[ Star Wars Books ]

[Star Wars Books RSS Feed][Star Wars Books Twitter][Star Wars Books Facebook]

Search[][][]

[Home]
[A Guide to using Star Wars Books]
[Articles and Features]
[Release Schedule]
[Timeline]
[The Old Republic]
[Rise of the Empire]
[The Clone Wars]
[The Rebellion]
[The New Republic]
[The New Jedi Order]
[The Legacy of the Force]
[Fate of the Jedi]
[Infinities Books]
[Book Reviews]
[Children's Books]
[Audio Books]
[Reviews]
[Sop4...]
[Site Updates]
[Links]
[Contact Us]
[] Bookmark and Share


advertisement

[ News Review and Archive ]
July 2012

[ News Archive... ]
The following news items were posted on Star Wars Books during July 2012:
[]

NEW RELEASE . . .

Friday 27th July
[] []
[Knight Errant Volume 2: Deluge] Knight Errant Volume 2: Deluge
Graphic Novel by John Jackson Miller, Ivan Rodriguez, Michael Atiyeh et al.
Titan Books ( [UK] )

Approximately 1,032 years before the Battle of Yavin:
Alone, deep behind enemy lines, Jedi Knight Kerra Holt has a new plan--liberate her homeworld from the Sith! But when her arrival on the planet coincides with an ambush from a Hutt mastermind, her daring rescue quickly starts looking like a suicide mission....more

[This story occurs during The Old Republic era]
[]
[]

NEW RELEASE . . .

Thursday 26th July
[] []
[The Clone Wars Comic #36] Star Wars: The Clone Wars Comic #36
Children's Comic Book
Titan Comics ( [UK] )

Between 22 and 19 years before the Battle of Yavin:
Featuring
original short comic story, Ahsoka's Ark, 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).

[This story occurs during The Rise of the Empire era.]
[]
[]

NEW RELEASES . . .

Wednesday 25th July
[] []
[Available now...] Darth Maul: Death Sentence #1 (part 1 of 4)
Comic Book & e-Comic Book by Tom Taylor, Bruno Redondo et al.
Dark Horse Comics ( [US] & [UK] [import])

Between 22 and 19 years before the Battle of Yavin:
By now the galaxy has learned the terrible truth: Sith Lord Darth Maul still lives. Worse, he has joined forces with his brother Savage Opress! The Jedi are searching for them and, after Maul and Opress cut a murderous swath through the Outer Rim, so is an army of mercenaries hired by a wealthy mine owner. Darth Maul has a price on his head
...more

[This story occurs during The Rise of the Empire era.]
[]
[]
[] []
[Available now...] Blood Ties: Boba Fett is Dead #4 (part 4 of 4)
Comic Book & e-Comic Book by Tom Taylor, Chris Scalf et al.
Dark Horse Comics ( [US] & [UK] [import])

Approximately 2 years before the Battle of Yavin:
The man behind the murder of Boba Fett has sent his army of mercenaries to kill Fett’s ex-wife and child, and Boba’s half-brother Connor Freeman. But what if Boba Fett isn’t quite as dead as everyone thinks? Then there might be... Hell. To. Pay..
..more

[This story occurs during The Rebellion era.]
[]
[]

NEWS . . .

Wednesday 25th July
[]
[Available now...] Digital e-comic releases this week
Dark Horse Comics has added the following digital comic titles to their Dark Horse Digital[External site - opens in a new window/tab] e-comic store this week:
  • Darth Maul - Death Sentence #1
  • Blood Ties: Boba Fett Is Dead #4
  • Clone Wars Adventures Vol. 9

Dark Horse Digital[External site - opens in a new window/tab] purchases can currently be viewed on any modern web browser or on iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch via iTunes[External site - opens in a new window/tab] App. An Android app is currently in Beta version and can be downloaded from the Android Market[External site - opens in a new window/tab].

[]
[]

NEW RELEASES . . .

Tuesday 24th July
[] []
[Available now...] Lost Tribe of the Sith: The Collected Stories
Trade Paperback Novel & e-Book by John Jackson Miller
Del Rey ( [US] )

Between 5,000 and 3,000 years before the Battle of Yavin:
Collating the eight original installments of the epic Lost Tribe of the Sith eBook series along with the explosive, never-before-published finale, Pandemonium. Edition also includes exclusive maps...more

[This story occurs during The Old Republic era]
[]
[]
[]
[Available now...] Star Wars Insider #135
Magazine
Titan Magazines ( [US] )

Featuring exclusive fiction Roll of the Dice by Karen Miller; celebrate thirty years of Star Wars videogames; previously unpublished interview with Ralph McQuarrie; Aaron Allston talks X-Wings; plus much more!

[]
[]

NEWS . . .

