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September 2010

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The following news items were posted on Star Wars Books during September 2010:
Tom Taylor discusses Blood Ties: Jango & Boba Fett with Comic Book Resources:
Posted: 30th September
Tom Taylor, author of Star Wars: Invasion, discusses his latest project, the four-part comic mini-series Blood Ties: Jango and Boba Fett, with ComicBookResources.com.
In this interview, they discuss the origins of this familial ties story; Tom's portrayal of the leading characters (including a contribution to the discussion from Danial Logan (Boba Fett in Attack of the Clones, The Clone Wars TV series); as well as the cliff-hanger plot twist at the end of issue #1 - therefore there is a spoiler warning attached to this interview regarding issue #1).
You can read the full interview here[External site - opens in a new window/tab].
Related: Tom Taylor discusses Blood Ties with Techland.com & IGN.com (28th August 2010)

New Releases:
Posted: 29th September
The Force Unleashed II
Graphic Novel by Haden Blackman et al.
Dark Horse Books ( [US] )
Approximately 2 years before the Battle of Yavin:
More than just a comic adaptation of The Force Unleashed II video game, this comic story contains a parallel story featuring Boba Fett.

Omnibus: A Long Time Ago... Volume 2
Omnibus Graphic Novel by various
Dark Horse Books ( [US] )
Approximately 3 years after the Battle of Yavin:
This latest Omnibus contains the issues #28 thru #49 of the Marvel comic-book collection that was originally published between October 1979 and July 1981, the first comic-book adaption of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (issues #39 thru #44) and the first king-sized annual from 1979.

Blood Ties #2 - Jango and Boba Fett (Part 2 of 4)
Comic Book by Tom Taylor et al.
Dark Horse Comics ( [US] & [UK] [import])
Approximately 2 years before the Battle of Yavin:
Boba Fett has taken up his father's mantle and lived up to Jango's fearsome reputation. But a secret from the past has Boba working a case he would normally dismiss and wondering if he actually knew his father as well as he thought.

Invasion: Rescues #4 (Part 4 of 6)
Comic Book by Tom Taylor et al.
Dark Horse Comics ( [US] & [UK] [import])
Approximately 25 years after the Battle of Yavin:
Jedi-in-training Finn Galfridian learns a secret about his mother that he never knew, but the knowledge only leads to new questions about himself and his unusual ability. Meanwhile, Kaye Galfridian leads a New Republic attack against a Yuuzhan Vong base.


Heir to the Empire 20th Anniversary Hardback Edition coming next year?
Posted: 28th September
NJOE.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab] has spotted a publisher's listing for a 20th Anniversary hardback edition of Timothy Zahn's Heir to the Empire novel, the novel that kick-started the modern Expanded Universe nineteen years ago, for US release on 21st June 2011.
Unfortunately, apart from a USD30.00 cover price, nothing else is known about this edition - we await an official announcement of this title. It is also unclear whether Zahn's other novels in this trilogy, Dark Force Rising and The Last Command, will also be released at some point in the near future; or any extras the Anniversary Edition may include.
(Source: NJOE.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab] via ClubJade.net[External site - opens in a new window/tab])

UPDATE: Writing on StarWars.com Forums[External site - opens in a new window/tab], Sue Rostoni, LucasBooks' Executive Editor, has confirmed that a 20th Anniversary hardback edition of Heir to the Empire will be released next June, although she cannot reveal any other details.

UPDATE #2 (29th Sept.): StarWars.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab] has officially announced that a 20th Anniversary Edition of Heir to the Empire will be released in hardback in June 2011. They have also stated that this new edition will include insightful annotations on the text, as well an exclusive short story by Timothy Zahn featuring his most famous Star Wars creation, Grand Admiral Thrawn.


New Releases:
Posted: 28th September
The Jedi Path (Vault Edition*)
Hardback Book by Daniel Wallace
Becker&Mayer ( [US] & [UK] )
With the push of a button, the doors of the vault open in a wash of light and Star Wars sound effects. The inner platform rises, revealing this exclusive edition of The Jedi Path.
This ancient training manual, crafted by early Jedi Masters, has educated and enlightened generations of Jedi
.
*Vault Edition exclusive to Amazon.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab] and Amazon.co.uk[External site - opens in a new window/tab]

Darth Bane: Dynasty of Evil
Paperback Novel by Drew Karpyshyn
Del Rey ( [US] )
Approximately 980 years before the Battle of Yavin:
Twenty years have passed since Darth Bane, reigning Dark Lord of the Sith, demolished the ancient order devoted to the dark side and reinvented it as a circle of two: one Master to wield the power and pass on the wisdom, and one apprentice to learn, challenge, and ultimately usurp.


