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[ News Review and Archive ]
October 2012

[ News Archive... ]
The following news items were posted on Star Wars Books during October 2012:
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NEW RELEASE . . .

Wednesday 31st October
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[Available now...] Darth Maul: Death Sentence #4 (part 4 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:
As more Jedi, Obi-Wan included, and clone trooper reinforcements arrive to take Savage Opress and the crooked mine owner into custody, Darth Maul convinces the locals that the Jedi are in league with the mine owner who exploited them
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[This story occurs during The Rise of the Empire era.]
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NEWS . . .

Tuesday 30th October
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[Star Wars] Disney buys Lucasfilm for $4 billion
As widely reported The Walt Disney Company has purchased Lucasfilm for $4.05 billion from George Lucas, half in cash half in stock. Part of the purchase includes plans to produce a sequel trilogy of new films with Episode VII expected in theaters in 2015. George Lucas will be a "creative consultant" within the acquisition.

Link: Official announcement at StarWars.com
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NEW RELEASE . . .

Tuesday 30th October
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[Available now...] Darth Plagueis
Paperback Novel by James Luceno
Del Rey ( [US] )

Approximately 67 years before the Battle of Yavin:
Darth Plagueis and Darth Sidious: One desires to rule supreme; the other dreams of living forever. Together, they will destroy the Jedi and rule the galaxy. Unless merciless Sith tradition becomes their undoing...more

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

Friday 26th October
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[Available now...] Agent of the Empire: Volume 1 - Iron Eclipse
Graphic Novel by John Ostrander, Stéphane Roux, Stéphane Créty et al.
Titan Books ( [UK] )

Approximately 3 years before the Battle of Yavin:
Imperial power is at its height. The Empire is an unstoppable force for order and peace. But not every political problem requires military might; not every negotiation depends on a show of force. Sometimes all diplomacy needs to succeed is the right man, in the right place, with the willingness to get the job done. No matter what it takes...more

[This story occurs during The Rise of the Empire era.]
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[Omnibus: Clone Wars Volume 2] Omnibus: Clone Wars Volume 2 - The Enemy On All Sides
Omnibus Graphic Novel
Titan Books ( [UK] )

Jedi Generals and their clone troops are dispatched to every corner of the galaxy to fight the rising tide of the Separatist movement and its deadly droid armies. On these far-flung battlefields, Anakin Skywalker commands a strategic, but fateful, retreat; Obi-Wan Kenobi becomes the prisoner of Asajj Ventress; and Master Yoda is forced to trade the life of an old friend for victory.
Collects Republic issues #54 thru #66 & #68, Jedi - Yoda and General Grievous.

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NEW RELEASES . . .

Wednesday 24th October
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[Available now...] Agent of the Empire: Volume 1 - Iron Eclipse
Graphic Novel by John Ostrander, Stéphane Roux, Stéphane Créty et al.
Dark Horse Books ( [US] )

Approximately 3 years before the Battle of Yavin:
Imperial power is at its height. The Empire is an unstoppable force for order and peace. But not every political problem requires military might; not every negotiation depends on a show of force. Sometimes all diplomacy needs to succeed is the right man, in the right place, with the willingness to get the job done. No matter what it takes...more

[This story occurs during The Rise of the Empire era.]
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[Available now...] Dark Times: Volume 5 - Out of the Widerness
Graphic Novel by Randy Stradley, Doug Wheatley et al.
Dark Horse Books ( [US] )

Approximately 19 years before the Battle of Yavin:
Everyone wants fugitive Jedi Dass Jennir. An assassin is hot on his heels, Darth Vader is also in the race to find him, and even the outlaw crew of the Uhumele are searching for their former companion. But for Jennir and his “partner” Ember Chankeli, those are distant concerns as they endure a scorching desert trek and an attack by deadly land pirates...more

[This story occurs during The Rise of the Empire era.]
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[Available now...] Knights of the Old Republic: Volume 10 - War
Graphic Novel by John Jackson Miller, Andrea Mutti et al.
Dark Horse Books ( [US] )

Approximately 3,962 years before the Battle of Yavin:
The Republic and the Mandalorians are at war, and some of the Jedi are joining the fight! One Jedi, peace-loving Zayne Carrick, has found himself on the front lines against his wishes—he’s been drafted . . . And when Zayne is captured by the Mandalorians while storming beaches with his fellow Republic troops, he suddenly is forced not only to fight, but to fight alongside the enemy...more

[This story occurs during The Old Republic era.]
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NEW RELEASES . . .

Tuesday 23rd October
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[Available now...] Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season 4
Blu-ray & DVD Box Set
LucasFilm Animation / Warner Bros. Home Entertainment ( [US] )

Between 22 and 19 years before the Battle of Yavin:
Featuring
all 22 episodes from the fourth animated series plus special features. Blu-ray edition features additional exclusive extras.

[This story occurs during The Rise of the Empire era.]
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[Available now...] Star Wars Insider #137
Magazine
Titan Magazines ( [US] )

Featuring all the latest news from The Clone Wars Season 5, The Star Wars Insider Awards (as voted by the readers), plu unique short story fiction, The Last Battle of Colonel Jace Malcom, by Alexander Freed.
Cover subject to change.

