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August 2010

[ News Archive... ]
The following news items were posted on Star Wars Books during August 2010:
Book Releases:
Posted: 30th August
The Clone Wars: New Battlefronts - The Visual Guide
Hardback Reference Book by Jason Fry
DK Publishing ( [US] )
War still rages in the galaxy! The Republic's Clone Army and Jedi Knights continue to fight the Separatist threat. But new worlds face danger and new enemies are emerging. The Clone Wars: New Battlefronts - The Visual Guide gives you a ring-side seat on the galactic conflict with gorgeous imagery...more

The Clone Wars Reader Level 3: Jedi Heroes
Children's Paperback & Hardback Reading Book by Elizabeth Dowsett
Reading Level: 4-8 years
DK Publising ( [US] )
A Level 3 book suited for children who read alone, with more complex sentence structure, information boxes and a helpful alphabetical glossary.

The Clone Wars Reader Level 4: Planets in Peril
Children's Paperback & Hardback Reading Book by Elizabeth Dowsett
Reading Level: 4-8 years
DK Publising ( [US] )
A Level 4 book, perfect for proficient readers with a rich vocabulary, challenging sentence structure, a comprehensive index, and additional information and alphabetical glossary.


Review:
Posted: 28th August
Blood Ties: Jango and Boba Fett #1

By Tom Taylor, Chris Scalf et al.
Reviewed by Ewan, Star Wars Books:
It must seem as if every other Star Wars comic story released recently has been written by Tom Taylor and judging by his previous stories this is no bad thing [...] Taylor has a particular skill for exploring relationships within his stories [...] in Blood Ties we are witness to the father/son relationship between Jango Fett and his cloned son Boba that was sadly missing from Attack of the Clones [...] Chris Scalf's art is, quite frankly, unbelievably awe inspiring [...] a worthy addition to any fan's Star Wars comics library and is particularly recommended to fans who have yet to experience Star Wars stories in comic form... read our full review

Roundup of online interviews:
Posted: 28th August
The past week has been awash with interviews of various Star Wars authors, contributors and movers-and-shakers - this is a roundup of some of those interviews.

The Old Republic - Blood of the Empire #10 now online:
Posted: 27th August

The tenth 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 tenth issue of Blood of the Empire, a battle between Republic and Imperial fleets rages over Korriban as Teneb Kel chases down his foe. The fate of the Sith homeworld and the Children of the Emperor is in the hands of one young acolyte and his slave--but duty and patriotism aren't the only forces guiding them...

Book Releases:
Posted: 27th August
Star Wars Adventures: The Will of Darth Vader
Graphic Novella by Tom Taylor, Brian Koschak et al.
Titan Books ( [UK] )
When the Rebellion's hit-and-run attacks on Imperial cargo ships become too audacious to be ignored, Darth Vader is sent in to find the Rebel base and destroy it. But the base, hidden in the centre of a constantly shifting asteroid field, cannot be attacked directly...more

The Sounds of Star Wars
Hardback Reference Book by Jonathan Rinzler
Chronicle Books ( [US] )
An aurally astonishing and visually engaging book, New York Times best-selling author J. W. Rinzler reveals the illuminating history behind the sounds of the Star Wars universe. With behind-the-scene stories, photographs and sound clips, fans will discover the origins of sounds from their favorite scenes...more

Star Wars Millennium Falcon: A 3-D Owner's Guide
Children's Pop-Up Book by Chris Trevas, Chris Reiff
Scholastic Books ( [US] )
Filled with fascinating insights into the Falcon's systems, it is built around a series of meticulously detailed cut-outs that layer together to create a three-dimensional model of the classic Star Wars starship. Artists Chris Trevas and Chris Reiff provide new illustrations and schematics of the various Falcon subsystems...more


The Clone Wars webcomic to return with Season 3:
Posted: 25th August
The Clone Wars webcomic artist Tom Hodges has announced on Dark Horse Comics' Message Boards
[External site - opens in a new window/tab] that he, Pablo Hildago and Grant Gould are working on The Clone Wars Season 3 webcomic:

Working on the S3 comic as we speak. The original plan was to have a Summer story but with everything we had going on (mainly C5) we pushed it back. So the opening storyline of Season 3 will be a self contained, multi-week story that I will be providing the Art (Color by Grant Gould). The story was also written by myself and Pablo Hildago.
Then transition into much like the Season 1 format of short stories BUT we won't directly follow the animated series storyline and we'll be bringing Katie
[Cook] back into the rotation here and there.

Tom has been posting "work-in-progress" images from Season 3 webcomic via his Twitter account @HodgesArt[External site - opens in a new window/tab] (or search for #CloneWarsWebcomic3[External site - opens in a new window/tab]).
The Clone Wars Season 3 is due to premier in the US on Cartoon Network on 17th September.


