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April 2010

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The following news items were posted on Star Wars Books during April 2010:

First look at The Old Republic: Deceived:
Posted: 30th April
[External site - opens in a new window/tab] has revealed not only the title, but also the cover and a synopsis for the second tie-in novel to LucasArts' upcoming MMO videogame The Old Republic. Deceived, written by Paul S. Kemp (author Crosscurrent) is due for release in hardback in the US on December 28th:
In Star Wars: The Old Republic: Deceived, readers will learn more about Darth Malgus, the Sith Lord who brought down the Jedi Temple. Star Wars fans first experienced the devastating might of Darth Malgus in last year's epic cinematic trailer
[External site - opens in a new window/tab] to Star Wars: The Old Republic which depicted the Sacking of Coruscant. Readers will learn more about the man behind the mask in this novel by author Paul S. Kemp.
Deceived tells the story of Darth Malgus and gives fascinating insight into his rise to fame and glory as the Sith Lord who destroyed the Jedi Temple. This stunning narrative finds the dark hero battling a veteran Jedi Master, setting the stage for the affairs and betrayals surrounding the last battle of the Great War before the signing of the Treaty of Coruscant.

The Secret Journal of Demagol now online at StarWars.com:
Posted: 30th April
[External site - opens in a new window/tab] has published The Secret Journal of Demagol by John Jackson Miller for Hyperspace members. This piece of original fiction by the creator and writer of Knights of the Old Republic comics is set just prior to the Mandalore invasion of the Republic 3964 years before the Battle of Yavin. As the story encompasses the events of all nine volumes (fifty comic book issues) of the Knights of the Old Republic story, there is a serious spoiler warning attached to reading it.
StarWars.com Hyperspace members can read the story here
[External site - opens in a new window/tab].

Comic Release: The Clone Wars Comic #7:
Posted: 29th April
Released today in the UK is the latest issue of The Clone Wars Comic from Titan Comics. Issue #7 features the original comic story Foreclosure by Rik Hoskin.

Book Release: Fate of the Jedi: Outcast:
Posted: 29th April
Released today in the UK in paperback is, Outcast,
the first book in the nine-book Fate of the Jedi series, by Aaron Allston.

Book Release: Invasion Volume 1: Refugees:
Posted: 28th April
Released today in the US from Dark Horse Books is Invasion Volume 1: Refugees. This graphic novel collates the first six issues of Invasion comic book series.

Comic Release: Legacy #47: The Fate of Dac:
Posted: 28th April
Legacy #47 , The Fate of Dac, by John Ostrander ships today from Dark Horse Comics.

Book Release: Lost Tribe of the Sith: Savior:
Posted: 27th April
Released today for free download is the fourth title, Savior, in the Lost Tribe of the Sith series of e-Book novellas by John Jackson Miller.

Book Release: Fate of the Jedi: Outcast:
Posted: 27th April
Released today in the US in paperback is, Outcast,
the first book in the nine-book Fate of the Jedi series, by Aaron Allston.

Black Orchid to get new title:
Posted: 24th April
LucasBooks' Executive Editor Sue Rostoni has announced via StarWars.com Message Boards
[External site - opens in a new window/tab] that Black Orchid, the title of Joe Schreiber's second Star Wars horror novel following last year's Death Troopers*, is to get a new title.
Why? According to Sue, it's because "some folks weren't keen on this one -- thought it sounded like a Romance Novel!!!". Sue makes a personal comment about this decision: "I'm a bit disappointed because my brother's high school garage band was named The Black Orchids. I thought it was pretty cool".
Black Orchid (or whatever its new title will be) is due for hardback release in the US in February 2011.

* Regular visitors will remember that Death Troopers itself had a slight change of name before its release, originally titled Deathtroopers (one word), when in February 2009 it was decided to split the title into two words. 