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NEW RELEASE . . .

Thursday 18th October
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[The Clone Wars Comic #39] Star Wars: The Clone Wars Comic #39
Children's Comic Book
Titan Comics ( [UK] )

Between 22 and 19 years before the Battle of Yavin:
Featuring
original short comic story, Dead Shadows, 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 17th October
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[Available now...] Agent of the Empire: Hard Targets #1 (part 1 of 5)
Comic Book & e-Comic Book by John Ostrander, Stéphane Roux, Julien Hugonnard-Bert et al.
Dark
Horse Comics ( [US] & [UK] [import])

Approximately 3 years before the Battle of Yavin:
Imperial agent Jahan Cross returns to his homeworld of Alderaan for a celebration hosted by Bail Organa in honor of the current Count Dooku. But the situation turns deadly when an assassin kills the Count, and Cross finds himself working both sides of the intrigue!
Thus begins a new assignment for Cross
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[This story occurs during The Rebellion era]
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NEWS . . .

Wednesday 18th October
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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:
  • Agent of the Empire: Hard Targets #1
  • The Clone Wars: Strange Allies

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 . . .

Monday 15th October
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[Available now...] The Old Republic Encyclopedia
Hardcover Reference Book by Ian Ryan, Charles Boyd, Hall Hood et al.
DK Publishing ( [US] )

Created in full collaboration with LucasArts, this in-depth companion covers the spectrum of characters, weapons, vehicles, events, and planets of Star Wars: The Old Republic. More than just an encyclopedia, it is the ultimate guided tour of the dangerous and mysterious universe found in a galaxy far, far away....more

[This book is a non-fiction/reference title]
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[Available now...] Year by Year: A Visual Chronicle (Updated Edition)
Hardcover Reference Book by Ryder Windham, Daniel Wallace et al.
DK Publishing ( [US] )

The definitive history of Star Wars no fan should be without; now with 8 pages of exciting new content documenting events, updates, and news from 2011 and 2012! Celebrate four amazing decades of everything Star Wars; decade by decade, year-by-year, month-by-month. Everything is covered, from the influences and creation of all six Star Wars movies, to the toys, books and video games that have shaped the Star Wars dynasty.

[This book is a non-fiction/reference title]
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NEWS . . .

Friday 13th October
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[Dark Horse Comics] Comics for January 2013
In their latest solicitations, Dark Horse Comics has announced the following Star Wars comic titles due for release in January 2012.
[Star Wars #1] [] Star Wars #1 (ongoing)
Comic Book by Brian Wood, Carlos D'Anda, Gabe Eltaeb, Alex Ross et al.
Shortly after the Battle of Yavin
This is Star Wars as you remember it...and as you have never seen it before! We're taking you back to those heady, adventure-filled days following the destruction of the Death Star - when the Empire ruled, the Rebels were on the run, and the galaxy was a dangerous place where anything might happen?
Available: January 9th 2013
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[Purge: Tyrant's Fist #2] [] Purge: TheTyrant's Fist #2 (of 2)
Comic Book by Alexander Freed, Marco Castiello, Andrea Chella, Michael Atiyeh et al.
Approximately 19 years before the Battle of Yavin
Darth Vader, hand of the new Galactic Empire, must find a new way to dominate the rebellious natives. Simple force won't work on these people; Vader must carve out the heart of their pride, and fill the hollow that is left behind with fear and obedience to the Empire. But one Jedi blocks the path to power. . .
Available: January 2nd 2013
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[Agent of the Empire: Hard Targets #4] [] Agent of the Empire: Hard Targets #4 (of 5)
Comic Book by John Ostrander, Davidé Fabbri, Christian Dalla Vecchia, Wes Dzioba et al.
Approximately 3 years before the Battle of Yavin
The Imperial Navy has arrived and Agent Cross has been officially told to stand down from his mission overseeing the election of a regent for the young Duke of Serenno. But Cross is not about to allow an innocent boy to be used as a disposable pawn - even if it serves the Empire's short-term goals.
Available: January 16th 2013
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[ Dawn of the Jedi: Prisoner of Bogan #3] [] Dawn of the Jedi: The Prisoner of Bogan #3 (of 5)
Comic Book by John Ostrander, Jan Duursema, Dan Parsons, Wes Dzioba et al.
Approximately 25,793 years before the Battle of Yavin
Xesh and Daegen Lok are on a mission to build Forcesabers - a weapon that Lok knows will take him closer to his vision of being leader of the Je'daii.
But the Je'daii Rangers are on the pair's trail, and this first encounter between the Je'daii and the prisoners of Bogan will carry heavy consequences!

Available: January 23rd 2013
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Release dates subject to change.

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NEWS . . .

