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March 2010

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The following news items were posted on Star Wars Books during March 2010:
Comic Release: Legacy #46 (Monster - part 4)
Posted: 31st March
Shipping today from Dark Horse Comics is Legacy #46, Monster part 4 of 4.

Comic Release: The Clone Wars Comic #6
Posted: 30th March
The sixth issue of Titan Comics' The Clone Wars Comic is released today in the UK. Included is the short comic story Milk Run to Maarka!.


Book Release: Knights of the Old Republic Volume 8: Destroyer:
Posted: 26th March
Released today in the UK is Knights of the Old Republic Volume 8: Destroyer graphic novel from Titan Books.

Summary for third Adventures in Hyperspace children's book:
Posted: 26th March
Affiliate StarWarsTimeline.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab] has discovered a summary for the third title in Ryder Windham's children's series Adventures in Hyperspace on Amazon.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab]. In this, as yet untitled, third book: Jabba the Hutt hires pilot Han Solo and Chewbacca the Wookiee to pick up an ancient stone sculpture for his art collection. But a new Imperial Customs officer wants to put Jabba and the Millennium Falcon's crew out of business. Can Han and Chewie finish the job without losing their ship to the Imperials?
The first two titles in this new illustrated series from Scholastic, Fire Ring Race and Shinbone Showdown, are due for release in late May/early June while the third is expected late August/early September.


The Old Republic: Smuggler's Vanguard online at StarWars.com:
Posted: 26th March
StarWars.com has published a short story by Robert Chestney (author The Old Republic: Threat of Peace), Smuggler's Vanguard[External site - opens in a new window/tab]. It tells the story of Hylo Visz, the daring Mirialan pilot who broke the Mandalorian Blockade during the The Old Republic period.
Read the full story here
[External site - opens in a new window/tab].


Book Release: Boba Fett Omnibus:
Posted: 24th March
Released today in the US from Dark Horse Books is Omnibus: Boba Fett. This latest Omnibus graphic novel collates the following Boba Fett comic stories published by Dark Horse Comics over the years: Underworld,
Enemy of the Empire, Salvage, Sacrifice, Wreckage, Overkill, Twin Engines of Destruction, Bounty on Bar-Kooda, When the Fat Lady Swings, Murder Most Foul and Agent Of Doom

First summary for Fate of the Jedi: Vortex appears:
Posted: 24th March
The first summary for the sixth Fate of the Jedi novel, Vortex by Troy Denning, has appeared courtesy of Random House's Fall 2010 Catalog[External site - opens in a new window/tab] [58Mb PDF]. WARNING CONTAINS SPOILERS - Highlight between arrowheads to read >>>In Book Six of the bestselling nine-book Star Wars Fate of the Jedi series, the suspense crescendoes as the Skywalkers and their treacherous Sith allies race against time to discover the origins of the mysterious Force-entity known as Abeloth. When they begin to uncover secrets better kept hidden from mortal minds, no one is surprised to see the uneasy partnership erupt into violence. But they are surprised at where the investigation leads: to the home of the reclusive Fallanassi, who may hold in their hands the future of the Jedi Order itself.<<<
Vortex is due for release in the US in hardback on 7th December. 


Boba Fett: Enemy of the Empire now available as e-Comic:
Posted: 23rd March
Expanding their range of comic stories available on iTunes for the iPhone and iPod Touch, Dark Horse Comics have added Boba Fett: Enemy of the Empire to the Apple AppStore. In this story, written by John Wagner with art by Ian Gibson and John Nadeau, set before the events of A New Hope, Darth Vader employs Boba Fett to discover and bring to him a single small box, the contents of which could change the fate of the galaxy.
Boba Fett: Enemy of the Empire marks the eleventh comic story to be adapted by Dark Horse Comics as part of their ongoing Dark Horse Mobile project.


