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[ News Review and Archive ]
July 2011

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The following news items were posted on Star Wars Books during July 2011:
Digital e-comic releases this week
Posted: 30th July
Dark Horse Comics has added three more Star Wars comic titles to their Dark Horse Digital e-comic store this week:

Dark Horse Digital purchases can currently be viewed on iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch or any modern web browser - an Android app is currently in progress.


New release
Posted: 29th July
Invasion Volume 2: Rescues
Graphic Novel by Tom Taylor, Colin Wilson et al.
Titan Books ( [UK] )
Approximately 25 years after the Battle of Yavin:
Prince Finn Galfridian, despite Master Skywalker's disapproval, flies into danger with Jacen and Jaina Solo! Princess Kaye and Queen Nina turn a captured Yuuzhan Vong ship against their enemies! And King Caled conducts an underground war on the family's homeworld...more

New releases
Posted: 28th July
Star Wars: The Clone Wars Comic #6.23
Children's Comic Book
Titan Comics ( [UK] )
Between 22 and 19 years before the Battle of Yavin:
Featuring original short comic story, Fashion, plus puzzles, games and free cover gifts.

Star Wars Insider #103
Magazine
Titan Magazines ( [UK] )
Featuring a profile of Han Solo, the galaxy's most lovable rogue; Timothy Zahn on the Expanded Universe; an excusive extract from the forthcoming The Old Republic: Revan novel by Drew Karpyshyn; plus much more!


New release
Posted: 26th July
Star Wars Insider #127
Magazine
Titan Magazines ( [US] )
Featuring a profile of Han Solo, the galaxy's most lovable rogue; Timothy Zahn on the Expanded Universe; an excusive extract from the forthcoming The Old Republic: Revan novel by Drew Karpyshyn; plus much more!

Star Wars comics go digital (again)
Posted: 22nd July
Two years ago Dark Horse Comics experimented in the e-comic digital format, Dark Horse Mobile. Produced by THQ, selected Star Wars titles were exclusively available from iTunes as full-story collection apps for Apple iOS products (iPod, iPhone, etc); however last year, with THQ's license expiring, Dark Horse Comics took production of e-comics in-house and created their own digital store that allows users to purchase not only full-story collections but also individual comic book issues (previously unavailable from THQ/iTunes) or complete story collections and be able to read them on not only iOS products but also on any modern web browser. Since its launch earlier this year, the Dark Horse Digital[External site - opens in a new window/tab] store has been noticeable in its absence of Star Wars titles - until now - as from today a selected number of Star Wars comics including the popular Legacy: War mini-series as well as Knights of the Old Republic (issues #1 thru #6) are now available in digital form from the Dark Horse Digital[External site - opens in a new window/tab] store.
The complete list of available titles is:

Dark Horse Digital[External site - opens in a new window/tab] purchases can currently be viewed on iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch or any modern web browser - an Android app is currently in progress.


Cover revealed for The Old Republic: Revan
Posted: 21st July
StarWars.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab] has revealed the cover for the third The Old Republic tie-in novel Revan:

There’s something out there: a juggernaut of evil bearing down to crush the Republic - unless one lone Jedi, shunned and reviled, can stop it.
Revan: hero, traitor, conqueror, villain, savior. A Jedi who left Coruscant to defeat Mandalorians and returned a disciple of the dark side, bent on destroying the Republic. The Jedi Council gave Revan his life back, but the price of redemption was high. His memories have been erased. All that’s left are nightmares and deep, abiding fear.
What exactly happened beyond the Outer Rim? Revan can’t quite remember, yet can’t entirely forget. Somehow he stumbled across a terrible secret that threatens the very existence of the Republic. With no idea what it is, or how to stop it, Revan may very well fail, for he’s never faced a more powerful and diabolic enemy. But only death can stop him from trying.

Written by Drew Karpyshyn, author of the Darth Bane trilogy, Revan is due to be released in hardback on 15th November (US & UK).


