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[ News Review and Archive ]
August 2012

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The following news items were posted on Star Wars Books during August 2012:
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NEWS . . .

Friday 31st August
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[ Star Wars Reads Day ] The Essential Novels e-book collection coming soon
To celebrate Star Wars Reads Day[External site - opens in a new window/tab] on 6th October, Del Rey[External site - opens in a new window/tab] has announced that they are to release two special e-book bundle packages on 2nd October. The first bundle, "The Essential Novels", features 10 novels that span the full width of the Star Wars Universe timeline: from The Old Republic right up to Legacy of the Force - from nearly 4,000 years before to more than 70 years after Episode I. The ten novels that make up "The Essential Novels" bundle are:

The second bundle, a "Reads Day Edition", is a selection of just four novels from "The Essential Novels" bundle but will be available for a limited time only and at a special price of US$7.99:

Both bundles will be available for all major platforms but will be subject to territory restrictions.

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NEW RELEASES . . .

Friday 31st August
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[Available now...] The Clone Wars: The Sith Hunters
Graphic Novella by Henry Gilroy, Steven Melching et al.
Titan
Books ( [UK] )

Between 22 and 19 years before the Battle of Yavin:
Would-be Sith Savage Opress has located his long-lost brother, Darth Maul! Now the two of them have embarked on a killing spree, cutting a deadly swath through the Outer Rim planets. Determined to stop the brothers, the Jedi Council sends a task force of skilled Jedi to hunt them down and bring them to justice. But when you're hunting Sith, be careful - you might just catch them!...more

[This story occurs during The Rise of the Empire era]
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[Omnibus: Clone Wars Volume 1] Omnibus: Clone Wars Volume 1: The Republic Goes To War
Omnibus Graphic Novel
Titan Books Books ( [UK] )

This omnibus collects original Clone Wars volumes The Defense of Kamino & other Stories, Victories and Sacrifices and Light and Dark published between 2003 and 2006.

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

Thursday 30th August
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[Fate of the Jedi: Conviction] Fate of the Jedi: Conviction
Paperback Novel by Aaron Allston
Arrow Books ( [UK] )

Approximately 44 years after the Battle of Yavin:
Chief of State Natasi Daala has been overthrown, and the Jedi Order has taken control of the Galactic Alliance. But while the new governors dismantle Daala’s draconian regime, forces still loyal to the deposed official are mobilizing a counterstrike. And even the Jedi’s new authority may not be enough to save Tahiri Veila...more

[This story occurs during The Legacy of the Force era.]
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NEW RELEASES . . .

Wednesday 29th August
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[Available now...] Darth Maul: Death Sentence #2 (part 2 of 4)
Comic Book & e-Comic Book by Tom Taylor, Bruno Redondo et al.
Dark Horse Comics ( [US] & [UK] [import])

Between 22 and 19 years before the Battle of Yavin:
The only thing that can make Darth Maul angrier than he is about the price on his head is having his brother captured by the man who put it there. If you thought two Sith were dangerous, wait until you see Darth Maul on his own!
...more

[This story occurs during The Rise of the Empire era.]
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[Omnibus: Clone Wars Volume 1] Omnibus: Clone Wars Volume 1: The Republic Goes To War
Omnibus Graphic Novel
Dark Horse Books ( [US] )

This omnibus collects original Clone Wars volumes The Defense of Kamino & other Stories, Victories and Sacrifices and Light and Dark published between 2003 and 2006.

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

Tuesday 28th August
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[Fate of the Jedi: Conviction] Fate of the Jedi: Conviction
Paperback Novel by Aaron Allston
Del Rey ( [US] )

Approximately 44 years after the Battle of Yavin:
Chief of State Natasi Daala has been overthrown, and the Jedi Order has taken control of the Galactic Alliance. But while the new governors dismantle Daala’s draconian regime, forces still loyal to the deposed official are mobilizing a counterstrike. And even the Jedi’s new authority may not be enough to save Tahiri Veila...more

[This story occurs during The Legacy of the Force era.]
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NEWS . . .

