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February 2010

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The following news items were posted on Star Wars Books during February 2010:

Comic News: Boba Fett: Agent of Doom now available on iTunes:
Posted: 28th February
Extending their range of comic stories available on iTunes for the iPhone and iPod Touch, Dark Horse Comics have added Boba Fett: Agent of Doom to the Apple AppStore. Written by John Wagner with art by Cam Kennedy, this story is told through 77 screen pages, it is the tenth Star Wars comic story to be adapted for a digital medium as part of Dark Horse Comics' Dark Horse Mobile project.
You can purchase Boba Fett: Agent of Doom from the Apple AppStore here
[External site - opens in a new window/tab] (requires iTunes).


Comic News: The Old Republic - Threat of Peace #27 now online:
Posted: 26th February
The twenty-seventh and final 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 twenty-seventh issue of Threat of Peace concludes the volume with a surprising turn of events as Jedi Knight Satele Shan, Fortris Gall, and Special Forces Lieutenant Tavus report their battle with the Sith to Master Orgus Din. The story comes full circle when Braden the Bounty Hunter finally completes the contract which got him tied up in this mess in the first place.
(Source: swtor.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


Book Release: The Thrawn Trilogy:
Posted: 25th February
Released today in the UK from Titan Books is The Thrawn Trilogy paperback graphic novel adapted from Timothy Zahn's novels by Mike Baron.


Book Release: Luke Skywalker and the Treasure of the Dragonsnakes:
Posted: 25th February
Released today in the UK from Titan Books is Luke Skywalker and the Treasure of the Dragonsnakes graphic novella by Tom Taylor.


Book Release: The Clone Wars: The Colossus of Destiny:
Posted: 25th February
Released today in the UK from Titan Books is The Clone Wars: The Colossus of Destiny graphic novella by Jeremy Barlow.


Book Release: Clone Wars Gambit: Stealth:
Posted: 25th February
Released today in the UK in hardback is the first instalment of Karen Miller's Clone Wars Gambit duology, Stealth.


Book News: Coming soon - The Jedi Path by Daniel Wallace:
Posted: 23rd January (UPDATED: 24th February)
Affiliate Eddie van der Heijden of StarWarsTimeline.com
[External site - opens in a new window/tab] has discovered an interesting entry in Becker&Mayer's recent catalogue for a 160 page book by Daniel Wallace titled The Jedi Path. It is described as "handed down through generations, this venerable text reveals the history and training practices of a Jedi Knight - progressing from Youngling to Padawan, to Knight, and ultimately to Master. The ancient text is annotated with comments from Jedi-in-training through the ages along with notes, drawings, and objects they have left tucked in the pages". The book will also include several items including a Jedi Code poster, student’s map of the Jedi Temple, lightsaber diagram, Jedi Starfighter patch, severed Padawan braid, and a commemorative JedCred.
Not much is known about this book with some speculation that The Jedi Path may be linked to Amazon.co.uk's listing for The Jedi Handbook
[External site - opens in a new window/tab] from DK Publishing due March 2011 (also listed on Borders.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab]). However, as Becker&Mayer sell the rights to their publications to other publishers, i.e. the catalogue also lists the forthcoming Star Wars Sounds by J. W. Rinzler which will be published by Chronicle Books, according to Becker&Mayer, the rights for The Jedi Path have been sold to Amazon not DK Publishing.
More news as we get it.
(Source: Becker&Mayer[External site - opens in a new window/tab] (PDF - 3.5Mb) via StarWarsTimeline.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab])

UPDATE: Daniel Wallace, author of The Jedi Path, has confirmed the existence of this book on his weblog[External site - opens in a new window/tab] and goes on to tease us with "the catalog[External site - opens in a new window/tab] (opens PDF - 3.5Mb) copy gives the tiniest hint of how much fun this book has been to put together, and I promise to post more behind-the-scenes details as the release date gets closer."


Comic Release: Legacy #45 (Monster - part 3)
Posted: 24th February
Shipping today from Dark Horse Comics is Legacy #45, Monster part 3 of 4.


Book News: Two new The Clone Wars children's books discovered on Amazon:
Posted: 24th February
Affiliate Eddie van der Heijden of StarWarsTimeline.com
[External site - opens in a new window/tab] has discovered new listings on Amazon.com for two new The Clone Wars children's books from publisher Grosset and Dunlap due this Autumn.
The first is a 14-page hardcover pop-up book titled Villains
[External site - opens in a new window/tab], the second is a 160-page paperback written by Rob Valois titled Defenders of the Republic[External site - opens in a new window/tab]. While little is known about the content of these two titles, it is probable that Villains is a sequel to Heroes pop-up book released last September; and if Defenders of the Republic is indeed 160-pages long then it may either be the next US Decide Your Destiny title or perhaps the next collection of adapted TV series episode stories, similar to the Grievous Attacks paperback released in February 2009. More news as we receive it.
(Source: via StarWarsTimeline.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


Book Release: Clone Wars Gambit: Stealth:
Posted: 23rd February
Released today in the US in trade paperback is the first instalment of Karen Miller's Clone Wars Gambit duology, Stealth.


