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[ News Review and Archive ]
May 2011

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The following news items were posted on Star Wars Books during May 2011:
New releases
Posted: 30th May
The Clone Wars: Season 2 Volume 3
DVD
LucasFilm Animation / Warner Bros. Home Entertainment
( [UK] )
Between 22 and 19 years before the Battle of Yavin:
Featuring episodes eleven thru sixteen from the second season of The Clone Wars animated TV series: Lightsaber Lost, The Mandalore Plot, Voyage of Temptation, Duchess of Mandalore, Senate Murders and Cat and Mouse.

First blurb for Revan novel
Posted: 27th May
Publisher Random House has revealed the first blurb for Revan, the third The Old Republic tie-in novel:

Thereís something out there: a juggernaut of evil bearing down to crush the Republicó unless one lone Jedi, shunned and reviled, can stop it.
Revan: hero, traitor, conqueror, villain, savior. A Jedi who left Coruscant to defeat Mandaloriansóand returned a disciple of the dark side, bent on destroying the Republic. The Jedi Council gave Revan his life back, but the price of redemption was high. His memories have been erased. All thatís left are nightmaresóand deep, abiding fear.
What exactly happened beyond the Outer Rim? Revan canít quite remember, yet canít entirely forget. Somehow he stumbled across a terrible secret that threatens the very existence of the Republic. With no idea what it is, or how to stop it, Revan may very well fail, for heís never faced a more powerful and diabolic enemy. But only death can stop him from trying.

Penned by Drew Karpyshyn (author of Darth Bane: Dynasty of Evil) who previously described this new book as being where readers will learn who the Sith Emperor is in the time of The Old Republic, where they came from and how they have held onto power for so long, Revan is due for release in hardback on 15th November in the US.
(Source: RandomHouse.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab] via EUCantina.net[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


New releases
Posted: 27th May
Boba Fett and the Ship of Fear
Graphic Novella by Jeremy Barlow, Daxiong et al.
Titan Books ( [UK] )
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...more

Blood Ties: Jango and Boba Fett
Graphic Novel by Tom Taylor, Chris Scalf et al.
Titan Books ( [UK] )
Approximately 2 years before the Battle of Yavin:
Boba Fett has taken up his father's mantle and lived up to Jango's fearsome reputation. But a secret from the past has Boba working a case he would normally dismiss and wondering if he actually knew his father as well as he thought...more

The Old Republic: Volume 2 - Threat of Peace
Graphic Novel by Rob Chestney, Alex Sanchez, Michael Atiyeh, Michael Heisler et al.
Titan Books ( [UK] )
Approximately 3,653 years before the Battle of Yavin:
Collating issues #1 thru #3 of The Old Republic comic book series:
The Sith Empire has scored a series of solid military victories over the Republic, winning control of several critical star systems and seriously damaging the Republicís logistical supply lines...more


New releases
Posted: 26th May
Fate of the Jedi: Conviction

Hardback Novel by Aaron Allston (also published as unabridged audio book and e-Book)
Century Books ( [UK] )
Approximately 44 years after the Battle of Yavin:
Luke and Ben Skywalker are relentlessly pursuing Abeloth, the powerful dark-side entity bent on ruling the galaxy. But as they corner their monstrous quarry on the planet Nam Chorios, the two lone Jedi must also face the fury of the Sith death squadron bearing down on them...more

Clone Wars Gambit: Siege
Paperback Novel by Karen Miller
Arrow Books ( [UK] )
Between 22 and 19 years before the Battle of Yavin:
On the Outer Rim, the planet Lanteeb has no strategic value, no political power, and one enormous problem: it has been invaded by an emboldened Separatist Alliance. To find out why, Anakin Skywalker & Obi-Wan Kenobi have snuck onto Lanteeb and now look oblivion in the eye...more


New releases
Posted: 25th May
Legacy: War #6 (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:
Battleground Coruscant. The allies have carried the battle to the Sith. The war for control of the galaxy is not over yet. Traitors will be revealed, heroes and villains will fall, and empires will be toppled...more

Darth Vader and the Lost Command #5 (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:
The final battle with the insurgents brings a resolution to the mystery of Moff Tarkinís son.
Vader resolves the entire mission in a way that only he, the darkest lord of the Sith, can
...more


