 Announced by our pals over at The Hollywood Reporter yesterday, Dark Horse Comics has officially been sold lock, stock and smoking barrel to the Swedish video game behemoth known as the Embracer Group which sounds sort of like an alternative Oprah-like New Age healing program. But hey, as long as their check clears, who can really complain?

Dark Horse Big Wheel (and CEO) Mike Richardson addressed the sale in a statement before heading out onto the Pacific in his newly purchased yacht, saying that “The synergies that exist with the Embracer network of companies promise exciting new opportunities not only for Dark Horse, but also for the creators and companies we work with. I’ve had a number of compelling conversations with Embracer CEO Lars Wingefors and I’m very impressed with him and what he and his team have built. I have to say, the future for our company has never looked brighter.”

Richardson has been with Dark Horse for eons, having founded the company back in 1986 and, my quip of mansion shopping and the like to the side, will remain at the helm of the comic book publishing house.

 Vents wishes only the best of luck with this new union between Dark Horse Comics and the Embracer Group; Excelsior!

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