Paul S. Kemp to write new Star Wars duology:
Posted: 24th September
LucasBooks' Executive Editor Sue Rostoni has announced on the StarWars.com Forums[External site - opens in a new window/tab] that Paul S. Kemp (Crosscurrent, Riptide and The Old Republic: Deceived) has been signed to write a new Star Wars duology:

We've signed Paul Kemp up for a duology -- I don't have any other information I can reveal at this time. We're not sure of the pub dates yet....nor the format (hardcover or paperback)... so no questions as I have no answers.

UPDATE (25th Sept.): According to a tweet[External site - opens in a new window/tab] Paul S. Kemp made on the 21st September, three days before Sue Rostoni's announcement, the duology will be in hardback:

Contracts for a forthcoming hardcover duology -- signed. Details when I can but I'm glad to have things papered up.

UPDATE #2 (29th Sept.): Writing on StarWars.com Forums[External site - opens in a new window/tab], Sue Rostoni, LucasBooks' Executive Editor, has confirmed that Paul S. Kemp's duology will indeed be released in hardback.


Knight Errant #4 cover revealed?
Posted: 24th September
In their latest blog entry[External site - opens in a new window/tab], Dark Horse Comics teases readers that they have an exclusive look at a brand new character from Star Wars: Knight Errant! Who is this mysterious man? And is he friend...or foe? However, it is interesting that the image's filename is knighterrant4cvr.jpg implying that the image posted is not taken from an issue itself, but is rather the cover for the fourth issue of the five-part miniseries Knight Errant: Aflame, which begins in October.
Knight Errant: Aflame #4 is expected to be released in early January 2011.

The Old Republic - Blood of the Empire #12 now online:
Posted: 24th September
The twelfth and final issue of Blood of the Empire, the second 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].
Approximately 3,678 years before the Battle of Yavin:
Blood of the Empire reaches its twelfth and final issue, and Teneb Kel must face the aftermath of his actions. Exal Kressh is defeated, but the Emperor and the Dark Council will have further plans for their servant. What fate is Teneb prepared to carve for himself? And what will he do about Maggot?

New Releases:
Posted: 24th September
A Long Time Ago... Volume 1
Omnibus Graphic Novel by Various
Titan Books ( [UK] )
Just after the Battle of Yavin:
Collating the first 27 issues of Marvel Comics' Star Wars series.

Knights of the Old Republic Volume 9: Demon
Graphic Novel by John Jackson Miller et al.
Titan Books ( [UK] )
Approximately 3962 years before the Battle of Yavin:
This final volume collates Knights of the Old Republic issues #47 thru #50 (Demon); the explosive final chapter.

Legacy Volume 9: Monster
Graphic Novel by John Ostrander et al.
Titan Books ( [UK] )
Approximately 3962 years before the Battle of Yavin:
This penultimate volume collates Legacy issues #42 (Divided Loyalties) and #43 thru #46 (Monster).


Cover revealed for Red Harvest:
Posted: 23rd September
StarWars.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab] has revealed the cover of Joe Schreiber's second Star Wars horror novel, Red Harvest, as created by Indika and David Stevenson. This new horror story is a prequel to last year's Death Troopers, although little is known about it except for this short publisher's summary from Del Rey. As it contains possible spoilers, highlight between arrowheads to read>>>Strange things are happening in a Sith academy, where the Dark Lord in charge has barricaded himself away, unexplained violence is on the rise, and the apprentices are growing more and more frightened. When a mercenary arrives with a delivery for the Sith Lord – and a hostage Jedi in tow – the situation reaches a boiling point. Only a Jedi Master, looking for the missing Jedi, can hope to get her – and himself – out alive.<<<

Red Harvest is due for hardback release in the US on 28th December.


New Release:
Posted: 23rd September
Star Wars Insider #96
Magazine
Titan Magazines ( [UK] )
Featuring all the latest news from The Clone Wars Supervising Director Dave Filoni and CG Lighting and Effects Supervisor Joel Aron! Other highlights include interviews with the actors of The Force Unleashed II, Part One of a look back at Hasbro's 15-year history of Star Wars toys, a tribute to legendary comic artist Al Williamson, and more!