Threat of Peace webcomic to be republished as comic book series?:
Posted: 22nd March
According to an article in the latest issue of Star Wars Insider magazine, #116 (US) / #92 (UK), the The Old Republic webcomic Threat of Peace is to be released as a monthly comic book: "Star Wars: The Old Republic is one of the industry's most anticipated multi-player online games. There's still a wait before you can create your own character, but in the meantime you can learn everything about this ancient era in the new monthly comic series Star Wars: The Old Republic. Originally published on the official website www.starwarstheoldrepublic.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab], the first story in the series Threat of Peace details the account of the ill-fated treaty and introduces settings and characters that will provide critical to game players the moment they enter The Old Republic's world. Written by Robert Chestney, a writer for the game, and illustrated by Alex Sanchez, the comic series goes on sale this summer."
If Threat of Peace is indeed to be republished as a monthly comic book, this would explain the "disappearance" of the Threat of Peace graphic novel from Dark Horse Comics' own release schedule*[External site - opens in a new window/tab]. The graphic novel release was announced back in November, but in late January it was removed without explanation. To date, Dark Horse Comics' has only announced comic book releases up to June, so the "summer" release mentioned for the first comic book issue could still happen.

*although many online retailers still list the graphic novel as being released in April/May and available for pre-order, it should be regarded that without a listing on Dark Horse Comics' own release schedule[External site - opens in a new window/tab] the graphic novel will not be released on these dates.
(Source: via StarWarsTimeline.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


Backlash enters New York Times Best Sellers List at #4:
Posted: 21st March
Aaron Allston's Backlash, the fourth Fate of the Jedi novel and Allston's second novel of this ongoing nine book series, has entered the New York Times Best Sellers List[External site - opens in a new window/tab] at #4.
To date all the hardback Fate of the Jedi novels have proved strong sellers in their initial weeks of US release: Allston's opener, Outcast, achieved #3[External site - opens in a new window/tab] before slipping to #15[External site - opens in a new window/tab] two weeks later and falling off the charts the following week; Omen by Christie Golden hit #4[External site - opens in a new window/tab] in its first week but then slipped out of the charts altogether; while Abyss by Troy Denning entered at #7[External site - opens in a new window/tab] and a week later had fallen to #14[External site - opens in a new window/tab] before it too fell out of the top 15 list. We'll have to wait to see how long Backlash can remain in the Best Sellers List.


Demagol short story coming soon:
Posted: 21st March
John Jackson Miller, author Knights of the Old Republic comic series and the Lost Tribe of the Sith e-Book novellas, has announced on his weblog[External site - opens in a new window/tab] that he is penning a new short story set during the Knights of the Old Republic era that will be published online exclusively for Hyperspace members of StarWars.com. John has intimated that its working title is The Journal of Doctor Demagol and that "this is something I had considered doing for a long time, potentially as a back-up feature for whatever issue of Knights of the Old Republic wound up having Demagol's origin story. I'd always wanted to tell a story looking at the series from his point of view - getting into what was going on in the twisted mind inside the helmet. As it turned out, we ended up doing the origin story in Demon".
For those unfamiliar with Knights of the Old Republic and its array of characters Demagol is a Mandalorian scientist who believed, by experimenting on Jedi, he could uncover the biological bases for their Force powers. Although captured and drugged to the edge of death early in Miller's Knights of the Old Republic story, Demagol goes on to play a crucial pivotal role towards its end.
(Source: John Jackson Miller's weblog[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


Final art for Year by Year cover:
Posted: 21st March
StarWars.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab] has released the final art for the cover and slipcase for Year By Year: A Visual Chronicle from DK Books. Compiled by Ryder Windham, Daniel Wallace, Gus Lopez and Pablo Hidalgo, it promises "a lavish, full-color photo-packed guide to the entire Star Wars experience".
Year By Year: A Visual Chronicle is due to be released this August. 

Will a TV movie premier Season 3 of The Clone Wars?:
Posted: 16th March (UPDATED: 17th March)
In their Fall 2010 Catalog [PDF][External site - opens in a new window/tab], Penguin Books has confirmed the existence of at least two children's books to accompany the start of the third season of The Clone Wars TV series in October and interestingly Penguin describes the second of these books, Defenders of the Republic, as being "based on the TV movie event that will launch season 3 of the The Clone Wars television series in October 2010".
Whether this is a printing error by Penguin is unknown, there is no confirmation nor denial from LucasFilm at present.
(Source: via StarWarsTimeline.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab])

UPDATE: Eddie van der Heijden from affiliate StarWarsTimeline.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab] has received a communication from Frank Parisi of Penguin Young Readers' Division stating "that information is incorrect, and due to internal miscommunication, it slipped out without being properly vetted". Thus it looks like that there will not be a TV movie to premier The Clone Wars Season 3.


