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[ News Review and Archive ]
February 2012

[ News Archive... ]
The following news items were posted on Star Wars Books during February 2012:
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NEWS . . .

Wednesday 29th February
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[Available now...] Digital e-comic releases this week
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:
  • Empire #17-24
  • Tales #8
  • Infinities - Empire Strikes Back
  • Knights of the Old Republic #42-50

Dark Horse Digital[External site - opens in a new window/tab] 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].

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NEW RELEASE . . .

Tuesday 28th February
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[ Available now... ] Red Harvest
Paperback Novel by Joe Schreiber
Del Rey ( [US] )

Approximately 3,645 years before the Battle of Yavin:
The era of the Old Republic is a dark and dangerous time, as Jedi Knights valiantly battle the Sith Lords and their ruthless armies. But the Sith have disturbing plans and none more so than the fulfillment of Darth Scabrous’s fanatical dream, which is about to become nightmarish reality...more

[This story occurs during The Old Republic era.]
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NEWS . . .

Sunday 26th February
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[Darth Maul] Darth Maul WILL return - in new comic stories
With the imminent return of Darth Maul in The Clone Wars TV series, comics publisher Dark Horse Comics has announced that the Sith warrior will return in comic book form. On their blog[External site - opens in a new window/tab], Dark Horse Comics' editor Randy Stradley announced that they are producing two comic stories featuring Maul:

By now every Star Wars fan has heard the news: Darth Maul is coming back!
By the end of Season 4 of The Clone Wars, everybody’s second favorite Sith Apprentice will have taken his first steps on his path of vengeance, to be continued in Season 5, next fall. But while the TV series will tell the beginning of Maul’s unholy return, there are stories to be told which take place between the end of Season 4 and the start of Season 5. That’s where Dark Horse comes in.
I first spoke to director Dave Filoni about the idea of telling a story between seasons almost two years ago, when the plans for Maul’s return were revealed to the Star Wars licensees at a meeting at Skywalker Ranch. Dave was receptive to the idea -- so receptive, in fact, that he took time out of his busy schedule with the show to confer with writers Henry Gilroy and Steven Melching on their story The Sith Hunters, and to paint a cover for that digest volume of The Clone Wars! The graphic novella will be in comics shops and bookstores in August.

Randy went on to write:

But that’s not all! Also in the works is a four-issue Darth Maul series being written by Tom Taylor (Star Wars: Blood Ties and Star Wars: Invasion)! We’ll have more information about that in the near future. 
In the meantime, run to your local theater and catch The Phantom Menace in 3-D, watch The Clone Wars for Darth Maul’s return, and prepare yourself for the Year of Maul!

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

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Friday 24th February
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[Fans' Favourites 2011] Fans' Favourites 2011 - The Results
During December last year and January this year we asked our visitors to vote for their favourite Star Wars books of 2011. Visitors were asked to vote in  three categories: favourite novel/novella (published during 2011), favourite comic book story (published and/or concluded in 2011) and favourite non-fiction title (published in 2011) and Star Wars Books are proud to announce the results.
  • Favourite novel/novella - The Old Republic: Deceived by Paul S. Kemp
    Just as in 2010 Fans' Favourite poll, tie-ins to The Old Republic were the most popular novel/novella with both The Old Republic novels published in 2011, Deceived (#1) by Paul S. Kemp and Revan (#2) by Drew Karpyshyn, accounting for nearly two-fifths of all votes cast. While of the other on-going series, Fate of the Jedi, the two novels in that series published last year, Conviction (#5) by Aaron Allston and Ascension (#3) by Christie Golden, managed between them  just over one-fifth of all votes cast.
  • Favourite comic book story - Darth Vader & the Lost Command by Haden Blackman et al.
    Haden Blackman's Vader comic story was the most popular comic story from last year with 28% of votes cast. Clearly Tom Taylor (and artist Colin Wilson) Invasion story is still as popular as it was in 2010 as the third instalment, Revelations, matched the #2 position that Rescues achieved in 2010.
  • Favourite non-fiction title - Star Wars Craft Book by Bonnie Burton
    A clear winner was Bonnie Burton's Craft Book - perhaps thanks to a tweeted message from its author(?) - with over 50% of all votes cast. Worthy runners-up are Ryder Windham and Pete Vilmur's The Complete Vader (#2) and Millennium Falcon Owner's Workshop Manual (#3) from Haynes.

