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[ News Review and Archive ]
August 2011

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The following news items were posted on Star Wars Books during August 2011:
Digital e-comic releases this week
Posted: 31st August
Dark Horse Comics
has added the following digital editions to their Dark Horse Digital[External site - opens in a new window/tab] 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 Releases
Posted: 31st August
Chewbacca and the Slavers of the Shadowlands
Graphic Novella by Chris Cerasi, Jennifer Meyer et al.
Dark Horse Books ( [US] )
Journey back nearly two hundred years before the events in A New Hope as Chewbacca relates a story from his youth on Kashyyyk. Determined to prove themselves eligible for the rites of adulthood, Chewie and his young friends venture into the perilous Shadowlands in search of adventure...more

New Releases
Posted: 26th August
The Jedi Path
Hardback Reference Book by Daniel Wallace et al.
Titan Books ( [UK] )
This ancient training manual, crafted by early Jedi Masters, has educated and enlightened generations of Jedi. It explains the history and hierarchy of the Jedi Order, and what Jedi must know to take their place as defenders of the peace in the galaxy - from mastery of the Force to the nuances of lightsaber combat...more
Now available without mechanical vault.

The Force Unleashed II
Paperback Novel by Sean Williams
Titan Books ( [UK] )
Approximately 1 year before the Battle of Yavin:
As ruthless apprentice to Darth Vader, Starkiller was mercilessly schooled in the ways of the dark side and he served without question, killed without remorse, but lost his heart without warning to beautiful Imperial fighter pilot Juno Eclipse...more

Knight Errant Volume 1: Aflame
Comic Book by John Jackson Miller, Federico Dallocchio, Michael Atiyeh et al.
Titan Books ( [UK] )
Approximately 1,032 years before the Battle of Yavin:
A newly knighted Jedi on her first mission, eighteen-year-old Kerra Holt has joined a band of Jedi volunteers travelling behind Sith lines, with no support from the Republic and little chance of survival. She thinks she is prepared for anything. But she's wrong...more
Collates issues #1 thru #5 of Knight Errant: Aflame comic book series.


New Release
Posted: 25th August
Star Wars: The Clone Wars Comic #6.24
Children's Comic Book
Titan Comics ( [UK] )
Between 22 and 19 years before the Battle of Yavin:
Featuring original short comic story, Runaway Starfighter, plus puzzles, games and free cover gifts.
Also available in digital format from Zinio.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab] (UK only).

Shadow Games excerpt
Posted: 25th August
StarWars.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab] has published a 7-page excerpt (PDF) from Michael Reaves and Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff's upcoming novel Shadow Games:

Javul Charn is the most famous pop star in the galaxy, and the runaway bride of a violent lieutenant in Black Sun, the crime syndicate commanded by Prince Xizor. Or so Javul says. Soon after Dash Rendar, broke and desperate, agrees to be Javul's bodyguard, he realizes that openness is not her strong suit, and that murder is stalking her tour. Between the discovery of dead bodies in a cargo hold and an attack by an unidentified warship, Dash and co-pilot Eaden Vrill desperately try to understand who is terrorizing Javul's tour and why. When Han Solo suddenly joins Javul's road show, the stakes are raised even higher. Now Dash, who has a history with Han and an even worse history with Prince Xizor, follows his instincts, his discoveries, and Javul - straight into a world that may be too dangerous to survive.

Shadow Games novel due for release in paperback in November in the US.


First blurb for Darth Plagueis novel
Posted: 25th August
The first blurb for James Luceno's forthcoming Darth Plagueis novel has appeared on Random House's website:

Darth Plagueis: one of the most brilliant Sith Lords who ever lived. Possessing power is all he desires. Losing it is the only thing he fears. As an apprentice, he embraces the ruthless ways of the Sith. And when the time is right, he destroys his Master—but vows never to suffer the same fate. For like no other disciple of the dark side, Darth Plagueis learns to command the ultimate power . . . over life and death.
Darth Sidious: Plagueis’s chosen apprentice. Under the guidance of his Master, he secretly studies the ways of the Sith, while publicly rising to power in the galactic government, first as Senator, then as Chancellor, and eventually as Emperor.
Darth Plagueis and Darth Sidious, Master and acolyte, target the galaxy for domination—and the Jedi Order for annihilation. But can they defy the merciless Sith tradition? Or will the desire of one to rule supreme, and the dream of the other to live forever, sow the seeds of their destruction?

Darth Plagueis novel due for release in hardback on December 27th in the US and on January 5th in the UK.


