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[ News Review and Archive ]
September 2011

[ News Archive... ]
The following news items were posted on Star Wars Books during September 2011:
Darth Plagueis delayed
Posted: 30th September
Publisher Del Rey has announced via its Facebook[External site - opens in a new window/tab] page that the US release date for the eagerly awaited Darth Plagueis novel by James Luceno has been pushed back two weeks from December 27th to January 10th 2012. No reason was given for the date change.
Darth Plagueis by James Luceno will be published in hardback, e-Book format and unabridged audio book format.

Scourge cover
Posted: 30th September
Earlier this month Random House published the first blurb for Jeff Grubb's first ever Star Wars novel, Scourge, now publisher Del Rey has revealed the cover for this novel on their Suvudu[External site - opens in a new window/tab] blog site:

[Scourge]

In the heart of crime-ridden Hutt Space, a Jedi Scholar searches for justice.
While trying to obtain the coordinates of a secretive, peril-packed, but potentially beneficial trade route, a novice Jedi is killed—and the motive for his murder remains shrouded in mystery. Now his former Master, Jedi archivist Mander Zuma, wants answers, even as he fights to erase doubts about his own abilities as a Jedi. What Mander gets is immersion into the perilous underworld of the Hutts as he struggles to stay one step ahead in a game of smugglers, killers, and crime lords bent on total control.

Scourge by Jeff Grubb is due for release in paperback in the US on 24th April 2012.


New Release
Posted: 29th September
Star Wars Galaxy #13
Premier Comic Book
Titan Comics ( [UK] )
Featuring reprints from Jedi: The Dark Side, Invasion: Rescues and The Old Republic: The Lost Suns.

Digital e-comic releases this week
Posted: 28th September
Dark Horse Comics has added the following digital comics 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: 23rd September
Chewbacca and the Slavers of the Shadowlands
Graphic Novella by Chris Cerasi, Jennifer Meyer et al.
Titan Books ( [UK] )
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

Omnibus: A Long Time Ago... Volume 4
Omnibus Graphic Novel by various
Titan Books ( [UK] )
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


New Release
Posted: 22nd September
Star Wars: The Clone Wars Comic #6.25
Children's Comic Book
Titan Comics ( [UK] )
Between 22 and 19 years before the Battle of Yavin:
Featuring original short comic story, Younglings, 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).

New Releases
Posted: 21st September
Knight Errant: Deluge #2
(part 2 of 5)
Comic Book 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 has returned to her Sith-held home planet to liberate as many slaves as possible but 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...more

Jedi: The Dark Side #5 (part 5 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:
Civil war has broken out on Telos IV and Jedi Qui-Gon Jinn struggles desperately to uncover the reason for the planet's unrest. But Qui-Gon's troubled Padawan, Xanatos, isn't helping and now Qui-Gon has become the target for the insurgents!...more


Digital e-comic releases this week
Posted: 21st September
Dark Horse Comics has added the following digital comics 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: 20th September
Star Wars: The Clone Wars Magazine #7
Children's Magazine
Titan Magazines ( [US] )
Between 22 and 19 years before the Battle of Yavin:
Featuring two-part comic story Leisure and Fashion, plus puzzles, games and competitions.

Scourge blurb
Posted: 14th September
Last month Del Rey revealed via their Facebook[External site - opens in a new window/tab] page that Jeff Grubb's planned Star Wars novel for next year would be titled Scourge and be set prior to the Yuuzhan Vong invasion of the New Jedi Order and features Mander Zuma, a human male Jedi Knight, who investigates the murder of a fellow Jedi in Hutt-controlled space. Now Random House[External site - opens in a new window/tab] has updated their online catalogue with Scourge's first official blurb.

In the heart of crime-ridden Hutt Space, a Jedi Scholar searches for justice.
While trying to obtain the coordinates of a secretive, peril-packed, but potentially beneficial trade route, a novice Jedi is killed—and the motive for his murder remains shrouded in mystery. Now his former Master, Jedi archivist Mander Zuma, wants answers, even as he fights to erase doubts about his own abilities as a Jedi. What Mander gets is immersion into the perilous underworld of the Hutts as he struggles to stay one step ahead in a game of smugglers, killers, and crime lords bent on total control.

Scourge by Jeff Grubb is due for release in paperback in the US on 24th April 2012.


New Releases
Posted: 14th September
Invasion: Revelations #3
(part 3 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:
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!...more

The Old Republic: The Lost Suns #4 (part 4 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:
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?...more


Digital e-comic releases this week
Posted: 14th September
Dark Horse Comics has added the following digital comics 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.

