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February 2011

[ News Archive... ]
The following news items were posted on Star Wars Books during February 2011:
New releases
Posted: 25th February
Dark Times Volume 4: Blue Harvest
Graphic Novel by Mick Harrison, Doug Wheatley et al.
Titan Books ( [UK] )
Approximately 19 years before the Battle of Yavin:
Dass Jennir begins his first job since the destruction of the Jedi Order only to discover that the job description he was given is not entirely accurate. Facing great odds is all in a day's work for a Jedi, but Jennir isn't a Jedi anymore and his lightsaber must stay hidden...more

Omnibus: A Long Time Ago... Volume 3
Omnibus Graphic Novel by various
Titan Books ( [UK] )
Approximately 3 years after the Battle of Yavin:
This latest Omnibus contains issues #50 thru #67 of the Marvel Comics collection that was originally published between August 1981 and January 1983 and includes such classic stories as To Take the Tarkin, Plif! and Shira's Story...more

First look at Shadow Games
Posted: 24th February
StarWars.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab] has revealed the cover and blurb for Shadow Games, a new novel by Michael Reaves (Coruscant Nights trilogy) and Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff. Shadow Games features the return to Star Wars literature of smuggler and freelancer Dash Rendar and Black Sun crimelord Prince Xizor, characters who first appeared in Steve Perry's 1996 novel Shadows of the Empire. Reaves previously collaborated with Perry to write Death Star and the Medstar duology.
Shadow Games is due for release in paperback in October: Javul Charn is the most famous pop star in the galaxy -- and the runaway bride of a violent lieutenant in Black Sun, the crime syndicate commanded by Prince Xizor. Or so Javul says. Soon after Dash Rendar, broke and desperate, agrees to be Javul's bodyguard, he realizes that openness is not her strong suit -- and that murder is stalking her tour.
Between the discovery of dead bodies in a cargo hold and an attack by an unidentified warship, Dash and co-pilot Eaden Vrill desperately try to understand who is terrorizing Javul's tour and why. When Han Solo suddenly joins Javul's road show, the stakes are raised even higher. Now Dash, who has a history with Han and an even worse history with Prince Xizor, follows his instincts, his discoveries, and Javul herself -- straight into a world that may be too dangerous to survive!

New release
Posted: 24th February
Clone Wars Gambit: Stealth
Paperback Novel
Arrow Books ( [UK] )
Between 22 and 19 years before the Battle of Yavin:
Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker are on a secret mission to one of the many worlds caught in the middle of the struggle between the Republic and the Separatists. A pastoral planet, Lanteeb wants only to be left alone to survive - but it is the source of what could be one of the most devastatingly destructive weapons ever...more

New releases
Posted: 23rd February
Darth Vader and the Lost Command #2 (of 5)
Comic Book by Haden Blackman, Rick Leonardi, Dan Green, Wes Dzioba et al.
Dark Horse Comics ( [US] & [UK] [import])
Approximately 19 years before the Battle of Yavin:
Darth Vader steps up his attacks when his invasion of the Ghost Nebula meets with stiff resistance. But when a courageous beauty offers her help in conquering the system, visions of what his life might have been if he had not betrayed the Jedi and if Padme was still alive affect the Dark Lord's decisions...more

Legacy: War #3 (of 6)
Comic Book by John Ostrander, Jan Duursema, Dan Parsons et al.
Dark Horse Comics ( [US] & [UK] [import])
Approximately 138 years after the Battle of Yavin:
While Emperor Krayt's forces strike at hundreds of targets across the galaxy without thought for their own losses, one place has remained safe: the hidden Jedi temple on Taivas. But that happens to be the one place Krayt most wants to annihilate -- if he can locate it...more

New release
Posted: 22nd February
Fate of the Jedi: Backlash

Paperback Novel by Aaron Allston
Del Rey ( [US] )
Approximately 44 years after the Battle of Yavin:
Repercussions from the dark side's fatal seduction of Jacen Solo and the mysterious plague of madness afflicting young Jedi continue to wreak havoc galaxy-wide. Having narrowly escaped the deranged Force worshippers known as the Mind Walkers, and a deadly Sith hit squad, Luke and Ben Skywalker are in pursuit of the now Masterless Sith apprentice Vestara Khai...more