Friday 12th October
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[Kenobi] NYCC: John Jackson Miller to pen Kenobi novel
At this year's New York Comic-Con Del Rey has announced that they have comissioned John Jackson Miller (Lost Tribe of the Sith, Knight Errant) to pen an Obi-Wan Kenobi hardback novel for release in late 2013. Tentatively titled Kenobi, Miller's story is set after the events of Revenge of the Sith and according to the author[External site - opens in a new window/tab] it "is a sweeping story that’s part epic western, part high-stakes drama, part romance — but it’s all Star Wars, taking place in the early days of Obi-Wan’s exile to Tatooine. I shouldn’t expand too much beyond what Random House said on its panel and Facebook page, but I can say this. I’ve been working on this concept for years — I’ll talk more about that process later on — and the basics are pretty simple. The greatest hero in the galaxy faces his toughest challenge yet: He must stop being Obi-Wan — and learn to live as Ben."

In other news, Del Rey has announced that as part of the forthcoming Classic era Rebels novel series (first announced at Celebration VI) they have comissioned author James S. A. Correy to write a Han Solo novel.

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NEW RELEASES . . .

Wednesday 10th October
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[Available now...] Lost Tribe of the Sith: Spiral #3 (part 3 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:
The release of Sith Lord Baron Dreypa has quickened a Sith rebel’s hope of overturning the ruling order of a lost Sith tribe - just not as he’d hoped, with himself in charge... But at least Dreypa’s attack on the home of the princess has brought deliverance to the slums of the Sith tribe!...more

[This story occurs during The Old Republic era]
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[Knight Errant: Escape - issue #5] Knight Errant: Escape #5 (part 5 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:
Kerra Holt, lone Jedi Knight, may have let her personal mission bring disaster to a planet of innocents and possibly the entire galaxy! With the truth behind her missing family almost revealed, Kerra scrambles to find some solution to what she has done. The battle between the three Sith armies continues to new heights...more

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

Wednesday 10th October
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[Knight Errant: Escape - issue #5] 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:
  • Knight Errant: Escape #5
  • Lost Tribe of the Sith: Spiral #3

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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Sunday 7th October
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[ ] Ten lost tales now at Suvudu.com
Del Rey's blog site Suvudu.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab] has made available 10 short stories first published several years ago at StarWars.com but feared lost after the official site's make-over a couple of years ago. The 10 short stories are mentioned in Pablo Hidalgo's recently released Essential Reader's Companion and are available for free at Suvudu.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab]. The available stories are:
  • Labor Pains by John Jackson Miller
  • Crossroads by Christopher Cerasi
  • Shades of Grey by Charlene Newcomb
  • Smuggler's Vanguard by Rob Chestney
  • Precipice by Chris Cassidy
  • Idiot's Array by Rich Handley
  • Fists of Ion by Ed Erdelac
  • Deadlier Than a Triton Moon by Jason Fry
  • Interference by John Jackson Miller
  • The Secret Journal of Doctor Demagol by John Jackson Miller
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NEWS . . .

Sunday 7th October
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[ ] The Essentials Novels e-Book collection now available
First announced at the end of August, Del Rey has now made available its 10-volume Star Wars: TheEssential Novels[External site - opens in a new window/tab] collection in e-Book form. Released to celebrate Star Wars Reads Day[External site - opens in a new window/tab] this collection features:
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NEW RELEASE . . .

Friday 5th October
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[The Essential Readers Companion] The Essential Reader's Companion
Paperback Reference Book and e-Book by Pablo Hidalgo
Titan Books ( [UK] )

The Essential Reader’s Companion spans the entire galaxy of published Star Wars fiction - movie novelizations, original stand alone and series novels, short stories, eBook novellas, young adult titles, and comics. It features: a concise synopsis of each story; details on which novels are linked to Star Wars comic books from Dark Horse and Marvel; a chronological listing of titles; plus more than one hundred full-color original paintings throughout by some of fans’ favorite artists...more

[This book is a non-fiction/reference title.]
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NEW RELEASE . . .

Wednesday 3rd October
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[Omnibus: Clone Wars Volume 2] Omnibus: Clone Wars Volume 2 - The Enemy On All Sides
Omnibus Graphic Novel
Dark Horse Books ( [US] )

Jedi Generals and their clone troops are dispatched to every corner of the galaxy to fight the rising tide of the Separatist movement and its deadly droid armies. On these far-flung battlefields, Anakin Skywalker commands a strategic, but fateful, retreat; Obi-Wan Kenobi becomes the prisoner of Asajj Ventress; and Master Yoda is forced to trade the life of an old friend for victory.
Collects Republic issues #54 thru #66 & #68, Jedi - Yoda and General Grievous.

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NEW RELEASE . . .

Tuesday 2nd October
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[The Essential Readers Companion] The Essential Reader's Companion
Paperback Reference Book and e-Book by Pablo Hidalgo
Del Rey ( [US] )

The Essential Reader’s Companion spans the entire galaxy of published Star Wars fiction - movie novelizations, original stand alone and series novels, short stories, eBook novellas, young adult titles, and comics. It features: a concise synopsis of each story; details on which novels are linked to Star Wars comic books from Dark Horse and Marvel; a chronological listing of titles; plus more than one hundred full-color original paintings throughout by some of fans’ favorite artists...more

[This book is a non-fiction/reference title.]
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