Digital e-comic releases this week
Posted: 24th August
Dark Horse Comics has added the following digital editions to their Dark Horse Digital[External site - opens in a new window/tab] 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: 24th August
Jedi: The Dark Side #4
(part 4 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:
The situation on Telos IV is getting darker: sabotage, assassination attempts, secret meetings, undercover agents. But right now, Master Qui-Gon Jinn's main concern is controlling his headstrong Padawan...more

New short story fiction from Matthew Stover
Posted: 22nd August
Publisher Del Rey has revealed on Facebook[External site - opens in a new window/tab] that Matthew Stover, author of Luke Skywalker and the Shadows of Mindor and Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, has written a short story entitled The Tenebrous Way that is due to be published in December's issue of Star Wars Insider magazine (issue #130 in the US, issue #106 in the UK).

They have also revealed that The Tenebrous Way is a tie-in to James Luceno's Darth Plagueis novel due for release in hardback on December 27th in the US and on January 5th in the UK.


New Release
Posted: 22nd August
The Clone Wars: Season 2 Volume 4
DVD
LucasFilm Animation / Warner Bros. Home Entertainment
( [UK] )
Between 22 and 19 years before the Battle of Yavin:
Featuring episodes seventeen thru twenty-two from the second season of The Clone Wars animated TV series: Bounty Hunters, The Zillo Beast, The Zillo Beast Strikes Back, Death Trap, R2 Come Home and Lethal Trackdown.

New short story fiction from Paul S. Kemp
Posted: 18th August
Paul S. Kemp, author of Crosscurrent and Riptide, has announced via Twitter[External site - opens in a new window/tab] that he has been commissioned to write a short story for a future issue of Star Wars Insider, possibly the October edition (this would tie-in to the release of Riptide in late October):

"I'm writing a short story for Star Wars Insider, featuring Khedryn and Marr, the spacers in CROSSCURRENT and RIPTIDE. Oct issue, I think."

Crosscurrent is available now in paperback and Riptide is due for release in paperback in late October in the US.
Original story posted: 10th August

UPDATE: Paul has announced via Twitter[External site - opens in a new window/tab] that the title for his short story is A Fair Trade.


Comics for November 2011 and beyond
Posted: 17th August
In their latest solicitations, Dark Horse Comics has announced the following Star Wars comics for November / December and upcoming graphic novel collections.

Comic book issues:

Invasion: Revelations #5 (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 have successfully rescued the refugees from the Battle of Shramar, but the Yuuzhan Vong invaders may still have another win for their tally. Or is there another revelation in store?
Meanwhile, on Coruscant, Jedi-in-training Finn Galfridian finds that in trying to prevent an assassination, he may be complicit in one! The next revelation may be about Finn’s new mentor!

Available: November 16th 2011

Knight Errant: Deluge #4 (of 5)
Comic Book by John Jackson Miller, Iban Coello, Sergio Abad et al.
Approximately 1,032 years before the Battle of Yavin
Kerra Holt has her Jedi work cut out for her! As crime lord Zodah the Hutt’s massive Stormbringer vessels flood Kerra’s homeworld with rain, she does her utmost to herd the listless inhabitants to the safety of higher ground. Meanwhile, Sith Lord Daiman doesn’t appreciate Zodah destroying a world that belongs to him! Soon, Kerra will have two armies to fight!
- Double the action! Double the Deluge!

Available: November 16th 2011

Crimson Empire III #2 (of 6)
Comic Book by Mike Richardson, Paul Gulacy, Michael Bartolo et al.
Approximately 14 years after the Battle of Yavin
Kir Kanos, the last surviving member of Emperor Palpatine’s Royal Guards, has been “invited” to join a cadre of Imperial officers intent on returning the Empire to its former glory.
Meanwhile, the rising New Republic comes under fire when assassins put Kanos’s adversary (and occasional romantic interest) Mirith Sinn in the crosshairs!
- Kir Kanos, Royal Guard and Imperial badass!

Available: November 30th 2011

Dark Times: Out of the Wilderness #5 (of 5)
Comic book by Mick Harrison, Douglas Wheatley, Dan Jackson et al.
Approximately 19 years before the Battle of Yavin
In a desert wasteland, it comes to a showdown. Using Jedi Dass Jennir’s friend Ember Chankeli as a pawn and his own tracking droid as a secret weapon, cold-blooded assassin Falco Sang believes he has the contest rigged. But what he hasn’t counted on is not one, but three willing sacrifices. How can you win against opponents who will risk everything?
And even if Sang wins, he still has one big problem: Darth Vader!
- Duel in the desert!

Available: December 7th 2011

Graphic Novel collections:

Legacy: War
Graphic Novel by John Ostrander, Jan Duursema, et al.
It’s an all-out war as the Sith emperor returns from the dead—stronger, more evil, more determined, and prepared to unleash a new secret weapon upon the galaxy! Roan Fel’s loyalist Imperials, the Galactic Alliance, and the Jedi are all on the defensive—reeling from the attacks by the unified Sith.
But Cade Skywalker has his own plans for this war—all this time spent running from his legacy has finally shown him that he can’t run . . . and he must stand alone against Darth Krayt! Collects the six-issue miniseries.