Book Release: Luke Skywalker and the Shadows of Mindor:
Posted: 23rd February
Released today in the US is the paperback edition of Luke Skywalker and the Shadows of Mindor by Matthew Stover.


Comic News: Design a bounty hunter for UK's The Clone Wars Comic:
Posted: 20th February
Titan Comics, publisher of The Clone Wars Comic in the UK, in conjunction with Sky Movies Premier has launched an exciting new competition in the UK to design a Star Wars: The Clone Wars bounty hunter where one lucky winner will see their design incorporated into a comic strip story and published in The Clone Wars Comic.
The competition is open to UK residents, full details and competition rules can be found here
[External site - opens in a new window/tab].


Book News: New The Clone Wars Readers from DK Publishing:
Posted: 20th February
StarWars.com has published details of two new The Clone Wars books for children from DK Publishing due this May: Meet the Jedi heroes that defend the galaxy from the ruthless Separatists and their endless droid armies!
DK Readers combine fantastic illustrations and engaging, age-appropriate stories in a multi-level reading program guaranteed to capture a child's interest while developing reading skills and general knowledge.
Jedi Heroes, written by Elizabeth Dowsett, is a Level 3 book suited for children who read alone, with more complex sentence structure, information boxes and a helpful alphabetical glossary. Planets in Peril, also by Elizabeth Dowsett, is a Level 4 book, perfect for proficient readers with a rich vocabulary, challenging sentence structure, a comprehensive index, and additional information and alphabetical glossary.
Both titles are expected in May.
(Source: StarWars.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


Comic Release: Knights of the Old Republic #50 (Demon - part 4)
Posted: 17th February
The final issue of Knights of the Old Republic comic book series, issue #50 (Demon - part 4), ships today from Dark Horse Comics.


Book News: First look at this summer's UK The Clone Wars children's activity books:
Posted: 16th February
Here is our first look at three of this summer's The Clone Wars activity books for children being published in the UK by Sunbird (Penguin Books). In Padawan Puzzles Activity Book, you train to become a Jedi Knight by using the Force to complete the trials and missions inside! Use your lightsaber (supplied) to find the safest route through heavy droid fire, view clues to help you solve anagrams, memory tests and Padawan missions, then complete your training by practising your battle stances and completing the true or false test in the Trial of Knowledge. While in Bad Guys and Bounty Hunters Sticker Activity Book, you can find out how strong your Jedi powers are in this sticker activity book! Can you defeat the dark side by battling the bad guys and bounty hunters that plague the galaxy? Join Anakin Skywalker and Ahsoka Tano and complete the activities to find out!
Finally, in Legacy of Terror Jedi Anakin Skywalker and his Padawan, Ahsoka Tano, have discovered a plot to build a weapons factory on Geonosis. Their mission is to destroy the factory at all costs, find the Separatist responsible and bring him to justice! Join them on their adventure in this exciting The Clone Wars book with two stories, awesome activities and loads of stickers.
All three titles are due to be published in the UK in July.


Book News: Counting down to final issue of Knights of the Old Republic:
Posted: 15th February
With less than two days to the release of the final issue of Knights of the Old Republic comic series on Wednesday, series writer John Jackson Miller has been counting down with some reminiscences about the series, photos of fan costume creations, and a bit of fan question and answers on his blog, Faraway Looks
[External site - opens in a new window/tab]. For any fan interested in some extra behind-the-scenes information on this long running series, these blog entries are definitively worth investigating - don't forget that John also publishes his own notes on all his publications (comics, graphic novels and novellas such as the Lost Tribe of the Sith e-Books) on his blog[External site - opens in a new window/tab].