Comic Release: Blood Ties #1 (A Tale of Jango and Boba Fett, part 1 of 4):
Posted: 25th August
The first issue of a four-part miniseries Blood Ties: A Tale of Jango and Boba Fett is released today from Dark Horse Comics.


Full synopsis for Fate of the Jedi: Vortex and rear cover:
Posted: 24th August
StarWars.com
[External site - opens in a new window/tab] has posted the much anticipated back cover[External site - opens in a new window/tab] for the sixth Fate of the Jedi novel, Vortex, as it features Jedi Master Kenth Hamner - a character never before illustrated.
They have also posted an expanded synopsis for the novel by Troy Denning (as this contains potential spoilers, highlight between the arrowheads to read):

>>>In a stunning turn of events, Luke Skywalker and his son, Ben, joined forces with members of the Sith armada sent to kill them -- and turned their combined might against the monstrous being Abeloth, whose power was causing young Jedi Knights to go seemingly insane. But with Abeloth gone and the Knights sane again, the Sith reverted to form, making a treacherous attempt on Luke's life.
Luke and Ben have no time for retaliation. A new and even more insidious threat is rising, one that endangers not only the Jedi but the entire Galactic Alliance. Unless the Skywalkers survive to sound the alarm -- and to pass along the secrets they have learned about Abeloth and the Sith -- the galaxy will suffer as it has never suffered before. But the reinforcements they need remain grounded on Coruscant, where the political battle of wills between the Jedi Council and Galactic Alliance Chief of State Natasi Daala has reached a boiling point.
Now Luke and Ben must go on the run, taking along the inscrutable -- and dangerous -- Sith apprentice Vestara Khai. With a host of Sith warriors in hot pursuit, the Skywalkers soon find themselves trapped on the moon Pydyr, caught between their former allies and a mob of angry Fallanassi. A new truce may be their only hope. But can a Sith ever be trusted?
With the Jedi's most famous father-and-son team outnumbered and outgunned, the countdown to galactic disaster has begun -- and time is running out!
<<<

Fate of the Jedi: Vortex by Troy Denning is due for release in hardback on 7th (US) and 9th (UK) December.

Related: First summary for Fate of the Jedi: Vortex appears (24th March 2010)


A tour of The Jedi Path:
Posted: 21st August
EUCantina.net
[External site - opens in a new window/tab] has posted an exclusive two-part video tour[External site - opens in a new window/tab] of The Jedi Path with its author Daniel Wallace recorded at Celebration V. Daniel takes time to explain the exciting contents of this tome, unlocking its 'mechanical vault' and revealing its exclusive contents.
The Jedi Path by Daniel Wallace from Becker&Mayer will be released on 28th September and is exclusive to Amazon: pre-order today from Amazon.com
[External site - opens in a new window/tab] or Amazon.co.uk[External site - opens in a new window/tab]

Related: First look at The Jedi Path (18th July 2010)


UPDATE: Next Star Wars Adventures to feature Boba Fett:
Posted: 21st August
Further to our story of 23rd/25th July regarding the fifth Star Wars Adventures graphic novella, it was according to Star Wars Insider #119 titled Boba Fett and the Vault of Terror, but it now appears that this title was incorrect. According to the listing on Amazon.com
[External site - opens in a new window/tab], and confirmed by writer Jeremy Barlow on Dark Horse Comic's Message Boards[External site - opens in a new window/tab], the title is Boba Fett and the Ship of Fear. Moreover, Amazon.com's listing also contains the first synopsis for this story:

The wreck of the Reverie, a four-hundred-year-old abandoned luxury liner is rumoured to house an ancient relic of immense value. When Boba Fett comes into possession of a map revealing the ship's current whereabouts, he sets his sights on the prize. But he's not alone-two bounty-hunting brothers with a grudge against Fett are now on his trail, hoping to win the treasure for themselves. But, neither Fett nor the brothers are prepared for what else is lurking within the creepy corridors of the forsaken Reverie.

Star Wars Adventures: Boba Fett and the Ship of Fear by Jeremy Barlow with art by Daxiong is expected to be on sale in the US in early 2011.


Preview Blood Ties #1:
Posted: 20th August
Dark Horse Comics has posted a three-page preview
[External site - opens in a new window/tab] of the first issue of their new four-part miniseries Blood Ties: A Tale of Jango and Boba Fett by Tom Taylor (Star Wars: Invasion) and artwork by Chris Scalf (Purge: The Hidden Blade):

Shortly before the start of the Clone Wars, Count Dooku sends Jango Fett on a mission that will affect the course of Boba Fett's life some twenty years later. But for now, neither of them knows what the future holds in store, and besides, they have their schedule filled dodging monsters and fighting bad guys!

