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[ News Review and Archive ]
June 2011

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The following news items were posted on Star Wars Books during June 2011:
New release
Posted: 30th June
Star Wars: The Clone Wars Comic #6.22
Children's Comic Book
Titan Comics ( [UK] )
Between 22 and 19 years before the Battle of Yavin:
Featuring original short comic story, Leisure, plus puzzles, games and free cover gift.

Back catalogue of Star Wars novels' now available in e-Book form
Posted: 28th June
From today the complete back catalogue of Star Wars novels from publisher Random House, parent company of Del Rey and Bantam Spectra, is available in digital e-Book form. Now all of those hard-to-find and out-of-print novels from the last 30 years of Star Wars novel publishing are available to read.
For those interested in which books to read first, our Suggested Reading guide can offer some useful advice.

Coming soon Star Wars: The Blueprints
Posted: 24th June
StarWars.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab] has unveiled Star Wars: The Blueprints by J.W. Rinzler (author of The Making of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back). Limited to just 5,000 copies (English language) and costing $500, each copy will be individually numbered (the first 125 copies will also be signed by the three surviving Academy-Award® winners for Best Art Direction (Star Wars, 1978): art director Norman Reynolds; art director Les Dilley; and set dresser Roger Christian). The book is presented in a custom-made cloth case designed to showcase more than 250 of the original and unpublished technical drawings created for all six Star Wars films including those for the Millennium Falcon, X-Wing, the Death Star and the Rebel Blockade Runner.
Full details can be found at StarWars.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab] and the book's publisher Epic Ink Books[External site - opens in a new window/tab].

Star Wars: The Blueprints is due for release in the Autumn.


Ascension excerpt at StarWars.com
Posted: 23rd June
StarWars.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab] has posted a 7-page excerpt (PDF) from the second chapter of the forthcoming Fate of the Jedi: Ascension novel. Penned by Christie Golden, Ascension is the penultimate novel is the nine-book Fate of the Jedi series:

As Luke and Ben Skywalker pursue the mysterious and powerful Abeloth, the Lost Tribe of the Sith is about to be sundered by an even greater power. On Coruscant, the government strains to the brink of collapse in the struggles resulting from a power vacuum. These tensions tug the Jedi Order in conflicting directions.

Ascension is due for release in hardback in August.


New release
Posted: 22nd June
Jedi: The Dark Side #2 (part 2 of 5)
Comic Book by Scott Allie, Mahmud Asrar, Stéphane Roux et al.
Dark Horse Comics ( [US] & [UK] [import])
Approximately 53 years before the Battle of Yavin:
Dispatched to the planet Telos IV, Jedi Master Qui-Gon Ginn, his Padawan Xanatos, and Jedi Master Tahl must uncover the secrets behind a recent political assassination and prevent an outbreak of civil war...more

New release
Posted: 20th June
Star Wars: Character Encyclopedia
Hardback Reference Book
DK Publishing ( [US] )
From heroes like Luke Skywalker and C-3PO, to villains like Darth Vader and Boba Fett, learn the ins and outs, ups and downs and secret info on all your favourite characters. Focused entirely on the characters from the classic Star Wars series, this chunky encyclopedia will take you from A to Z in the Star Wars galaxy...more

Preview for Jedi: The Dark Side #2
Posted: 19th June
Dark Horse Comics has posted a three-page preview[External site - opens in a new window/tab] for the second issue of Scott Allie's comic tale featuring Qui-Gon Jinn, Jedi: The Dark Side. Set some 21 years before Episode I: The Phantom Menace, this comic tale tells the story of when Jedi Master Jinn is dispatched to prevent the outbreak of civil war on Telos IV, his Padawan Xanatos's homeworld - where it just happens that Xanatos's father is king. In this second issue, Qui-Gon, Xanatos and Jedi Master Tahl must uncover the secrets behind a recent political assassination to prevent an outbreak of civil war. For the headstrong Xanatos, this return to the world of his birth has dredged up hidden resentments, while Master Tahl has herself become a target for assassination.