Book News: Sue Rostoni reveals title for Joe Schreiber's second Star Wars horror novel:
Posted: 13th February
Posting a new entry on her StarWars.com Blog
[External site - opens in a new window/tab], which highlights a "typical day" in the life of Lucasbooks' Executive Editor, Sue Rostoni has revealed the title of Joe Schreiber's second Star Wars horror novel: Black Orchid. Black Orchid will be a stand-alone novel, it is not a sequel to Death Troopers - Schreiber's first Star Wars horror novel, and is due for release in early 2011 in hardback in the US.
Sue also revealed that Del Rey have requested images of Saba Sebatyne so that the Barabel Jedi Master can appear on the back cover of Vortex, the sixth Fate of the Jedi novel due late this year. There are also several email communications, intimating future and/or ongoing projects, that have been censored: "Discussion with [censored] and [censored] regarding the look of [censored], appearing in an upcoming [censored]", "Reviewed and approved story pitch from [censored] about [censored]" and "Phone call with Randy Stradley (Editor, Dark Horse Comics) to discuss [censored]".
Finally,  there's one entry which is simply designed to tease us: "Read a few more chapters of a novel by [published author] who is interested in writing a Star Wars novel. I like the writing, the characters, the foreshadowing and set-ups - happily approved the author. Yes!"


Comic News: Legacy Volume 3: Claws of the Dragon now available on iTunes:
Posted: 13th January
Extending their range of comic stories available on iTunes for the iPhone and iPod Touch, Dark Horse Comics have added the third volume from their Legacy comic book series, Claws of the Dragon to the Apple AppStore. Told through 608 screen pages, Claws of the Dragon is the ninth Star Wars comic story to be adapted for a digital medium as part of Dark Horse Comics' Dark Horse Mobile project.


Comic News: The Old Republic - Threat of Peace #26 now online:
Posted: 13th February
The twenty-sixth 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 twenty-sixth issue of Threat of Peace delivers the final moments of the battle between the Sith and the Jedi in Dantooine’s crystal caves. The death of Master Dar’Nala restores the prospects for peace and Jedi Knight Satele Shan refused to continue the fight. As the Republic heroes guardedly depart the crystal caves, Lord Baras offers one final opportunity to Satele and a chilling prediction for the future.
(Source: swtor.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


Book & Comic News: New Old Republic comic and book series from KotOR's John Jackson Miller:
Posted: 10th February
StarWars.com
[External site - opens in a new window/tab] has published a press release from Dark Horse Comics and Del Rey regarding a new comic and book series from Knights of the Old Republic writer John Jackson Miller: Dark Horse Comics and Del Rey Books are collaborating to tell all new Star Wars stories in a previously unexplored timeframe, and they're turning to fan favorite author John Jackson Miller to shed light on some of the darkest times of the Galactic Republic. Readers are familiar with Miller's work on the recently completed Knights of the Old Republic comic series, and the Lost Tribe of the Sith novellas.
Under the series title of
Star Wars: Knight Errant, this story will first arrive as an ongoing comic series published by Dark Horse Comics later this year. Then, next year, Del Rey will publish a Knight Errant novel, also written by Miller, featuring an all-new adventure.
The story takes place more than 1,000 years before the events of
A New Hope, during the Dark Age of the Republic when the Sith were powerful. It's more than a generation before Sith in-fighting led to the rise of Darth Bane, and his restrictive "rule of two" that restructured the order to operate in the shadows. In this timeframe, the Republic is in shambles, crippled by plague and war, and the Sith are dominant.
Miller's stories will not only explore the complex schemes of competing Sith Lords, including families trying to hold onto power and position amid the threats of ambitious rivals, but also the struggle of a valiant few Jedi willing to face the enemy head-on, in systems and sectors that the Republic has abandoned.
"While the Jedi are doing their best to keep order in what remains of the Republic, those living in this crazy-quilt of Sith dominions are in constant danger," Miller said. "If their abusive rulers weren't bad enough, constant internal warfare means no place is safe. Knight Errant asks what it means to be a Jedi outside the Republic, in a time and place where no other hope exists. I've greatly enjoyed working with Dark Horse and Del Rey on KOTOR and Lost Tribe, and I'm really excited about the opportunity to develop a new part of the timeline in two media at once."

(Source: StarWars.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


Book News: Lost Tribe of the Sith: Paragon:
Posted: 10th February
Now available is the third free e-Book
[External site - opens in a new window/tab] instalment of John Jackson Miller's Lost Tribe of the Sith stories, Paragon.