New releases
Posted: 21st February
Lost Tribe of the Sith: Sentinel
e-Book Novella by John Jackson Miller
Del Rey ( [US] & [UK] )
Approximately 3,960 years before the Battle of Yavin:
Cast into slavery by the machinations of the Sith, Ori Kitai believes she’s found her way back into the Lost Tribe and perhaps a whole lot more. Ori’s discovery of a second starship gives her the opportunity to avenge the humiliations heaped on her family by the decrepit Grand Lord...more
The sixth title in the Lost Tribe of the Sith series is available for free download from StarWars.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab]

Mysteries of the Jedi
Children's Reference Book
DK Publishing ( [US] )
Mysteries of the Jedi will show you what it takes to become a Jedi, like how to wield a lightsaber or how to avoid the lure of the Dark side. Live a day in the life of a clone trooper and discover what it’s like to pilot a space ship.

New releases
Posted: 17th February
Knight Errant
Paperback Novel / e-Book by John Jackson Miller
Arrow Books / Cornerstone Digital ( [UK] )
Approximately 1,032 years before the Battle of Yavin:
The Republic is in crisis, torn by plague and conflict. The Sith roam unchecked, vying with one another to dominate the galaxy. But one lone Jedi, Kerra Holt, is determined to take down the Dark Lords -- one act of sabotage at a time...more

Star Wars Galaxy Comic #5
Premier Comic Book
Titan Comics ( [UK] )
Featuring reprints from Invasion: Refugees, Blood Ties: Jango & Boba Fett and Knight Errant: Aflame.

New release
Posted: 9th February
The Old Republic: Volume 1 - Blood of the Empire
Graphic Novel
Dark Horse Books ( [US] )
Approximately 3,678 years before the Battle of Yavin:
Collating issues #4 thru #6 of The Old Republic comic book series:
The Galaxy is at 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...more

Fans' Favourites 2010 - Results
Posted: 4th February
Last month we asked our visitors to vote for their favourite Star Wars books of 2010. There were three categories to vote in: favourite novel/novella (published during 2010), favourite comic book story (published and/or concluded in 2010) and favourite non-fiction title (published in 2010) and the 'winners' for each category are:

Favourite Novel/Novella
Voting amongst the top three was close but there is a clear favourite with a quarter of all votes cast and it is The Old Republic: Fatal Alliance by Sean Williams; second is Fate of the Jedi: Vortex by Troy Denning (20%); and a very respectable third place is newcomer to the Star Wars expanded universe, Paul S. Kemp, and his first Star Wars novel, Crosscurrent (18%).

Favourite Comic Book Story
Already known to be popular amongst fans, there is no surprise that Knights of the Old Republic: Demon by John Jackson Miller et al. was your favourite comic book story of 2010 with 26% of votes cast. However, second place was tied by two different stories by the same author, also a newcomer to the Star Wars expanded universe, Tom Taylor, with his Invasion: Rescues story (with art by Colin Wilson) and Blood Ties: Jango & Boba Fett (art by Chris Scalf) - both gaining 17% of votes cast. Third place goes to another series known to be popular, Legacy by John Ostrander and Jan Duursema, with its concluding arc Extremes (13%).

Favourite Non-Fiction Title
If we are honest there was only one non-fiction title that truly grabbed everyone's attention last year and that was The Jedi Path (Vault Edition) by Daniel Wallace and, with an amazing 38% of votes cast, it was clearly your favourite non-fiction title of 2010. With The Empire Strikes Back celebrating its 30th Anniversary last year, it comes as no surprise that J. W, Rinzler's excellent The Making of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back was your second favourite (18%); while the wonderful Year by Year by Daniel Wallace, Ryder Windham, Pablo Hidalgo and Gus Lopez was third (12%).

For full results, click here.