The Force Unleashed II graphic novel available next week?
Posted: 22nd September
According to publisher Dark Horse Comics[External site - opens in a new window/tab], the US release date for the graphic novel adaptation of The Force Unleashed II has been brought forward from 6th October to 29th September. Not only does this make the release of the graphic novel a week before the novelisation by Sean Williams, but also a whole month before the game itself is released on the 26th October (29th October in UK). It is unsure whether this new date is a mistake by Dark Horse Comics as it amended its US release date for Omnibus: A Long Time Ago... Volume 2 which was due, according to Dark Horse Comics, this week but has also had its release date amended to 29th September.

Excerpts from The Force Unleashed II:
Posted: 20th September
Ahead of its release in two weeks time, publisher Del Rey has released a short audio excerpt from the unabridged audio book adaptation of The Force Unleashed II by Sean Williams (read by Jonathan Davis).You can access the excerpt at RandomHouse.com's listing's page[External site - opens in a new window/tab] or our own listing's page for The Force Unleashed II.

StarWars.com has also released a 10-page extract[External site - opens in a new window/tab] of the novel's Prologue as a PDF download.

Please be aware that the excerpts may contain spoilers. The Force Unleashed II novelisation in hardback by Sean Williams and unabridged audio book adaptation will be available from 5th October.


Comics for December:
Posted: 19th September
Dark Horse Comics has released solicitations for December and includes the sixth and final issue of The Old Republic which concludes the comic book serialisation of Blood of the Empire available on the 1st. Also released in December is the third issue of John Jackson Miller's five-part mini-series Knight Errant: Aflame on the 8th. And finally, on the 15th, the first issue of John Ostrander's six-part miniseries that concludes his 50-issue Legacy comic book story begins with the release of issue #1 of Legacy: War.

Sneak preview of cover for Legacy: War #2:
Posted: 18th September
In their latest blog[External site - opens in a new window/tab] entry, Dark Horse Comics has revealed a sneak look at the cover for the second issue of the six-part miniseries Legacy: War, due January 2011. Legacy: War, written by John Ostrander with art by Jan Duursema, continues where the fifty-issue series Legacy finished off, with the first issue due to be released on Wednesday 15th December.

ClubJade.net interviews Tom Hodges:
Posted: 17th September
ClubJade.net
has posted an exclusive interview[External site - opens in a new window/tab] with The Clone Wars webcomic artist Tom Hodges. Tom discusses his work on The Clone Wars Season Three webcomic story, The Valsedian Operation, for which he both wrote the story and drew the artwork. Part one of The Valsedian Operation is available to read online[External site - opens in a new window/tab] now at StarWars.com.

New Release:
Posted: 16th September
Star Wars: The Clone Wars Comic #12
Comic Book
Titan Comics ( [UK] )
Featuring an original short comic story The Professional! plus puzzles, games and free cover gift.

New Releases:
Posted: 15th September
Dark Empire Trilogy
Hardback Graphic Novel by Tom Veitch, Cam Kennedy et al.
Dark Horse Books ( [US] )
Collating the Dark Empire trilogy, Dark Empire, Dark Empire II and Empire's End, by Tom Veitch with art by Cam Kennedy, plus the Dark Empire Handbook, into a single hardback graphic novel.

Star Wars Insider #120
Magazine
Titan Magazines ( [US] )
Featuring all the latest news from The Clone Wars Supervising Director Dave Filoni and CG Lighting and Effects Supervisor Joel Aron! Other highlights include interviews with the actors of The Force Unleashed II, Part One of a look back at Hasbro's 15-year history of Star Wars toys, a tribute to legendary comic artist Al Williamson, and more!


Promo video for The Making of the Empire Strikes Back:
Posted: 14th September
US publisher Del Rey has released a short promo video for their upcoming reference title, The Making of The Empire Strikes Back. Written by J.W. Rinzler, The Making of The Empire Strikes Back is due for release in the US and UK on the 12th October:

(Source: via ClubJade.net[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


John Jackson Miller discusses Knight Errant with SciFiBlock.com:
Posted: 14th September
John Jackson Miller, author of the forthcoming Knight Errant comic and novel series from Dark Horse Comics and Del Rey books, has discussed his new series in a new and fairly long interview with SciFiBlock.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab].
As this interview discuss some aspects of Knight Errant it therefore contains possible spoilers.
The first issue of the comic series, beginning a five-part story arc titled Aflame, is due for release on 13th October, while the first novel, simply titled Knight Errant, is due for US release in paperback on January 25th.