Interviews with Invasion's Tom Taylor:
Posted: 24th April
Invasion's writer Tom Taylor has participated in a couple of interviews recently:

  • NJOE.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab] has just concluded publishing their four part interview with Tom, here are individual links to each part of the interview: part one[External site - opens in a new window/tab], part two[External site - opens in a new window/tab], part three[External site - opens in a new window/tab] and part four[External site - opens in a new window/tab].

  • Undercover Fanboy[External site - opens in a new window/tab], a comics blog, talked to Tom about Star Wars: Invasion, Star Wars Adventures, The Authority, Rombies and Brief Cases. You can read the interview here[External site - opens in a new window/tab].

The Old Republic - Blood of the Empire #1 now online:
Posted: 23rd April
The first issue of Blood of the Empire, the second introductory online comic for the forthcoming MMO video game Star Wars: The Old Republic, is available to read online
[External site - opens in a new window/tab].
The first issue of Blood of the Empire takes us to a galaxy engaged in war. The Sith Empire strikes blow after blow against a Republic reeling from the return of its ancient enemies, and the Jedi scramble to defend their holdings. But Imperial victory is far from certain…
Teneb Kel, a fiercely clever young man apprenticed as a Sith, is selected by his masters for a secret mission--a mission concerning the Emperor himself and a threat to the Dark Lord’s thousand-year plan. Doomed if he fails, expendable if he succeeds, Teneb must unravel the schemes at work around him if he is to seize control of his destiny and alter the course of history.

Book Release: Legacy Volume 8: Tatooine:
Posted: 23rd April
Released today in the UK from Titan Books is
Legacy Volume 8: Tatooine. This graphic novel collates Legacy issues #37 thru #40 (Tatooine); and #41 (Rogue's End).

Book Release: The Clone Wars: Slaves of the Republic:
Posted: 23rd April
Released today in the UK from Titan Books is The Clone Wars: Slaves of the Republic. This graphic novella collates the first six issues of the short-lived The Clone Wars comic book series from Dark Horse Comics.

Book Release: Omnibus: Shadows of the Empire:
Posted: 23rd April
Released today in the UK from Titan Books is Omnibus: Shadows of the Empire. This latest Omnibus collates the following comic stories: Mara Jade: By the Emperor's Hand, Shadows of the Empire and Shadows of the Empire: Evolution

Fatal Alliance gets covered:
Posted: 20th April
StarWars.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab] has revealed the final cover for Sean Williams's tie-in novel to the forthcoming MMO videogame The Old Republic, Fatal Alliance.
Fatal Alliance is due to be released in the US in hardback and as an unabridged audio book on 20th July.

The end of Legacy - official response from Dark Horse Comics:
Posted: 20th April
Following the recent surprise announcement that Legacy comic series was to end with issue #50 in July, Dark Horse Comics' Executive Editor, Randy Stradley, has posted an official response on Dark Horse Comics' Message Boards[External site - opens in a new window/tab]:
Thank you to all of you who have waited patiently for confirmation on our plans for Legacy. Those of you who have been less than patient also have my thanks for your interest and concerns. Hopefully, after this announcement, you will stop sending me requests to join your "Save Legacy" groups on Facebook. 
Legacy, as you know it, will end in July with issue #50. But we had not planned to let you know that yet, and certainly had not planned to announce that ending in the manner in which we did. Chalk it up to internal miscommunications, for which I take full responsibility. I'm confident I would have caught the mistake before the solicitation information was released if I hadn't been at Wonder-Con in San Francisco at the time. But I was, and the end of the series was announced in a less than favorable manner. Live and learn. 
Suffice to say, we're not thrilled about having to end the series, and I would be remiss if I did not assure you that the decision in no way reflects on the efforts of the regular creative team of John Ostrander, Jan Duursema, Dan Parsons, Brad Anderson, and Michael Heisler, nor on the work of any of the other talented artists whose work has graced the pages of the book over these past four years. John, Jan, and the others are not, by any means, out of work. 
No door closes without another opening, and to those longtime readers who pointed out that it was not likely that I would end Legacy without having some replacement planned, I thank you for your confidence. Trust me, it will be rewarded. 
I am not going to compound the mistake of the early announcement of Legacy's end by rushing to tell you what is coming next. That information will be revealed in the fullness of time. So, take heart, and feel free to speculate on what the future holds. Just don't get too invested in your speculations because, I guarantee, you wont guess what's coming next.

