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June 2009

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The following news items were posted on Star Wars Books during June 2009:

Book News: Lone. Female. Jedi. Dark Horse's next project?:
Posted: 30th June (UPDATED: 2nd July)
In an interview with affiliate Galactic Binder, Randy Stradley, Vice-President of Publishing at Dark Horse Comics, hinted at their next Star Wars project with just three words: Lone. Female. Jedi. When asked "We look forward to seeing what other surprises Dark Horse has for us in the near future from our favorite galaxy far, far away. We’d ask you for a scoop, but you seem rather unbreakable with such things. Any chance we crack that tough exterior of yours for a one word clue or teaser?", Stradley replied, "Three words, but that’s all you’ll get from me. Lone. Female. Jedi. Make of that what you will. Just don’t expect the news to break too soon."
We await with bated breath for such an announcement.
You can read Galactic Binder's full interview here
[External site - opens in a new window/tab].
(Source: GalacticBinder.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab])

UPDATE: In response to speculation about his tease in the interview, Stradley wrote on the Dark Horse Message Boards: "Don't get too excited -- the book (assuming it actually happens) is in the early, EARLY planning stages at this point. I just wanted to tease you because I know how you love to speculate."
(Source: Dark Horse Message Boards[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


Comic News: Star Wars comics on iTunes, soon:
Posted: 30th June
In a recent discussion on Dark Horse Message Boards, Dark Horse Comics' Vice-Presisdent Randy Stradley confirmed that Dark Horse are looking at ways of offering content on iPhone/iPod Touch. Dark Horse Comics already offer the classic 4-part Terminator story The Terminator: Death Valley
[External site - opens in a new window/tab] via iTunes (part 1 available free) and according to Stradley "we're going to kick off the Star Wars program with Empire: Betrayal, The Clone Wars: Shipyards of Doom, and Legacy: Broken." Stradley acknowledges the difficulties this new medium presents for comic storytelling: "everybody wanted to start with Dark Empire, but I felt that we needed to begin with something easier to adapt to the small screen. You'll recall that Dark Empire has a lot of full-page shots that might not look so good reduced to one-sixth size or smaller."
Star Wars comics via iTunes (reasonably called Dark Horse Mobile) should be available soon.
(Source: Dark Horse Message Boards[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


Affiliate News: Lightsabre.co.uk is 10 years old:
Posted: 29th June
Affiliate Lightsabre.co.uk
[External site - opens in a new window/tab] celebrated its 10th anniversary on Thursday last week. Webmaster and founder Mark Newbold commented: We almost can't believe that it's been a decade since Lightsabre first ventured out into the waters of Star Wars fandom. Back then the net was a vastly different place, and the Star Wars universe a different world. We're proud to say that we've survived a decade online. After a few bumpy initial years, starting in 1995 as Q-Continuum, FantaWar and Wirezone we opted to morph into Lightsabre in June 1999, and it's been the best thing we ever did.
Star Wars Books
congratulates
Lightsabre.co.uk[External site - opens in a new window/tab] in reaching their 10th anniversary and wishes every success for the next ten years.


Comic News: Han's Halloween hi-jinks:
Posted: 25th June (UPDATED: 26th June)
As an alternative to handing out candy to trick-or-treaters this Halloween, why not give a comic book instead! This Halloween Dark Horse Comics will be making available a series of special 16 page mini-comics that contain a "little Halloween twist" including a Star Wars story: Han Solo and his best pal, Chewbacca, stumble upon something frightening when they become stranded on a planet shrouded in a deep and mysterious fog....
Written by Steve Niles with art by Davidé Fabbri and Christian Dalla Vecchia, this special mini-comic will be sold in bundles of 25 and made available weeks before Halloween. Although small in size, the mini-comic is perfect to fit in the bags of local trick-or-treaters and so is the perfect alternative to handing out candy.
Full details of this & other Halloween mini-comics at Previews
[External site - opens in a new window/tab].
(Source: via StarWarsTimeline.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab])

UPDATE: It appears that the mini-comic will be a reprint of Planet of the Dead which first appeared in Star Wars Tales #17 in October 2003 and later collated in Tales: Volume 5 graphic novel.


Comic News: Dark Horse teases Invasion #1 and #2:
Posted: 23rd June
With just over one week before the release of the first issue of Invasion, Dark Horse has posted previews of the first two issues to tease fans. Issue #1 is due for release on 1st July and can be previewed here
[External site - opens in a new window/tab]; while issue #2 is expected on 5th August and can be previewed here[External site - opens in a new window/tab].