Book Release: Legacy Volume 8: Tatooine:
Posted: 10th February
Now shipping from Dark Horse Comics in the US is Legacy Volume 8: Tatooine, collating Legacy issues #37 thru #40 (Tatooine); and #41 (Rogue's End); and #36 (Renegade)


Comic News: May comics from Dark Horse Comics:
Posted: 9th February
StarWars.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab] has posted solicitations from Dark Horse Comics for their May releases. Their periodic series, Invasion, returns on the 26th May with issue #6 which begins a new 6-part story arc, Rescues, for Finn Galfridian and his family: Artorias, the homeworld of the Galfridian family lay in the path of the Yuuzhan Vong armada -- and now, though separated, Finn, Kaye, Nina, and Caled work to fight the invaders with the hope that one day they will again be together on their peaceful planet. Finn studies at the Jedi temple with Luke Skywalker and the grown Jedi children of Han Solo and Princess Leia! Kaye and Nina use a Yuuzhan Vong slave ship to attack their former captors! Caled raises forces on Artorias -- not knowing the danger from one of his trusted allies!
Also planned for release on 26th May will be issue #48 of Legacy where Cade Skywalker is making war on the Sith, determined to be a one-Jedi army of vengeance.

(Source: StarWars.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


Book News: Fourth Lost Tribe of the Sith e-Book titled:
Posted: 8th February
LucasBooks' Executive Editor Sue Rostoni has announced via StarWars.com Message Boards
[External site - opens in a new window/tab] that the fourth Lost Tribe of the Sith e-Book will be titled Saviour. It will be released as a free download from StarWars.com in April, ahead of the fifth Fate of the Jedi novel Allies by Christie Golden, and will contain an excerpt from Allies.
(Source: StarWars.com Message Boards[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


Book News: Will Han shoot first on Vortex cover?:
Posted: 8th February
StarWars.com
[External site - opens in a new window/tab] has revealed the cover for the sixth Fate of the Jedi novel, Vortex. It depicts a rather aged Han Solo pointing his trademark blaster clearly at the reader. As yet no synopsis is available for this title. Vortex is written by Troy Denning (Fate of the Jedi: Abyss) it is due for release in hardback in December.
(Source: StarWars.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


Book News: Random House release extended synopsis for Allies:
Posted: 7th February
RandomHouse.com
[External site - opens in a new window/tab] has updated their listing for Allies, the fifth Fate of the Jedi novel by Christie Golden, with an extended synopsis [CONTAINS SPOILERS - Highlight text between arrowheads to read]>>>What began as a quest for truth has become a struggle for survival for Luke Skywalker and his son, Ben. They have used the secrets of the Mindwalkers to transcend their own bodies and speak with the spirits of the fallen, risking their very lives in the process. They have faced a team of Sith assassins and beaten the odds to destroy them. And now the death squad’s sole survivor, Sith apprentice Vestara Khai, has summoned an entire fleet of Sith frigates to engage the embattled father and son. But the dark warriors come bearing a surprising proposition that will bring Jedi and Sith together in an unprecedented alliance against an evil more ancient and alien than they can imagine.
While the Skywalkers and their Sith allies set off on their joint mission into the treacherous web of black holes that is the Maw, Han and Leia Solo risk arrest and worse to aid the Jedi imprisoned back on Coruscant. Tyrannical Chief of State Natasi Daala has issued orders that will open a permanent schism between her government and the Jedi Order—a schism that could turn all Jedi into renegades and wanted criminals.
But it is in the depths of the Maw that the future of the galaxy will be decided. For there the Skywalkers and their Sith allies will engage a true monster in battle, and Luke will come face-to-face with a staggering truth.
<<<
Fate of the Jedi: Allies is due for release in hardback in May.
(Source: RandomHouse.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab] via NJOE.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


Book News: Crosscurrent to enter New York Times Best Sellers List at #10:
Posted: 5th February (UPDATED: 9th February)
According to its author, Crosscurrent, Paul S. Kemp's first Star Wars novel, will enter The New York Times Best Sellers List at #10 next week on 14th February. Paul writes on his blog[External site - opens in a new window/tab]: "I'm reliably informed that Crosscurrent will hit #10 on the New York Times bestseller mass-market fiction list on February 14th. Thanks to all of you for the support. I really appreciate it. The mass market paperback list is hard to crack [..] I'm especially appreciative of all of you Erevis Cale fans who don't ordinarily buy Star Wars novels but who did in this case because I wrote it. You doth rocketh. Now if I could just get all of my Star Wars-only readers to come on back and read my Cale stories. The Erevis Cale Trilogy Omnibus[External site - opens in a new window/tab] is coming in June, Star Wars peeps".
(Source: Paul Kemp's weblog[External site - opens in a new window/tab])

UPDATE: Crosscurrent has entered Publisher Weekly's Mass Market Paperback Bestsellers[External site - opens in a new window/tab] list at #8 for week commencing 8th February.
(Source: Publishers Weekly[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


