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July 2009

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The following news items were posted on Star Wars Books during July 2009:

Comic News: Stradley reveals one-shot titles:
Posted: 29th July
As announced at San Diego Comic-Con, Dark Horse Comics will release two one-shot Star Wars comics later this year. Writing on the Dark Horse Message Boards, editor Randy Stradley, stated: One of them is Invasion #0 (the online material with six new story pages). The other is "Purge 2" -- a new Vader vs. Jedi story.
Invasion #0 is already slated for release on October 14th, but we await further news and release for Purge 2. The original Purge was released as a one-shot in December 2005 and is set just after the events of Revenge of the Sith as Vader tries to hunt down Obi-Wan Kenobi.
(Source: DarkHorseMessageBoards[External site - opens in a new window/tab] via StarWarsTimeline.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


Media News: SDCC updates:
Posted: 24th July (UPDATED: 25th July)
Dark Horse Comics to release two one-shot Star Wars comics
[External site - opens in a new window/tab] this Winter, each to retail at $3.50, a glimpse of the cover for The Making of The Empire Strikes Bac[External site - opens in a new window/tab] (due March 2010), and intrigue concerning Abrams Books and ACME Archives 2010 joint venture - Star Wars: Visions[External site - opens in a new window/tab].
(Sources: via StarWarsTimeline.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab] & ClubJade.net[External site - opens in a new window/tab])

The sixth Fate of the Jedi book will be titled Vortex; the third Lost Tribe of the Sith story will be available next month (about same time as Abyss's release); Timothy Zahn's 20th anniversary novel will be released in October 2011; Blood Oath is postponed indefinitely but not cancelled; new edition and downloadable content for The Force Unleashed videogame.
(Source: EUCantina.net[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


Comic News: Star Wars comics on iTunes, soon - an update:
Posted: 24th July
Following our story of 30th June, in a recent chat with ComicBookResources.com, Randy Stradley discussed Dark Horse Comics' the material expected to be made available for the iPhone/iPod Touch is: Empire: Betrayal (released as 4 downloadable chapters), Legacy: Broken (as 2 chapters) and The Clone Wars: Shipyards of Doom (as 1 single download).
No confirmed date for the launch of the downloads.
(Source: ComicBookResources.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


Media News: The Force Unleashed expands with new DLC mission pack and game:
Posted: 24th July
LucasArts have announced a new retail version of The Force Unleashed for XBox 360 and Playstation 3 titled The Force Unleashed: Ultimate Sith Edition. This combines the original The Force Unleashed videogame and three new levels to create the definitive ultimate-evil storyline of the events that occurred between the two classic Star Wars movie trilogies. The additional content includes two levels set on Coruscant and Tatooine previously only available via direct download, and an all-new exclusive level available only in the Ultimate Sith Edition package. The exclusive level concludes the "Infinities" storyline set up in the Tatooine mission, as the Secret Apprentice is sent to the planet Hoth on a crusade to crush the Rebellion once and for all. While on Hoth, players face Luke Skywalker himself while visiting iconic locations seen in Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back.
LucasArts have also announced a new downloadable content (DLC) mission pack for The Force Unleashed on XBox 360 and Playstation 3 set on Tatooine: the mission begins at the end of the story of The Force Unleashed and re-imagines the Star Wars Saga as if the Secret Apprentice had killed Darth Vader and taken his place at the Emperor's side, becoming the most powerful Sith Lord in the universe. The story picks up as the Emperor sends his new apprentice to the planet Tatooine to dispatch Obi-Wan Kenobi -- who has been hiding on the planet ever since the events of Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith. During their hunt for the reclusive Jedi, players will also explore the depths of Jabba the Hutt's palace and encounter notorious bounty hunter Boba Fett.
The Force Unleashed: Ultimate Sith Edition should be available this Winter while the Tatooine DLC mission pack should be available in the Fall.
Finally, The Force Unleashed will be available for PC and Apple computers.
(Source: StarWars.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


Book News: The Force Unleashed paperback released today in UK:
Posted: 24th July
The Force Unleashed paperback is released today in the UK.

Media News: Create your own Death Troopers trailer video:
Posted: 23rd July
To promote the upcoming Star Wars horror novel from Joe Schreiber, Death Troopers, publisher Del Rey have announced the Star Wars Death Troopers Fan Video Trailer Contest
[External site - opens in a new window/tab]. The winner, the trailer that best brings the book alive for potential readers, will win a library of Star Wars books[External site - opens in a new window/tab].
Visit DeathTroopers.com
[External site - opens in a new window/tab] for full details.