Updates from Sue Rostoni:
Posted: 16th March
Writing on StarWars.com Message Boards
[External site - opens in a new window/tab] Sue Rostoni, LucasBooks' Executive Editor, has revealed some details for future novels and books: Alex Irvine's 2011 as yet untitled novel featuring Nomi Sunrider will be set after the comics, some 3980 years before the Battle of Yavin; the fourth Lost Tribe of the Sith e-Book novella, Saviour, by John Jackson Miller, will be released on 27th April (one month before the fifth Fate of the Jedi novel, Allies); Michael Reaves & Maya Kaathryn Bohnoff's stand-alone Holostar novel, due March 2011, will be set about 2 years before the Battle of Yavin; while Joe Schreiber's second Star Wars horror novel (a prequel to last year's Death Troopers), Black Orchid, due early 2011, is to be set some 4,000 years before the Battle of Yavin - although Sue does remark that "these are estimations at the moment".
Finally we will not be getting titles for the last two Fate of the Jedi novels any time soon: "these always come in at random times, when they pop into the authors' heads, or when catalog copy is due".


Comics for June:
Posted: 15th March
Dark Horse Comics has released solicitations for comics to be released in June and feature Invasion #7, the second part of the new Rescues storyline, by Tom Taylor and Colin Wilson set during the Yuuzhan Vong invasion of The New Jedi Order era. Also to be released in June is Legacy #49, the second part of Extremes storyline where the Sith Empire's strike against the Hutt temple on Napdu brings a new ally into the war against the Sith, lending strength to Cade Skywalker's vendetta. Both Invasion #7 and Legacy #49 are due to be released on 30th June.
Dark Horse has also confirmed that the next Star Wars Adventures graphic novella will indeed be The Will of Darth Vader by Tom Taylor, with art by Brian Koschak. In this story, Darth Vader is sent on a mission to destroy a Rebel's base responsible for multiple hit-and-run attacks on Imperial cargo ships. But the base, hidden in the center of a constantly shifting asteroid field, cannot be attacked directly. To reach his target, Vader will have to team up with a recently captured smuggler named Zika—and dealing with an unwilling, wisecracking partner may be more of a trial for the Dark Lord than the actual mission! The Will of Darth Vader is due to be released in the US in early August.


All new The Old Republic webcomic coming soon:
Posted: 12th March (UPDATED: 14th March)
The official Star Wars: The Old Republic
[External site - opens in a new window/tab] website has announced that in collaboration with Dark Horse Comics, an all-new webcomic, The Old Republic: Blood of the Empire, with begin shortly: "Blood of the Empire features a new perspective and strong character-driven story written by BioWare’s Senior Writer Alexander Freed and published by Dark Horse. Set in the years before the Treaty of Coruscant and the establishment of peace between the great galactic powers, Blood of the Empire sets the stage for The Old Republic with new heroes, new villains and new revelations about the inner workings of the Emperor’s cabal."
They have published some pencil art for this new series here
[External site - opens in a new window/tab].

UPDATE: Commenting on this announcement, Sean Dahlberg (Bioware's Community Manager) wrote on Star Wars: The Old Republic Community Forums[External site - opens in a new window/tab]: "it will be keeping it's bi-weekly schedule but we have increased the amount of pages from three (3) to seven (7) each issue. We also have a few new faces working on it: Written by Alexander Freed (our very own Senior Writer here on The Old Republic), illustrated by Dave Ross, inked by Mark McKenna, colored by Michael Atiyeh, and lettered by Michael Heisler". Sean also indicated that the story would "give the readers more insight into [Sith] culture and why the Sith are who they are today".


Making of The Empire Strikes Back delayed:
Posted: 10th March
We have received a report from Eddie van der Heijden of affiliate site StarWarsTimeline.com
[External site - opens in a new window/tab] that the release of The Making of The Empire Strikes Back by J. W. Rinzler has been delayed until 26th October according to Amazon.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab]. Eddie has received an email notification from Amazon stating that the release has been delayed from 20th July to 26th October 2010.
The listing on RandomHouse.com
[External site - opens in a new window/tab] for The Making of The Empire Strikes Back has been updated with the new release date of 26th October.


Book Release: Fate of the Jedi: Backlash:
Posted: 9th March
Released today in the US in hardback is Backlash by Aaron Allston, the fourth Fate of the Jedi novel.