With over 400 votes cast we would like to thank all those visitors who voted for their favourite Star Wars books of 2011. The full results can be found here.

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NEWS . . .

Wednesday 22nd February
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[Available now...] Digital e-comic releases this week
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:
  • Adventures: Princess Leia and the Royal Ransom
  • Legacy #29-32
  • Tales #7
  • Dark Times: Out of the Wilderness #4

Dark Horse Digital[External site - opens in a new window/tab] 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].

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NEW RELEASES . . .

Wednesday 22nd February
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[Now available...] Dark Times: Out of the Wilderness #4 (part 4 of 5)
Comic Book by Randy Stradley, Doug Wheatley et al.
Dark
Horse Comics ( [US] & [UK] [import])

Approximately 19 years before the Battle of Yavin:
If Boba Fett is the man you call when you want someone captured, Falco Sang is the one to call when you want someone dead. Sang has been on Dass Jennir's trail for months, and now the Jedi is in his sights. But Sang isn't the only one searching for Jennir...more

[This story occurs during The Rise of the Empire era.]
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[Now available...] Jedi: Volume 1 - The Dark Side
Graphic Novel by Scott Allie, Mahmud Asrar et al.
Dark
Horse Books ( [US] )

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: whose father is king. It is a mission that will lead Qui-Gon into close contact with the dark side...more

[This story occurs during The Rise of the Empire era.]
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NEWS . . .

Wednesday 15th February
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[Dark Horse Comics] Comics for May 2012
In their latest solicitations, Dark Horse Comics has announced the following Star Wars comics for May 2012.

Comic book issues:
[Knights of the Old Reoublic: War! #5] [] Knights of the Old Republic: War! #5 (of 5)
Comic Book by John Jackson Miller, Andrea Mutti, Gigi Baldassini, Michael Atiyeh et al.
Approximately 3,962 years before the Battle of Yavin
Pacifist Jedi Zayne Carrick is both saving and fighting Jedi in this final issue!
Part one of Zayne's plan to foil the Mandalorian Knights and their misguided leader is complete - but the battle is not yet won. Taking on the Mandalorians face to face is still on the agenda, and Zayne's questionable team could blow the operation at any moment...With everything on the line, all Zayne can do is have faith!

Available: May 9th 2012
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[Dawn of the Jedi #4] [] Dawn of the Jedi: Jedi Storm #4 (of 5)
Comic book by John Ostrander, Jan Duursema, Dan Parsons, Wes Dzioba et al.
Approximately 25,000 years before the Battle of Yavin
For millennia, the Je'daii Masters have protected the planet Tython and maintained a balance within the Force. But now a stranger from another world has come, destroying the balance and engulfing the world in a Force storm that threatens every inhabitant!
The ancient Je'daii Order stands on the brink of a powerful discovery. But will this knowledge bring wisdom...or peril? Three young Je'daii students may hold the fate of the world in their hands!

Available: May 16th 2012
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[Agent of the Empire: Iron Eclipse #5] [] Darth Vader and the Ghost Prison #1 (of 5)
Comic Book by Haden Blackman, Agustin Alessio, Dave Wilkins et al.
Approximately 19 years before the Battle of Yavin
The graduation celebration for the first class of Imperial cadets is disrupted by a sudden terrorist strike! But the real targets of the attack are the new Emperor and his second in command, Darth Vader.
Only one man - a disabled, brilliant cadet who, up until the moment of the attack, was experiencing the best moment of his life - stands ready to fight alongside Vader for the life of his Emperor!