Although we have no awards to offer our 'winners', Star Wars Books would like take this opportunity to thank all the authors, writers, artists, inkers, colourists, editors and publishers who have contributed so much of their talents in the last year. Star Wars Books would also like to thank all our visitors who took time to vote in this poll and we would like to leave you with this response from John Jackson Miller, author of your favourite comic book story of 2010, who tweeted[External site - opens in a new window/tab] hours after we announced the results exclusively first on Twitter[External site - opens in a new window/tab] yesterday with "my thanks to the SWBooks readers for their kind support".

First look: Lost Tribe of the Sith - Sentinel
Posted: 4th February
Amazon.co.uk[External site - opens in a new window/tab] has released the first blurb and cover for the sixth Lost Tribe of the Sith e-Book novella, Sentinel, by John Jackson Miller. As this contains possible spoilers highlight between arrow-heads to read >>>Cast into slavery by the machinations of the Sith, Ori Kitai believes she’s found her way back into the Lost Tribe—and perhaps a whole lot more. Ori’s discovery of a second starship gives her the opportunity to avenge the humiliations heaped on her family by the decrepit Grand Lord. Indeed, she could turn their entire society upside down—offering escape from their planetary prison.
But Ori encounters resistance from a surprising person: the seemingly humble farmer who took her in: a man with a secret past and an agenda of his own. He cannot allow Ori Kitai to unleash the Lost Tribe on an unsuspecting galaxy. But how can he stop the woman he loves without destroying them both?

Lost Tribe of the Sith: Sentinel is expected to be released as a free download (PDF) from StarWars.com and as chargeable e-Book download from online retailers in late April (one month before the release of the seventh Fate of the Jedi novel, Conviction by Aaron Allston).

Coming soon: Darth Vader - A 3-D Surgical Log
Posted: 4th February
Following on from the success of last year's Millennium Falcon: A 3-D Owner's Guide that allowed readers to strip layer by layer the most famous starship in the galaxy (you can see a video of the book via our YouTube Channel[External site - opens in a new window/tab]), publisher Scholastic Books are to release a similar veined book but this time allows the reader to dissect the galaxy's ultimate villain, Darth Vader, in Darth Vader: A 3-D Surgical Log.
Book producer Becker&Mayer have released some preliminary information: it will be written by Daniel Wallace (author of The Jedi Path and co-author of The Essential Atlas) while art will be by Chris Trevas and Chris Reiff (who also created the art for Millennium Falcon: A 3-D Owner's Guide and Ultimate Blueprints: Rebel Edition):

Darth Vader: A 3-D Surgical Log presents a head-to-toe view of the galaxy's greatest villain. All of his systems—sense organs, biological implants, armor, computers, and more—are explained and explored with notes from the droids who performed the surgeries, call-outs, illustrations, and diagrams. As the pages are turned, Vader's inner workings are revealed within the die-cut window. When the book is closed, the layers fit together to create a complete model of the Sith Lord.

As yet no release date has been announced.
(Source: Becker&Mayer.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab] via StarWarsTimeline.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab])

UPDATE: According to Amazon.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab] this book is due to be released at the beginning of October and will be titled Darth Vader: A 3-D Reconstruction Log - certainly a more child-friendly title.

Six-page preview for final issue of Knight Errant: Aflame
Posted: 1st February
Dark Horse Comics has published a six-page preview[External site - opens in a new window/tab] of the fifth and final issue of the five-part Knight Errant: Aflame comic story:

Who can be saved? What must be sacrificed? Kerra Holt will decide once and for all what it means to be a Jedi in the concluding issue of Aflame!
Sith Lord Odion and his army arrive at Chelloa prepared to take over the mining planet, but upon arriving, Odion finds a terrible surprise from his brother, Lord Daiman. World-devastating war is inescapable, but Kerra knows that when all hope is lost, that is when the Jedi are needed the most!

Knight Errant: Aflame #5 is due for release on 16th February.

New release
Posted: 1st February
The Clone Wars Magazine #3
Children's Magazine
Titan Magazines ( [US] )
Between 22 and 19 years before the Battle of Yavin:
Latest issue of The Clone Wars Magazine contains the comic story Suited.

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