New releases
Posted: 20th July
The Clone Wars: The Starcrusher Trap
Graphic Novella by Mike Barr, Matt and Shawn Fillbach, Raymond Lee et al.
Dark Horse Books ( [US] )
Between 21 and 19 years before the Battle of Yavin:
The Separatists unleash a terrifying new weapon on Republic-held systems! An enormous starship, the Starcrusher, is destroying every ship sent against it...more

Jedi: The Dark Side #3 (part 3 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:
On Telos IV, a priestess has been assassinated, and the planet is on the verge of civil war. Only Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn and his Padawan Xanatos can protect the planet’s leader, who just happens to be Xanatos’s father, and stop the insurgents...more

The Old Republic: The Lost Suns #2 (part 2 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:
Previously thought lost forever in Sith territory, Ngani Zho is back and more peculiar than before he left. Theron has his hands full with Zho, a troublesome thief, and the threatening Sith Knights who are also on Zho’s trail!...more


New release
Posted: 19th July
Choices of One
Hardback Novel by Timothy Zahn
Del Rey ( [US] )
Approximately 8 months after the Battle of Yavin:
The Rebel Alliance attempts to formulate an alliance with Governor Ferrouz of the Candoras Sector: in return for a safe haven, the Rebels will protect Ferrouz and Candoras from an alien warlord. Meanwhile Mara Jade and the Hand of Judgment are sent to punish Ferrouz for his treasonous behaviour and to smash the Rebel Alliance...more

New release
Posted: 18th July
Lost Tribe of the Sith: Pantheon
e-Book Novella by John Jackson Miller
Del Rey ( [US] & [UK] )
Approximately 3,000 years before the Battle of Yavin:
When the Sith ship Omen crash-landed on Kesh two thousand years ago, the crew encountered native barbarism and superstition. Now a violent millennium has reduced the Lost Tribe of the Sith to a similar state...
more
Download free PDF from Suvudu.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab].

Excerpt for Choices of One
Posted: 15th July
Publisher Del Rey[External site - opens in a new window/tab] has posted a massive 50+page preview from Choices of One by Timothy Zahn, due for release next week in hardback in the US. As the sequel to Zahn's 2008 novel Allegiance, Choices of One sees the return of Mara Jade as the Emperor's Hand as well as the five renegade stormtroopers known as the Hand of Judgment. Set months after A New Hope, the Rebel Alliance attempts to formulate an alliance with Governor Ferrouz of the Candoras Sector: in return for a safe haven, the Rebels will protect Ferrouz and Candoras from an alien warlord. Meanwhile Mara and the Hand of Judgment are sent to punish Ferrouz for his treasonous behaviour and to smash the Rebel Alliance.
You can read the preview here[External site - opens in a new window/tab].

Excerpt from Riptide at StarWars.com
Posted: 14th July
StarWars.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab] has posted a short excerpt (PDF) from the first chapter of Paul S. Kemp's upcoming novel Riptide. Riptide is the sequel to Kemp's 2010 novel Crosscurrent and in this follow-up story sees Jedi Knight Jaden Korr pursue the Force-capable clones that were secretly created by Imperial scientists. But what Korr doesn't know is that Sith agents are hot on his heels, determined not only to recover the clones for their Master but to capture Jaden for their own dark-side purposes. In a life-or-death battle, Jaden will confront a shocking reality that will rock him to his core and bring him face-to-face with the question of what makes a man... and a Jedi.

Riptide is due for release in paperback in the US on 25th October and early November in the UK.


Title revealed for upcoming Wraith Squadron novel
Posted: 13th July
Del Rey has revealed via Facebook[External site - opens in a new window/tab] and Twitter[External site - opens in a new window/tab] that Aaron Allston's upcoming Wraith Squadron novel will be titled Mercy Kill. It is due for release next Summer in hardback and although not much is known of its story, Aaron did recently reveal that the story will take 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."

