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June 2010

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The following news items were posted on Star Wars Books during June 2010:

First summary for The Force Unleashed II:
Posted: 30th June
Although some of the the main plot points for The Force Unleashed II videogame have been revealed by various videogame magazines, any summary for the hardback novelisation by Sean Williams due 5th October has been kept under-wraps - until now. RandomHouse.com has updated their listing for the novelisation
[External site - opens in a new window/tab], unabridged audio book CD[External site - opens in a new window/tab] and unabridged audio book digital download[External site - opens in a new window/tab] with a summary:
WARNING CONTAINS SPOILERS Highlight between arrowheads to read>>>As ruthless apprentice to Darth Vader, Starkiller was mercilessly schooled in the ways of the dark side, commanded to exterminate the last of the purged Jedi Order, and groomed for the ultimate Sith power play: assassination of the Emperor. He served without question, killed without remorse, and lost his heart without warning to beautiful Imperial fighter pilot Juno Eclipse, never suspecting that he was just a tool in the schemes of his masters—until it was too late to escape their lethal betrayal.
Juno mourned Starkiller as dead...but now he is back, purged of all memories and programmed to kill. And as fate brings Juno and Starkiller closer to reuniting, with Darth Vader determined not to lose his assassin a second time, they will both have to make a stand. The prize is freedom. The punishment for failing will be eternal enslavement to the dark side of the Force...
<<<


Book Release: Legacy Volume 9: Monster:
Posted: 30th June
Volume
9: Monster collates Legacy issues #42 (Divided Loyalties); and #43 thru #46 (Monster) and is released today in US.


Comic Release: Invasion: Rescues #2 (part 2 of 6):
Posted: 30th June
Invasion's second story arc, Rescues, continues with the release of the second issue.


Comic Release: Legacy #49 (Extremes, part 2 of 3):
Posted: 30th June
The penultimate issue of Legacy is released today, issue #48, Extremes part 2 of 3.


Comic Release: Dark Times #17 (Blue Harvest, part 5 of 5):
Posted: 30th June
The final issue of Blue Harvest is released today as Dark Times issue #17.


First summary for Red Harvest:
Posted: 29th June
In their Spring 2011 Catalog (100Mb PDF
[External site - opens in a new window/tab]), Random House has unveiled a short summary for the Red Harvest, Joe Screiber's second Star Wars horror novel following the success of last year's Death Troopers.
Set during The Old Republic era, Red Harvest is due in hardback from 25th January 2011. 
WARNING CONTAINS SPOILERS Highlight between arrowheads to read>>>Strange things are happening in a Sith Academy, where the Dark Lord in charge has barricaded himself away, unexplained voilence is on the rise, and the apprentices are growing more and more frightened. When a mercenary arrives with a delivery for the Sith Lord and a hostage Jedi in tow, the situation reaches a boiling point. Only a Jedi Master, looking for the missing Jedi, can hope to get her and himself out alive.<<<


First summary for Fate of the Jedi: Conviction:
Posted: 29th June
In their Spring 2011 Catalog (100Mb PDF
[External site - opens in a new window/tab]), Random House has unveiled a short summary for the seventh Fate of the Jedi novel, Conviction, by Aaron Allston and due May 2011.
WARNING CONTAINS SPOILERS Highlight between arrowheads to read>>>In this installment of the bestselling Fate of the Jedi series, the evil entity called Abeloth is on the run–but still not giving up it’s plans to destroy the galaxy. Despite the almost-friendship between Ben Skywalker and the Sith apprentice Vestara, the Jedi and Sith have dropped all pretenses of cooperation, and each side is making plans to rout the other.
And on Coruscant, ex-Jedi Tahiri Veila awaits sentencing for the crime of treason, and although they’ve effectively removed Chief of State Natasi Daala from power, the Jedi Council is in no position to help…
<<<


First look at cover for The Old Republic #4 comic:
Posted: 26th June
DarkHorseComics[External site - opens in a new window/tab] has posted a first look at the cover for the fourth issue of The Old Republic comic book series that is due for release in October.
Issue #4 is the first part of a three-part comic book serialisation of Blood of the Empire, the second introductory online comic for the forthcoming MMO video game Star Wars: The Old Republic, with Act I: Shades of the Sith.
(Source: via TheForce.net[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


The Old Republic - Blood of the Empire #6 now online:
Posted: 26th June
The sixth issue of Blood of the Empire, the second 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].
In the sixth issue of Blood of the Empire, Teneb Kel fights for his life as Lenico Colony Blue collapses around him. The Emperor's apprentice has proven vastly more powerful than anyone realized: it will take all Teneb's skills and resources to survive, let alone complete his mission. But can he rely on his closest ally in his moment of need, or will he face betrayal?
(Source: swtor.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


Book Release: Invasion Volume 1: Refugees:
Posted: 25th June
Released today from Titan Books in the UK is Invasion Volume 1: Refugees. This graphic novel collates the first six issues of Invasion comic book series.


