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[ News Review and Archive ]
January 2011

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The following news items were posted on Star Wars Books during January 2011:
A closer look at Heir to the Empire 20th Anniversary edition:
Posted: 31st January
StarWars.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab] has released the finalised cover for the 20th Anniversary hardback edition of Timothy Zahn's Heir to the Empire novel that kick-started the modern Star Wars Expanded Universe back in 1991: the book features a reflective jacket (fitting for the book's platinum anniversary) and also has a specially printed version of the original cover underneath.
They have also given further details of the contents of the Anniversary Edition:
  • commentary-style annotations by Zahn and other behind-the-scenes people responsible for making the book a reality
  • an introduction by Zahn
  • a new Zahn novella, Crisis of Faith, featuring Grand Admiral Thrawn

Heir to the Empire 20th Anniversary Edition is due for release mid-June.


New release:
Posted: 31st January
Lego Star Wars: The Ultimate Sticker Collection
Paperback Sticker Book
DK Publishing ( [US] )
More than 1,000 reusable stickers and dynamic backgrounds, readers can re-create their favorite Star Wars moments with a sticky LEGO twist! Or they can create their own interstellar adventures.

Riptide and Shadow Games release pushed back by two months:
Posted: 28th January
Just one week after StarWars.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab] released the cover and blurb for Paul S. Kemp's Crosscurrent sequel Riptide, LucasBooks' Executive Editor Sue Rostoni has confirmed on the StarWars.com Forums[External site - opens in a new window/tab] that its release date has been pushed back by two months from 26th July to 27th September 2011. As this was the release slot originally scheduled for the publication of the Dash Rendar novel, Shadow Games, by Michael Reaves & Maya Kaathryn Bohnoff it has now been moved to November 29th.
Also the release of the final Fate of the Jedi novel, Apocalypse, by Troy Denning has been pushed back by five months - from November this year to April 2012.
In other news, Sue has revealed some new additions to her release schedule for this year and next: a new as yet untitled novel has been scheduled for release on October 18th, in her words: "Something that hasn't been announced yet, I don't think" - as Austin at EUCantina.net[External site - opens in a new window/tab] adroitly notes this could well be the release date for the third The Old Republic tie-in novel, due to be written by Drew Karpyshyn (Path of Destruction, Rule of Two and Dynasty of Evil). [UPDATE: Sue has confirmed that this slot is indeed allotted for Drew Karpyshyns The Old Republic novel]
While August 2012 will see the release of an anthology of John Jackson Miller's eight Lost Tribe of the Sith novellas (the first five are currently available as free PDF downloads from StarWars.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab]). And in November the first book of Paul S. Kemp's untitled hardcover duology should be released.
Our US Release Schedules for 2011 and 2012 now reflect the changes Sue has announced.

UPDATE (31st Jan.): Shelly Shapiro, Del Rey's Editor, has announced via their Facebook[External site - opens in a new window/tab] page that the anthology will "include a brand-new Lost Tribe story--a long one!" It is unclear where on the Timeline this extra story fits: prior to, during or after the eight Lost Tribe of the Sith stories.
(Source: via EUCantina.net[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


New releases:
Posted: 28th January
Omnibus: Quinlan Vos - Jedi in Darkness
Omnibus Graphic Novel by various
Titan Books ( [UK] )
Between 31 and 30 years before the Battle of Yavin:
This latest Omnibus collects the following comic stories Twilight, Infinity’s End, Darkness, The Devaronian Version, The Stark Hyperspace War and Rite of Passage.

Legacy Volume 10: Extremes
Graphic Novel by John Ostrander, Jan Duursema, Dan Parsons, et al.
Titan Books ( [UK] )
Approximately 138 years after the Battle of Yavin:
Collating issues #47 (Fate of Dac) and #48 thru #50 (Extremes) of Legacy comic series.