New release
Posted: 13th July
Invasion: Revelations #1 (part 1 of 5)
Comic Book by Tom Taylor, Colin Wilson et al.
Dark Horse Comics ( [US] & [UK] [import])
Approximately 25 years after the Battle of Yavin:
Finn Galfridian has already lost his father and his homeworld to the Yuuzhan Vong, and now he offers himself for Force training by Master Dray-who just might be insane. Elsewhere, Finn’s mother and sister reach the Imperial outpost of Shramar...more

Comics for October 2011 and beyond
Posted: 9th July
In their latest solicitations, Dark Horse Comics has announced the following Star Wars comics for October / November and upcoming graphic novel collections including tie-ins for next year's 3-D theatrical release of Episode I: The Phantom Menace.

Comic book issues:
Invasion: Revelations #4 (of 5)
Comic book by Tom Taylor, Colin Wilson, Wes Dzioba et al.
Approximately 25 years after the Battle of Yavin
Queen Nina and Princess Kaye’s attack on the Yuuzhan Vong collaborators on Shramar has brought Warmaster Tsavong Lah and his armada to the scene.
But the New Republic has some special forces in reserve: namely, every free ship in the sector! It’s a space battle of epic proportions as pirate ships, freighters, and Imperial vessels join the New Republic’s fleet against the invaders from another galaxy!

Available: October 12th 2011

The Old Republic: The Lost Suns #5 (of 5)
Comic book by Alexander Freed, George Freeman, Dave Ross, Mark McKenna et al.
Approximately 3,660 years before the Battle of Yavin
Republic spy Theron Shan puts all he has into surviving—and stopping—the Sith’s star-killing Sun Razer. This megaweapon must be destroyed and the Republic must be warned of the threat!
Available: October 12th 2011

Knight Errant: Deluge #3 (of 5)
Comic Book by John Jackson Miller, Iban Coello, Sergio Abad et al.
Approximately 1,032 years before the Battle of Yavin
Jedi Knight Kerra Holt’s elation at the prospect of being part of a team again has quickly deflated now that she realizes the motives of the Republic’s Devil Squadron are a far cry from her own. But with crime lord Zodoh the Hutt returning to Kerra’s home planet and the Sith Lord Daiman about to enter the fight, Kerra must sort out her allies or be destroyed!
Available: October 19th 2011

Crimson Empire III #1 (of 6) [Dave Dorman cover]
Comic Book by Mike Richardson, Paul Gulacy, Michael Bartolo et al.
Approximately 14 years after the Battle of Yavin
The reach of the New Republic is expanding, but the days of fighting for the galaxy have not ended. A threat against Princess Leia and Han Solo’s family disrupts usual business on Coruscant—and Luke Skywalker’s Jedi training on Yavin 4!
In another part of the galaxy, a former Imperial Guardsman turned bounty hunter, Kir Kanos, is ready to settle an old score after three years in hiding—if a new adversary doesn’t kill him first!

Available: October 26th 2011

Crimson Empire III #1 (of 6) [Paul Gulacy variant cover]
Comic Book by Mike Richardson, Paul Gulacy, Michael Bartolo et al.
Approximately 14 years after the Battle of Yavin
The reach of the New Republic is expanding, but the days of fighting for the galaxy have not ended. A threat against Princess Leia and Han Solo’s family disrupts usual business on Coruscant—and Luke Skywalker’s Jedi training on Yavin 4!
In another part of the galaxy, a former Imperial Guardsman turned bounty hunter, Kir Kanos, is ready to settle an old score after three years in hiding—if a new adversary doesn’t kill him first!

Available: October 26th 2011

Dark Times: Out of the Wilderness #4 (of 5)
Comic book by Mick Harrison, Douglas Wheatley, Dan Jackson et al.
Approximately 19 years before the Battle of Yavin
The mystery man is revealed! If Boba Fett is the man you call when you want someone captured, Falco Sang is the one to call when you want someone dead. Sang has been on Dass Jennir’s trail for months, and now the Jedi is in his sights.
But Sang isn’t the only one searching for Jennir, and he should be careful that he doesn’t come between Jennir and Darth Vader!