Available: May 23rd 2012
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[Boba Fett is Dead #2] [] Blood Ties: Boba Fett is Dead #2 (of 4)
Comic Book by Tom Taylor, Chris Scalf et al.
Approximately 2 years before the Battle of Yavin
Boba Fett is dead, and whoever hired the hit squad had better run - as fast and as far as possible!
A mysterious avenger is on the trail of Boba Fett's killers. Connor Freeman - a clone relation to Fett - has been drawn into the whodunit. Freeman, who feels like he could use some protection himself, has been recruited against his will to find and protect a particular bounty hunter on a distant world - in Mandalorian space!

Available: May 30th 2012
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Release dates subject to change.

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NEW RELEASE . . .

Wednesday 15th February
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[Available now...] Dawn of the Jedi: Force Storm #1 (part 1 of 5)
Comic Book & e-Comic Book by John Ostrander, Jan Duursema et al.
Dark
Horse Comics ( [US] & [UK] [import])

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...more

[This story occurs during The Old Republic era]
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NEWS . . .

Wednesday 15th February
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[Available now...] Digital e-comic releases this week
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:
  • X-Wing Rogue Squadron Omnibus vol. 1
  • Dawn of the Jedi: Force Storm #1
  • Tales #6
  • Chewbacca
  • Rebellion #1-5 (My Brother, My Enemy)
  • The Clone Wars: Deadly Hands of Shon-Ju

Dark Horse Digital[External site - opens in a new window/tab] 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].

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NEW RELEASE . . .

Thursday 9th February
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[The Clone Wars Comic #30] Star Wars: The Clone Wars Comic #6.30
Children's Comic Book
Titan Comics ( [UK] )

Between 22 and 19 years before the Battle of Yavin:
Featuring
original short comic story, Out, plus puzzles, games and free cover gift.
Also available in digital format from Zinio.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab] (UK only).

[This story occurs during The Rise of the Empire era.]
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NEW RELEASES . . .

Wednesday 8th February
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[Available now...] Knights of the Old Republic: War #2 (part 2 of 5)
Comic Book & e-Comic Book by John Jackson Miller, Andrea Mutti et al.
Dark
Horse Comics ( [US] & [UK] [import])

Approximately 3,962 years before the Battle of Yavin:
The Republic and the Mandalorians are at war! Jedi are joining the fight, despite the non-interference stance of the Council. One Jedi, however, has found himself on the front lines against his wishes. The peace-loving Zayne Carrick has been drafted!...more

[This story occurs during The Old Republic era]
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[Available now...] Agent of the Empire: Iron Eclipse #3 (part 3 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:
Undercover as a diplomatic attaché, Imperial agent Jahan Cross continues his investigation into the stolen droid technology and the mysterious project known as “Iron Eclipse.” At an elegant embassy soirée in the Corporate Sector, Cross locks his sights on the Stark family...more

[This story occurs during The Rebellion era]
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[Available now...] Crimson Empire III: Empire Lost #4 (part 4 of 6)
Comic Book & e-Comic Book by Mike Richardson, Paul Gulacy et al.
Dark Horse Comics ( [US] & [UK] [import])

Approximately 14 years after the Battle of Yavin:
Escaping from the Imperial hardliners who are intent on killing Leia Organa Solo and bringing the New Republic to its knees, Kir Kanos tries to warn his one-time enemies, only to be thrown into a New Republic prison...more

[This story occurs during The New Republic era]
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[Available now...] Omnibus: A Long Time Ago - Volume 5
Omnibus Graphic Novel by various
Dark Horse Books ( [US] )

Up to 4 years after the Battle of Yavin:
This latest Omnibus volume collates the final 22 issues from Marvel Comics' Star Wars comic book series of the mid-1980s.

[This story occurs during The Rebellion era.]
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NEWS . . .

Wednesday 8th February
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[Available now...] Digital e-comic releases this week
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:
  • Knights of the Old Republic: War #2
  • Agent of the Empire: Iron Eclipse #3
  • Crimson Empire III: Empire Lost #4
  • Tales #5
  • Tag and Bink are Dead #1-2

Dark Horse Digital[External site - opens in a new window/tab] 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].

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NEW RELEASE . . .