Blood Ties #1: A Tale of Jango and Boba Fett is due for release next week on Wednesday 25th August:


Comic Release: The Clone Wars Comic #11:
Posted: 19th August
Released today in the UK is the latest issue of The Clone Wars Comic from Titan Comics. Issue #11 features the original comic story Prize Contender.


Comic Release: Legacy #50 (Extremes, part 3 of 3):
Posted: 18th August
The final issue of Legacy is released today, issue #50, Extremes part 3 of 3.


Second Riptide teaser:
Posted: 17th August
To whet fans appetites further, Paul S. Kemp has posted a second teaser excerpt from Riptide, his sequel to Crosscurrent, on his blog
[External site - opens in a new window/tab]:

They’d all felt it, even the children, as the cloakshape fighter carrying them had blazed through the white hot aftermath of the starship’s explosion. Between the surface of the frozen moon and the safety of outer space had hung a cloud of smoke, flaming debris, superheated gas, and…something more.

Riptide is due for paperback release in July 2011.

Related: Riptide teaser (27th July 2010)


Third A Long Time Ago... volume due February 2011:
Posted: 16th August
Amazon.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab] has listed the third volume of the A Long Time Ago... series of Omnibus which collate Marvel Comics' Star Wars line from the late-1970s to mid-1980s with a projected release date of late February 2011.
While we wait for official confirmation from Dark Horse Books (expected next month in their December solicitations), we can speculate on its contents based on the previous two volumes. Although Amazon do not list the actual contents of this issue it does state a page count of 488 pages (just 8 more pages than the two previous volumes), even allowing for errors it is likely that this third volume would collate either issues #50 thru #76 or issues #50 thru #71 plus the second king-sized annual from 1982.


Book Release: Star Wars Year by Year:
Posted: 16th August
Available now in US from DK Publishing is Star Wars Year by Year: Four decades of Star Wars history come together for the first time in a highly illustrated year-by-year format. Star Wars Year by Year pulls together a vast array of information from the films, comic books, novels, merchandise, and computer games. Star Wars Year by Year provides fans with everything they need to know about the phenomenon that is Star Wars, from the first Star Wars release in 1977 through the most recent plot twists in the animated television show Star Wars: The Clone Wars.


John Jackson Miller discusses Knight Errant with IGN Comics:
Posted: 15th August
A couple of days prior to the opening of Celebration V, IGN Comics posted their interview with John Jackson Miller, author of the forthcoming Knight Errant comic and novel series from Dark Horse Comics and Del Rey books due this Autumn.

They discuss some aspects of his new project here[External site - opens in a new window/tab] (please note that the interview contains some minor spoilers).


Knight Errant online prequel story coming soon:
Posted: 14th August
It was announced at the Knight Errant panel at Celebration V that a prequel story to Knight Errant will be published online prior to the release of Knight Errant #1 in mid-October.

(Source: via @EUCantina[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


Celebration V: Del Rey novels:
Posted: 14th August
The Del Rey panel has concluded with the following exciting announcements having been made:

(Source: via @EUCantina[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


The Old Republic - Blood of the Empire #9 now online:
Posted: 14th August
The ninth 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].
It's the beginning of the end in the ninth issue of Blood of the Empire. Teneb Kel awakens from his vision with a new understanding of the danger he faces--but is there still time to stop Exal Kressh's plot against the Emperor from coming to fruition? And meanwhile, what's going on with Maggot and the Jedi Padawan...?
(Source: swtor.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


Celebration V: Dark Horse Comics:
Posted: 12th August
The Dark Horse Comics panel, hosted by Vice-President Randy Stradley, has concluded with the following exciting announcements having been made:

  • Darth Vader and the Lost Command by Haden Blackman, a five-part series beginning January 2011 - this is the series that promises to "chronicle one of Vader's greatest failures" as teased at last month's SDCC

  • Crimson Empire III by Mike Richardson and Randy Stradley will be released as a six-part series beginning March 2011 - first rumoured back in August 2008 but quickly denied, it now appears that Dark Horse Comics have reassessed the potential of this project

  • Following the conclusion of the six-part miniseries Legacy: War, John Ostrander and Jan Duursema will be working on something entirely different

  • To celebrate both Dark Horse Comics' own 25th Anniversary as well as Dark Empire's 20th Anniversary next year, Dark Horse Comics plan to release a special edition of Dark Empire

  • Dark Times returns next year

  • Confirmation that a future Omnibus will include reprints of Marvel's "lost comic stories": Ewoks and Droids from their Star Comics imprint, as well as their UK only stories and Star Wars 3D from Blackthorne Publishing

(Source: via @EUCantina[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


Book Release: Star Wars Year by Year:
Posted: 12th August
Available now in UK from Dorling Kindersley is Star Wars Year by Year: Four decades of Star Wars history come together for the first time in a highly illustrated year-by-year format. Star Wars Year by Year pulls together a vast array of information from the films, comic books, novels, merchandise, and computer games. Star Wars Year by Year provides fans with everything they need to know about the phenomenon that is Star Wars, from the first Star Wars release in 1977 through the most recent plot twists in the animated television show Star Wars: The Clone Wars.


