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[ News Review and Archive ]
March 2013

[ News Archive... ]
The following news items were posted on Star Wars Books during March 2013:
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NEWS . . .

Friday 28th March
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[Dawn of the Jedi: Into the Void] Excerpt for Dawn of the Jedi: Into the Void
RandomHouse.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab] has updated their online listing for Tim Lebbon's forthcoming Dawn of the Jedi: Into the Void novel with an excerpt from the book's first chapter:

Washed, dressed, and fed, Lanoree sat in the ship’s cockpit and watched Tython drawing closer. Her ship had communicated with sentry drones orbiting at thirty thousand kilometers, and now the Peacemaker was performing a graceful parabola that would take it down into the atmosphere just above the equator.
She was nervous about visiting Tython again, but part of her was excited as well. It would be good to see her mother and father, however briefly. She contacted them far too infrequently. With Dal dead, she was now their only child.
A soft chime announced an incoming transmission. She swiveled her seat and faced the flatscreen, just as it snowed into an image.
“Master Dam-­Powl,” Lanoree said, surprised. “An honor.” And it was. She had expected the welcoming transmission to be from a Je’daii Ranger or perhaps even a Journeyer she did not know. Not the Cathar Je’daii Master.
Dam-­Powl bowed her head. “Lanoree, it’s good to see you again. We’ve been eagerly awaiting your arrival. Pressing matters beg discussion. Dark matters.”
“I assumed that was the case,” Lanoree said. She shifted in her seat, unaccountably nervous.
“I sense your discomfort,” Master Dam-­Powl said.
“Forgive me. It’s been some time since I spoke with a Je’daii Master.”
“You feel unsettled even with me?” Dam-­Powl asked, smiling. But the smile quickly slipped. “No matter. Prepare yourself, because today you speak with six Masters, including Stav Kesh’s Temple Master Lha-­Mi. I’ve sent your ship the landing coordinates for our meeting place thirty kilometers south of Akar Kesh. We’ll expect you soon.”
“Master, we’re not meeting at a temple?”
But Dam-­Powl had already broken the transmission, and Lanoree was left staring at a blank screen. She could see her image reflected there, and she quickly gathered herself, breathing away the shock. Six Je’daii Masters? And Lha-­Mi as well?
“Then it is something big.”
She checked the transmitted coordinates and switched the flight computer to manual, eager to make the final approach herself. She had always loved flying and the freedom it gave her. Untethered. Almost a free agent.
Lanoree closed her eyes briefly and breathed with the Force. It was strong this close to Tython, elemental, and it sparked her senses alive.

Read the full excerpt here[External site - opens in a new window/tab].
Dawn of the Jedi: Into the Void by Tim Lebbon is due for release in hardback, e-book and unabridged audio book formats in the US on 7th May.

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NEW RELEASE . . .

Wednesday 27th March
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[Available now...] Dawn of the Jedi: Prisoner of Bogan #4 (part 4 of 5)
Comic Book & e-Comic Book by John Ostrander, Jan Duursema et al.
Dark
Horse Comics ( [US] & [UK] [import])

Approximately 25,793 years before the Battle of Yavin:
Even as the Je’daii close in on the mysterious Xesh and his mad ally Daegen Lok, a third party has entered the chase—a powerful woman from Xesh’s past.
Meanwhile, Lok has sought the help of old enemies to help him attain a common goal—the downfall of the Je’daii!
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[This story occurs during Before The  Republic era]
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Wednesday 27th March
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[Dark Horse Digital] Digital e-comic releases this week
Dark Horse Comics has added the following Star Wars digital comic titles to their Dark Horse Digital[External site - opens in a new window/tab] e-comic store this week:
  • Dawn of the Jedi: Priosner of Bogan #4
  • The Clone Wars: Defenders of the Lost Temple

Dark Horse Digital[External site - opens in a new window/tab] purchases can currently be viewed on iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, an Android enabled tablet or smartphone or any modern web browser.

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NEW RELEASE . . .