Available: January 11th 2012


New Release
Posted: 17th August
Knight Errant: Deluge #1
(part 1 of 5)
Comic Books by John Jackson Miller, Ivan Rodriguez, Michael Atiyeh et al.
Dark Horse Comics ( [US] & [UK] [import])

Approximately 1,032 years before the Battle of Yavin:
Kerra Holt returns to her homeworld of Aquilaris, which fell to Sith invaders decades before. But her enemies -even her allies- aren’t at all what she expected, and Kerra learns that some things are even worse than the Sith...more


New Release
Posted: 15th August
The Clone Wars: Incredible Vehicles
Children's Book
DK Publishing ( [US] )

Featuring astonishing detail of the spacecraft, aircraft, and landcraft developed by the engineers on both the Republic and Separatist sides. Peel away the outer panels to reveal the inner components, the weapons systems, and the construction secrets of this wider world of vehicles. Featuring never-before-seen images and spreads on every Clone Wars vehicle as well as detailed artwork of ten intricate annotated cross-sections by technical artist Richard Chasemore.


Digital e-comic releases this week
Posted: 10th August
Dark Horse Comics has added the following digital editions to their Dark Horse Digital[External site - opens in a new window/tab] 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 Releases
Posted: 10th August
Omnibus: A Long Time Ago... Volume 4
Omnibus Graphic Novel by various
Dark Horse Books ( [US] )
Approximately 3 years after the Battle of Yavin:
This latest Omnibus contains issues #68 thru #85 of the Marvel Comics collection that was originally published between February 1983 and July 1984 plus the four-issue adaptation of Return of the Jedi...more

Invasion: Revelations #2 (part 2 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:
Kaye and Nina Galfridian have been on the frontlines of the Yuuzhan Vong war, gathering refugees from their home planet, and others, along the way. Now, as they prepare to reunite the refugees with their families at a safe haven, an attack on their ship comes from a most unexpected quarter!...more

The Old Republic: The Lost Suns #3 (part 3 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:
The war that ended in a tense peace agreement is in danger of beginning again, but elite Republic spy Theron Shan is going to do everything in his power to prevent it - including infiltrating the Imperial space of Darth Mekhis to find out what is happening!...more


New Release
Posted: 9th August
Fate of the Jedi: Ascension
Hardback Novel by Christie Golden
Del Rey ( [US] )
Approximately 44 years after the Battle of Yavin:
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...more

Authors Christie Golden and Ryder Windham interviewed
Posted: 6th August
RoqooDepot.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab] has posted an exclusive interview with Christie Golden, author of Fate of the Jedi: Ascension, in which she discusses her latest Star Wars novel as well as her non-Star Wars material. You can read the full interview here[External site - opens in a new window/tab].

While JediNews.co.uk[External site - opens in a new window/tab] has posted their interview with Ryder Windham, author of many Star Wars comics and books, in which Ryder talks specifically about his involvement in Star Wars comics - from Marvel to Dark Horse. You can read the full interview here[External site - opens in a new window/tab].


New Release
Posted: 5th August
Fate of the Jedi: Ascension
Hardback Novel by Christie Golden
Century ( [UK] )
Approximately 44 years after the Battle of Yavin:
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...more

Ascension excerpt at Suvudu.com
Posted: 5th August
Following the 7-page excerpt of the second chapter from Fate of the Jedi: Ascension at StarWars.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab] in June, Suvudu.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab] has posted another 7-page excerpt [PDF] - this time from the ninth chapter. Penned by Christie Golden, Ascension is the penultimate novel in 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.

Fate of the Jedi: Ascension is available now in the UK in hardback and due for release in the US next week.


Digital e-comic releases this week
Posted: 4th August
Dark Horse Comics has added the following digital editions to their Dark Horse Digital[External site - opens in a new window/tab] 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.


Grubb's Hutt novel gets title plus Vader short story in Insider
Posted: 4th August
Publisher Del Rey has revealed on Facebook[External site - opens in a new window/tab] the title of Jeff Grubb's upcoming novel: Scourge. They also revealed that the novel will be set prior to the Yuuzhan Vong invasion of the New Jedi Order and will feature Mander Zuma, a human male Jedi Knight:

"It’s about a murdered Jedi and the investigation into the Hutt’s criminal enterprises."

Scourge by Jeff Grubb is due for release in paperback in the US in April 2012.

In other news Del Rey also announced via Facebook[External site - opens in a new window/tab] that the November issue of Star Wars Insider magazine will feature an original Darth Vader short story penned by Ryder Windham, Vader Adrift.


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