Book News: The Clone Wars book releases for 23rd July:
Posted: 23rd July
Released today in the US are four new The Clone Wars titles from Grosset & Dunlap for younger readers: The Lost Legion is the second Decide Your Destiny US title, The Battle for Ryloth and Captured are adaptations of TV episodes, while The Dark Side is an activity book.


Media News: Invasion creators interviewed at EUCantina.net:
Posted: 22nd July
Invasion creators Tom Taylor, writer and Colin Wilson, artist have been interviewed by affiliate EUCantina.net. You can read the interview here
[External site - opens in a new window/tab].


Book News: The Clone Wars book releases for 20th July:
Posted: 20th July
Released today in the US are three The Clone Wars titles from DK Publishing for younger readers. There are the two 'Readers', Forces of Darkness and Jedi in Training, as well as Ultimate Battles: Sticker Collection.

Book News: First look at Crosscurrent:
Posted: 17th July
StarWars.com have posted the cover and a short synopsis for Paul S. Kemp's first Star Wars book, Crosscurrent: An ancient Sith ship hurtles into the future carrying a lethal cargo that could forever destroy Luke Skywalker's hopes for peace.
The Civil War is almost over when Jedi Knight Jaden Korr experiences a Force vision so intense he must act. Enlisting two salvage jocks and their ship, Jaden sets out into space. Someone, or something, appears to be in distress
... read more
Crosscurrent will be published in paperback on 26th January 2010 (US) and 4th February (UK).
(Source: StarWars.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


Comic News: Hunting the Hunters part 2 now online at StarWars.com:
Posted: 17th July
StarWars.com have published the second part in a two part short comic story set between Seasons One and Two of The Clone Wars animated series. Hunting the Hunters begins immediately after the events of Episode 22: Hostage Crisis when Cad Bane has successfully secured the release of Ziro the Hutt. You can view this comic story here
[External site - opens in a new window/tab].


Book News: Blood Oath rescheduled for March release:
Posted: 17th July
Blood Oath, Elaine Cunningham's Invincible follow-up and Fate of the Jedi prequel story, has had a turbulent time recently, but it looks like this paperback novel may yet finally be released as Del Rey have now rescheduled its US release for March 23rd 2010 following a period of postponement and rumours of cancellation. UK readers can expect it early April.
(Source: RandomHouse.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


Media News: StarWars.com announce US release of The Clone Wars Season 1 DVD and Blu-Ray box-sets:
Posted: 16th July
StarWars.com have announced that the official US release date for The Clone Wars Season 1 DVD and Blu-Ray box-sets will be 3rd November. In their press statement, LucasFilm Animation & Warner Bros. stated that the box-sets will feature:
•Seven Director's Cut Episodes: Rising Malevolence, Shadow of Malevolence, Lair of Grievous, Rookies, Storm Over Ryloth, Innocents of Ryloth and Liberty on Ryloth
•22 Episodic Featurettes that go behind-the-scenes with Supervising Director Dave Filoni and crew about the making-of each episode 
•Spectacular 64-page production journal that includes early sketches, artist notes, and concept art from each episode from Season One
•Blu-ray Exclusive - The Jedi Temple Archives: An extensive database exploring test footage, early concept art, 3-D character and object turnarounds and early animation. The Archives is a rare look at the assets in various stages of creation for The Clone Wars, with a wealth of surprises and never-before seen moments sprinkled throughout.
As yet no official word of international releases, although UK release should be around same time.
(Source: StarWars.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab])

Book News: The Clone Wars releases for 15th July:
Posted: 15th July
Released today is The Art of Star Wars: The Clone Wars from Chronicle Books (US only, released in UK on 22nd July by Titan Books), featuring more than 400 pieces of concept art and exclusive interviews, including a sneak peek at Season II. It presents the story's development through the eyes of the animators, sketch artists, writers, designers, producers, and directors. It is also available as a limited edition with three gatefolds with exclusive behind-the-scenes content, and a special vellum envelope with eight full-sized portfolio artworks by the series artists.
Also released today is The Clone Wars #7 from Dark Horse Comics, beginning a new three-issue story, the Republic’s air superiority on the world of Khorm is rendered moot by storms of unnatural origin. Grounded, Jedi Kit Fisto and Plo Koon plan a daring assault mission with a squad of tougher-than-nails Republic Commandos. But if going up against determined and dug-in Separatist forces wasn’t enough, the Jedi must also contend with a glory-seeking young Republic officer in their midst, Captain Kendal Ozzel.

