Archive for April, 2011

Star Wars Weekends 2011 Latest Announcements

4.29.11

  • Disney Parks Blog as released the full celebrity guest appearance list and dates. [Link]

    MAY 20-22
    Anthony Daniels
    Dave Filoni

    MAY 27-29
    Anthony Daniels
    Bruce Spence
    Dee Bradley Baker

    JUNE 3-5
    Ray Park
    Jeremy Bulloch
    Matt Lanter

    JUNE 10-12
    Ray Park
    Peter Mayhew
    Tom Kane

    Celebrity Hosts for the event this year are James Arnold Taylor (voice of Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars: The Clone Wars) and Ashley Eckstein (voice of Ahsoka Tano in Star Wars: The Clone Wars). Ashley (seen in the photo above with R2-MK and Jedi Mickey) will host “Clone Wars: Behind the Force,” a closer look inside the popular animated TV series. James will present another event-first: he will star in a one-man show that showcases some of the many voices he has performed throughout his career, including those from The Clone Wars.

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Star Wars Art: Comics Cover Art

This has been online for a little while, but we decided to give it the full article treatment. StarWars.com and now Amazon.com has posted the cover for the upcoming Star Wars Art: Comics, due to be released on October 1, 2011. [Link][Link]

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The Old Republic #3 Title Revealed: REVAN

Just announced is the title for the upcoming TOR #3 novel: The Old Republic: Revan. SWTOR.com has a new Karpyshyn interview up, which discusses the novel and other character appearances. [Link]

We called the book Revan because this is his story; he is the main character, and readers are going to see much of this book through his point of view.

I don’t want to give too much away, but Canderous, T3-M4, the Exile and Bastila Shan all have significant roles to play in the novel (along with some significant characters who appear in Star Wars: The Old Republic)

The story picks up right after the end of the first Knights of the Old Republic and continues through and beyond KOTOR II — a span of roughly five years. There are allusions to the events of KOTOR II, but my focus was on the story taking place before, between and after the games — I didn’t want to rehash a story fans already knew.

The Old Republic: Revan is currently scheduled for a October 18, 2011 release.

Choices of One Receives Cover Art Revision

Random House has posted a revised look at the Choices of One cover. Differences include changes to Mara’s face, hair, hand, and lightsaber, changes to the look of the stormtroopers, background elements and title coloring. We’ve posted both covers below (revised cover is on top). [Link][Via]

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Choices of One Blurb Now Online
Tentative Cover For Choices of One

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FOTJ: ASCENSION Blurb Now Online

Random House has posted the jacket text for Fate of the Jedi: Ascension, due to be released August 16, 2011. [Link][Via]

How long can the Jedi remain in power?
How far will the Sith go to rule supreme?
What chance do both stand against Abeloth?

As Luke and Ben Skywalker pursue the formidable dark-side being Abeloth, the Lost Tribe of the Sith is about to be sundered by an even greater power—which will thrust one Dark Lord into mortal conflict with his own flesh-and-blood.

On Coruscant, a political vacuum has left tensions at the boiling point, with factions racing to claim control of the Galactic Alliance. Suddenly surrounded by hidden agendas, treacherous conspiracies, and covert Sith agents, the Jedi Order must struggle to keep the GA government from collapsing into anarchy.

The Jedi are committed to maintaining peace and ensuring just rule, but even they are not prepared to take on the combined threats of Sith power, a deposed dictator bent on galaxywide vengeance, and an entity of pure cunning and profound evil hungry to become a god.

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Fate of the Jedi: ASCENSION Synopsis
Cover For ASCENSION Revealed

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Review: The Jedi Academy Trilogy

The Jedi Academy Trilogy
Author: Kevin J. Anderson

  • NOTE: The following contains SPOILERS!

Jedi Search
Release Date: March 1994

I thought the beginning to this trilogy was good. In Jedi Search, Luke begins his quest of finding prospective Jedi to assist the New Republic, much like the Knights of old. This novel kept my attention as Luke traveled the galaxy looking for such ones, and eventually finding a few.

Meanwhile, Han again finds himself in a rather desperate situation, as he, along with Chewie, is captured and imprisoned on Kessel. They find that the mines of Kessel is a very dangerous place, and I was easily able to grasp the environment and how deadly it was. In the depths, they come across a young Kyp Durron, who would be instrumental in their escape. Which leads them to an even more dangerous place. Now, for those that haven’t read this novel, I would reveal what they find, but Jedi Search has a few surprises waiting for the reader.

Lando has an adventure of his own, as he assists Luke in finding Jedi prospects, which later turns out to be a rewarding experience for him. Mixed in with the main plots are some of the political maneuverings of the New Republic, involving Mon Mothma and Leia Organa Solo. We are also shown the difficulty of Leia’s position within the New Republic vs. her fairly new role as wife and mother.

Jedi Search had a good pace and kept my attention throughout. As I finished the book, I began to question the negativity that exists about this trilogy.

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Review: Imperial Commando: 501st

Imperial Commando: 501st
Author: Karen Traviss
Release Date: October 2009

For those that don’t know, this novel is a continuation of the Republic Commando series. Imperial Commando: 501st catches up with the remaining members of Omega squad, and the other major RC characters, including Kal Skirata, the members of Clan Skirata, Walon Vau, his strill Mird, and others.