Tuesday 26th March
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[Available now...] The Clone Wars: Defenders of the Lost Temple
Graphic Novella by Justin Aclin, Ben Bates, Michael Atiyeh, Mike Hawthorne et al.
Titan
Books ( [UK] )

Between 22 and 19 years before the Battle of Yavin:
On a mission with a Jedi general, one trooper contemplates his own worth as a clone of the great Mandalorian warrior Jango Fett. As mission leads through a booby-trapped, abandoned Jedi Temple, this one clone will discover who he is and also where he came from when the Mandalorian Death Watch suddenly appears!...more

[This story occurs during The Rise of the Empire era]
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Thursday 21st March
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[Available now...] Star Wars Insider #116
Magazine
Titan Magazines ( [UK] )

Featuring exclsuive extract from Dawn of the Jedi: Into the Void by Tim Lebbon.

Cover may vary.

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NEW RELEASE . . .

Wednesday 20th March
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[Available now...] Legacy II #1: Prisoner of the Floating World
Comic Book & e-Comic Book by Corinna Bechko, Gabriel Hardman et al.
Dark Horse Comics ( [US] & [UK] [import])

Approximately 138 years after the Battle of Yavin:
Despite her famous heritage, Ania Solo is just a girl trying to make her way in a galaxy gone bad. But it all gets worse when she comes into possession of a lightsaber and an Imperial communications droid—and discovers she has been targeted for death!

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

Wednesday 20th March
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[Dark Horse Digital] Digital e-comic releases this week
Dark Horse Comics has added the following Star Wars digital comic titles to their Dark Horse Digital[External site - opens in a new window/tab] e-comic store this week:
  • Legacy: Prisoner of the Floating World #1

Dark Horse Digital[External site - opens in a new window/tab] purchases can currently be viewed on iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, an Android enabled tablet or smartphone or any modern web browser.

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Saturday 16th March
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[Kenobi] Solicitation blurb for Kenobi
Edelweiss[External site - opens in a new window/tab] has posted the solicitation blurb for Kenobi, John Jackson Miller's post-Episode III novel:

The greatest hero in the galaxy faces his toughest challenge yet: He must stop being Obi-Wan and become Crazy Old Ben.
In this original novel set between the events of
Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith and Episode IV A New Hope, Obi-Wan Kenobi comes to the aid of the residents of Tatooine during his exile. But he struggles with his new mission when he realizes that protecting Luke Skywalker-the last hope of the galaxy-means setting aside his compassion and his Jedi warrior training, for the future of the galaxy lies not with Obi-Wan Kenobi, but with a mystical desert recluse known only by the name of Crazy Old Ben.

 Kenobi is currently scheduled for release in hardback in the US on 27th September.

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Saturday 16th March
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[Star Wars] Star Wars #1 gets 4th printing
Dark Horse Comics[External site - opens in a new window/tab] has announced that the first issue of Star Wars: In the Shadow of Yavin, their new comic series by Brian Wood set just after A New Hope, is to get a 4th printing run and a modified cover design. The first (initial) print run sold out within the first week of release (9th January) and Dark Horse had announced a second printing run released on 6th February, with a "new" cover (basically the #1 cover but with no text); and a third released on 27th February. Now, according to Dark Horse, that third print run has also sold out so Dark Horse has ordered a fourth printing, due for release on 17th April.
Here are the four print run covers:

[Star Wars - issue #1]   [Star Wars - issue #1 (2nd printing)]   [Star Wars - issue #1 (3rd printing)]   [Star Wars - issue #1 (4th printing)]
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#1 printing cover

 

#2 printing cover

 

#3 printing cover

 

#4 printing cover

You can catch our review of the first issue of Star Wars: In the Shadow of Yavin here.

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REVIEW . . .