Comic News: Comics for October:
Posted: 15th July
StarWars.com have posted solicitations from Dark Horse Comics for their October releases. They include Invasion #4Dark Horse Comics' new series set during the Yuuzhan Vong invasion of The New Jedi Order. The two-part Invasion prelude will be collected in Invasion #0 plus an extra 6-pages of new action. Also released in October is Knights of the Old Republic #46, the conclusion of the two-part storyline Destroyer, that sees Zayne returning to the Crucible, determined to end the brutality they promote in their business; while Legacy #41 is a new story featuring Rogue Squadron.
(Source: StarWars.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab])

Media News: Legacy's John Ostrander fighting blindness:
Posted: 13th July
Legacy writer John Ostrander is reportedly fighting blindness caused by glaucoma. According to Comicmix.com: 27-year veteran of the comics field, Ostrander, has long been suffering from glaucoma. Recently, John underwent a series of operations that might have saved his remaining eyesight. Progress has been made but he faces considerably more treatment in the months ahead. Unfortunately Ostrander has faced mounting medical bills in his treatment, so an auction will be held at the Chicago Comic-Con (nee Wizard World Chicago) the evening of Saturday, August 8, 2009 to raise funds for Ostrander. A committee has been organized called Comix4Sight
[External site - opens in a new window/tab]. Solicitations for the benefit auction, to be held at Chicago Comic Con have gone out, and the response from the comics community has been overwhelming...full story[External site - opens in a new window/tab]
For more details and information on how to help John, visit Comix4Sight.com
[External site - opens in a new window/tab].
(Source: ComicMix.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab])

Book News: Titan Books' UK summer releases:
Posted: 9th July
Titan Books have released their press announcements for this summer's UK releases featuring The Art of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Wars: The Force Unleashed paperback release and Star Wars: The Essential Atlas:

The Art of Star Wars: The Clone Wars [22nd July, £24.99] richly illustrates a galaxy far away, the unique characters that battle within it and the awe-inspiring visuals that light up the screen. Featuring exclusive interviews and more than 400 pieces of concept art, this in-depth and beautifully produced volume covers Lucasfilm Animation's groundbreaking animated feature and the first season of the wildly successful TV series, as well as a sneak peek at the show's highly anticipated second season.
Take a journey with the creative men and women of Lucasfilm Animation and discover the challenges, triumphs and innovations of the studio's first animated venture.
The only book about the making of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, this full-colour hardback is bursting with hundreds of pieces of exclusive Star Wars artwork. From development to final imagery, this volume explores the creatures, planets and vehicles of the movie and the show, as well detailed looks at the characters - including Anakin, Obi-Wan, Yoda and Mace Windu.
With a Foreward by George Lucas and an introduction by supervising director Dave Filoni, this book is a must for fans of Star Wars, cutting-edge animation and beautiful artwork.

Uncover every detail of best-selling Next Generation LucasArts videogame, as Titan Books brings fans the full story of the 'Dark Times' in the paperback edition of the New York Times bestselling official novelisation, Star Wars: The Force Unleased [24th July, £7.99]!
Winner of the 2009 Writers Guild Award for Videogame Writing, Star Wars: The Force Unleashed is set between Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope, delving into the previously unexplored period when Darth Vader was at the height of his power.
This gripping action-adventure finds the Jedi order crushed under the hand of Emperor Palpatine, who seeks to dominate the galaxy using the iron fist of Darth Vader. But Vader cannot control an entire galaxy alone and has selected his own apprentice from among those gifted with Force-sensitive abilities. As the fate of the galaxy hangs in the balance, this new apprentice must choose his own destiny.

Take a galaxy-spinning journey through every system of Star Wars space, from the core worlds to the outer rim with Star Wars: The Essential Atlas [28th August, £19.99]!
The first book to map the entire galaxy, this full-colour Atlas is broken into three comprehensive sections:
The Political Galaxy - including sections on The Core Worlds, The Galaxy's Population and Client States of the Empire
Planets of the Galaxy
The Atlas of Galactic History - with chapters on Before the Republic, Ancient Mysteries of the Galaxy, The Mandalorian Wars and The Hydian Way.
Featuring individual star maps as well as a master map of the entire galaxy, this essential guide incorporates information from every incarnation of Star Wars - including the feature films, video games, comics and novels - presenting profiles of all the planets, with information on trouble spots, attractions and trade routes. Authors Daniel Wallace and Jason Fry also detail, through maps and essays, the political makeup of the galaxy and how historical changes have affected travel.
Covering everything from Alderaan to Zonama Sekot, this book takes readers on a trip that's guaranteed to expand the horizons of even the most well-versed Star Wars fan.