Friday 24th August
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[ Celebration VI ] Celebration VI: Del Rey announce Sword of the Jedi & OT trilogies
Today's Del Rey panel was hosted by Pablo Hidalgo (author, The Essential Reader's Companion) and featured Timothy Zahn (author, Scoundrels), Troy Denning (author, Crucible), Shelly Shapiro (editor, Del Rey), Jennifer Heddle (editor, LucasBooks), Drew Karpyshyn (author, The Old Republic: Annihilation), James Luceno (author, Darth Plagueis), and Aaron Allston (author, X:Wing - Mercy Kill).
The panel had two major announcements to make: the first is is that Christie Golden (author, Fate of the Jedi: Ascension) is to pen a post-Fate of the Jedi trilogy, Sword of the Jedi, and will feature the Sword of the Jedi herself Jaina Solo.

The second big announcement is a new trilogy set between Episodes IV and V called Rebels. The first book is to be written by new-to-Star-Wars-EU author Martha Wells[External site - opens in a new window/tab], author the Raksura trilogy as well as two Stargate: Atlantis tie-in novels, and will be told from Leia's point-of-view. The second, written by another new-to-Star-Wars-EU author, Kevin Hearne[External site - opens in a new window/tab], author of The Iron Druid Chronicles, will be told from Luke's perspective.
In other novel related news, Timothy Zahn has penned a Lando-centric short story prequel to his forthcoming Scoundrels novel titled Winner Lose All and will be the first of many that will be released in digital formats.

The Q&A session that followed revealed:

  • Crucible, Troy Denning's forthcoming post-Fate of the Jedi novel, will be "a big adventure" with a"huge ending";
  • there are no plans to kill off the Big Three "anytime soon";
  • on the possibilty of continuing Imperial Commando, Shapiro said, “Big maybe with positive thoughts. Can’t say anything yet but I think you’ll be happy.”;
  • nothing to say on Paul S. Kemp's forthcoming duology, it's "still super secret";
  • when asked whether there are any plans for same-sex relationships, Shapiro commented that although they have had internal discussions they didn't want to "shoehorn it in [...] just to prove a point."
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NEWS . . .

Friday 24th August
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[Dark Horse Comics] Celebration VI: Dark Horse Comics - Look Ahead 2013 panel
Yesterday's Dark Horse Comics' Look Ahead: 2013 panel was hosted by Pablo Hidalgo (author, The Essential Reader's Companion) and featured John Jackson Miller (author, Knight Errant), Randy Stradley (editor, Dark Horse Comics & author, Dark Times), Jan Duursema (artist, Dawn of the Jedi), Dave Marshall (editor, Dark Horse Comics) and Doug Wheatley (artist, Dark Times). Announced is at least two new Dark Times arcs - the first will begin early next year and will titled Fire Carrier. It will feature Jedi Master K'Krukh, last seen in Dark Times' second arc Parallels, and promises to be "intense" and will "shake readers up".
Also announced is a new Purge story, Tyrants Fist, whereupon Vader, in his continuation to purge the galaxy of the Jedi, finds himself on a primitive planet that actually reveres the Jedi.

The Q&A session that followed discussed Brian Wood's new Star Wars ongoing series: Stradley was at pains to point out that the series is not a reboot and of all the speculation surrounding the series, "nobody has it right". The series will examine previously unasked questions regarding this particular period in Star Wars lore: how did Leia cope with the destruction of Alderaan? how did Luke, who just weeks previoulsy was just a farm boy, handle the pressure of becoming the saviour of The Rebellion?
In other discussions, Tom Taylor's Invasion series has "reached a satisfying stopping point", but there may be a chance to revisit it at a later date. Similarly there are no plans for any further The Old Republic comic stories, but fans should "keep their eyes open" with regards any continuation of John Ostrander's Legacy series.
Stradley went on to talk of a collaboration between Dark Horse Comics and novel publisher Del Rey on "a really cool series" where one publisher would tell one part of the story while the other would tell another and in the end they would meet up.
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NEW RELEASE . . .

Thursday 23rd August
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[The Clone Wars Comic #37] Star Wars: The Clone Wars Comic #37
Children's Comic Book
Titan Comics ( [UK] )

Between 22 and 19 years before the Battle of Yavin:
Featuring
original short comic story, Incident on Kashyyyk, 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 RELEASE . . .