By the end of the novel Order 66, the fourth in the Republic Commando series, many things had changed. The death of Etain Tur-Mukan came as a shock to me. I didn’t expect such a major character to be killed off, and obviously her clone commando husband Darman was caught off guard as well. In 501st, I felt Karen did an excellent job showing us the inner struggles that Darman dealt with on a daily basis. But not just him; it was nice to see that the entire clan was struggling with the loss as well. This definitely adds a personal touch to an seemingly impersonal being: Imperial troopers. Another obvious change is the fact that the commandos are now assisting Darth Vader in hunting down the remaining Jedi survivors and other “traitors”.

Another main story that continues is the research into the reversal of the accelerated aging. Time is definitely not on the side of the clones, and this becomes even more urgent as the members of Clan Skirata come to have families of their own. Unfortunately though, we do not see much of a development about this in 501st. Progress is made, yes, but the situation is about the same in the end as the beginning. This wouldn’t have bothered me if I knew the story would again be continued, but as we all know by now, Imperial Commando 2 was cancelled, much to the horror of the fans of this series. That in itself puts a damper on my enjoyment of this novel.

Again, for those that are unaware, Karen Traviss officially left the Star Wars franchise. She gives details about this in her blog. [Link] This was the focus of a major fan debacle when this all went down, and I’m not going to revisit it here. But I will say for the record that it’s a shame that this story, a story that spanned 5 existing novels, remains unfinished. Many out there, including myself, came to enjoy the Republic Commando novels, I think mostly because they are so character-driven and memorable. Karen Traviss is an excellent writer, and she did well in helping us to appreciate the routine struggles of a soldier.

I do have my complaints as well, including the overall unfavorable light that was cast upon the Jedi. All-in-all though, I would recommend the Republic Commando series to anybody. 501st even provides a jaw-dropper that I wont spoiler here. (Hint: we thought he was killed.)

We may never know what happens to the characters of the series, but Karen did provide an unofficial look at how she might have wrapped up an Imperial Commando 2. [Link] Guess that’s better than nothing.

Imperial Commando: 501st receives a 3 out of 5.

Future Star Wars Comics Update

Here’s a peek at a few titles coming July 2011 from Dark Horse.

STAR WARS: INVASION—REVELATIONS #1 (of 5) (On sale July 13. 40 pages)

As the invading Yuuzhan Vong penetrate deeper into the galaxy, the Jedi fight back!
But one Jedi in training has taken a different path: Finn Galfridian, under the guidance of the mysterious Master Dray, infiltrates Coruscant and discovers revelations about the leaders of the New Republic that could lead to disaster!

  • Luke Skywalker, at the height of his Jedi powers, goes to war!
  • Covers by Chris Scalf, artist of Blood Ties and Purge!
  • Set within the time frame of the New Jedi Order novels from Del Rey!

STAR WARS: THE OLD REPUBLIC—THE LOST SUNS #2 (of 5) (On sale July 13. 40 pages)

There are dark secrets behind the treaty that brought peace to the galaxy and an end to the war between the Jedi of the Republic and the Sith Empire. Now, with rumors of the secrets spreading, the galaxy is afraid a new war may be beginning . . .
Elite Republic spy Theron Shan has been assigned to find the old Jedi Master behind these rumors. Previously thought lost forever in Sith territory, Ngani Zho is back and more peculiar than before he left. Theron has his hands full with Zho, a troublesome thief, and the threatening Sith Knights who are also on Zho’s trail!

  • LucasArts and BioWare’s soon-to-be-released online game comes straight to comics with an all-new story that runs concurrent with events in the game!
  • The debut of the Sith Knights!


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Galactic News Minute (4.11-4.17)

4.13.11

  • The Heir to the Empire 20th Anniversary Edition release date has been bumped a week to June 28, 2011. [Link]
  • StarWars.com has provided a glimpse of the upcoming Star Wars Art: Comics. [Link]

M. Stackpole’s X-Wing Novels Now Out Of Print

UPDATE:

  • Michael now says his X-Wing novels are NOT out of print, according to Random House. Um, ok. Great news, but I guess we can move along now…

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This is a few days old, but on April 6th, author Michael Stackpole notified his fans via his blog that Bantam Spectra chose, during the second half of 2010, to let his X-wing novels go out of print.

In the blog he explains the possibilities of why, and gives readers his insights about writing the novels and fan reaction. Add me to the list of fans of this incredible series and one who is disappointed to hear about this.

Choices of One Blurb Now Online

At last, fans have been given a taste of the upcoming novel Choices of One, written by Timothy Zahn. [Source][via NJOE]


The fate of the Rebellion rests on Luke Skywalker’s next move. But have the rebels entered a safe harbor or a death trap?

Eight months after the Battle of Yavin, the Rebellion is in desperate need of a new base. So when Governor Ferrouz of Candoras Sector proposes an alliance, offering the Rebels sanctuary in return for protection against the alien warlord Nuso Esva, Luke, Leia, Han, and Chewie are sent to evaluate the deal.

Mara Jade, the Emperor’s Hand, is also heading for Candoras, along with the five renegade stormtroopers known as the Hand of Judgment. Their mission: to punish Ferrouz’s treason and smash the Rebels for good.

But in this treacherous game of betrayals within betrayals, a wild card is waiting to be played.

Choices of One is due to be released on July 19, 2011.

RELATED ARTICLE: Tentative Cover For Choices of One

The Clone Wars Season 4 Previews

This preview was just revealed at WonderCon 2011. [Link]

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The following is a preview for season 4 of The Clone Wars, from StarWars.com.

Link to Preview

This season may be over, but don’t worry! Star Wars: The Clone Wars will return! And next season it’s going to be even better! It’s Star Wars… what else do we need to say? All new episodes of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, coming this fall, only on Cartoon Network!

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