New Star Wars comic series to star Qui-Gon Jinn:
Posted: 27th January
Following Dark Horse Comics' Twitter and Facebook teases of a new Star Wars comic series to be announced this week, MTV.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab] has revealed that the new series will be titled Star Wars: Jedi - The Dark Side and feature Qui-Gon Jinn in a story prior to him taking Obi-Wan Kenobi as his Padawan. Written by Scott Allie (Betrayal) with art by Mahmud Asrar the first issue of this new five-part mini-series is due to be released on 18th May:

Twenty-one years before the events in Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace, Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn is dispatched to prevent the outbreak of a civil war on the homeworld of his Padawan Xanatos—whose father is king. It is a mission that will lead Qui-Gon into close contact with the dark side and start him on a quest that will have a major impact on the future of the Jedi Order!

MTV.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab] has also posted a short interview with Scott Allie discussing this new series.


New release:
Posted: 27th January
Star Wars Insider #99
Magazine
Titan Magazines ( [UK] )
Featuring some great previews of upcoming episodes of The Clone Wars, interviews with Matt Lanter (Anakin), Catherine Taber (Padmé), James Arnold Taylor (Obi-Wan), and Ashley Eckstein (Ahsoka), Star Wars sound designers, mysteries of the Force, Luke Skywalker collectibles -- and much more!

New releases:
Posted: 26th January
Darth Vader and the Lost Command #1 (of 5)
Comic Book by Haden Blackman, Rick Leonardi, Dan Green, Wes Dzioba et al.
Dark Horse Comics ( [US] & [UK] [import])
Approximately 19 years before the Battle of Yavin:
Still haunted by the events in Revenge of the Sith, Darth Vader must set aside his past and put his future on hold for a mission to the mysterious Ghost Nebula to locate and if possible, rescue a missing Imperial expeditionary force...more

Legacy: War #2 (of 6)
Comic Book by John Ostrander, Jan Duursema, Dan Parsons et al.
Dark Horse Comics ( [US] & [UK] [import])
Approximately 138 years after the Battle of Yavin:
It’s all-out war as the Sith Empire unleashes its forces and its secret weapons on the rest of the galaxy. As Emperor-in-Exile Roan Fel loses ground against the Sith, he plots to use the enemy’s own devices against them; regardless of the cost in innocent lives...more


John Jackson Miller interviewed by About.com:
Posted: 25th January
John Jackson Miller, author of Knight Errant and the ongoing Knight Errant: Aflame comic book series, was interviewed by About.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab].
As well as discussing John's upcoming Knight Errant novel, they also discuss John's other contributions, Knights of the Old Republic and the Lost Tribe of the Sith novellas.
You can read the full interview here[External site - opens in a new window/tab].

Haden Blackman interviewed by Newsarama.com:
Posted: 25th January
Haden Blackman, author of the new five-part comic mini-series Darth Vader and the Lost Command, was interviewed by Newsarama.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab].
As well as discussing Haden's new comic book project, Darth Vader and the Lost Command, they also compare Haden's portrayals of Darth Vader in Darth Vader and the Lost Command as well as The Force Unleashed videogames and Purge: The Hidden Blade.
You can read the full interview here[External site - opens in a new window/tab].

New releases:
Posted: 25th January
Knight Errant
Paperback Novel by John Jackson Miller
Del Rey Books ( [US] )
Approximately 1,032 years before the Battle of Yavin:
The Republic is in crisis, torn by plague and conflict. The Sith roam unchecked, vying with one another to dominate the galaxy. But one lone Jedi, Kerra Holt, is determined to take down the Dark Lords -- one act of sabotage at a time...more

Star Wars Insider #123
Magazine
Titan Magazines ( [US] )
Featuring some great previews of upcoming episodes of The Clone Wars, interviews with Matt Lanter (Anakin), Catherine Taber (Padmé), James Arnold Taylor (Obi-Wan), and Ashley Eckstein (Ahsoka), Star Wars sound designers, mysteries of the Force, Luke Skywalker collectibles -- and much more!