Sue Rostoni expects there to be a least 8 Lost Tribe of the Sith stories published:
Posted: 20th April
Answering questions on StarWars.com Message Boards[External site - opens in a new window/tab], LucasBooks' Executive Editor Sue Rostoni has announced that there will be a total of at least 8 Lost Tribe of the Sith eBook novellas to accompany the ongoing Fate of the Jedi novel series. This means, including next week's release of Savior, we can expect at least five more novellas over the next two years. As with previous releases, each Lost Tribe of the Sith title will be released one month before its accompanying Fate of the Jedi novel, while title synopsis and cover will be made available a couple of weeks before its release.

First look at Star Wars Visions:
Posted: 17th April
Amazon.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab] has published the first glimpse of the cover for Star Wars Visions, the art book featuring Star Wars images by well known artists compiled by J. W. Rinzler and due for publication in hardback from Abrams later this year. Amazon.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab] has also published a summary of this book: When Star Wars debuted in 1977, it revolutionized the visual landscape of mainstream American filmmaking, transporting fans to new galaxies and introducing them to countless now-classic characters, costumes, aliens, planets, and starships. By 2005, with the last film in theaters, the Star Wars Saga had become a phenomenon impacting cultures across the globe. From the beginning, the Star Wars aesthetic was influenced by comic book artists from the 1930s to the 1970s; famed illustrators Chesley Bonestell, John Berkey, Frank Frazetta, and others; as well as classical artists. Just as George Lucas drew upon the work of N. C. Wyeth and Norman Rockwell for his own visual inspiration, he has now invited more than 100 of the most well-known and promising working artists-across several disciplines, genres, and countries-to draw upon the entire Star Wars galaxy for inspiration. Star Wars Visions collects these magnificent artworks for the first time. Featuring pieces by renowned artists such as Amano, Allan R. Banks, Harley Brown, Gary Carter, James Christensen, Michael Coleman, Kinuko Craft, Jim Dietz, Phillipe Druillet, Donato Giancola, Ann Hanson, H. R. Giger, Daniel Greene, Ron Kleeman, Arantza Martinez, Syd Mead, Moebius, Paul Oxborough, Alex Ross, Anthony J. Ryder, Dolfi Stoki, William Stout, Dan Thompson, Julie Bell and Boris Vallejo, Scott Waddell, Yuqi Wang, and Jamie Wyeth, Star Wars Visions is a breakthrough tribute to the worldwide inspiration that Star Wars has fostered for over three decades.
A Limited Edition[External site - opens in a new window/tab] will also be released featuring more than fifty paintings and illustrations not seen in the trade edition, as well as "behind-the-scenes" shots of artists' working processes, preporatory sketches, and more. Presented in a delux format, with a real-cloth cover and clamshell case, the Limited Edition also comes with five 10 x 12" high-quality archival giclee prints, signed by artists Jamie Wyeth, Alex Ross, Moebius, Donato Giancola, and Daniel Greene. 

First look at Lost Tribe of the Sith - Savior:
Posted: 17th April
StarWars.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab] has posted the cover and a synopsis for the fourth title in John Jackson Miller's eBook novella series Lost Tribe of the Sith, Savior: Twenty-five years ago the survivors of the marooned Sith ship Omen bloodlessly conquered the native population of the remote planet Kesh, installing themselves as overlords and transforming the primitive Keshiri civilization into a new Sith society. Letting nothing stand in his way, including his own brother's life, Omen commander-turned-Grand Lord Yaru Korsin has ruled unopposed ever since. But now his days, and those of the ruthless Sith order on Kesh, may be numbered. 
Revolt and revenge have been brewing in the hearts of the two women closest to Korsin. One is Adari Vaal, the once-outcast Keshiri who rescued the stranded Sith, aided their domination of Kesh, and now leads the secret resistance against them. The other is Seelah, wife of Korsin, widow of his murdered brother, and mastermind of the plot to assassinate the Grand Lord and seize power. But have the comforts of a king and his own arrogance blunted Korsin's cunning Sith instincts? Or is he ready to deal swiftly and mercilessly with treachery from any quarter? 
Enemies themselves, Adari and Seelah are unaware of each other's destiny-altering gambits. They only know that there can be no turning back and no escaping the consequences if they fail.