Book News: Omen released today and fifth book's title is Allies:
Posted: 23rd June
The second Fate of the Jedi novel, Omen by Christie Golden, is released today in the US. To celebrate Star Wars Books offers every visitor a free Omen bookmark
[External site - opens in a new window/tab] [PDF] to use with this book.
Meanwhile StarWars.com have announced that the fifth title in the Fate of the Jedi series will be Allies. It will be written by Christie Golden and is due for release in March/April 2010.
(Source: StarWars.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


Book News: Blood Oath postponed, again?:
Posted: 9th June (UPDATED: 23rd June)
It appears that Elaine Cunningham's much anticipated Legacy of the Force sequel, Blood Oath, has either been postponed again (it was originally scheduled for release in April this year but had to be put back to December because LucasBooks had not received Elaine's manuscript in time), or even cancelled. This is because RandomHouse.com
[External site - opens in a new window/tab] have removed their listing and Amazon.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab] have stopped taking Pre-Orders for this paperback. The last time Blood Oath 'disappeared' from RandomHouse.com was when it's release was re-scheduled from April 2009 to December 2009. However since RandomHouse.com's listings can only list scheduled releases for the next six months, it is possible (and more likely than cancellation) that Blood Oath's release has been put back beyond RandomHouse.com's listing capabilities, i.e. it has been re-scheduled for release beyond December 2009 for reasons, as yet, unknown.
Updates as we get them.

UPDATE: Writing on StarWars.com Message Boards, LucasBooks' Executive Editor Sue Rostoni wrote: We’re all doing our best to keep it in the line-up and, if the manuscript comes in soon, the book will be moved again, maybe to April 2010. If there’s no manuscript, then it’ll have to be dropped. Events beyond the author’s control, or wishes, have caused the delays. I know, that really doesn’t tell you much, but it’s not my story to tell, ya know?
For the time being it looks like this much anticipated story has been postponed yet again. We would like to offer Elaine our best wishes in overcoming those 'events' that have occurred.
(Source: StarWars.com Message Boards[External site - opens in a new window/tab] via ClubJade.net[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


Comic News: The Old Republic - Threat of Peace #9 now online:
Posted: 20th June
The ninth issue of Threat of Peace, the introductory online comic for the forthcoming MMO video game Star Wars: The Old Republic, is available to read online
[External site - opens in a new window/tab].
The ninth issue of Threat of Peace concludes the first chapter in a dramatic fashion when a battle breaks out between Republic and Imperial starships crossing paths in transit. Jedi Master Dar’Nala is captured by the Imperials, and Satele Shan is marooned in an escape pod with Imperial protocol droid SP-99 and only a small hope of ever being rescued.
(Source: swtor.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


Book News: First look at Trapped:
Posted: 16th June
StarWars.com have published the cover for the fifth book in the young reader Rebel Force series, Trapped, from author Alex Wheeler. They have also posted a short synopsis: When valuable prisoner Lune Divinian disappears from his cell on Yavin 4, Luke is determined to find him. As the only link to X-7, the assassin sent to kill Luke, Div is the only hope to staying a step ahead of the Empire...read more
Trapped is scheduled for release in the New Year from publisher Scholastic Books.
(Source: StarWars.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


Book News: First look at Backlash:
Posted: 15th June
StarWars.com have published the cover for the fourth book in the Fate of the Jedi series, Backlash. It features Ben Skywalker on the cover. StarWars.com have resisted from posting a synopsis claiming Fate of the Jedi has plenty of twists and turns that we'd rather not spoil this early in the game.
Backlash is due to be released in hardback in the US on 9th February 2010 and later that month in the UK.
(Source: StarWars.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


Book News: Backlash's release slips by two weeks:
Posted: 14th June
Backlash's US release date has slipped from 26th January 2010 to 9th February according the book's entry at RandhomHouse.com
[External site - opens in a new window/tab]. Of course the release of Backlash is still seven months away and release dates do move around as the publisher tries to fix a book's release into the available slots of their own release calendar. How this affects the UK release is unknown, but expect the current 11th February date to move closer to the end of the month.
(Source: RandhomHouse.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


Comic News: New comic story online at StarWars.com:
Posted: 13th June
StarWars.com have published the first part in a two part short comic story set between Seasons One and Two of The Clone Wars animated series. Hunting the Hunters begins immediately after the events of Episode 22: Hostage Crisis when Cad Bane has successfully secured the release of Ziro the Hutt. You can view this comic story here
[External site - opens in a new window/tab].

