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[ News Review and Archive ]
December 2011

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The following news items were posted on Star Wars Books during December 2011:
New Release
Posted: 28th December
Crimson Empire III: Empire Lost #3
(part 3 of 6)
Comic Book & e-Comic Book by Mike Richardson, Paul Gulacy, Michael Bartolo et al.
Dark Horse Comics ( [US] & [UK] [import])
Approximately 14 years after the Battle of Yavin:
Kir Kanos strikes back at the Empire! Kidnapped and dragooned into a hard-liner Imperial plot, Kir Kanos, the last surviving member of Emperor Palpatine's royal guard, has had enough! He goes to war with one Imperial faction, even as Leia Organa Solo receives an invitation to meet with emissaries from another...more
Digital e-comic releases this week
Posted: 28th December
Dark Horse Comics has added the following digital comics to their Dark Horse Digital[External site - opens in a new window/tab] e-comic store this week:

Dark Horse Digital purchases can currently be viewed on any modern web browser or on iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch via iTunes[External site - opens in a new window/tab] App. An Android app is currently in Beta version and can be downloaded from the Android Market[External site - opens in a new window/tab].


New Release
Posted: 27th December
Darth Maul: Shadow Hunter
Paperback Novel by Michael Reaves
Del Rey ( [US] )
Approximately 32 years before the Battle of Yavin:
Reprint of 2001 novel to celebrate next year's theatrical release of Episode I: The Phantom Menace in 3D. Includes original short story by James Luceno.

New Release
Posted: 22nd December
Star Wars Galaxy #16
Premier Comic Book
Titan Comics ( [UK] )
Featuring reprints from Jedi: The Dark Side, Purge and The Old Republic: The Lost Suns.

New Release
Posted: 21st December
Knight Errant: Deluge #5
(part 5 of 5)
Comic Book & e-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:
Caught between a Sith and a Hutt, Jedi Knight Kerra Holt must battle both to save the billions on the planet Darkknell from being drowned by a fleet of ships with the power to flood the planet! Her plan is full-steam-ahead brute force, but her enemies are more cunning than she expected...more

Digital e-comic releases this week
Posted: 21st December
Dark Horse Comics has added the following digital comics to their Dark Horse Digital[External site - opens in a new window/tab] e-comic store this week:

Dark Horse Digital purchases can currently be viewed on iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch or any modern web browser - an Android app is currently in progress.


New Releases
Posted: 16th December
Darth Vader and the Lost Command
Hardback Graphic Novel by Haden Blackman, Rick Leonardi et al.
Titan Books ( [UK] )
Approximately 19 years before the Battle of Yavin:
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 the son of his rising nemesis, Moff Tarkin.
But what seems a perfect opportunity to lose himself in his duty is complicated by the wilful yet highly competent co-commander
...more

The Old Republic: Deceived
Paperback Novel by Paul S. Kemp
Titan Books ( [ UK ] )
Approximately 3,653 years before the Battle of Yavin:
Darth 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...more


New Releases
Posted: 15th December
Star Wars Insider #130
Magazine
Titan Magazines ( [UK] )
Features an original short story by Matthew Stover, The Tenebrous Way: a tie-in story to James Luceno's Darth Plagueis novel (due for release next month).

Star Wars: The Clone Wars Comic #6.28
Children's Comic Book
Titan Comics ( [UK] )
Between 22 and 19 years before the Battle of Yavin:
Featuring original short comic story, Jedi Masquerade, plus puzzles, games and free cover gift.