Saturday 21st July
[]
[ Dark Horse Comics ] Dark Horse Comics: Star Wars comics news
Posting on their own Message Boards[External site - opens in a new window/tab], Dark Horse Comics' editor Randy Stradley has outlined possible plans for Star Wars comic titles in 2013 (nb our comments between square brackets):
  • Star Wars — ongoing
    [this is the new series by Brian Wood announced prior to SDCC that features the Original Trilogy heroes in new adventures and is due to begin next year]
  • Star Wars: Agent of the Empire — 5 to 8 issues a year
    [second 5-issue story arc, Hard Targets, is due to begin in October]
  • Star Wars: Dark Times — 5 issues a year
    [awaiting confirmation of sixth story arc]
  • Star Wars: Dawn of the Jedi — 5 to 8 issues a year
    [first arc, Force Storm, has concluded; second arc, Prisoner of Bogan, announced at SDCC]
  • Star Wars: Knight Errant — ending after current arc
    [current story arc, Escape, due to conclude in October]
  • Star Wars: Blood Ties — ending after current arc
    [current story arc, Boba Fett is Dead, due to conclude this month]
  • Star Wars: The Old Republic — ended for now
    [last story arc was The Lost Suns]
  • Star Wars: Darth Vader — 5 issues a year
    [second story arc, Darth Vader and the Ghost Prison, due to conclude September - can now expect third arc next year]
  • Star Wars: Lost Tribe of the Sith — ending after current arc
    [first, and would now appear to be only story arc, Spirals, begins 5-issue run in August]
  • Star Wars: To Be Announced 1 — ongoing
  • Star Wars: To Be Announced 2 — 8 issues

Not on the list is Tom Taylor's Invasion series, its future had been announced at SDCC, it has been put on hold for 2013 because next year was "too busy" for Dark Horse Comics; and Scott Allie's Jedi series - according to Randy a second series was planned (as of September 2011) and was due to begin Spring/Summer this year (this could be the TBA #2 on Randy's list, but there's no confirmation yet).

So, what does all this mean for comic book stories in 2013? Well, according to Randy's list, in 2013 Dark Horse Comics plan to have two ongoing series (with up to 12 issues each) and 5 mini-series (of up to 8 issues per series) - giving us an average of up to 5 comic book releases per month (although this is more likely to be around 4 releases per month - giving us a four week release cycle per series). This is highly comparable to 2012's 10 mini-series output which also averaged around the 4 comic book releases per month. Comic fans should therefore not loose out in numbers of comic books released next year - just a change in story titles. This is perhaps highlighted by what appears to be the biggest shocks on this list: the ending of John Jackson Miller's Knight Errant series after just fifteen issues (plus one novel) and his Lost Tribe of the Sith series after only one series. Certainly many fans were expecting a longer series in Knight Errant from the author who penned the 55 issue Knights of the Old Republic series, but it appears that Dark Horse Comics cannot see an immediate future for Kerra Holt that was as long as Zayne Carrick's.
However, Randy was keen to point out: "we're shaking things up a bit -- starting new series, bringing in new talent, and trying new things [...] There may be some occasional other surprises along the way [...] change will remain as constant as it has always been [...] don't go carving this in stone" - meaning that his list is a working list and has yet to be confirmed. We can expect more news from Randy and Dark Horse Comics next month during Star Wars Celebration VI.

[]
[]

NEW RELEASE . . .

Wednesday 18th July
[] []
[Available now...] Darth Vader and the Ghost Prison #3 (part 3 of 5)
Comic Book & e-Comic Book by Haden Blackman, Agustin Alessio, Dave Wilkins et al.
Dark
Horse Comics ( [US] & [UK] [import])

Approximately 19 years before the Battle of Yavin:
Cadet Tohm, in the company of Darth Vader, Moff Trachta, and the wounded Emperor, has finally reached the mysterious Ghost Prison. Vader battles the Jedi guard and Trachta wreaks vengeance on a particular prisoner. The Emperor’s condition is stabilized, but they must find a way to combat the uprising back on Coruscant. Vader plans to use the only army available to him...more

[This story occurs during The Rise of the Empire era]
[]
[]

NEWS . . .

Wednesday 18th July
[]
[Available now...] Digital e-comic releases this week
Dark Horse Comics has added the following digital comic titles to their Dark Horse Digital[External site - opens in a new window/tab] e-comic store this week:
  • Darth Vader and the Ghost Prison #3
  • Tales #24
  • Omnibus: Rise of the Sith

Dark Horse Digital[External site - opens in a new window/tab] purchases can currently be viewed on any modern web browser or on iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch via iTunes[External site - opens in a new window/tab] App. An Android app is currently in Beta version and can be downloaded from the Android Market[External site - opens in a new window/tab].

