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[ News Review and Archive ]
October 2011

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The following news items were posted on Star Wars Books during October 2011:
Excerpt for Shadow Games
Posted: 30th October
Del Rey has published a six-page excerpt[External site - opens in a new window/tab] from Shadow Games, Michael Reeves (Coruscant Nights trilogy) and Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff's upcoming novel featuring the return of Dash Rendar (Shadows of the Empire):

Stranded on Tatooine with a broken-down hyperdrive, Dash Rendar and crew: his Nautolan copilot, Eaden Vrill, and a droid named Leebo; have to find a way to raise credits. It comes in the lovely form of Javul Charn, a multi-talented human holostar being stalked by an over-zealous fan. She needs bodyguards to protect her during her tour along the Corellian Run; Dash needs credits. It’s a perfect match… until things begin to go wrong, seriously and dangerously wrong. By the time Dash realizes that the threat to Javul is not what it seems, he’s in up to his neck in a conspiracy that goes much deeper than anything he would have signed up for. Even with the help of his hated rival, Han Solo, will Dash be able to protect this spoiled entertainer, all the while being reminded that he couldn’t protect his own family?

Read the excerpt here[External site - opens in a new window/tab].
Shadow Games is due for release in paperback and e-book formats in the US on 29th November and on 1st December in the UK.


New Releases
Posted: 27th October
Warriors of the Deep
Children's Book by Rob Valios
Grosset & Dunlap ( [US] )
Between 22 and 19 years before the Battle of Yavin:
Based on Season Four of the hit animated series, this novelization follows the continuing adventures of Anakin Skywalker and his fellow Jedi as they battle against the sinister armies of the dark side.

Star Wars Insider #105
Magazine
Titan Magazines ( [UK] )
Featuring short story by Paul S. Kemp, A Fair Trade.

Star Wars Galaxy #14
Premier Comic Book
Titan Comics ( [UK] )
Featuring reprints from Jedi: The Dark Side, Dark Times: Out of the Wilderness and The Old Republic: The Lost Suns.


New Release
Posted: 26th October
Crimson Empire III: Empire Lost #1
(part 1 of 6)
Comic Book by Mike Richardson, Paul Gulacy, Michael Bartolo et al.
Dark Horse Comics ( [US] & [UK] [import])
Approximately 14 years after the Battle of Yavin:
A threat against 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...more

Digital e-comic releases this week
Posted: 26th October
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: 25th October
Riptide
Paperback Novel by Paul S. Kemp (also available as an e-Book)
Del Rey ( [US] )
Approximately 42 years after the Battle of Yavin:
Jedi Knight Jaden Korr pursues some Imperial created Force-sensitive clones, hoping to heal them but prepared to destroy them. But 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....more
The sequel to Crosscurrent.

Star Wars Insider #129
Magazine
Titan Magazines ( [US] )
Featuring short story by Paul S. Kemp, A Fair Trade.


New Release
Posted: 19th October
Star Wars: The Clone Wars Comic #6.26
Children's Comic Book
Titan Comics ( [UK] )
Between 22 and 19 years before the Battle of Yavin:
Featuring original short comic story, The Only Good Clanker, plus puzzles, games and free cover gift.
Also available in digital format from Zinio.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab] (UK only).

New Release
Posted: 18th October
Knight Errant: Deluge #3
(part 3 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:
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...more

Del Rey unveil rear covers for Apocalypse and Plagueis novels
Posted: 18th October
At New York Comic-Con book publisher Del Rey revealed the back covers for the final Fate of the Jedi novel Apocalypse by Troy Denning and for James Luceno's Darth Plagueis novel. The back cover for Apocalypse features images of Galactic Empire Head of State Jagged Fel and "Sword of the Jedi" Jaina Solo while the Darth Plagueis back cover features of very striking pose of Darth Maul.

Darth Plagueis is due for release in hardback in the US on 10th January and in the UK on the 19th January while Fate of the Jedi: Apocalypse is due for release in hardback in the US on 3rd April 2012 and one month later in the UK.


Second TOR novel for Karpyshyn and Zahn to write Han Solo novel
Posted: 17th October
Del Rey
has announced on its Facebook page that Drew Karpyshyn (author of the forthcoming third The Old Republic tie-in novel, Revan) will pen a fourth The Old Republic tie-in novel due for release in Fall 2012, while Timothy Zahn (Allegiance, Choices of One) "will write a new novel starring Han Solo set in the classic films era."
More details as they are announced.

Preview for Crimson Empire III #1
Posted: 15th October
Dark Horse Comics
has published a three-page preview[External site - opens in a new window/tab] for the first issue of Crimson Empire III: Empire Lost by Mike Richardson with art by Paul Gulacy:

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!

Crimson Empire III: Empire Lost #1 is due for release on 26th October.