Available: November 2nd 2011

Graphic Novel collections:
Omnibus: At War with the Empire - Volume 2

Omnibus Graphic Novel by various
Luke is recognized as a Jedi General, and also the son of Anakin Skywalker, hero of the Clone Wars; a powerful crime lord leads the Empire, the Rebels, and his own spies in a circle of betrayal; the Rebellion faces a big challenge to bring about a small victory; Luke and Leia encounter an evil from the past when Darth Vader sets a trap for them on a deserted moon; all these stories and more!
Available: December 14th 2011

Episode I: The Phantom Menace (re-release)
Graphic Novella by Henry Gilroy, Rodolfo Damaggio, Al Williamson, Dave Nestelle et al.
Approximately 32 years before the Battle of Yavin
A perfect companion to the release of Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace in 3-D, this adaptation is a must-read for any Star Wars follower. Characters that have now become icons in the Star Wars mythos and events that laid the foundation for the ongoing epic struggle between the Jedi and the Sith got their start in Episode I.
Child-friendly digest-sized format! A companion to the 3-D re-release!

Available: January 4th 2012

Episode I Adventures (re-release)
Graphic Novella by Henry Gilroy, Mark Schultz, Timothy Trumam, Ryder Windham et al.
Approximately 32 years before the Battle of Yavin
The main characters from Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace: Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Qui-Gon Jinn, and Queen Amidala; all have unseen adventures set within the timeframe of the film.
Child-friendly digest-sized format! A companion to the 3-D re-release!

Available: January 4th 2012


Cover revealed for Darth Plagueis
Posted: 8th July
StarWars.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab] has revealed the cover for James Luceno's much anticipated Darth Plagueis novel and a reminder of the Tragedy of Darth Plagueis the Wise:

Once, not so long ago, there was a great Sith Lord called Darth Plagueis. So powerful and wise was Darth Plagueis he could even manipulate the Force to create life or stop death in others. Ironically, such a powerful being could not prevent his own death, for in the way of the Sith, Plagueis was killed in his sleep by his apprentice.

Darth Plagueis is due to be released in hardback in the US on 27th December and in the UK on 5th January 2012.


Apocalypse teaser synopsis
Posted: 8th July
In their Spring 2012 catalogue, Random House has published a teaser synopsis for the final title in the nine-book Fate of the Jedi series, Apocalypse. As this may contain POTENTIAL SPOILERS, highlight between arrow-heads to read:

>>>Luke Skywalker leads a desperate all-out assault against the new face of Darkness: the Lost Tribe of the Sith. The future of Coruscant, and of the Galactic Alliance, hangs in the balance. But victory is far from certain. Luke and his Jedi Order will be tested as never before and the galaxy will never be the same again.<<<

Fate of the Jedi: Apocalypse by Troy Denning is due for release in hardback in the US on 3rd April 2012 and one month later in the UK.

According to Random House the hardback edition of Apocalypse will also contain an "extensive excerpt of book one of next Star Wars series". LucasBooks' editor, Sue Rostoni, has already intimated that they are not planning any more multi-title series like Fate of the Jedi, so this "next series" would either be the first title in a new trilogy, like Troy Denning's Dark Nest trilogy that follow the 19-book New Jedi Order series; or a duology, like Paul S. Kemp's Crosscurrent and Riptide titles that follow the 9-book Legacy of the Force series.
(Source: via TheForce.net[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


New release
Posted: 7th July
Star Wars Galaxy #10
Premier Comic Book
Titan Comics ( [UK] )
Featuring reprints from The Old Republic: Blood of the Empire, Darth Vader & The Lost Command and Invasion: Rescues.

Preview Invasion: Revelations #1 at StarWars.com
Posted: 6th July
StarWars.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab] has posted a three-page preview for the first issue of the third instalment of Tom Taylor and Colin Wilson's Invasion series, Revelations:

Finn Galfridian has already lost his father and his homeworld to the Yuuzhan Vong, and now he offers himself for Force training by Master Dray-who just might be insane. Elsewhere, Finn’s mother and sister reach the Imperial outpost of Shramar, where refugees from their home planet hope to reunite with their family members. But a mystery turns dangerous and then threatens violent conflict between the New Republic and the Empire!

Invasion: Revelations #1 is due to be released by Dark Horse Comics on Wednesday 13th July.


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