Written by Scott Allie (Empire: Betrayal) with art by Mahmud Asrar, Jedi: The Dark Side #2 is due for release on Wednesday 22nd June from Dark Horse Comics.


New Episode I children's titles for next year
Posted: 16th June
With Episode I: The Phantom Menace returning to theaters next year in 3-D it is no surprise that there will be tie-in books vying for readers' attention and Amazon.com has listed several new children's titles due for release next year from publishers Grosset & Dunlap, Scholastic Books and DK Publishing.
Firstly, Scholastic Books have a 3-D Storybook lined up, while DK Publishing look to be re-releasing their Episode I Visual Dictionary from 1999 but in an Expanded Edition
[External site - opens in a new window/tab] as well as an Episode I: Ultimate Sticker Collection[External site - opens in a new window/tab]. For the youngest of readers DK Publishing has several of their Readers titles lined up: Beware the Sith[External site - opens in a new window/tab], Battle for Naboo[External site - opens in a new window/tab] and Darth Maul: Sith Apprentice[External site - opens in a new window/tab]. All of these Episode I tie-in titles should be available from early to mid-January onwards.

Scholastic Books are to add another title to Ryder Windham's character biography series (The Rise and Fall of Darth Vader, The Life and Legend of Obi-Wan Kenobi and A New Hope: The Life of Luke Skywalker) with a fourth title concentrating on Episode I favourite villain, Darth Maul. Possibly titled The Wrath of Darth Maul[External site - opens in a new window/tab], according to Barnes & Noble[External site - opens in a new window/tab], it will feature new, never-before-told secrets about Darth Maul. This new biography is due for release in hardback at the beginning of 2012.

Lastly, with the fourth season of The Clone Wars animated series due this Fall, Grosset & Dunlap continue Ryder Windham's Secret Missions series with a fourth title, Guardians of the Chiss Key, due for paperback release mid-February and another tie-in storybook titled The Secret Villain due for release mid-January.


New release
Posted: 16th June
Star Wars Insider #102
Magazine
Titan Magazines ( [UK] )
Featuring original short story Buyer's Market by Timothy Zahn, plus the latest news on The Clone Wars and The Old Republic with interviews with Christian Taylor, Kevin Kiner, Daniel Erikson and Rick Baker.

New release
Posted: 14th June
Star Wars Insider #126
Magazine
Titan Magazines ( [US] )
Featuring original short story Buyer's Market by Timothy Zahn, plus the latest news on The Clone Wars and The Old Republic with interviews with Christian Taylor, Kevin Kiner, Daniel Erikson and Rick Baker.

Comics for September 2011
Posted: 11th June
In their latest solicitations, Dark Horse Comics has announced the following Star Wars comics due for release in September (and October) 2011:

Invasion: Revelations #3 (of 5)
Comic book by Tom Taylor, Colin Wilson, Wes Dzioba et al.
Approximately 25 years after the Battle of Yavin
Queen Nina of Artorias and her stepdaughter Kaye discover that the haven meant for the refugees in their care is actually a work camp run by the Empire--for the benefit of the invaders! But worse than that, Kaye learns a horrifying secret about her adoptive mother--and herself!
Available: September 14th 2011

The Old Republic: The Lost Suns #4 (of 5)
Comic book by Alexander Freed, George Freeman, Dave Ross, Mark McKenna et al.
Approximately 3,660 years before the Battle of Yavin
Captured by the evil Sith Empire, Republic spy Theron Shan is about to find out what secret sacrifice brought about the end of the great war. But once the Imperial's covert activities are revealed, will he be able to act on his devastating discoveries?
Available: September 14th 2011

Jedi: The Dark Side #5 (of 5)
Comic book by Scott Allie, Mahmud Asrar et al.
Approximately 21 years before the Battle of Yavin
Civil war has broken out on Telos IV. As the governor rallies his military, Jedi Qui-Gon Jinn struggles desperately to uncover the reason for the planet's unrest, in hope of stopping the war...
But Qui-Gon's troubled Padawan isn't helping: his homecoming to Telos has been anything but happy, and the recent events--including the horrific death of a family member-have fueled his growing anger. This time, though, Qui-Gon is the target!

