Over the last few years, especially most recently, Dark Horse Comics has taken a number of blows in regards to various properties that the company licensed jumping ship to competitors. There was Star Wars to Marvel in 2015 and just last year they lost both the Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Firefly licenses to Boom Studios.
Now they are losing another pretty major character/series.
As reported by the New York Times, Stan Sakai and his 17th Century samurai rabbit Usagi Yojimbo are leaving behind their home at Dark Horse, since 1995, and hopping over to IDW Publishing for a brand new monthly series. Along with the monthly series IDW will begin publishing full-colored collected editions of Usagi’s adventures which began in 1984.
Dark Horse had previously brought their series with the rabbit samurai to a close in January 2018 with issue #165 only to relaunch a brand new series shortly after to try and bring in new readers.
“[Usagi Yojimbo is] mainly fantasy and action and adventure, but there’s a lot of teaching there too,” Sakai told the NYT. “I draw from that history and culture and folklore to make my stories.”
Interestingly enough, that now means that Usagi shares a publishing home with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, a franchise that he has crossed over with multiple times in various formats.
Usagi Yojimbo from IDW arrives in June.