US release for Fate of the Jedi: Vortex moves up one week:
Posted: 14th September
US publisher Del Rey has announced via its Facebook[External site - opens in a new window/tab] page that they have moved the US release of Vortex, the sixth book in the nine-book Fate of the Jedi series, up by one week from 7th December to 30th November.
As yet the UK release date of 9th December is unaffected by this US release date change.
(Source: via EUCantina.net[External site - opens in a new window/tab])

The Clone Wars Season 3 webcomic now online:
Posted: 14th September
With the US premier of the third season of The Clone Wars animation series just days away, StarWars.com has published the first chapter of a new webcomic story The Valsedian Operation.
With story and art by Tom Hodges, script by Pablo Hildago and colors and letters by Grant Gould, the first five pages are available to read online[External site - opens in a new window/tab] now.

The Old Republic - Blood of the Empire #11 now online:
Posted: 10th September
The eleventh issue of Blood of the Empire, the second 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].
In the eleventh issue of Blood of the Empire, Teneb Kel faces off against his enemy, Exal Kressh, for the final time. Two Sith apprentices, both aware of the secrets of the Emperor, now locked in battle in the tombs below the Sith Academy on Korriban--what will become of them? And who will choose the future of the galaxy?

Title change for Timothy Zahn's Hand of Judgment novel:
Posted: 10th September
Sue Rostoni, LucasBooks' Executive Editor, has announced via StarWars.com Forums that Timothy Zahn's next novel as been re-titled again. Originally known by its working title, Choices, in July this year it was given the title Hand of Judgment, it now appears that the novel's title will be Choices of One:

Tim Zahn's manuscript came in and I have to finish it by the 17th -- which wouldn't be an issue if it was all I had to do! Fun, though.
Oh, and we changed the title again -- to Tim's first choice. It's now titled
STAR WARS: CHOICES OF ONE

As a sequel to 2007's Allegiance, and to mark the 20th Anniversary of Zahn's first Star Wars novel, Heir to the Empire, and the beginning of the modern Expanded Universe, Choices of One is due for hardback release in mid-July 2011.


Last four Lost Tribe of the Sith e-Books titled:
Posted: 8th September
Del Rey Books has released an updated Star Wars novels timeline [PDF download] via their Suduvu.com blog[External site - opens in a new window/tab]. Contained within this updated timeline is the titles for the final four Lost Tribe of the Sith e-Book novellas by John Jackson Miller (Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, Star Wars: Knight Errant) which are Purgatory, Sentinel, Pantheon and Secrets. Each Lost Tribe of the Sith e-Book is released as a free download [PDF] from StarWars.com approximately one month before the hardback release of each of the Fate of the Jedi novels, thus Purgatory will be available in November - ahead of Vortex in December, Sentinel in April 2011 - prior to Conviction in May 2011, Pantheon in July - before Ascension in August and Secrets in October - ahead of Apocalypse in November.
Interestingly, according to Del Rey's updated timeline, the last two Lost Tribe of the Sith e-Books (Pantheon and Secrets) are stated to have occurred more than 1,300 years after the events of the first six Lost Tribe of the Sith stories and after the events of both The Old Republic tie-in novels (Fatal Alliance and Deceived) and Joe Schreiber's upcoming second Star Wars horror novel, Red Harvest.

Tentative title for Nomi Sunrider novel:
Posted: 5th September
As widely reported, author Alex Irvine has announced via his blog[External site - opens in a new window/tab] that his first Star Wars novel has the "tentative" title of Mandorla. As for the potential meaning of mandorla, leaving aside any possible linguistic similarities to Mandalore/Mandalorian, both ClubJade.net[External site - opens in a new window/tab] and EUCantina.net[External site - opens in a new window/tab] note its principle definition within religious iconography, although EUCantina also note its other meaning: it can "symbolize the interactions and interdependence of opposing worlds and forces". This alternative definition ties in nicely to what little-known facts there are about Irvine's first Star Wars novel, as TheForce.net[External site - opens in a new window/tab] recollect: it will "develop the relationship between Nomi and Vima Sunrider and involves a resurgent threat from Sith and Mandalorian forces. Plus I introduce a new character that I’m really enjoying, a sort of interstellar scavenger who runs across some artifacts that are a little more than he can handle".
Mandorla is stated as occurring approximately 3980 years before the Battle of Yavin (about a decade after the events of the Tales of the Jedi comics where Nomi and Vima first appeared). It is due for release in hardcover on December 31st 2011 in the US.

UPDATE:
Posted: 7th September

Alex Irvine has made the following comment on his blog[External site - opens in a new window/tab] regarding the internet furore over the tentative title of his first Star Wars novel:

On Titles and Thinking Out Loud
I see that my maundering about a possible title for the Star Wars book has caused more of a ripple than I'd expected, or intended. Just so we're clear: That's not anything like a final title. That was me thinking out loud. No telling yet what the final title of the book will be.
Apologies if I've given a different impression...