Tuesday 7th February
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[ The Clone Wars Magazine: issue 10] Star Wars: The Clone Wars Magazine #10
Children's Magazine
Titan Magazines ( [US] )

Between 22 and 19 years before the Battle of Yavin:
Featuring
two comic stories, Blind Jedi's Bluff and Jedi Masquerade; plus puzzles, games and competitions.
View a digital sampler here[External site - opens in a new window/tab] featuring full comic story Repel All Boarders!

[This story occurs during The Rise of the Empire era.]
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REVIEWS . . .

Sunday 5th February
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[The Force Unleashed II] The Force Unleashed II (Comic story)
By Haden Blackman et al.
Reviewed by J. L. Polacek, USA
Reviewer's Score: 5 / 5
I have both the game and the comic book. When I got the comic book when the game first came out, I really like it. I liked how they told the story from Boba Fett's point of view. I especially like how they expanded on as to why Boba did not take his shot at Starkiller. It showed him to be sympathetic for the time.
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[Darth Maul] Darth Maul
By Ron Marz et al.
Reviewed by J. L. Polacek, USA
Reviewer's Score: 4 / 5
A very interesting story by far. It's show how the great sith warrior Darth Maul was unleashed before Episode I. It showed him to be a very strong creature of the dark side. It showed his devotion to Darth Sidious to unrelenting and that nothing nor no one can stop Darth Maul. This story showed him to be a unstoppable cannon.
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[Blood Ties: Jango & Boba Fett] Blood Ties: Jango & Boba Fett
By Tom Taylor et al.
Reviewed by J. L. Polacek, USA
Reviewer's Score: 5 / 5
A very interesting story [...] interesting to see Boba do something nice for one once that did not involve him killing or torturing someone like we have seen and read in the movies [...] a compassionate human side to the great Boba Fett... read full review
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NEWS . . .

Saturday 4th February
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[ Dark Horse Digital - Star Wars e-comics ] Digital comic releases for February
Dark Horse Comics has announced the following Star Wars comic titles for digital release in February:
  • Wednesday 1st:
    Dawn of the Jedi Handbook
    Empire #13-16
    Knights of the Old Republic #36-41
  • Wednesday 8th:
    Agent of the Empire: Iron Eclipse #3
    Tales #5
    Crimson Empire III: Empire Lost #4
    Knights of the Old Republic: War #2
    Tag and Bink are Dead #1-2
  • Wednesday 15th:
    Dawn of the Jedi: Force Storm #1
    Tales #6
    Chewbacca
    Rebellion #1-5
    The Clone Wars: Deadly Hands of Shon-Ju
    X-Wing Rogue Squadron Omnibus vol. 1
  • Wednesday 22nd:
    Adventures: Princess Leia and the Royal Ransom
    Legacy #29-32
    Tales #7
    Dark Times: Out of the Wilderness #4
  • Wednesday 29th:
    Empire #17-24
    Tales #8
    Infinities - Empire Strikes Back
    Knights of the Old Republic #42-50

Release dates and titles subject to change.

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NEW RELEASES . . .

Thursday 2nd February
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[Available now...] Totally...Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
Comic Book
Titan Comics ( [UK] )

Featuring original short comic tale Duel of the Fates.

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[Available now...] Star Wars Insider #107
Magazine
Titan Magazines ( [UK] )

Featuring original short story Maze Run.

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NEW RELEASE . . .

Wednesday 1st February
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[Available now...] Dawn of the Jedi: Handbook
Comic Book & e-Comic Book by John Ostrander, Jan Duursema et al.
Dark
Horse Comics ( [US] & [UK] [import])

A guide to the forthcoming comic book series that tells of the origin of the Jedi some twenty-five thousand years before Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Han Solo and Chewbacca...more

[This story occurs during The Old Republic era]
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NEWS . . .

Wednesday 1st February
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[Available now...] Digital e-comic releases this week
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:
  • Dawn of the Jedi Handbook
  • Empire #13-16
  • Knights of the Old Republic #36-41

Dark Horse Digital[External site - opens in a new window/tab] 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].

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