New Release
Posted: 14th December
Agent of the Empire: Iron Eclipse #1
(part 1 of 5)
Comic Book & e-Comic Book by John Ostrander, Stéphane Roux et al.
Dark Horse Comics ( [US] & [UK] [import])
Approximately 3 years before the Battle of Yavin:
The name's Cross. Jahan Cross. There's a new secret agent in the galaxy, and he has the weight of the Empire behind him! Cross's mission takes him and his assistant IN-GA 44 to the affluent Corporate Sector. There, on the trail of stolen droid technology...more

Digital e-comic releases this week
Posted: 14th December
Dark Horse Comics has added the following digital comics to their Dark Horse Digital[External site - opens in a new window/tab] e-comic store this week:

Dark Horse Digital purchases can currently be viewed on iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch or any modern web browser - an Android app is currently in progress.


New Release
Posted: 13th December
Star Wars Insider #130
Magazine
Titan Magazines ( [US] )
Features an original short story by Matthew Stover, The Tenebrous Way: a tie-in story to James Luceno's Darth Plagueis novel (due for release next month).

Read first chapter from Darth Plagueis now
Posted: 10th December
RandomHouse.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab] has posted the first chapter from James Luceno's much anticpated Darth Plagueis novel online

Forty-­seven standard years before the harrowing reign of Emperor Palpatine, Bal’demnic was nothing more than an embryonic world in the Outer Rim’s Auril sector, populated by reptilian sentients who expressed as little tolerance for outsiders as they did for one another. Decades later the planet would have a part to play in galactic events, its own wink of historical notoriety, but in those formative years that presaged the Republic’s ineluctable slide into decadence and turmoil, Bal’demnic was of interest only to xenobiologists and cartographers. It might even have escaped the notice of Darth Plagueis, for whom remote worlds held a special allure, had his Master, Tenebrous, not discovered something special about the planet...read more[External site - opens in a new window/tab]

Darth Plagueis is due to be released on in hardback on 10th January in the US and 19th January in the UK.


Comics for March 2012 and beyond
Posted: 10th December
In their latest solicitations, Dark Horse Comics has announced the following Star Wars comics for March 2012 and upcoming graphic novel collections.

Comic book issues:

Knights of the Old Republic: War! #3 (of 3)
Comic Book by John Jackson Miller, Andrea Mutti, Gigi Baldassini, Michael Atiyeh et al.
Approximately 3,962 years before the Battle of Yavin
The Mandalorian Wars are here!
Peace-loving Jedi Zayne Carrick is an unwilling recruit in the war between the Republic and the Mandalorians. When he discovers that his homeworld is about to become the center of a battle zone, Zayne is prepared to do everything to prevent bloodshed - like calling in a favor from an old friend and putting together a complicated ruse!

Available: March 14th 2012

Agent of the Empire: Iron Eclipse #4 (of 5)
Comic Book by John Ostrander, Stéphane Créty, Julien Hugonnard-Bert, Wes Dzioba et al.
Approximately 2 years before the Battle of Yavin
So far tonight, Jahan Cross has been "killed," has entered into a "marriage" of convenience with the sister of his enemy, and has had a knock-down, drag-out fight with a murderous droid. Now he's onboard the Millennium Falcon and headed for an obvious trap! All in a night's work for an agent of the Empire!
Available: March 14th 2012

Dawn of the Jedi #2 (of 5)
Comic book by John Ostrander, Jan Duursema, Dan Parsons, Wes Dzioba et al.
Approximately 25,000 years before the Battle of Yavin
At the heart of a galaxy far, far away lies the Tython system—home of the Je'daii for thousands of years. Now a stranger has come and the balance of the Force has been disrupted.
Three young students feel the disturbance in the Force and are called to this new, shadowy presence. It is the calm before the storm that will engulf their planet and change the galaxy forever!

Available: March 21st 2012

Crimson Empire III #6 (of 6)
Comic Book by Mike Richardson, Paul Gulacy, Michael Bartolo et al.
Approximately 14 years after the Battle of Yavin
It's the final showdown between Admiral Pellaeon's Imperial forces and those of his hardliner adversaries, with the New Republic joining in the fray!
The outcome could mean peace - or extended war for the galaxy. But will either alternative matter for the last surviving member of Emperor Palpatine's Royal Guard? Kir Kanos is a man on the edge - a man without a past, and only questions for the future!