Set 5,000 years before the Battle of Yavin, Savior joins the other three titles in this series, Precipice, Skyborn and Paragon in telling the story of the Fate of the Jedi's forgotten Sith castaways, their battle to survive, and their quest to re-conquer the galaxy.
Lost Tribe of the Sith: Savior will be available for free download, as a PDF, from 27th April at StarWars.com.

Book Release: Fate of the Jedi: Backlash:
Posted: 15th April
Released today in the UK in hardback is Backlash by Aaron Allston, the fourth Fate of the Jedi novel.

Comic Release: Dark Times #16
Posted: 14th April
After a three month delay, Dark Times #16, the penultimate issue of the five part Blue Harvest story by Mick Harrison, ships today from Dark Horse Comics.

Comics for July:
Posted: 13th April
Dark Horse Comics has released solicitations for comics to be released in July and feature Invasion #8, the third part of the new Rescues storyline, by Tom Taylor and Colin Wilson set during the Yuuzhan Vong invasion of The New Jedi Order era. Dark Horse Comics has also confirmed that they are to serialise the previously available webcomic, The Old Republic: Threat of Peace by Rob Chestney, in three issues beginning on 7th July.
Also planned for release in July is the final issue* of John Ostrander's Legacy series with issue #50, Extremes part 3 of 3: The galaxy is teetering on the edge of a new future, with everyone fighting for a foothold -- not to mention their lives! The galaxy that emerges from this chaotic battle could even end up without a Skywalker to carry the legacy that so many have come to depend on...
Lastly Dark Horse Comics has announced the graphic novella release of The Clone Wars: Hero of the Confederacy in September and a hardback release collating the Dark Empire trilogy similar to The Thrawn Trilogy hardback released back in December.

*commenting on the announcement that Legacy will finish will the release of issue #50 and that just six months previous he openly stated that "Legacy is not ending with issue #50", John Ostrander teased fans on the Dark Horse Message Boards[External site - opens in a new window/tab] by saying "It was true when I said it. And might still be. . .from a certain point of view."