Allie's Qui-Gon Jinn comic series to continue
Posted: 24th May
In an interview with Roqoo Depot Scott Allie, author of the recently released Jedi comic series, has confirmed that following the conclusion of the current 5-part mini-series, The Dark Side, Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn will return in another mini-series: "This is meant to be a cycle of stories exploring this particular era in Qui-Gonís life, and actually a later arc will be as much of a horror story as Lucasfilm will let me get away with. But Dark Side is not the end of this story for me..." Elaborating on his use of 'horror', Allie explains "The stuff I like best in horror fiction is the dark side of character, moral corruption, and so thereís room for that here."
He also discusses the continuity between his series and Jude Watson's Jedi Apprentice series, which introduced Xanatos, Qui-Gon's first Padawan: "in small ways, itíll depart [from the existing continuity]. But only small ways - details that were offered in small doses in the prose, that didnít fit in the context of the bigger story". However, Allie stresses that at the same time "we took great pains to make the story fit the continuity."
You can read the full interview here[External site - opens in a new window/tab].

The first issue of Jedi: The Dark Side is available now in comic book stores or direct from tfaw.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab].
(Source: Roqoo Depot[External site - opens in a new window/tab] via EUCantina.net[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


Del Rey's Shelly Shapiro's Q&A with Star Wars fan
Posted: 19th May
Del Rey's editor Shelly Shapiro chatted with Star Wars fans via Facebook[External site - opens in a new window/tab] and while answering many of their questions revealed the following tid-bits of information:
  • Post-Fate of the Jedi: With the nine-book Fate of the Jedi series rapidly coming to an end, Shelly answered that for novels set after the Fate of the Jedi series, Del Rey have "no idea, yet! We have a lot of ideas to hammer out first [...] I can tell you that there are definitely plans for post-Fate of the Jedi stories. Just not sure yet what form and exactly what the stories will be." However, she confirmed that Aaron Allston's planned Wraith Squadron hardback will be set around the end of the Fate of the Jedi series and she is confident that Del Rey's own novels' timeline will catch up with Dark Horse Comics' Legacy series at some point in the future;
  • Deaths of major characters: Shelly recalled her promise that "no major character would die" in Fate of the Jedi adding "believe it or not, we donít kill major characters lightly, and we donít enjoy inflicting grief on our surviving characters". She reiterated that George Lucas has the final say as to when and how Luke Skywalker dies and that there are no current plans to even touch that subject;
  • 20th Anniversary Editions for Dark Force Rising and The Last Command: Shelly said that any likelihood  was dependent upon the success of this year's Heir to the Empire 20th Anniversary Edition: "Iíd love to do them, but I think we will likely let the market guide us on that decision";
  • Del Rey's future publishing plans: following their controversial trial with trade paperbacks for The Clone Wars tie-in novels, Shelly confirmed that in the future they will be sticking to hardbacks, (mass market) paperbacks and e-Books; there are no plans for any further Tales of compilation books other than John Jackson Miller's planned Lost Tribe of the Sith anthology due next year; Del Rey obviously has marketing plans to tie into next year's 3D release of Episode I: The Phantom Menace in theatres but cannot reveal if it goes further than the re-release of The Phantom Menace novelisation and Darth Maul: Shadow Hunter novel; there are no plans for a fourth Darth Bane novel, but they do want author Drew Karpyshyn to "explore" Zannah's future;
  • Finally, Shelly teased the following about one of this year's most anticipated titles: "I think once youíve read Darth Plagueis, every one of Palpatineís later decisions will be very clear. It will make watching the prequels much more interesting, I think."

A complete transcribe of the Q&A session is available at TheForce.net[External site - opens in a new window/tab].
(Source: via EUCantina.net[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


US Release date changes
Posted: 19th May
Del Rey has announced via its Facebook[External site - opens in a new window/tab] page that the following forthcoming novels have had their US release dates changed:

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


New releases
Posted: 18th May
Jedi: The Dark Side #1 (part 1 of 5)
Comic Book by Scott Allie, Mahmud Asrar, Stťphane Roux et al.
Dark Horse Comics ( [US] & [UK] [import])
Approximately 53 years before the Battle of Yavin:
Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn is dispatched to prevent the outbreak of a civil war on the homeworld of his Padawan Xanatos. 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!...more
First issue of new comic series featuring Qui-Gon Jinn!

