Wednesday 1 June 2011

Jedi Business

Your one stop for forthcoming Star Wars releases.

Starting off the list of big name returns, July sees the one and only Timothy Zahn revisit The Galaxy Far, Far Away with Choices of One, which promises young Mara Jade...and young Thrawn.

Fate of the Jedi: Ascension by Christie Golden is due for release on 9th August. The penultimate book in the long-running Fate of the Jedi series will doubtless set things up for the galaxy-shattering conclusion.

24th August is the release date for the next in the Omnibus reprint line from Dark Horse Comics. Omnibus - A Long Time Ago...: Volume 4 will collect issues #68-85 of the Marvel Return of the Jedi comic, as well as Annual #3 of the Star Wars Comic series.

In September, Michael Reeves and Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff’s Shadow Games will hit shelves. Set around the time of The Force Unleashed, this will see Dash Rendar take on a contract to act as a bodyguard for a famous musician...a musician who has caught the attention of Black Sun.

Also coming in September, Paul S. Kemp’s Riptide, a sequel to his 2010 novel Crosscurrent.

12th October is the release date for the next Omnibus, The Complete Saga, which will collect the comic books adaptations of all six movies. As well as the Blu-rays, of course...but you knew that already.

Starting 25th October is the six-part comic series Crimson Empire III. Having been locked in Development Hell for almost a decade now, fans of the previous Crimson Empire stories will doubtless want to get their hands on this.

The Old Republic series of novels continues in November, and it looks to be a belter! Drew "Darth Bane Trilogy” Karpyshyn offers up The Old Republic: Revan. Set in between the two Knights of the Old Republic video games, it will feature Revan, Bastila Shan, the Jedi Exile and others.

After two and half years, December will bring us the final book in the Fate of the Jedi series. Currently titled Apocalypse, this is said to the be the last of the “long series” of the books, as the EU will consist of one-shots and trilogies for the foreseeable future.

Furthermore, after bouncing around development hell for three years, it looks as though December will finally see the arrival of James Luceno’s Darth Plagueis. All we know about this is that if Luceno’s behind it, then it will be dark and violent...but I think we could have guessed that from the subject matter.

As if December wasn’t packed enough, it will also see the start of John Ostrander’s new comic Agent of the Empire.

Jeff Grubb is to release a novel revolving around the Hutts in May 2012. No further details are available at this time.

Of course, what has me really excited if the prospect of the return of Wraith Squadron, written by none other than Aaron Allston! The untitled Wraith Squadron novel is due for release in July 2012.

September 2012 will see the arrival of Alex Irvine’s Nomi and Vima Sunrider novel, currently entitled Mandorla, and will feature resurgent Sith and Mandalorian forces.

August 2013 is the tentative release date for the Michael Reeves The Last Jedi, the final instalment in the Coruscant Nights series.

Words: Brad Harmer
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