[]
[]

NEWS . . .

Sunday 15th July
[]
[ SDCC ] SDCC: Star Wars book & comic news
Here's the rundown of the big new announcements from the Star Wars book and comic panels for next year at this year's San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC):
  • Crucible: Troy Denning is to pen a post-Fate of the Jedi hardback novel that should put Luke, Leia and Han "back in the focus". Set about a year after Apocalypse, the Jedi have a lot to worry about after the defeat of Abeloth and the return of the Sith, but there’s a new threat in the galaxy that only heroes like Leia, Luke and Han can face.
  • The Last Jedi: Michael Reaves and Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff's (Shadow Games) standalone novel stars Jax Pavan and I-Five from the Coruscant Nights series during The Dark Times period between Episodes III and IV.
  • Dawn of the Jedi: Into the Void - following the success of the first arc of Dark Horse Comics' Dawn of the Jedi series, created by writer/artist duo John Ostrander and Jan Duursema (Star Wars: Legacy), Del Rey are to publish a tie-in novel written by (self-proclaimed) horror and dark fantasy author Tim Lebbon - whose credits include the novelizations of The Cabin in the Woods and 30 Days of Night. Although its story takes place concurrent to Force Storm, it will tell its own story and shows things not seen in the comics.
  • Dawn of the Jedi: Prisoner of Bogan - Ostrander and Duursema return with second story arc. According to Randy Stradley (Dark Horse Comics' editor) “It’s a coming of age story with massive Force powers. This one will get off of Tython and we will actually see most of the other planets in the Tython system by the time the story is ended.”

More announcements are planned for this year's Celebration VI[External site - opens in a new window/tab] (23rd-26th August, Orlando, Florida).

[]
[]

NEWS . . .

Wednesday 11th July
[]
[ Star Wars ] New Star Wars comic series wil return to Original Trilogy
io9.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab] has the exclusive news that Dark Horse Comics will be releasing a new ongoing comic series next year set during the classic trilogy period featuring further advenures of the core characters of the Original Trilogy. It will be penned by Brian Wood (author of DMZ, Channel Zero, Northlanders, The Massive) and the series will be titled Star Wars - not to be confused with Marvel's Star Wars series or even Dark Horse Comics' own Star Wars (Ongoing) series. According to Wood's own website[External site - opens in a new window/tab] the first story arc will be titled In the Shadows of Yavin 4.
Dark Horse Comics' editor Randy Stradley had this to say about the new series:

We — the Dark Horse editorial team and the folks at Lucas Books — felt that the time was right to rack focus back on the core characters of the Original Trilogy [...] we're trying very had to keep everything fresh — as if Episode IV had just come out in theaters. This is the Star Wars series for everyone who has loved the films, but has never delved into any of the comics or novels. There is no vast continuity that a reader needs to know beyond the events in A New Hope. This is the beginning of the adventures of Luke, Leia, Han, and Chewie [...] It's back-to-basics in the sense that we're going back to the beginning, but Brian Wood is exploring aspects of the characters and their relationships that have, in many ways, been glossed over in the past, or shoved aside in favor of big action set pieces. Don't get me wrong, this series has plenty of action, but all of it is informed by, or springs out of, the characters' reactions to events in A New Hope. Remember, Luke is, quite literally, a farm boy thrust into the front lines of a galactic war. He may be the guy who blew up the Death Star, but that doesn't immediately prepare him for his new situation. And Leia, well, she's been so busy running the Rebellion, has she even had a moment to grieve for the loss of her family or her homeworld? And what does holding in all that emotion do to a person? Brian is using those emotions to propel his story, which makes reading this series a more satisfying experience than simply dogfights in space.

The first issue of Star Wars: In the Shadows of Yavin 4 is due to premier in January.

[]
[]

NEW RELEASE . . .

Wednesday 11th July
[] []
[Knight Errant: Escape - issue #2] Knight Errant: Escape #2 (part 2 of 5)
Comic Book & e-Comic Book by John Jackson Miller, M. Castiello, V. Acunzo, M. Atiyeh et al.
Dark
Horse Comics ( [US] & [UK] [import])

Approximately 1,032 years before the Battle of Yavin:
Working with a team of Sith reconnaissance troops searching for a powerful relic, Jedi Knight Kerra Holt is getting a firsthand look at the battles between warring Sith lords. Witnessing all the destruction is making her have second thoughts about her mission, but painful memories push her forward, overriding her conscience. Kerra is falling deeper into the world of the Sith....more

[This story occurs during The Old Republic era]
[]
[]

NEWS . . .