Book updates and tidbits via DK's new Star Wars mini-site:
Posted: 12th April
DK Publishing recently relaunched their Star Wars mini-site[External site - opens in a new window/tab] and it includes short question-and-answer interviews with several leading Star Wars contributors including Daniel Wallace[External site - opens in a new window/tab] (Star Wars: The Essential Atlas), Ryder Windham[External site - opens in a new window/tab] (Star Wars: Year by Year) and Simon Beecroft[External site - opens in a new window/tab] (Lego Star Wars: The Visual Dictionary). In their answers, Daniel and Ryder discuss forthcoming book projects that they are working on.
Daniel discusses his The Jedi Path book, due for release this summer from Becker&Mayer, to which he says "[it] resembles a "lost journal" containing the teachings of the galaxy's greatest Jedi Masters with annotations scrawled in its margins handwritten by Obi-Wan Kenobi, Ahsoka Tano, Luke Skywalker, and others" and for his contribution to Star Wars: Year by Year: "I wrote what was arguably the hardest time period: 1984-1996, a.k.a. "The Dark Times." Seriously, this was the period when Star Wars was at its lowest ebb, when there were no movies to sustain it and when - particularly around 1989-1990 - the public was very close to forgetting about that "Star Wars fad" altogether. But what I discovered when unearthing this era was the fact that Star Wars was far from dead. Dozens of things kept the embers alight, including toys, comics, roleplaying games, Disney's Star Tours, video games, collectable plates and even the Ewoks in Ice Capades."
Ryder also discusses Star Wars: Year by Year: "I wrote the first sections, from George Lucas's early inspirations and ideas for Star Wars up through 1983 and the release of Return of the Jedi. Although I knew Peter Cushing (Grand Moff Tarkin) and Christopher Lee (Count Dooku) had co-starred in a number of movies, I didn't realize how many Star Wars actors had appeared in films and TV shows together prior to 1977. For example, Alec Guinness (Obi-Wan Kenobi) and James Earl Jones (the voice of Darth Vader) were in The Comedians (1967), and Harrison Ford (Han Solo) and Billy Dee Williams (Lando Calrissian) were in the same episode of the Burt Reynolds TV series Dan August in 1971. Who knew?! Not I."
Ryder also says of his children's books series', "I just finished the manuscript for Star Wars: Adventures in Hyperspace #3 for Scholastic, and now I'm writing the outlines for the third and fourth books in The Clone Wars: Secret Missions series for Grosset & Dunlap. Fingers crossed, I'll be busy with more Star Wars books after that."
(Source: via StarWarsTimeline.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab])

December release for second The Old Republic novel?:
Posted: 8th April
According to listings on RandomHouse.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab], RandomHouse.ca[External site - opens in a new window/tab] and Amazon.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab], the release date for the second The Old Republic tie-in hardback novel, as yet untitled but to be written by Paul S. Kemp (author of Crosscurrent), is December 28th 2010.
Although little is known about this second novel, it is known that like Sean Williams' Fatal Alliance novel, it will be a stand-alone story.
(Source: via StarWarsTimeline.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab])

Comic Release: Purge: The Hidden Blade
Posted: 7th April
Purge: The Hidden Blade by Haden Blackman ships today from Dark Horse Comics.

New summary for The Old Republic: Fatal Alliance:
Posted: 6th April
RandomHouse.com has posted a new summary[External site - opens in a new window/tab] for this summer's MMO videogame The Old Republic tie-in novel, Fatal Alliance by Sean Williams, due July in hardback and as an unabridged audio book.
[WARNING CONTAINS POSSIBLE SPOILERS] Highlight between arrowheads to read >>>Tassaa Bareesh, a matriarch in the Hutt crime cartel, is holding an auction that’s drawing attention from across the galaxy. Representatives of both the Republic and the Sith Empire are present, along with a Jedi Padawan sent to investigate, a disenfranchised trooper drummed out of the Republic’s elite Blackstar Squad, and a mysterious Mandalorian with a private agenda. But the Republic’s envoy is not what he seems, the Empire’s delegate is a ruthless Sith apprentice, the Jedi Padawan is determined to do the right thing and terrified that he can’t, the trooper hopes to redeem her reputation, and the Mandalorian is somehow managing to keep one step ahead of everyone.
None of these guests—invited or uninvited—have any intention of participating in the auction. Instead they plan to steal the prize, which is locked inside an impregnable vault: two burned chunks of an exploded star cruiser, one of which may hold the key to the wealth of an entire world.
But the truth about the treasure is dangerous and deadly. And in the end, Sith and Jedi, Republic and Empire, must do something they’ve never done before, something that all the agents of good and evil could never make them do: join together to stop a powerful threat that could destroy the galaxy.
(Source: via StarWarsTimeline.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab])

The Clone Wars Season 1 webcomic to be released as graphic novel:
Posted: 2nd April (UPDATED: 5th April)
Tom Hodges, artist for The Clone Wars webcomic, has announced via TheForce.net's Jedi Council[External site - opens in a new window/tab] message boards that "Season 1 of The Clone Wars webcomic will be "collected in a Trade Paperback and released at Celebration 5! Details to come later!"