Wednesday 22nd August
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[Available now...] Darth Vader and the Ghost Prison #4 (part 4 of 5)
Comic Book & e-Comic Book by Haden Blackman, Agustin Alessio, Dave Wilkins et al.
Dark
Horse Comics ( [US] & [UK] [import])

Approximately 19 years before the Battle of Yavin:
It's Vader versus the most dangerous inmates the Ghost Prison has to offer, and Cadet Tohm witnesses the Dark Lord at his fiercest − and most merciless. The lesson is not lost on the young man, and Tohm follows Vader's lead, finding strength − and darkness − he never knew he possessed...more

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

Wednesday 22nd August
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[Available now...] Digital e-comic releases this week
Dark Horse Comics has added the following digital comic titles to their Dark Horse Digital[External site - opens in a new window/tab] e-comic store this week:
  • Darth Vader and the Ghost Prison #4
  • Clone Wars Vol. 9: Endgame
  • Jedi Academy: Leviathan

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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Saturday 18th August
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[Dark Horse Comics] Comics for November 2012
In their latest solicitations, Dark Horse Comics has announced the following Star Wars comic titles due for release during November 2012:
[The Lost Tribe of the Sith #4] [] Lost Tribe of the Sith: Spiral #4 (of 5)
Comic Book by John Jackson Miller, Andrea Mutti et al.
Approximately 3,000 years before the Battle of Yavin
A Sith princess returns to her kingdom as ancient Lord Dreypa’s awakened army of Leviathans wreaks havoc and destruction across the lost tribe of the Sith, searching for the one thing that can again open Dreypa’s power to the entire galaxy! Running out of options to save the tribe she wants to rule, the princess takes a chance that places all her trust in herself and in the Sith rebel who’s been fighting against her...

Available: November 14th 2012
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[Agent of the Empire: Hard Targets #2] [] Agent of the Empire: Hard Targets #2 (of 5)
Comic Book by John Ostrander, Davidé Fabbri, Christian Dalla Vecchia et al.
Approximately 3 years before the Battle of Yavin
Imperial Agent Jahan Cross doesn’t like his assignment or the politicians he is forced to work with. Yet dealing with all of that is easier than coming to terms with his growing respect for a boy whose father he killed—especially when that boy is supposed to be merely a political pawn of the Empire.
When attackers kidnap the boy, Cross finds himself turning his back on his mission and putting his life on the line for a “pawn.” No job is too dangerous for an Agent of the Empire!

Available: November 21st 2012
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[ Dawn of the Jedi: The Prisoner of Bogan #1] [] Dawn of the Jedi: Prisoner of Bogan #1 (of 5)
Comic Book by John Ostrander, Jan Duursema et al.
Approximately 25,000 years before the Battle of Yavin
Banished to the dark moon Bogan, the Force Hound Xesh has been living in contemplation; the memory of who he was before his ship crashed on Tython still escapes him. A rival from his past is on his trail, and the Je’daii are doing all they can to discover his origin. And now, Xesh is about to meet someone who will change his life forever, a former great Je’daii . . . the prisoner of Bogan!
Available: November 28th 2012
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Release dates subject to change.

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NEW RELEASE . . .

Thursday 16th August
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[Available now...] X-Wing: Mercy Kill
Hardback Novel by Aaron Allston
Century ( [UK] )

Approximately 45 years after the Battle of Yavin:
A powerful general in the Galactic Alliance Army, once renowned for his valor, is suspected of participating in the infamous Lecersen Conspiracy, which nearly toppled the Alliance back into the merciless hands of the Empire. With orders to expose and apprehend the traitor, and license to do so by any and all means, Wraith Squadron will become thieves, pirates, impostors, forgers...more

[This story occurs during The Legacy of the Force era]
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NEW RELEASE . . .