Book News: New cover for The Clone Wars Character Encyclopedia shows off "new" Mandalorians:
Posted: 5th February
StarWars.com
[External site - opens in a new window/tab] has posted a "new" cover for The Clone Wars Character Encyclopedia from DK Publishing (due for release in May). Notable changes for the new cover is that only Anakin, Ahsoka and Yoda now represent the Republic/Jedi (the old cover also had Obi-Wan, Kit Pisto, Mace and Plo Koon), whilst the Separatists/Bad Guys maintain Dooku, Ventress, Grievous and Cad Bane but are now joined by Mandalorian Death Watch leader Pre Vizsla.
The back cover has also changed, where Anakin and Senate Commando Captain Argyus featured under the banner "Welcome to The Clone Wars", now it's a 2-1B medical droid and R2-D2, but they're still "welcoming" us to The Clone Wars.
(Source: StarWars.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


Book Release: Crosscurrent
Posted: 4th February
Crosscurrent, the first Star Wars novel by Paul S. Kemp is released today in paperback in UK.


Comic Release: The Clone Wars Comic #4
Posted: 4th February
The fourth issue of Titan Comics' The Clone Wars Comic is released today in the UK. Included is the short comic story The Droid Deception.


New Release: Star Wars Insider #91
Posted: 4th February
The latest issue of Star Wars Insider, issue #91, by Titan Magazines is released today in UK.


Book Release: Luke Skywalker and the Treasure of the Dragonsnakes:
Posted: 3rd February
Now shipping from Dark Horse Comics in the US is Luke Skywalker and the Treasure of the Dragonsnakes, their third graphic novella from their Star Wars Adventures "parent-friendly" series.


Book News: Star Wars Visions to be released in October?
Posted: 2nd February
Affiliate Eddie van der Heijden of StarWarsTimeline.com
[External site - opens in a new window/tab] has discovered a listing on Amazon.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab] for Star Wars Visions from Abrams Books. StarWars.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab] has been teasing about the release of this book which will feature Star Wars related art by various artists since last October when a poster was shown at last summer's Comic-Con International.
According to Amazon, Star Wars Visions is a 176 page hardback with a introduction by George Lucas and a foreward by J. W. Rinzler (author of The Making of The Empire Strikes Back) and a US release date of 28th October.
(Source: via StarWarsTimeline.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


Book News: At least two more Secret Missions books to follow:
Posted: 2nd February
LucasBooks' Executive Editor, Sue Rostoni, has confirmed that there will be another two books in the The Clone Wars: Secret Missions children's book series by Ryder Windham. Commenting on StarWars.com Message Boards
[External site - opens in a new window/tab], Sue wrote "There will be at least two more. I have no info on pub dates, covers, etc...".
The second Secret Missions book, Curse of the Black Hole Pirates, is due for release this summer.
(Source: StarWars.com Message Boards[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


Book News: Clone Wars Gambit: Stealth reviewed by Booklist Online:
Posted: 2nd February
Karen Miller, author of the upcoming Clone Wars Gambit: Stealth, has posted an excerpt from a review of this book by Booklist Online: "In the limited scope provided in this kind of media tie-in book, Miller manages to excel at both creating action scenes and developing fully fleshed characters. The cliffhanger ending will leave readers clamoring for the sequel. A must read for Star Wars fans." Unfortunately the full review is not available as Booklist Online
[External site - opens in a new window/tab] require a subscription to access their material, although a 30 day free trial is available. However many university students should be able to access it through their university's library facilities.
Clone Wars Gambit: Stealth is due for release in trade paperback in the US on 23rd February and in hardback in the UK two days later on the 25th.
(Source: via Karen Miller's weblog[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


Comic Release: New Star Wars comics will "focus specifically on a single main character":
Posted: 1st February
Randy Stradley, Dark Horse Comics' Editor, has indicated on the Dark Horse Message Boards
[External site - opens in a new window/tab] that their next Star Wars comics series/project will "focus specifically on a single main character". In a post asking whether Dark Horse Comics have considered a character-focused comic series (the example given was Star Wars: Luke Skywalker) rather than an era focused series so that "rotating sets of creators, [could] each bring their own flavor to their story. You could even jump around the timeline if you really wanted to"; Randy replied "I'm not opposed to this idea [...], but it's a little late in the game to start something with any of the main characters from the films, given that the characters from the OT now have thirty-some years of continuity under their belts." Randy goes on to write: "However, I am so NOT opposed to the idea that I might mention that we have at least a couple new things in the works which focus specifically on a single main character -- one of whom you may even have heard of before."
This confirms that Dark Horse Comics are working on new Star Wars comic series to replace Knights of the Old Republic (last ever issue, #50, is released later this month) and The Clone Wars series which ended last month after just 12 issues.
(Source: Dark Horse Message Boards[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


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