UPDATE: Tom Hodges has announced[External site - opens in a new window/tab] that the Trade Paperback will be in a "standard format, not digest sized" and for those not attending Celebration V, there will be a limited number, "at least 500", available from StarWarsShop.com the same weekend as Celebration V.

WonderCon - Dark Horse Comics panel:
Posted: 3rd April
At this year's WonderCon Randy Stradley, Dark Horse Comics' President of Publishing, outlined Dark Horse Comics' upcoming Star Wars projects: May will see the return of Invasion, Tom Taylor's story set during the Yuuzhan Vong invasion of The New Jedi Order era: "It picks up where the first story arc ended, with Kaye Galfridian and her mom, who’s the queen, along with a bunch of other refugees, take over a Yuuzhan Vong transport ship, and they’re using it to destroy the Yuuzhan Vong’s other ships. And it’s all leading up to a big confrontation on the surface of this planet that has no breathable atmosphere. There are hundreds of refugees and the Yuuzhan Vong Shapers turn them into monsters. And meanwhile Finn Galfridian and Jacen and Jaina Solo are headed back to the Galfridians’ planet to try and rescue dear old dad. It’s actually a lot more action-packed than the first series, and there’s a lot more Star Wars tech that we haven’t seen, or that we’ve very rarely seen in Star Wars, even though we know it must exist".
Stradley also hinted at the future of the ongoing Legacy series by John Ostrander. The recent storyline, Monster, has brought protagonist Cade Skywalker to the "tipping point" where he has decided to put aside his bounty hunter past and join in the fight against the Sith: "In the next few months, you’re going to see how that comes together, and really how his involvement spurs so much that happens in the galaxy. I don’t even want to get into all the stuff that’s going on. But we’ve got a big surprise coming, and if you thought the end of the current issue was a big surprise, then you really haven’t seen anything yet".
More importantly, Stradley indicated that Dark Horse Comics currently has 11 Star Wars projects set to launch in the next 12 months, but he can not reveal them all. Although when asked if there was going to be a Starkiller comic, Stradley coyly replied, "I can’t say anything, but..."
Of the 11 projects Randy mentioned, the following are known: the return of Invasion in May; Purge: The Hidden Blade by Haden Blackman, due to be released 7th April; Knight Errant, John Jackson Miller's joint comic and novel series due this Autumn; digest story Star Wars Adventures: The Will of Darth Vader by Tom Taylor (due August) plus at least two more digest-sized titles by Tom Taylor; an as yet untitled The Clone Wars digest story that features Aayla Secura; plus their ongoing Omnibus editions.
(Source: via ComicBookResources.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab])

First look at Star Wars - Craft Book:
Posted: 2nd April
StarWars.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab] has posted the cover and details of Star Wars: Craft Book by Bonnie Burton due later this year from Del ReyWhile this book won't show fans how to make a working Death Star, the book does include tutorials on how to make Star Wars art, puppets, dolls, pet toys, stationary, holiday decorations, scarves, house wares, jewelry, journals, planters, working volcanoes and more. Most supplies in the book can be found in any craft store, around the house, outdoors and even the recycling bin. There are handy tips throughout on how to get the most out of crafting, as well as interviews with other fans that have made their own crafts that would impress even Darth Vader.
Some of the crafts in the book include Jabba the Hutt Body Pillow, Hammerhead Sock Doll, Admiral Sackbar Puppet, Creature Plates, Mounted Acklay Head, Bith Band Spoon Puppets, Bossk Bean Portrait, Star Wars T-shirt Blanket, Felt Bantha, Washcloth Wampa, Wookiee Birdhouse, Emperor Apple Doll, Space Slug Door Draft Blocker, Action Figure Wreath, Bounty Hunter Guitar Strap, Chewbacca Velvet Painting, Ewok Fleece Hat, Jedi Wrist Cuffs, Jawa Sand Painting and many more!

Book Release: Millennium Falcon
Posted: 1st April
Millennium Falcon by James Luceno is released in paperback in UK today.

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