Wednesday 15th August
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[Available now...] The Clone Wars: The Sith Hunters
Graphic Novella by Henry Gilroy, Steven Melching et al.
Dark
Horse Books ( [US] )

Between 22 and 19 years before the Battle of Yavin:
Would-be Sith Savage Opress has located his long-lost brother, Darth Maul! Now the two of them have embarked on a killing spree, cutting a deadly swath through the Outer Rim planets. Determined to stop the brothers, the Jedi Council sends a task force of skilled Jedi to hunt them down and bring them to justice. But when you're hunting Sith, be careful - you might just catch them!...more

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

Wednesday 15th August
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[Available now...] Digital e-comic releases this week
Dark Horse Comics has added the following digital comic titles to their Dark Horse Digital[External site - opens in a new window/tab] e-comic store this week:
  • Omnibus: Menace Revealed
  • Dark Times: Blue Harvest #0
  • Jabba the Hutt - The Jabba Tape

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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Thursday 9th August
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[Available now...] Mercy Kill competition winners
We are pleased to announce that the winners of our recent X-Wing: Mercy Kill competition are James Duke, Follansbee, West Virginia, USA and Lee Davis, Rotherham, UK.
Each wins a hardback copy of X-Wing: Mercy Kill by Aaron Allston - available now in the US and next week in the UK.

Keep visiting Star Wars Books for more competitions coming soon!
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NEW RELEASES . . .

Wednesday 8th August
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[Available now...] Lost Tribe of the Sith: Spiral #1 (part 1 of 5)
Comic Book & e-Comic Book by John Jackson Miller, Andrea Mutti et al.
Dark
Horse Comics ( [US] & [UK] [import])

Approximately 3,000 years before the Battle of Yavin:
On a planet ruled by a tribe of Sith marooned thousands of years ago and cut off from the galaxy, the throne holder is about to be challenged by a power-hungry Sith rebel from the slums... and a thwarted Sith princess! Their few shared interests set them on a quest together, but most certainly not as partners!...more

[This story occurs during The Old Republic era]
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[Knight Errant: Escape - issue #3] Knight Errant: Escape #3 (part 3 of 5)
Comic Book & e-Comic Book by John Jackson Miller, M. Castiello, V. Acunzo, M. Atiyeh et al.
Dark
Horse Comics ( [US] & [UK] [import])

Approximately 1,032 years before the Battle of Yavin:
The location of a powerful Sith relic is closer to being uncovered, and so is the fate of Jedi Kerra Holt's lost family! Kerra's knowledge has gotten a Sith reconnaissance team closer to the relic than would have been possible without her-but will her desire to find what happened to her family also bring more destruction to Sith territories?...more

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

Wednesday 8th August
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[Available now...] Digital e-comic releases this week
Dark Horse Comics has added the following digital comic titles to their Dark Horse Digital[External site - opens in a new window/tab] e-comic store this week:
  • Lost Tribe of the Sith: Spiral #1
  • Knight Errant: Escape #3
  • Clone Wars Vol. 8: The Last Siege, The Final Truth
  • Honor & Duty

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 August
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[Available now...] X-Wing: Mercy Kill
Hardback Novel, Audio Book & e-Book by Aaron Allston
Del Rey ( [US] )

Approximately 45 years after the Battle of Yavin:
A powerful general in the Galactic Alliance Army, once renowned for his valor, is suspected of participating in the infamous Lecersen Conspiracy, which nearly toppled the Alliance back into the merciless hands of the Empire. With orders to expose and apprehend the traitor, and license to do so by any and all means, Wraith Squadron will become thieves, pirates, impostors, forgers...more

[This story occurs during The Legacy of the Force era]
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NEW RELEASES . . .

Thursday 2nd August
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[Available now...] Lost Tribe of the Sith: The Collected Stories
Paperback Novel by John Jackson Miller
Arrow ( [UK] )

Between 5,000 and 3,000 years before the Battle of Yavin:
Collating the eight original installments of the epic Lost Tribe of the Sith eBook series along with the explosive, never-before-published finale, Pandemonium...more

[This story occurs during The Old Republic era]
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[Available now...] Star Wars Galaxy #23
Premier Comic Book
Titan Comics ( [UK] )

Featuring reprints from Agent of the Empire, Dawn of the Jedi and Boba Fett is Dead.

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[Available now...] Star Wars Insider #111
Magazine
Titan Magazines ( [UK] )

Featuring exclusive fiction Roll of the Dice by Karen Miller; celebrate thirty years of Star Wars videogames; previously unpublished interview with Ralph McQuarrie; Aaron Allston talks X-Wings; plus much more!

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