Available: September 21st 2011

Knight Errant: Deluge #2 (of
Comic Book by John Jackson Miller, Iban Coello, Sergio Abad et al.
Approximately 1,0.32 years before the Battle of Yavin
Answering a distress call, Jedi Knight Kerra Holt has returned to her Sith-held home planet to liberate as many slaves as possible with a single shuttle. She didn't expect to meet a squadron of starfighters from the Republic! With the help of the Devil Squadron, Kerra can go on the offensive, and the entire planet will have a chance at liberation!
But there is more to the Devils than it first appears. A scheming Hutt with an evil agenda is infiltrating the planet, and the Sith Lord Daiman is just getting wind of what is happening on his planet!

Available: September 21st 2011

Dark Times: Out of the Wilderness #3 (of 5)
Comic book by Mick Harrison, Douglas Wheatley, Dan Jackson et al.
Approximately 19 years before the Battle of Yavin
Caged fury! Desert raiders have captured Ember Chankeli, only to discover they have a tiger who can't be tamed! Worse for them: they have a Jedi on their trail!
But Jedi Master Dass Jennir had better watch his back, because a mysterious assassin and Darth Vader both want his head!

Available: October 5th 2011

The Clone Wars: Strange Allies
Graphic Novella by Ryder Windham, Ben Dewey, Mae Hao, Stéphane Roux et al.
Between 22 and 19 years before the Battle of Yavin
With so many Jedi Generals occupied with the Clone Wars, assignments that would usually go to Knights or Masters are falling to Jedi in training: in this case, masterless Padawan Nuru Kungurama. Accompanied by his squad of clone troopers and a hulking swoop biker named Gizz, Nuru’s job begins as a routine protection detail but soon evolves to include a mystery massacre, the hijacking of a space freighter, and the kidnapping of a group of orphaned younglings!
Available: November 9th 2011

Darth Vader and the Lost Command
Hardback Graphic Novel by Haden Blackman, Rick Leonardi et al.
Approximately 19 years before the Battle of Yavin
Still haunted by the death of Anakin Skywalker's beloved Padmé in Revenge of the Sith, Darth Vader is tasked with a mission to locate a lost Imperial expeditionary force--led by the son of Vader's rising nemesis, Moff Tarkin. But the perils of Vader's journey into the unexplored Ghost Nebula are compounded by traitors among his crew and the presence of the system's religious leader, Lady Saro.
Available: November 30th 2011


Riptide teaser
Posted: 10th June
Following last week's teaser for the penultimate Fate of the Jedi novel, Ascension, Del Rey has posted a teaser for Paul S. Kemp's upcoming novel, Riptide, on their Facebook page[External site - opens in a new window/tab]:

Khedryn cleared his throat. “So, then, do you have a plan? What do we do about the escaped clones?”
“We find them,” Jaden said.
“Yeah, I figured that. I’m all ears about how.”
“First I need to speak to Grand Master Skywalker.”

Riptide, Kemp's sequel to last year's Crosscurrent, is due for release in paperback in the US on 25th October.
(Source: via Roqoo Depot[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