New children's books from DK for 2011:
Posted: 4th September
Amazon.com has listed several new children's titles from DK Publishing due next year. Although listings lack content information, they are educational DK Reader style books for young children:

Also listed by Amazon.com for release on 18th April 2011 (US release) was Star Wars: Visual Dictionary of Characters (208 pages, hardback[External site - opens in a new window/tab]) and Ultimate Sticker Collection: Star Wars The Clone Wars: Secrets of the Force (96 pages, softback[External site - opens in a new window/tab]). Again no content information is available for these titles, but the former looks to be similar to DK Publishing's previous Visual Dictionary range of books such as The Complete Visual Dictionary (2006) and their dictionaries for Episode I (1999), Episode II (2002) and Episode III (2005). While the latter is certainly an addition to The Ultimate Sticker Collection (February 2009) and Ultimate Battles Sticker Collection (July 2009).


Sneak peak at cover for Knight Errant #3:
Posted: 3rd September
In their latest blog entry[External site - opens in a new window/tab], Dark Horse Comics has revealed a sneak peak at the cover for the third issue of Knight Errant: Aflame - the five-part story arc beginning in October.
The cover, by Joe Quinoes, plays tribute to Star Wars conceptual artist Ralph McQuarrie and his famous Luke versus Vader scene.
Knight Errant: Aflame #3 is due for release in mid-December.

John Jackson Miller discusses Knight Errant with TFAW and Techland.com:
Posted: 3rd September
John Jackson Miller, author of the forthcoming Knight Errant comic and novel series from Dark Horse Comics and Del Rey books, has discussed his new series in two online interviews.
The first, and at length, is with TFAW.com
[External site - opens in a new window/tab]; the second, and much shorter, is with Techland.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab].
As both interviews discuss some aspects of Knight Errant they both therefore contain possible spoilers.
The first issue of the comic series, beginning a five-part story arc titled Aflame, is due for release on 13th October, while the first novel, simply titled Knight Errant, is due for US release in paperback on January 25th.

Book Releases:
Posted: 1st September
The Clone Wars: Hero of the Confederacy
Graphic Novella by Henry Gilroy et al.
Dark Horse Books ( [US] )
Anakin Skywalker, Jedi Knight and hero of the Republic, is challenged by a fledgling hero of the Confederacy! The Confederacy is being provided with newer and more advanced ships from a world that has claimed neutrality in the Clone Wars. Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi fly to Valahari to negotiate with the planet’s rulers.

The Clone Wars: New Battlefronts - The Visual Guide
Hardback Reference Book by Jason Fry
DK Publishing ( [UK] )
War still rages in the galaxy! The Republic's Clone Army and Jedi Knights continue to fight the Separatist threat. But new worlds face danger and new enemies are emerging. The Clone Wars: New Battlefronts - The Visual Guide gives you a ring-side seat on the galactic conflict with gorgeous imagery.

The Old Republic #3 (Threat of Peace - part 3 of 3)
Comic Book by Rob Chestney et al.
Dark Horse Comics ( [US] & [UK] [import])
Despite the efforts of the Jedi, a rash of recent violence threatens to overturn the Treaty of Coruscant. After the destruction of the Envoy diplomatic ship, the killing of Jedi Grand Master Zym, and the bombing of the Senate Tower, many Republic leaders are calling for a return to war with the Empire.

Legacy #1 (One for One Dollar reprint)
Comic Book by John Ostrander et al.
Dark Horse Comics ( [US] & [UK] [import])
The Jedi Temple is attacked, an Emperor is betrayed, and the Sith are born anew! A lot can happen in a hundred years, but all of the above happens just in this first issue.

The Clone Wars Reader Level 3: Jedi Heroes
Children's Paperback & Hardback Reading Book by Elizabeth Dowsett
Reading Level: 4-8 years
Dorling Kindersley ( [UK] )
A Level 3 book suited for children who read alone, with more complex sentence structure, information boxes and a helpful alphabetical glossary.

The Clone Wars Reader Level 4: Planets in Peril
Children's Paperback & Hardback Reading Book by Elizabeth Dowsett
Reading Level: 4-8 years
Dorling Kindersley ( [UK] )
A Level 4 book, perfect for proficient readers with a rich vocabulary, challenging sentence structure, a comprehensive index, and additional information and alphabetical glossary.

The Clone Wars Annual 2011
Children's Hardback Annual
Reading Level: 4-8 years
Pedigree Books ( [UK] )


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