Saturday 16th March
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[Darth Maul: Shadow Hunter] Darth Maul: Shadow Hunter
By Michael Reaves
Reviewed by Lukasz Herman, Poland
Reviewer's Score: 4.3 / 5
Darth Maul: Shadow Hunter is a very entertaining book with a fantastic main character. It’s well written and the pace of the action is extremely high so one won’t be bored while reading. I can’t call this book perfect, because Darsha and Lorn were too typical in my opinion, but despite that I liked it very much.
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Thursday 14th March
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[Dark Horse Comics] Comics for June 2013
In their latest solicitations, Dark Horse Comics has announced the following Star Wars comic titles due for release in June.
[Dark Times: Fire Carrier #7] [] Dark Times: Fire Carrier #4 (of 5)
Comic Book by Randy Stradley, Gabriel Guzman, Garry Henderson, Doug Wheatley et al.
Approximately 19 years before the Battle of Yavin
Jedi Master K’Kruhk’s fight with militia soldiers comes to an abrupt end—with the appearance of not one, but two unexpected allies. The refuge he and his Padawans have sought may be in sight... but a shadow from within their own ranks bodes a perilous future.
Available: June 5th 2013
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[Star Wars #6] [] Star Wars #6 (ongoing)
Comic Book by Brian Wood, Carlos D'Anda, Gabe Eltaeb, Alex Ross et al.
Shortly after the Battle of Yavin
When he and Chewbacca are cornered by Imperials, Han Solo resorts to an improvised plan—with the most dangerous results imaginable! Meanwhile, half a galaxy away, Princess Leia and Wedge Antilles prepare for certain death, unaware that Luke Skywalker has an improvisation of his own. And Darth Vader is watching...
Available: June 12th  2013
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[] Darth Vader and the Ninth Assassin #3 (of 5)
Comic Book by Tim Siedell, Stephen Thompson, Mark Irwin, Michael Atiyeh et al.
Approximately 19 years before the Battle of Yavin
Darth Vader’s search for the culprits behind an assassination attempt on the Emperor leads to a shattered Star Destroyer floating lifeless above a mysterious moon. On the ground he finds no survivors—instead ancient ruins, and frightening inhabitants. All the while, a hunter follows, waiting for the moment to strike!
Available: June 19th 2013
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[Legacy - Prisoner of the Floating World #4] [] Legacy - Prisoner of the Floating World #4 (ongoing)
Comic Book by Corinna Bechko, Gabriel Hardman, Rachelle Rosenberg, Dave Wilkins et al.
Approximately 138 years after the Battle of Yavin
A vanishing planet and an impostor revealed . . . a deadly trap and a dangerous escape. When Ania Solo set out in search of adventure, little did she know trouble, peril, and the Sith would be along for the ride!
Available: June 26th 2013
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Release dates subject to change.

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NEW RELEASES . . .

Wednesday 13th March
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[Available now...] The Clone Wars: Defenders of the Lost Temple
Graphic Novella by Justin Aclin, Ben Bates, Michael Atiyeh, Mike Hawthorne et al.
Dark Horse
Books ( [US] )

Between 22 and 19 years before the Battle of Yavin:
On a mission with a Jedi general, one trooper contemplates his own worth as a clone of the great Mandalorian warrior Jango Fett. As mission leads through a booby-trapped, abandoned Jedi Temple, this one clone will discover who he is and also where he came from when the Mandalorian Death Watch suddenly appears!...more

[This story occurs during The Rise of the Empire era]
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[Available now...] Star Wars #3
Comic Book & e-Comic Book by Brian Wood, Carlos D'Anda, Gabe Eltaeb, Alex Ross et al.
Dark Horse Comics ( [US] & [UK] [import])

Shortly after the Battle of Yavin:
Princess Leia has formed a secret squadron of stealth X-wings to help expose a spy within the Rebel ranks. But taking command puts her at odds with Luke Skywalker at a time they need solidarity more than ever, especially when the spy has alerted the Empire to Han Solo’s latest venture!...more

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

Wednesday 13th March
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[Dark Horse Digital] Digital e-comic releases this week
Dark Horse Comics has added the following Star Wars digital comic titles to their Dark Horse Digital[External site - opens in a new window/tab] e-comic store this week:
  • Star Wars #3

Dark Horse Digital[External site - opens in a new window/tab] purchases can currently be viewed on iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, an Android enabled tablet or smartphone or any modern web browser.

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NEW RELEASE . . .