Book News: Del Rey's schedule for San Diego Comic Con:
Posted: 8th July
StarWars.com have released details of Del Rey's scheduled Star Wars activities at this year's San Diego Comic Con. They include a Fate of the Jedi Panel (Friday 24th July) featuring authors Aaron Allston, Christie Golden and Troy Denning along with Sue Rostoni and Leland Chee from LucasFilm Licensing. There will also be book signings on Friday 24th and Saturday 25th featuring Allston, Golden, Denning along with Jason Fry and Daniel Wallace (Friday only), authors of the forthcoming Star Wars: The Essential Atlas.
Full details at StarWars.com
[External site - opens in a new window/tab].

Book News: First look at Lost Tribe of the Sith: Skyborn:
Posted: 8th July
StarWars.com have announced the imminent release of the second free Lost Tribe of the Sith eBook, Skyborn: it will be available as a free download from 21st July. Set 5,000 years before the Battle of Yavin, these short stories by Knights of the Old Republic writer John Jackson Miller, expand the story established in the second Fate of the Jedi book, Omen.
StarWars.com
[External site - opens in a new window/tab] have published the cover and a short synopsis for Lost Tribe of the Sith: Skyborn [CONTAINS SPOILERS].


Comic News: Invasion #1 reviewed:
Posted: 7th July
Although Star Wars Books doesn't normally review individual comic issues but Invasion is the first new comic series in a number of years, Star Wars Books thought that you might be interested in what we thought of it.


Book News: Omen is a best seller:
Posted: 5th July
The second Fate of the Jedi novel, Omen by Christie Golden, has entered Publishers Weekly Bestsellers
[External site - opens in a new window/tab] (for 6th July) at #3; the New York Times Best Sellers List[External site - opens in a new window/tab] (for 3rd July) at #4; and USA Today Best-Selling Books Database[External site - opens in a new window/tab] at #32 (thru 28th June).
(Source: ClubJade.net[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


Comic News: The Old Republic - Threat of Peace #10 now online:
Posted: 3rd July
The tenth issue of Threat of Peace, the introductory online comic for the forthcoming MMO video game Star Wars: The Old Republic, is available to read online
[External site - opens in a new window/tab].
The tenth issue of Threat of Peace marks the start of the second chapter of the story, New Galactic Order, taking us to the embattled world of Balmorra where Republic forces are receiving word that the planet has been ceded to the Sith Empire under the terms of the Treaty of Coruscant. Even as the local commander shares his withdrawal orders with his troops, Jedi Knight Fortris Gall shrugs off his orders to rescue a squad of captured Republic soldiers.
(Source: swtor.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


Book News: Omen released today in UK:
Posted: 2nd July
The second Fate of the Jedi novel, Omen by Christie Golden, is released today in the UK. To celebrate Star Wars Books offers every visitor a free Omen bookmark [PDF] to use with this book.


Book News: Six children's book released in UK :
Posted: 1st July
There are no less than six children's books released today in the UK, all from Ladybird: two story books based on episodes from the TV series (Destroy Malevolence and Downfall of a Droid); two Decide Your Destiny adventure books (The Way of the Jedi and Tethan Battle Adventure); and two activity books (Operation Huttlet! and Journey Through Hyperspace).


Comic News: Lone. Female. Jedi. Dark Horse's next project?:
Posted: 30th June (UPDATED: 2nd July)
In an interview with affiliate Galactic Binder, Randy Stradley, Vice-President of Publishing at Dark Horse Comics, hinted at their next Star Wars project with just three words: Lone. Female. Jedi. When asked "We look forward to seeing what other surprises Dark Horse has for us in the near future from our favorite galaxy far, far away. We’d ask you for a scoop, but you seem rather unbreakable with such things. Any chance we crack that tough exterior of yours for a one word clue or teaser?", Stradley replied, "Three words, but that’s all you’ll get from me. Lone. Female. Jedi. Make of that what you will. Just don’t expect the news to break too soon."
We await with bated breath for such an announcement.
You can read Galactic Binder's full interview here
[External site - opens in a new window/tab].
(Source: GalacticBinder.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab])

UPDATE: In response to speculation about his tease in the interview, Stradley wrote on the Dark Horse Message Boards: "Don't get too excited -- the book (assuming it actually happens) is in the early, EARLY planning stages at this point. I just wanted to tease you because I know how you love to speculate."
(Source: Dark Horse Message Boards[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


Comic News: The Invasion has begun:
Posted: 1st July
The first issue of Dark Horse Comics' latest story-arc is released today, Star Wars: Invasion. It is set during the Yuuzhan Vong invasion of The New Jedi Order and focuses on the exploits of four members of a family from the planet Artorius...more


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