Blood Ties: Jango and Boba Fett
Graphic Novel by Tom Taylor, Chris Scalf et al.
Dark Horse Books ( [US] )
Approximately 2 years before the Battle of Yavin:
Boba Fett has taken up his father's mantle and lived up to Jango's fearsome reputation. But a secret from the past has Boba working a case he would normally dismiss and wondering if he actually knew his father as well as he thought...more

The Old Republic: Volume 2 - Threat of Peace
Graphic Novel by Rob Chestney, Alex Sanchez, Michael Atiyeh, Michael Heisler et al.
Dark Horse Books ( [US] )
Approximately 3,653 years before the Battle of Yavin:
Collating issues #1 thru #3 of The Old Republic comic book series:
The Sith Empire has scored a series of solid military victories over the Republic, winning control of several critical star systems and seriously damaging the Republicís logistical supply lines...more


Previews for Legacy: War, Darth Vader & the Lost Command and Jedi: The Dark Side
Posted: 13th May
Later this month Star Wars comics fans will witness the end of an era with the release of the final issue of Legacy: War. This issue, #6, will bring to an end not only this 6-issue mini-series - but also closure to writer John Ostrander and artist Jan Duursema's 50-issue comics series, Legacy. This story is set more than a century after the Star Wars films and stars Cade Skywalker -  a direct descendent of Luke Skywalker. To whet fans' appetites for this highly anticipated final issue, publisher Dark Horse Comics has posted a 3-page preview[External site - opens in a new window/tab] online. Legacy: War #6 is due for release on 25th May.

Also reaching its conclusion this month is Haden Blackman and Rick Leonardi's 5-issue Darth Vader and the Lost Command mini-series and StarWars.com has posted a 4-page preview[External site - opens in a new window/tab] of the final issue, #5 - also due for release on 25th May.

While these two series maybe reaching their exciting finales this month, May also sees the release of the first issue of a new mini-series featuring Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn, Jedi: The Dark Side. Written by Scott Allie (author of Betrayal) with art by Mahmud Asrar, this new comic story is set some 21 years before The Phantom Menace and Dark Horse Comics has posted a 4-page preview[External site - opens in a new window/tab] for it. It is due for release next week on 18th May.


New release
Posted: 12th May
Star Wars Galaxy Comic #8
Premier Comic Book
Titan Comics ( [UK] )
Featuring reprints from The Old Republic: Blood of the Empire, Darth Vader & The Lost Command and Knight Errant: Aflame.

New release
Posted: 11th May
Boba Fett and the Ship of Fear
Graphic Novella by Jeremy Barlow, Daxiong et al.
Dark Horse Books ( [US] )
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...more

Fate of the Jedi: Ascension release delayed by one week
Posted: 4th May
Del Rey has announced via its Facebook[External site - opens in a new window/tab] page that the US release date for the penultimate novel in the nine-book Fate of the Jedi series, Ascension by Christie Golden, has been pushed back one week from 16th August to the 23rd August:

We have moved the on sale date for Christie Golden's book, STAR WARS: THE FATE OF JEDI: ASCENSION one week. The book was scheduled to go on sale August 16 and will now hit bookstore shelves on August 23.


Ostrander discusses Agent of the Empire with Comic Book Resources
Posted: 2nd May
ComicBookResources.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab] has posted an exclusive interview with comics writer John Ostrander (Legacy, Legacy: War) about his new upcoming Star Wars comics project Agent of the Empire. Previously announced back in March, Agent of the Empire, is described as "Star Wars meets James Bond" and focuses on the adventures of Imperial agent Jahan Cross in the formative years of the Rebel Alliance prior to A New Hope.
In the interview John details more about Jahan Cross: he works directly for Armand Isard in Imperial Intelligence. He was 10 years-old when the Republic ended so he remembers the Clone Wars - vividly. For him, the only alternative to the Empire is chaos; as well as teasing some details of possible plot points. The full interview can be read here[External site - opens in a new window/tab].

The first issue of Agent of the Empire by John Ostrander, with art by Stephane Roux (Jedi: The Dark Side), is expected to be released in December from Dark Horse Comics.


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