Exclusive Backlash excerpt at EUCantina.net, plus reviews:
Posted: 8th March (UPDATED: 9th March)
Affiliate EUCantina.net has posted an exclusive excerpt
[External site - opens in a new window/tab] from the fourth Fate of the Jedi novel Backlash by Aaron Allston courtesy of publisher Del Rey ahead of its US release in hardback tomorrow.

Reviews have been posted by NJOE.com (spoiler free[External site - opens in a new window/tab] and with spoilers[External site - opens in a new window/tab]), TheForce.net[External site - opens in a new window/tab] (contains spoilers) and by Harriet Klausner at Alternative Worlds[External site - opens in a new window/tab] (contains spoilers).
Backlash is released tomorrow in hardback in the US and on 15th April in the UK.


Undercity Portugal relaunches website with new portal:
Posted: 7th March
João Pinto from affiliate site Undercity Portugal
[External site - opens in a new window/tab] has sent us the following communiqué: We are proud to announce our new Website is up and running. The Portuguese Star Wars Community finally owns their own website with all information regarding the Star Wars fandom, events, news and curiosities in Portuguese. This is the very FIRST website fully functional and with a dedicated domain.
For the moment some sections are offline. We will add a special international presentation page for all our international visitors. For now, practice your portuguese! :)

Undercity Portugal
[External site - opens in a new window/tab] can be found at their new domain, www.undercityportugal.net[External site - opens in a new window/tab]


Tom Taylor teases new Invasion story arc:
Posted: 6th March
Writing on Dark Horse Message Boards
[External site - opens in a new window/tab] Tom Taylor, author Star Wars: Invasion, teased on the upcoming new story arc Rescues: "Invasion will be back in May, featuring surprises so surprising they even shocked me" [his italics].

Star Wars: Invasion issue #6, Rescues (part 1 of 6 part story-arc), is due to be released on 26th May.
(Source: via Dark Horse Message Boards[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


John Jackson Miller discusses Knight Errant with Comic Book Resources:
Posted: 6th March
John Jackson Miller, author of the forthcoming Knight Errant comic and novel series from Dark Horse Comics and Del Rey books due this Autumn, discussed some aspects of his new project with Comic Book Resources here
[External site - opens in a new window/tab].
(Source: via John Jackson Miller's weblog[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


First look at The Clone Wars: New Battlefronts - The Visual Guide:
Posted: 4th March
StarWars.com
[External site - opens in a new window/tab] has posted the cover for the upcoming The Clone Wars: New Battlefronts - The Visual Guide from DK Publishing. Written by Jason Fry (co-author of The Essential Atlas), The Clone Wars: New Battlefronts - The Visual Guide will be the third Visual Guide (following The Visual Guide and Ultimate Battles) to accompany The Clone Wars animated series and "gives you a ring-side seat on the galactic conflict with gorgeous imagery, as well as detailed annotations".
The Clone Wars: New Battlefronts - The Visual Guide is expected to be released in August.


Comic Release: The Clone Wars Comic #5
Posted: 4th March
The fifth issue of Titan Comics' The Clone Wars Comic is released today in the UK. Included is the short comic story Terror on the Twilight.


Book Release: Luke Skywalker and the Shadows of Mindor
Posted: 4th March
Released today in the US is the paperback edition of Luke Skywalker and the Shadows of Mindor by Matthew Stover.

Sue Rostoni reveals some new novels for 2012 (UPDATED):
Posted: 1st March
Writing on StarWars.com Message Boards
[External site - opens in a new window/tab] Sue Rostoni, LucasBooks' Executive Editor, revealed some details for novels due to be released in 2012. First, a hardcover due March 2012, whose author Sue is unable to reveal at the present time. Secondly, November will see the release of the final Coruscant Nights book by Michael Reaves and Maya Bohnoff, with the working title of Jedi Dawn, in hardback.
Sue also confirmed that they are planning a February release for Imperial Commando 2 (the sequel to Karen Traviss's Imperial Commando: 501st following Karen's departure from Star Wars writing last year) although they haven't signed a replacement author, that's still in the contractual stages.
Finally, John Jackson Miller's Lost Tribe of the Sith e-book novellas may eventually get a paperback anthology release sometime in 2012, although "this is not certain yet".

UPDATE: Sue has indicated in a later post on the StarWars.com Message Boards[External site - opens in a new window/tab] that the second Imperial Commando novel will "probably be the last one".


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