Book Release: The Clone Wars: In Service of the Republic
Posted: 25th June
Released today from Titan Books in the UK is The Clone Wars: In Service of the Republic graphic novella collating the three-issue comic book series The Clone Wars: In Service of the Republic by Henry Gilroy and 2009's Free Comic Book Day issue The Gauntlet of Death.


Book Release: Fate of the Jedi: Abyss
Posted: 24th June
Released today from Arrow Books in the UK is the paperback edition of the third Fate of the Jedi novel, Abyss, by Troy Denning.


Comic Release: The Clone Wars Comic #9:
Posted: 24th June
Released today in the UK is the latest issue of The Clone Wars Comic from Titan Comics. Issue #9 features the original comic story A Little Help on Hakara.


Excerpt from The Old Republic: Deceived:
Posted: 23rd June
Paul S. Kemp has posted a short excerpt from his forthcoming The Old Republic tie-in novel, Deceived, on his own website
[External site - opens in a new window/tab].
Paul explains the context of the excerpt: "the excerpt features in prose a scene you’ll recognize from the first cinematic trailer. Here, you get a sense of [Darth] Malgus as a man". You can read the excerpt here
[External site - opens in a new window/tab].

Deceived is due for release in the US in hardback from Del Rey on 28th December.
(Source: via NJOE.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


First look at Fate of the Jedi: Conviction:
Posted: 23rd June
StarWars.com
[External site - opens in a new window/tab] has revealed the cover for the seventh Fate of the Jedi novel, Conviction and depicts Tahiri Veila. As yet no synopsis is available for this title. Conviction is written by Aaron Allston (Fate of the Jedi: Outcast and Backlash) and according[External site - opens in a new window/tab] to LucasBooks' Executive Editor Sue Rostoni, its release has been moved back from 19th April to 14th May 2011 replacing Alex Irvine's as yet untitled Nomi Sunrider novel (which has been delayed until 2012). 


Book Release: Fate of the Jedi: Abyss
Posted: 22nd June
Released today from Del Rey in the US is the paperback edition of the third Fate of the Jedi novel, Abyss, by Troy Denning.


Diamond reveal title of next The Clone Wars Quarterly title from Dark Horse Comics:
Posted: 22nd June
Diamond Book Distributors' 2010 Fall Panels Catalog (8Mb PDF
[External site - opens in a new window/tab]) has listed the next The Clone Wars Quarterly graphic novella from Dark Horse Comics as being Deadly Hands of Shon-Ju. This digest-sized story is written by Jeremy Barlow (The Colossus of Destiny) with art by the Fillbach Brothers and features Jedi Knight Aayla Secura whose covert mission is threatened by an encounter with Shon-Ju—a former Padawan turned cult leader. Shon-Ju claims to be after the same Separatist warlord that Aayla was sent to capture, but he also has plenty of reasons to hate the Republic and the Jedi. The Force is with Aayla, but she may need more than her lightsaber against “The Deadly Hands of Shon-Ju”!
While there's been now official announcement by Dark Horse Comics, this listing does confirms Dark Horse Comics' Executive Editor Randy Stradley's announcement back in January in the letters page of the final issue of their short-lived The Clone Wars comic series that the next The Clone Wars Quarterly title would feature "Aayla Secura and two new villains".
According to Diamond Deadly Hands of Shon-Ju will be released in the US on December 14th.
(Source: via TheForce.net[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


Book Release: Star Wars: The Clone Wars Character Encyclopedia
Posted: 21st June
Released today from DK Publishing in the US is Star Wars: The Clone Wars Character Encyclopedia by Jason Fry:
Learn everything you ever wanted to know about Anakin, Rex, Ahsoka, Cad Bane, Obi-Wan, Yoda, Jabba and all your other favourite The Clone Wars characters! Star Wars The Clone Wars Character Encyclopedia will give you all the vital information from Anakin Skywalker's lightsaber skills to Ziro the Hutt's scheming, and everything in between. Includes characters from Seasons 1 and 2 of the hit TV series!....more


Randy Stradley hints at future Star Wars comic projects:
Posted: 20th June
With fan speculation still running high over Dark Horse Comics' forthcoming Star Wars projects and replacement for Legacy, Dark Horse Comics' Senior Editor Randy Stradley has posted[External site - opens in a new window/tab] hints at future projects:

  • ITEM: Though his collaborator, Jan Duursema, is still busy drawing issue #50 of Legacy, and he himself is preparing to move to a new house halfway across the country, writer John Ostrander has already begun work on the scripts for the next very top-secret thing that he and Jan will be doing. And that’s all I’m going to tell you about that! 

  • ITEM: Writer Tom Taylor (Invasion) has submitted a proposal to turn the concept of Blood Ties into a semi-regular series, with the idea of having artist Chris Scalf provide the painted art for each issue! Note: it will not be what you expect it to be!

  • ITEM: Another well-known writer, whose name I will not reveal at this time, has submitted a proposal which may just turn out to be the series that launches our twenty-fifth anniversary year. I’ll be able to tell you more in about six weeks.

  • ITEM: While he waits for writer Mick Harrison to prepare the scripts for the next Dark Times arc, artist Doug Wheatley has begun work on a series of covers for Conan: The Road of Kings!