Tuesday 12th March
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[Available now...] Star Wars Insider #140
Magazine
Titan Magazines ( [US] )

Featuring exclsuive extract from Dawn of the Jedi: Into the Void by Tim Lebbon.

Cover may vary.

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NEW RELEASES . . .

Thursday 7th March
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[The Last Jedi] The Last Jedi
Paperback Novel and e-Book by Micheal Reaves and Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff
Arrow Books ( [UK] )

Approximately 18 years before the Battle of Yavin:
The Emperor’s ruthless Order 66 has all but exterminated the Jedi. But not Jax Pavan, who’s been steadily striking blows against the Empire: as a lone guerrilla fighter and a valued partner of Whiplash, a secret Coruscant-based resistance group. Now he’s taking on his most critical mission: transporting a valued Whiplash leader from Coruscant to safety on a distant world...
more

[This book occurs during The Rise of the Empire era.]
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[The Clone Wars Comic #44] Star Wars: The Clone Wars Comic #44
Children's Comic Book
Titan Comics ( [UK] )

Between 22 and 19 years before the Battle of Yavin:
Featuring
original short comic story plus puzzles, games and free cover gift.

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

Wednesday 6th March
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[ Available now... ] Dark Times: Fire Carrier #2 (part 2 of 5)
Comic Book & e-Comic Book by Randy Stradley, Gabriel Guzman et al.
Dark Horse Comics ( [US] & [UK] [import])

Approximately 19 years before the Battle of Yavin:
Jedi Master K’Kruhk flees across the countryside with a group of young Padawans. His hope is to find a safe haven and prevent the impressionable younglings from experiencing any more tragedy. But tragedy is exactly what awaits them...more

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

Wednesday 6th March
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[Dark Horse Digital] Digital e-comic releases this week
Dark Horse Comics has added the following Star Wars digital comic titles to their Dark Horse Digital[External site - opens in a new window/tab] e-comic store this week:
  • Dark Times: Fire Carrier #2

Dark Horse Digital[External site - opens in a new window/tab] purchases can currently be viewed on iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, an Android enabled tablet or smartphone or any modern web browser.

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Tuesday 5th March
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[Dark Horse Comics] Dark Horse tease new Star Wars comic series
Dark Horse Comics' editor Randy Stradley posted the following teaser on the Dark Horse Message Boards[External site - opens in a new window/tab]:

"Just wanted to give you a heads up that, as it stands now, we will be announcing a MAJOR new series next week (the week of March 10-16). If the timing changes, I'll let you know.

Since there seem to be quite a few questions about our future publishing schedule, I plan to follow up that announcement with additional information about what you will -- and won't -- be seeing in the coming months.
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There has been much fan discussion and rumour regarding the future of Dark Horse Comics' Star Wars license since Disney's acquisition of Lucasfilm last year but Stradley's teaser appears to confirm that Dark Horse will hold on to their license for the foreseeable future.

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Monday 4th March
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[Crucible] Blurb for Crucible
RandomHouse.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab] has updated their online listing for Troy Denning's post-Fate of the Jedi novel, Crucible, with a blurb:

When Han and Leia Solo arrive at Lando Calrissian’s Outer Rim mining operation to help him thwart a hostile takeover, their aim is just to even up the odds and lay down the law. Then monstrous aliens arrive with a message, and mere threats escalate into violent sabotage with mass fatalities. When the dust settles, what began as corporate warfare becomes a battle with much higher stakes—and far deadlier consequences.
Now Han, Leia, and Luke team up once again in a quest to defeat a dangerous adversary bent on galaxy-wide domination. Only this time, the Empire is not the enemy. It is a pair of ruthless geniuses with a lethal ally and a lifelong vendetta against Han Solo. They will stop at nothing to control the lucrative Outer Rim mining trade—and ultimately the entire galactic economy. And when the murderous duo gets the drop on Han, he finds himself outgunned in the fight of his life. To save him, and the galaxy, Luke and Leia must brave a gauntlet of treachery, terrorism, and the untold power of an enigmatic artifact capable of bending space, time, and even the Force itself into an apocalyptic nightmare.

Crucible is due for release in hardback in the US on 9th July.

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