Facelift for Choices of One paperback release
Posted: 15th October
StarWars.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab]
has revealed a new cover for the paperback release of Timothy Zahn's Choices of One novel that varies substantially from the hardback edition:

[Choices of One - paperback][][Choices of One - hardback]
paperback cover[][][][][][][]hardback cover

Whilst there are similarities between the covers the most striking difference is the facial rendition of the book's heroine Mara Jade. The paperback is due for release in the US in June next year.


New series from Dark Horse Comics (& the return of some old favourites)
Posted: 13th October
Dark Horse Comics
' next Star Wars comic projects have been announced at New York Comic-Con:
  • Dawn of the Jedi by John Ostrander (author of Legacy) "will start at the beginning of the Star Wars timeline with the very beginning of the Jedi Knights, in a time before light sabres when they only fought with swords." Expect this new ongoing series to begin in February.
  • Darth Vader and the Ghost Prison by Haden Blackman with art by Agustin Alessio will be a 5-part mini-series in the same vein as Blackman's Darth Vader and the Lost Command mini-series from earlier this year. Expect the first issue in May and a deluxe hardcover graphic novel of the series towards the end of the year.
  • Knights of the Old Republic: War! by John Jackson Miller sees the return of Zayne Carrick in a new mini-series where "the Mandalorians are invading and with his homeworld of Phaeda under threat, Zayne's luck holds true. He gets drafted!  Troubles ahead for our peace-loving hero and surprises galore in this story, including the return of some familiar faces." The first issue is due in January.
  • Miller has also been confirmed to pen a third series of Knight Errant while Tom Taylor (author of Blood Ties: Jango and Boba Fett) will collaborate once again with artist Chris Scalf to write a second Blood Ties mini-series titled Boba Fett is Dead.
  • Dark Horse Comics has also confirmed that there will be another Star Wars story featured in next year's Free Comic Book Day (Saturday, 5th May 2012).

New Releases
Posted: 12th October
The Clone Wars: Strange Allies
Graphic Novella by Ryder Windham, Ben Dewey, Mae Hao et al.
Dark Horse Books ( [US] )
Between 21 and 19 years before the Battle of Yavin:
Masterless Padawan Nuru Kungurama, accompanied by his squad of clone troopers and a hulking swoop biker named Gizz, are assigned a routine protection detail. But their mission soon evolves to include a mystery massacre, the hijacking of a space freighter & the kidnapping of younglings!

Invasion: Revelations #4 (part 4 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!

The Old Republic: The Lost Suns #5 (part 5 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:
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!


Teaser pages from Crimson Empire III #1
Posted: 7th October
Dark Horse Comics
has posted two teaser pages from the first issue of Crimson Empire III:

Penned by Mike Richardson with art by Paul Gulacy, Crimson Empire III: Empire Lost concludes the story of the last Imperial Guardsman, Kir Kanos, and his desire to settle a score with Luke Skywalker - whom Kanos blames for the death of Emperor Palpatine . But Kanos has spent the last three years in hiding as a bounty hunter and returns to find he has a new and unexpected adversary!
The first issue of this six-part series goes on sale 26th October.


Revan excerpts
Posted: 7th October
Del Rey has published a mini-excerpt from Revan on their Facebook[External site - opens in a new window/tab] page:

“I should have guessed it was you.”
Revan rose from his chair to face the speaker. She wore the robes of a Jedi Archivist, though she was in fact a Jedi Master. She was young for the position, but her hair was platinum white. She had cold blue eyes, and a pale complexion that spoke of a life spent inside the Archives, sheltered from the sun.
“Atris,” Revan said, silently cursing.

Meanwhile RandomHouse.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab] has added an audio extract from the audio book on their listings page.
Written by Drew Karpyshyn, author of the Darth Bane trilogy, Revan is due to be released in hardback on 15th November (US & UK).


New authors for Insider short stories
Posted: 6th October
Publisher Del Rey has revealed on their Facebook[External site - opens in a new window/tab] page that they have received a short story, Maze Run, from two authors new to the Star Wars Expanded Universe: David J. Williams and Mark Williams; which could be destined to be published in a future edition of Star Wars Insider magazine:

Just got in the latest Star Wars Insider story from two great authors new to the SW universe: David J. Williams and Mark Williams. It's called MAZE RUN, and I'm really excited about it. Hope to be sending it off to Insider soon.

David J. Williams is an English-born SF author with credits including the Autumn Rain trilogy of The Mirrored Heavens (2008), The Burning Skies (2009) and The Machinery of Light (2010) as well as being credited with the story concept for the videogame Homeworld (1999).


New Release
Posted: 6th October
Riptide
Paperback Novel by Paul S. Kemp
Arrow Books ( [UK] )
Approximately 42 years after the Battle of Yavin:
Jedi Knight Jaden Korr pursues some Imperial created Force-sensitive clones, hoping to heal them but prepared to destroy them. But 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....more
The sequel to Crosscurrent.

Digital e-comic releases this week
Posted: 5th October
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.


Digital comic releases for October
Posted: 4th October
Dark Horse Comics has announced the following Star Wars comic titles for digital release in October:

(Source: Dark Horse Comics[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


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