Sue Rostoni to retire
Posted: 10th June
StarWars.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab] has announced that Sue Rostoni, LucasBooks' Executive Editor, is to retire next month. Sue states about the announcement: "I have enjoyed the best job in the world with the most wonderfully creative people. I'm so grateful to have been a part of the Star Wars and Indiana Jones programs these past years -- it's been the most challenging and rewarding time of my life."
Sue has been involved with LucasFilm Licensing for over twenty years - since the modern Expanded Universe began with Timothy Zahn's Heir to the Empire novel and Tom Veitch & Cam Kennedy's Dark Empire comic series back in 1991. Over the years Sue has become a stalwart figure within LucasFilm Licensing and LucasBooks and has overseen the launch of many different story series' including the nineteen novel New Jedi Order series in 1999 - a series that contained the death of Chewbacca in its very first novel.
For many fans it will be the openness she expressed amongst the fan community that will be missed the most: until very recently she regularly contributed to StarWars.com's VIP forum thread - answering many fans' questions. It was only the forums' closure that prevented her from continuing with her contributions. Sue had her own StarWars.com Blog[External site - opens in a new window/tab] in which she gave fans' many insights into her role as Executive Editor at LucasBooks and she would also participate away from the official Star Wars websites by agreeing to interviews for various fan websites, including very recently one at EUCantina.net[External site - opens in a new window/tab].
Footnote: for those interested, LucasFilm Licensing are looking for a Senior Editor[External site - opens in a new window/tab] at LucasBooks (via[External site - opens in a new window/tab]).

New releases
Posted: 9th June
Omnibus: At War with the Empire - Volume 1
Omnibus Graphic Novel by various
Titan Books ( [UK] )
Just before, during and after the Battle of Yavin:
Collating the following stories: Betrayal, Princess... Warrior, The Short, Happy Life of Roons Sewell, What Sin Loyalty?, The Savage Heart, Target: Vader, A Little Piece of Home, Alone Together, Idiot's Array and The Price of Power from Empire comic book series...more

Star Wars Galaxy #9
Premier Comic Book
Titan Comics ( [UK] )
Featuring reprints from The Old Republic: Blood of the Empire, Darth Vader & The Lost Command and Invasion: Rescues.


Excerpt from Choices of One at StarWars.com
Posted: 9th June
StarWars.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab] has posted a 16-page excerpt (of Chapter Two) from Timothy Zahn's upcoming novel Choices of One. A sequel to 2007's Allegiance, Choices of One is set eight months after the Battle of Yavin at a time when the Rebellion is in desperate need of a new base. So when Governor Ferrouz of Candoras sector proposes an alliance, offering the Rebels sanctuary in return for protection against the alien warlord Nuso Esva, Luke, Leia, Han, and Chewie are sent to evaluate the deal.
Mara Jade, the Emperor's Hand, is also heading for Candoras, along with the five renegade stormtroopers known as the Hand of Judgment. Their mission: to punish Ferrouz's treason and smash the Rebels for good.
But in this treacherous game of betrayals within betrayals, a wild card is waiting to be played
.

Choices of One is due for release in hardback next month.


New release
Posted: 8th June
The Old Republic: The Lost Suns #1
(Part 1 of 5)
Comic Book by Alexander Freed, David Ross, Mark McKenna, Michael Atiyeh et al.
Dark Horse Comics ( [ US ] & [ UK ] [import])
Approximately 3,660 years before the Battle of Yavin:
Theron Shan, descendant of the legendary bloodline that includes Jedi Bastila Shan and Satele Shan, is no Jedi he's a Republic spy! His mission: to discover the blackest secret at the heart of the evil Sith Empire!...more

New release
Posted: 7th June
Star Wars: The Clone Wars Magazine #5
Children's Magazine
Titan Magazines ( [US] )
Between 22 and 19 years before the Battle of Yavin:
Featuring short comic stories Repel All Boarders! and A Trooper's Tale, plus puzzles, games and competitions.

Conviction third on New York Times Best Sellers
Posted: 6th June
Conviction by Aaron Allston, the seventh title in the nine-book Fate of the Jedi series which was released less than two weeks ago, has entered The New York Times Best Sellers[External site - opens in a new window/tab] list for week ending 12th June at #3. This position is one notch higher than Allston's previous Fate of the Jedi novel, Backlash, which entered at #4 in March 2010[External site - opens in a new window/tab], but mirrors the highest entry point for any title in this series so far: Outcast, the first novel in the series, also by Allston, entered at #3 back in April 2009[External site - opens in a new window/tab].