New Star Wars comic series to be announced next week:
Posted: 22nd January
Star Wars comics publisher Dark Horse Comics announced on their Facebook[External site - opens in a new window/tab] page:

Next week we will be debuting images of a brand-new series, featuring one of the most beloved-characters in the universe. The series will be written by a well-known creator who hasn't worked within the universe for a few years, and will be drawn by an artist coming to Dark Horse for the first time. Any guesses as to what it will be?

Randy Stradley, Dark Horse Comics' Editor, wrote via Dark Horse Comics' Message Boards[External site - opens in a new window/tab] that "the news is scheduled to break first on MTV next week, then spread to other news outlets" and regarding the "most beloved-character", teased speculating fans:

I'll give you two hints:
1. It's a character from the movies
2. It's not Yoda


New release:
Posted: 20th January
Star Wars Galaxy Comic #4
Premier Comic Book
Titan Comics ( [UK] )
Featuring reprints from Invasion: Refugees, Blood Ties: Jango & Boba Fett and Knight Errant: Aflame.

John Jackson Miller interviewed by ClubJade:
Posted: 19th January
John Jackson Miller, author of the ongoing Knight Errant: Aflame comic book series and of the forthcoming Knight Errant novel, was interviewed by James of ClubJade.net[External site - opens in a new window/tab].
As well as discussing John's upcoming Knight Errant novel, they also discuss John's other contributions, Knights of the Old Republic and the Lost Tribe of the Sith novellas.
You can read the full interview here[External site - opens in a new window/tab].

First look at Riptide:
Posted: 19th January
StarWars.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab] has posted the cover and blurb for Paul S. Kemp's sequel to last year's Crosscurrent novel, Riptide:

When a ship full of Sith warriors arrived in Galactic Alliance space, the fight to destroy it accidentally uncovered a deadly menace: a long-hidden group of clones, secretly created as insidious weapons capable of wielding the Force and heedless of the differences between light side and dark side. Now the clones have escaped -- and evidence suggests they are flawed by genetic disease and violent madness.
Jedi Knight Jaden Korr pursues the clones, hoping to heal them but prepared to destroy them. What he doesn't know is that 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. In a life-or-death battle, Jaden will confront a shocking reality that will rock him to his core and bring him face-to-face with the question of what makes a man... and a Jedi.

Riptide is due for release in paperback in late July.


New release:
Posted: 19th January
Omnibus: A Long Time Ago... Volume 3
Omnibus Graphic Novel by various
Dark Horse Books ( [US] )
Approximately 3 years after the Battle of Yavin:
This latest Omnibus contains issues #50 thru #67 of the Marvel Comics collection that was originally published between August 1981 and January 1983 and includes such classic stories as To Take the Tarkin, Plif! and Shira's Story...more

John Jackson Miller interviewed by Lightsaber Rattling:
Posted: 15th January
John Jackson Miller, author of the ongoing Knight Errant: Aflame comic book series and of the forthcoming Knight Errant novel, was interviewed by Peter Morrison of Expanded Universe Blog Lightsaber Rattling[External site - opens in a new window/tab].
As well as discussing John's contributions to the Star Wars Expanded Universe, from Knights of the Old Republic comics thru Lost Tribe of the Sith novellas to Knight Errant (comics and prose fiction) they also discuss John's writing preferences, comics vs. prose fiction, as well as his love of comic books.
You can read the full interview here[External site - opens in a new window/tab].

Blurb for The Old Republic: Deceived:
Posted: 14th January
NJOE.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab] has discovered what would appear to be the jacket blurb for The Old Republic: Deceived by Paul S. Kemp, the second tie-in novel to the anticipated MMORPG video-game The Old Republic:

WARNING CONTAINS SPOILERS - Highlight parts between arrow-heads to read:
The second novel set in the Old Republic era and based on the massively multiplayer online game Star Wars®: The Old Republic™ ramps up the action and brings readers face-to-face for the first time with a Sith warrior to rival the most sinister of the Order’s Dark Lords—Darth Malgus, the mysterious, masked Sith of the wildly popular “Deceived” and “Hope” game trailers.
>>>Malgus brought down the Jedi Temple on Coruscant in a brutal assault that shocked the galaxy. But if war crowned him the darkest of Sith heroes, peace would transform him into something far more heinous—something Malgus would never want to be, but cannot stop, any more than he can stop the rogue Jedi fast approaching.
Her name is Aryn Leneer—and the lone Knight that Malgus cut down in the fierce battle for the Jedi Temple was her Master. And now she’s going to find out what happened to him, even if it means breaking every rule in the book.
<<<

The Old Republic: Deceived is due to be released in hardback on March 22nd in the US and on March 25th in the UK.


Preview Legacy: War #2:
Posted: 14th January
Dark Horse Comics Blog has posted a four-page preview[External site - opens in a new window/tab] for the second issue of John Ostrander and Jan Duursema's Legacy: War mini-series. Legacy: War #2 is due to be released on 26th January:

It’s all-out war as the Sith Empire unleashes its forces and its secret weapons on the rest of the galaxy. As Emperor-in-Exile Roan Fel loses ground against the Sith, he plots to use the enemy’s own devices against them, regardless of the cost in innocent lives.
Meanwhile, Cade Skywalker has a plan to draw out Darth Krayt for a showdown, a Sith spy within Fel’s ranks is revealed, and Fel’s own spy meets her fate!


Release of Essential Guide to Warfare pushed back to 2012:
Posted: 13th January
In an interview with EUCast[External site - opens in a new window/tab], the podcast of EUCantina.net[External site - opens in a new window/tab], Del Rey's editor of non-fiction Star Wars books, Erich Schoeneweiss, revealed that the release of Jason Fry's Star Wars: Essential Guide to Warfare has been pushed back from August this year to Spring 2012. Schoeneweiss stressed that the release date move had "absolutely nothing to do with anything that’s wrong with the book. Jason turned in an amazing manuscript for it. It’s just part of our overall publishing plan for our Star Wars non-fiction books throughout the next few years."
Schoeneweiss went on to announce that Del Rey are also planning an Essential Guide to the Underworld - but at this moment in time they have "only started preliminary discussions with the authors". It is expected to be released in 2013.
Continuing with Essential Guides, Schoeneweiss hopes to release updated editions of The Essential Guide to Characters and The Essential Guide to Vehicles and Vessels between 2012 and 2013 as well as publishing The Making of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi.
(Source: EUCantina.net[External site - opens in a new window/tab])

New release:
Posted: 13th January
Star Wars: The Clone Wars Comic #16
Children's Comic Book
Titan Comics ( [UK] )
Between 22 and 19 years before the Battle of Yavin:
Featuring an original short comic story, Hunted, plus puzzles, games and free cover gift.

New release:
Posted: 12th January
Knight Errant: Aflame #4 (part 4 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 Kerra Holt prevented the destruction of the mining colony of Chelloa…but she also began a Sith-on-Sith war, and the colony is in the middle! Complete annihilation has not come to the planet of Chelloa by the hand of Sith Lord Odion...more
Includes extract from Knight Errant novel!


Comics for April 2011:
Posted: 11th January
In their latest solicitations, Dark Horse Comics has announced the following Star Wars comics due for release in April 2011:

Darth Vader and the Lost Command #4 (of 6)
Comic book by Haden Blackman, Rick Leonardi, Dan Green, Wes Dzioba, Tsuneo Sanda et al.
Shortly after Revenge of the Sith
Vader betrayed!
An attempt on his life leaves Vader and a handful of loyal troops trapped on a desolate world. Despite the deadly perils posed by the environment and attacks from his mysterious enemy, Vader will not veer from his duty.
But what if the reason for his mission is negated? And what do these visions of Padmé mean to Vader's future?
An assassination attempt on Darth Vader, dark lord of the Sith!