Wednesday 11th July
[]
[Knight Errant: Escape - issue #2] Digital e-comic releases this week
Dark Horse Comics has added the following digital comic titles to their Dark Horse Digital[External site - opens in a new window/tab] e-comic store this week:
  • Knight Errant: Escape #2
  • Omnibus: Tales of the Jedi Vol. 2
  • Tales #23
  • Panel to Panel

Dark Horse Digital[External site - opens in a new window/tab] purchases can currently be viewed on any modern web browser or on iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch via iTunes[External site - opens in a new window/tab] App. An Android app is currently in Beta version and can be downloaded from the Android Market[External site - opens in a new window/tab].

[]
[]

NEWS . . .

Tuesday 10th July
[]
[Dark Horse Comics] Comics for October 2012
In their latest solicitations, Dark Horse Comics has announced the following Star Wars comic titles due for release during October 2012.

Comic Books:
[Knight Errant: Escape #5] [] Knight Errant: Escape #5 (of 5)
Comic Book by John Jackson Miller, Marco Castiello, Vincenzo Acunzo, Michael Atiyeh et al.
Approximately 1,032 years before the Battle of Yavin
Kerra Holt, lone Jedi Knight, may have let her personal mission bring disaster to a planet of innocents—and possibly the entire galaxy! With the truth behind her missing family almost revealed, Kerra scrambles to find some solution to what she has done. The battle between the three Sith armies continues to new heights, and one Sith lord has reached the dangerous relic that will enable him to draw insurmountable power from the misery of others...
Available: October 10th 2012
[]
[The Lost Tribe of the Sith #3] [] The Lost Tribe of the Sith: Spiral #3 (of 5)
Comic Book by John Jackson Miller, Andrea Mutti et al.
Approximately 3,000 years before the Battle of Yavin
The release of Sith Lord Baron Dreypa has quickened a Sith rebel’s hope of overturning the ruling order of a lost Sith tribe—just not as he’d hoped, with himself in charge . . . But at least Dreypa’s attack on the home of the princess has brought deliverance to the slums of the Sith tribe! Imprisoned, the princess struggles to escape, hoping to hinder the attack and somehow prevent the awakening of Dreypa’s ancient sleeping army!
Available: October 10th 2012
[]
[Agent of the Empire: Hard Targets #1] [] Agent of the Empire: Hard Targets #1
Comic Book by John Ostrander, Davidé Fabbri, Christian Dalla Vecchia et al.
Approximately 3 years before the Battle of Yavin
Imperial agent Jahan Cross returns to his homeworld of Alderaan for a celebration hosted by Bail Organa in honor of the current Count Dooku. But the situation turns deadly when an assassin kills the Count, and Cross finds himself working both sides of the intrigue!
Thus begins a new assignment for Cross—one that will tear at his loyalties, strain his friendships, and bring him into close contact with his own estranged father. All in a day’s work for Jahan Cross, Agent of the Empire!

Available: October 17th 2012
[]
[ Darth Maul: Death Sentence #4] [] Darth Maul: Death Sentence #4 (of 4)
Comic Book by Tom Taylor et al.
Between 22 and 19 years before the Battle of Yavin
As more Jedi—Obi-Wan included!—and clone trooper reinforcements arrive to take Savage Opress and the crooked mine owner into custody, Darth Maul convinces the locals that the Jedi are in league with the mine owner who exploited them.
If the Jedi fight the natives, they’ll be killing innocents. If they don’t, they’ll be killed themselves! It’s the perfect distraction for Maul to find and release his brother!

Available: October 17th 2012
[]

Release dates subject to change.

[]
[]

NEW RELEASES . . .

Thursday 5th July
[]
[Available now...] Star Wars Galaxy #22
Premier Comic Book
Titan Comics ( [UK] )

Featuring reprints from Agent of the Empire, Dawn of the Jedi and Boba Fett is Dead.

[]
[]

NEWS . . .

Wednesday 4th July
[]
[Emissaries to Malastare] Digital e-comic releases this week
Dark Horse Comics has added the following digital comic titles to their Dark Horse Digital[External site - opens in a new window/tab] e-comic store this week:
  • Emissaries to Malastare
  • Clone Wars Adventures Vol. 7
  • Clone Wars Adventures Vol. 8
  • Omnibus: Droids and Ewoks
  • Tales #22

Dark Horse Digital[External site - opens in a new window/tab] purchases can currently be viewed on any modern web browser or on iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch via iTunes[External site - opens in a new window/tab] App. An Android app is currently in Beta version and can be downloaded from the Android Market[External site - opens in a new window/tab].

[]

2012 - Jan. | Feb. | March | April | May | June | July | August | Sept. | October | Nov. | Dec.
Archives

© SWBooks.co.uk.



advertisement

[ www.swbooks.co.uk ]

Privacy Policy | Disclaimer | Contact | Print this page