This apparently marks a return to popularity for the Fate of the Jedi series as, although still Best Sellers in their own right, the last two novels in this series, Vortex by Troy Denning and Allies by Christie Golden, only entered at #20 and #8 on their respective Best Sellers lists. By comparison, Denning's other novel in this series, Abyss, entered at #7 while Christie's Omen entered at #4.

Fate of the Jedi: Conviction is available now in hardback in both US and UK.


First look at The Clone Wars Magazine #5
Posted: 5th June
The fifth issue of The Clone Wars Magazine from Titan Magazines is due to be released next week in the US. Here is what to expect in this latest issue:
  • Two comic tales - Repel All Boarders! and A Trooper's Tale
  • Ones To Watch In Season 4 - the most likely candidates for big returns and epic storylines in Season 4 of The Clone Wars
  • Episode Guides - episodes 3.20 "Citadel Rescue" & episode 3.22 "Wookiee Hunt"
  • Clone Wars Infinities - What if the Nightsisters Supercharged Ventress? We all know how Clone Wars history unfolded - but what if the story went a different route? Find out right here!
  • Ship Spotlight: Slave I - Find out about Jango and Boba Fett's bounty hunter ship - complete with blaster cannons and projectile launchers!
  • Profile on Saesee Tin, the reclusive Jedi Council member who prefers starfighters to his fellow Jedi!
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars puzzles and activities, and loads more awesome features!
  • Plus win a General Grievous spinning electronic lightsaber by Hasbro or a Star Wars Top Trumps Tournament in our awesome Sweeps!

Star Wars: The Clone Wars Magazine #5 hits US newsstands on 7th June.


Five-page preview for The Lost Suns #1
Posted: 2nd June
StarWars.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab] has posted a five-page preview for the first issue of the third The Old Republic tie-in comic series, The Lost Suns. Written by Alexander Freed with pencils by George Freeman and Dave Ross, inks by Mark McKenna, and colors by Michael Atiyeh, The Lost Suns is a five-part stand alone story that promises to "intertwine with the narrative of the game, revealing secrets players will find nowhere else".
Issue #1 is due to be released on Wednesday 8th June from Dark Horse Comics.

New release
Posted: 2nd June
Star Wars: The Clone Wars Comic #6.21
Children's Comic Book
Titan Comics ( [UK] )
Between 22 and 19 years before the Battle of Yavin:
Featuring original short comic story, The Feral Queen, plus puzzles, games and free cover gift.

Allston reveals Wraith Squadron novel tidbits
Posted: 1st June
In an interview published today on Suvudu.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab], Aaron Allston author of Fate of the Jedi: Conviction, revealed some tidbits about his next Star Wars project - the as yet untitled Wraith Squadron novel:

Most of the action takes place in the same approximate period as Fate of the Jedi, but there are critical chapters that revisit the Wraiths in earlier years, starting just after they made the jump to become an Intelligence unit. The current-era story reunites some of the longtime Wraiths, introduces new ones, and even has second-generation Wraiths.
Not every subplot that arose in
Fate of the Jedi will have been resolved by that series’ end, and it’s up to the Wraiths to clean up a big mess left behind. That’s about all I’m willing to say at this time.

You can read the full interview with Allston here[External site - opens in a new window/tab]. Allston's Wraith Squadron novel is due for release in hardback next year.
(Source: Suvudu.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab] via EUCantina.net[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


New release
Posted: 1st June
Star Wars: Character Encyclopedia
Hardback Reference Book
Dorling Kindersley ( [UK] )
From heroes like Luke Skywalker and C-3PO, to villains like Darth Vader and Boba Fett, learn the ins and outs, ups and downs and secret info on all your favourite characters. Focused entirely on the characters from the classic Star Wars series, this chunky encyclopedia will take you from A to Z in the Star Wars galaxy...more

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