Whatever we take from this, it is clear that Dark Horse Comics has serious plans for next year's output as it will coincide with both their own 25th Anniversary and the 20th Anniversary of Dark Horse Comics gaining the Star Wars comics license.
(Source: Dark Horse Comics Blog[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


The Old Republic - Blood of the Empire #5 now online:
Posted: 19th June
The fifth issue of Blood of the Empire, the second 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].
In the fifth issue of Blood of the Empire, Teneb Kel comes face to face with Exal Kressh, the Emperor's apprentice! But what power does she possess, and what secrets will she reveal to the man sent to kill her? Meanwhile, Maggot's night off continues, and new faces observe from the shadows. It's the beginning of a night full of revelations...
(Source: swtor.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


Following Crosscurrent comes Riptide:
Posted: 18th June
Sue Rostoni, LucasBooks' Executive Editor, has announced via StarWars.com Message Boards[External site - opens in a new window/tab] that Paul Kemp's sequel to Crosscurrent will be titled Riptide. She has also stated that it takes place right after the events of Crosscurrent and will released in paperback in June 2011.
(Source: StarWars.com Message Boards[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


Book Release: Knights of the Old Republic Volume 9: Demon
Posted: 16th June
Released today from Dark Horse Books in the US is the final graphic novel volume of Knights of the Old Republic comic book series by John Jackson Miller, Volume 9: Demon - collating issues #47 thru #50.


Book Release: The Clone Wars: In Service of the Republic
Posted: 16th June
Released today from Dark Horse Books in the US is The Clone Wars: In Service of the Republic graphic novella collating the three-issue comic book series The Clone Wars: In Service of the Republic by Henry Gilroy and 2009's Free Comic Book Day issue The Gauntlet of Death.


Star Wars comics for September:
Posted: 15th June
StarWars.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab] has posted solicitations from Dark Horse Comics for September and includes the second issue of the four-part mini-series Blood Ties: A Tale of Jango and Boba Fett by Tom Taylor due for release on the 29th. Returning after a month gap is Invasion: Rescues issue #4 (of 6) also by Tom Taylor with art by Colin Wilson also on the 29th, while the third issue of The Old Republic: Threat of Peace will be available from the 1st.
Lastly, Dark Horse Comics are launching a new series of low cost comics: One For One offers the first issue of a comic series for the low cover price of just one dollar and on 1st September Dark Horse Comics will re-release issue #1 of Legacy for $1.


Preview penultimate Legacy issue and DH to announce 'big news' at Celebration V:
Posted: 12th June
Dark Horse Comics has posted a three-page preview
[External site - opens in a new window/tab] of the penultimate issue of Legacy, issue #49, the second part of the three-part final chapter Extremes. Written by John Ostrander with art by Jan Duursema, Legacy #49 is due for release on 30th June.
As fans await more news regarding Legacy's replacement, Dark Horse Comics has stated via its Facebook
[External site - opens in a new window/tab] page that it has "big news" to announce at Star Wars Celebration V in August and that it requires an attending fan to help disseminate news of a "brand-new project" during Celebration V. For full details and terms, visit Facebook here[External site - opens in a new window/tab].


Fate of the Jedi #8 gets title:
Posted: 11th June
Sue Rostoni, LucasBooks' Executive Editor, has announced via the StarWars.com Message Boards
[External site - opens in a new window/tab] that the title for the eighth and penultimate Fate of the Jedi novel, to be written by Christie Golden (Omen, Allies), will be Ascension.
Fate of the Jedi: Ascension is due to be released next summer in hardback, as an e-Book and as an unabridged audio book.


Fate of the Jedi: Allies is officially a Best Seller:
Posted: 8th June
Christie Golden's second Star Wars novel, and the fifth in the nine-book Fate of the Jedi series, Allies, has entered both the New York Times
[External site - opens in a new window/tab] and Publishers Weekly's[External site - opens in a new window/tab] Best Sellers Lists at #8.
This continues Fate of the Jedi's strong opening performance on the New York Times Best Sellers Lists: Outcast achieved #3[External site - opens in a new window/tab]; Omen hit #4[External site - opens in a new window/tab]; Abyss entered at #7[External site - opens in a new window/tab]; and Backlash achieved #4[External site - opens in a new window/tab].
(Source: via ClubJade.net[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


The Old Republic - Blood of the Empire #4 now online:
Posted: 4th June
The fourth issue of Blood of the Empire, the second 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].
In the fourth issue of Blood of the Empire, Teneb Kel begins his quest to find the Emperor's apprentice and learn the reason she betrayed her master. But a war-torn galaxy isn't always friendly toward Sith, and without a squad of Imperial soldiers to back him up, Teneb must rely on his wits and his lightsaber for protection.
(Source: swtor.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


Book Release: Omnibus: A Long Time Ago... Volume 1
Posted: 2nd June
Released today from Dark Horse Books in the US is the latest Omnibus edition, A Long Time Ago... Volume 1, collating the first 27 issues of Marvel Comics' Star Wars series from 1977-1978.


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