Available: March 28th 2012

Graphic Novel collections:

Invasion: Volume 3 - Revelations
Graphic Novel by Tom Taylor, Colin Wilson, Wes Dzioba et al.
Approximately 25 years after the Battle of Yavin
The galaxy is united against the invading Yuuzhan Vong. Or is it?
The Galfridian royal family has been at the forefront of the Yuuzhan Vong war since their homeworld was conquered. Princess Kaye and Queen Nina have gathered refugees and seek to reunite them with their families at a safe haven. But could a haven run by the Empire really be safe?
Meanwhile, Finn Galfridian, under the guidance of Jedi Master Dray, infiltrates Coruscant and discovers revelations about the leaders of the New Republic that could lead to disaster for the war, and for his family!
Collates issues #1 thru #5.
Available: May 16th 2012


First look at X-Wing: Mercy Kill
Posted: 8th December
The Official StarWars.com Blog[External site - opens in a new window/tab] has revealed both the cover (art by Mike Bryan) and first blurb for Aaron Allston's forthcoming X-Wing: Mercy Kill novel:

Outcasts and misfits, spies and warriors, pilots and troublemakers — they’re Wraith Squadron. Founded decades ago by ace pilot Wedge Antilles, this elite intelligence unit, disbanded at the end of a catastrophic civil war, is reunited by former leader Face Loran to find out whether one of the galaxy’s most powerful military officers is a traitor… and whether anyone can stop him if he is. To succeed in their mission, the Wraiths must become thieves, pirates, imposters, forgers, and liars, staying just one step ahead of their enemies and the law!

The tenth title in the popular X-Wing series, Mercy Kill is slated for release next summer in hardback.


Digital comic releases for December
Posted: 7th December
Dark Horse Comics has announced the following Star Wars comic titles for digital release in December:
  • Wednesday 7th:
    Empire #5-8
    Crimson Empire III: Empire Lost #2
    Dark Times: Out of the Wilderness #3
    Dark Times #6-10
  • Wednesday 14th:
    Agent of the Empire: Iron Eclipse #1
    Purge III: The Hidden Blade
    Legacy #17-20
    Dark Empire II
    Empire's End
    Invasion: Rescues #1-6
  • Wednesday 21st:
    Blood Ties: Jango & Boba Fett #1-4
    Dark Times #11-12
    Knight Errant: Deluge #5
    Knights of the Old Republic #25-28
    The Clone Wars: Wind Raiders of Taloraan
  • Wednesday 28th:
    Legacy #21-24
    Tales #1
    Crimson Empire III: Empire Lost #3
    Heir to the Empire
    Jango Fett

(Source: Dark Horse Comics[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


Digital e-comic releases this week
Posted: 7th December
Dark Horse Comics has added the following digital comics to their Dark Horse Digital[External site - opens in a new window/tab] e-comic store this week:

Dark Horse Digital purchases can currently be viewed on iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch or any modern web browser - an Android app is currently in progress.


New Release
Posted: 6th December
Star Wars: The Clone Wars Magazine #9
Children's Magazine
Titan Magazines ( [US] )
Between 22 and 19 years before the Battle of Yavin:
Featuring two comic stories, The Only Good Clanker and Night Moves; plus puzzles, games and competitions.

New comic titles to be made available in print & digitally on day of release
Posted: 1st December
Comics publisher Dark Horse Comics has announced that from 14th December all titles will be on sale the same day in both print and digital formats. This means that readers who prefer the digital format and usually had to wait for at least a week after the printed paper release can enjoy new titles on the same day as those who like the traditional paper comic.
The first Star Wars comic title to be made available in both printed and digital mediums on the same day of release will be the first issue of John Ostrander's new title, Agent of the Empire: Iron Eclipse, on 14th December.
(Source: Dark Horse Comics[External site - opens in a new window/tab])

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