Plus there's a chance to win a copy of the Star Wars Saga on Blu-Ray in Dark Horse Digital's Star Wars Saga Contest! Buy any Star Wars movie adaptation digital comic and you will be entered into the draw. For full terms and conditions click here[External site - opens in a new window/tab]


Apocalypse blurb
Posted: 13th September
Back in July Random House published a teaser blurb in their Spring 2012 catalogue for Apocalypse, the final title in the nine-book Fate of the Jedi series. Now Random House[External site - opens in a new window/tab] has updated their online catalogue with an extended blurb.
Contains POTENTIAL SPOILERS, highlight between arrow-heads to read:

>>>There can be no surrender.
There will be no mercy.
It’s not just the future of the galaxy at stake—
It’s the destiny of the Force.
In the stunning finale of the epic Fate of the Jedi series, Jedi and Sith face off—with Coruscant as their battlefield. For the Sith, it’s the chance to restore their dominance over the galaxy that forgot them for so long. For Abeloth, it’s a giant step in her quest to conquer all life everywhere. For Luke Skywalker, it’s a call to arms to eradicate the Sith and their monstrous new master once and for all.
In a planetwide strike, teams of Jedi Knights take the Sith infiltrators by swift and lethal surprise. But victory against the cunning and savage Abeloth, and the terrifying endgame she has planned, is anything but certain. And as Luke, Ben, Han, Leia, Jaina, Jag, and their allies close in, the devastating truth about the dark side incarnate will be exposed—and send shock waves through the Jedi Order, the galaxy, and the Force itself.
<<<

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.


New Release
Posted: 13th September
Star Wars Insider #128
Magazine
Titan Magazines ( [US] )
Blu-Ray Special - what to expect and meet the stars of the hotly anticipated deleted scenes; behind the scenes of the public radio dramatisations of The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi; preview season 4 of The Clone Wars; plus original short story featuring Dash Rendar, And Leebo Makes Three, from the pens of Michael Reeves and Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff.
Available in a choice of 3 newsstand covers plus 1 comic store exclusive cover & 1 subscriber cover.

Comics for December 2011 and beyond
Posted: 10th September
In their latest solicitations, Dark Horse Comics has announced the following Star Wars comics for December and upcoming graphic novel collections.

Comic book issues:

Agent of the Empire: Iron Eclipse #1 (of 5)
Comic book by John Ostrander, Stéphane Roux, Julien Hugonnard-Bert, Dave Wilkins et al.
Approximately 2 years before the Battle of Yavin
Move over James Bond!
The name's Cross. Jahan Cross. Move over, James Bond; there's a new secret agent in the galaxy, and he has the weight of the Empire behind him!
Cross's mission takes him and his assistant IN-GA 44 to the affluent Corporate Sector. There, on the trail of stolen droid technology, they will rub elbows with diplomats and desperadoes, captains of industry and sergeants of the local police—and rub most of them the wrong way!
A view of the Star Wars galaxy from inside the Empire!
Available: December 14th 2011

Knight Errant: Deluge #5 (of 5)
Comic Book by John Jackson Miller, Iban Coello, Sergio Abad et al.
Approximately 1,032 years before the Battle of Yavin
Caught between a Sith and a Hutt, Jedi Knight Kerra Holt must battle both to save the billions on the planet Darkknell from being drowned by a fleet of ships with the power to flood the planet! Her plan is full-steam-ahead brute force - but her enemies are more cunning than she expected. Is this the end of Kerra Holt, the lone Jedi?
The final issue!

Available: December 21st 2011

Crimson Empire III:  Empire Lost #3 (of 6)
Comic Book by Mike Richardson, Paul Gulacy, Michael Bartolo et al.
Approximately 14 years after the Battle of Yavin
Kir Kanos strikes back at the Empire! Kidnapped and dragooned into a hard-liner Imperial plot, Kir Kanos, the last surviving member of Emperor Palpatine's royal guard, has had enough! He goes to war with one Imperial faction, even as Leia Organa Solo receives an invitation to meet with emissaries from another.
Treachery layered on treachery is revealed and Kanos answers it the only way he knows how - with violence!

Available: December 28th 2011

Graphic Novel collections:

Omnibus: A Long Time Ago... Volume 5
Graphic Novel by John Ostrander, Jan Duursema, et al.
Approximately 4 years after the Battle of Yavin
The classic-era Star Wars adventures conclude in this fifth and final volume of Star Wars Omnibus: A Long Time Ago....
All your favorite characters are here - Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Han Solo, Chewie, the droids, and more! - bringing peace to a recently liberated galaxy, and finding new troubles confronting them! With nearly six hundred pages of material, this massive omnibus collects
Marvel Comics' Star Wars #86–#107, their final US-published issues! Stories from the classic era of the original Star Wars films! Giant 568-page omnibus!
Available: February 29th 2012


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