Available: April 27th 2011

Legacy: War #5 (of 6)
Comic book by John Ostrander, Jan Duursema, Dan Parsons, Brad Anderson et al.
Approximately 137 years after the Battle of Yavin
In the aftermath of the latest battle, the Jedi, the Galactic Alliance, and Roan Fel's Imperials retreat to the stronghold planet Bastion to lick their wounds. In the face of the Sith Empire's new secret weapon, there are some who counsel that resistance is futile.
But the Sith have suffered, too, and Emperor Fel knows that now is the time to attack. Plans are made and plans within plans. For Cade Skywalker knows that this war must ultimately come down to him versus Darth Krayt.
No matter what the cost, Krayt must die!

Available: April 27th 2011

Be also on the look out for Dark Horse Presents #1 on sale from April 20th as it contains a prelude story to Crimson Empire III - basically a recap of Crimson Empire and Crimson Empire II: Council of Blood by Randy Stradley and art by Paul Gulacy.


Previews for Darth Vader and the Lost Command #1:
Posted: 8th January
StarWars.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab] and Newsarama.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab] have both posted the same five-page preview for the first issue of Haden Blackman's new five-part comic miniseries Darth Vader and the Lost Command. In this, the first issue, Darth Vader is still haunted by the events of Revenge of the Sith, but he must set aside his past and put his own future on hold for a mission to the mysterious Ghost Nebula to locate, and if possible, rescue a missing Imperial expeditionary force.
But what seems a perfect opportunity to lose himself in his duty is complicated by two factors: he is paired with a willful yet highly competent co-commander, and the officer they are being sent to locate is the son of Vader’s rising nemesis, Moff Tarkin
.

Knight Errant novel extract in Knight Errant #4 comic:
Posted: 5th January
The fourth issue of the comic book series Knight Errant: Aflame, due for release next week, contains a short extract from the upcoming novel Knight Errant - both by John Jackson Miller. According to a tweet[External site - opens in a new window/tab] from John Jackson Miller, the extract "is a different section from what's appeared before". An extract previously appeared in the preview issue of Knight Errant, issue #0, that was available for free at Celebration V.
Ironically, the Knight Errant novel will contain an extract from the comic book series when it is released later this month.
Knight Errant: Aflame #4 is due for release on 12th January, while Knight Errant, the novel, is due for release in the US on 25th January in paperback.

Crimson Empire III prelude in Dark Horse Presents #1:
Posted: 5th January
As reported by ComicBookResources.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab], there will be a short prelude to Crimson Empire III, the much anticipated return of a fan favourite comic series, in Dark Horse Presents #1:

One of Dark Horse's most revered Star Wars titles returns in a prelude to 'Crimson Empire 3'. "We did the first two parts of what was planned to be a trilogy years ago," [Mike] Richardson explained, referring to the 1997 and 1998 series he co-wrote with [Randy] Stradley, also with [Paul] Gulacy on art. "They actually were two of our best-selling Star Wars series, so it's been one of the most-requested series we've had over the years. During the course of writing, because of the new movies ['The Phantom Menace' was released in 1999], we unintentionally kept stepping on the storyline and in the course of storytelling we kept having to constantly change it. It's hard when you have basic building blocks in your story and they're being pulled out one by one. So there's a lot of changes we had to make in the first set of books, and many more in the second. Suddenly, we were sort of covering for holes in the story because we couldn't use certain things.
"Now, after all these years, we're going back, and it's always kind of been in the back of our minds. So Randy is doing a recap story for 'Crimson Empire,' putting everything back into context since we've been away for a while. We're in the process, the original team, of putting together the final chapter in that series."

Dark Horse Presents #1 is due for release in April and will be available with a choice of two covers and features the talents of Frank Miller (Xerxes), Paul Chadwick (Concrete: Intersection), Neal Adams (Blood), Howard Chaykin (Marked Man), Richard Corben (Murky World), plus many more.
(Source: ComicBookResources.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab] via TheForce.net[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


A closer look at some 2011 titles from DK Publishing:
Posted: 3rd January
StarWars.com
[External site - opens in a new window/tab] has posted more details of some upcoming children's titles from DK Publishing due to be published this year. Included are:

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