Comics for November and beyond:
Posted: 11th August
Dark Horse Comics has released solicitations for November and beyond and includes the fifth issue of The Old Republic which continues the comic book serialisation of Blood of the Empire available on 3rd. Also continuing in November is John Jackson Miller's five-part mini-series Knight Errant: Aflame, with the second issue available on 10th. And Blood Ties: A Tale of Jango and Boba Fett by Tom Taylor concludes with issue #4 on the 24th.
Lastly, Dark Horse Comics have announced that the latest Dark Times graphic novel, Volume 4: Blue Harvest, will be published on 10th November, while Legacy Volume 10: Extremes, collating Legacy issues #47 thru #50 will be published early January 2011.


Book Release: Tales from the Clone Wars:
Posted: 9th August
Available now exclusively from StarWarsShop.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab] and at Star Wars Celebration V from Dreams & Vision Press is Tales from The Clone Wars. This 168-page limited edition graphic novel collates the entire run of The Clone Wars Season One webcomics as well as the "gameisode" instalments that tied into online Flash games following Season One. A bonus section features concept art and development sketches, as well as bonus art from all the artists. This special collected edition includes a foreword by Dave Filoni, supervising director of the television series.


Celebration V schedules and itineraries:
Posted: 9th August
With just three days to go before Star Wars Celebration V in Orlando, schedules for the books and comics' fan have been published. StarWars.com has posted a 3-page schedule
[External site - opens in a new window/tab] of all attending publishers' itineraries including Del Rey (novels and non-fiction books), Dark Horse Comics (comics), Penguin (children's books and non-fiction) Scholastic (children's books and non-fiction), DK Publishing (children's books and non-fiction), Titan (magazines and comics). Autograph collectors should check out this schedule[External site - opens in a new window/tab].
Meanwhile, comics' publisher Dark Horse Comics has also posted their own Celebration V itinerary
[External site - opens in a new window/tab], and a complete itinerary is available from the official Celebration V website[External site - opens in a new window/tab] (PDF & HTML).


Unseen Empire sampler free with Empire magazine:
Posted: 7th August
This month's UK edition of Empire magazine, issue #255 (dated September 2010), contains a 28-page glossy photo book sampler, Unseen Empire, featuring 30 previously unseen production pictures of The Empire Strikes Back taken from the forthcoming book The Making of The Empire Strikes Back.
Written by J. W. Rinzler, with a foreword by director Ridley Scott, The Making of The Empire Strikes Back is due for release on 12th October from Aurum Press Ltd in the UK and Del Rey in the US.

For details of the latest issue of Empire magazine and the free sampler Unseen Empire, visit EmpireOnline.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab].


Legacy to continue with Legacy: War:
Posted: 5th August
MTV Splash Page has exclusive details
[External site - opens in a new window/tab] that Legacy, due to end later this month with issue #50, will continue with a new six-part miniseries titled Legacy: War. Written by John Ostrander with art by Jan Duursema, whom MTV Splash Page discuss Legacy: War with as well as a sneak look at issue #1's cover, it will continue Legacy's story for at least another six issue story arc. As for the future of Legacy, both John and Jan are at pains to state that Legacy: War represents the end of Legacy but any possible successor "depends on sales, response, and Dark Horse's plans".
Legacy: War #1 is due for release on December 15th 2010.


Comic Release: The Old Republic #2 (Threat of Peace, part 2 of 3):
Posted: 4th August
Shipping from today from Dark Horse Comics is the second issue of The Old Republic, part 2 of a three-part comic book adaptation of Threat of Peace.


Book Release: Star Wars Blueprints - Rebel Edition:
Posted: 2nd August
Released today in the US and UK from Dorling Kindersley is Star Wars Blueprints: Rebel Edition - A unique and incredibly in-depth look at the locations, starships, weapons, and inner workings of the Rebel Alliance, Star Wars Blueprints: Rebel Edition features five double-sided posters showing Rebel fortresses, hideouts, weapons, droids, and is packed with floor plans, technical drawings, diagrams and more...more


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