Media News: StarWars.com confirms Clone Commandos DVD release:
Posted: 13th June
StarWars.com has confirmed the DVD release of The Clone Wars: Volume 2 - Clone Commandos for 15th September in the US. This 4-episode DVD will feature Rookies, Storm Over Ryloth, Innocents of Ryloth and Liberty on Ryloth.
(Source: StarWars.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab])

Book News: Full synopsis for Abyss published by RandomHouse.com:
Posted: 12th June
RandomHouse.com have published a new synopsis for Abyss by Troy Denning, the third Fate of the Jedi novel. You can read it here [CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR OMEN]
(Source: RandomHouse.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab] via NJOE.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


Book News: Omen prequel story exclusive to Hyperspace kit:
Posted: 10th June
As part of this year's Hyperspace membership kit, there is a 7-page short story written by Christie Golden that takes place before the events of Omen. This story is exclusive to Hyperspace members, for full details of membership kit click here
[External site - opens in a new window/tab].
(Source: StarWars.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab] via StarWarsTimeline.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


Book News: Children's books for the New Year and beyond:
Posted: 8th June
Amazon.com have listed three children's titles from Grosset & Dunlap due for release in January and April 2010. The first title, Tethan Battle Adventures by Sue Behrent, looks to be the third Decide Your Destiny title after The Way of the Jedi and The Lost Legion. Little is known about the other two titles: the ominously titled Day One by Rob Valois and Children of the Force by Kirsten Mayer. Both Tethan Battle Adventures and Day One are scheduled for release in the US on 7th January 2010 while Children of the Force on 1st April 2010.
(Source: via StarWarsTimeline.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


Comic News: The Invasion continues at StarWars.com:
Posted: 5th June
The second issue of Invasion has been posted at StarWars.com, with the story beginning shortly after the events in The New Jedi Order novel Vector Prime. You can read it here
[External site - opens in a new window/tab].


Comic News: The Old Republic - Threat of Peace #8 now online:
Posted: 5th June
The eighth issue of Threat of Peace, the introductory online comic for the forthcoming MMO video game Star Wars: The Old Republic, is available to read online
[External site - opens in a new window/tab].
The eighth issue of Threat of Peace catches up with Jedi Knight Satele Shan and Master Dar’Nala as they travel to the Outer Rim to ensure that Republic military withdrawals are conducted in accordance with the Treaty of Coruscant. They’re accompanied by the ever-observant Imperial protocol droid SP-99. As Republic and Imperial leaders are adapting to the new galactic landscape, a disturbing new alliance is developing behind-the-scenes in Nar Shaddaa’s criminal Underworld.
(Source: swtor.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


Comic News: Comics for September:
Posted: 5th June
StarWars.com have posted solicitations from Dark Horse Comics for their September releases. They include the  third  comic  book issue of InvasionDark Horse Comics' new series set during the Yuuzhan Vong invasion of The New Jedi Order. Also released in September is The Clone Wars #9, the third and final part of an adventure featuring Jedi Kit Fisto and Plo Koon and a glory-seeking young Republic officer: Captain Kendal Ozzel. Knights of the Old Republic #45 is the beginning of a new two-part storyline Destroyer, that sees Zayne returning to the Crucible, determined to end the brutality they promote in their business ; while Legacy #40 concludes Cade's Tatooine sojourn.
(Source: StarWars.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


Book News: Book release updates from Amazon:
Posted: 1st June
Some updates from Amazon regarding Star Wars books and novels. The fifth book in the Rebel Force series has  been listed for a New Year release  (1st January 2010), and is as yet untitled. In the UK, the paperback reprint release of Millennium Falcon by James Luceno has been re-scheduled for 1st April 2010. It was originally listed for release on 17th December 2009, but since it was only released in hardback on 23rd April 2009, this new date is in keeping with the normal year long gap between hardback and paperback reprint releases.
Staying with the UK, there are also two new The Clone Wars books for younger readers listed: Ambush, a graphic novel adaptation of the TV episode, is a reprint of the Grossett & Dunlap book of the same name previously published in February; and Ryder Windham's first book in a new series Secret Missions: Breakout Squad will be published in the UK one month after its US release. Both Ambush and Secret Missions: Breakout Squad will be published by Ladybird/Puffin in the UK on 1st October.
(All release dates & formats subject to change.)


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