Del Rey is starting 2013 in style with the release of the highly anticipated novel Scoundrels by Timothy Zahn on January 1st. Taking place just after A New Hope, Scoundrels is a great entry point to the Expanded Universe. To pay his debt to Jabba the Hutt, Han Solo is forced to put together a crew that includes many fan favorite characters like Lando Calrissian and Winter to stage a daring theft from a Black Sun facility. Described as Ocean’s Eleven meets Star Wars, Scoundrels is the best of pretty much every world. For longtime EU fans it’s a new book from a favorite author. For people who might only know Star Wars from the movies it’s a very welcoming book. No need to know the continuity from dozens of other books, comics, and video games. Coming out right after the holidays, it’s also a great book to spend any leftover gift money on; that is, if somebody hasn’t already given you an IOU for it as a gift!
From Dark Horse Comics we have Purge – The Tyrant’s Fist #2 out on Wednesday. This issue will finish the arc, and while two issues might not seem like very many, every Purge story before this has only been one issue. The Tyrant’s Fist follows Darth Vader as he hunts down a Jedi that survived Order 66. The issue is written by Alexander Freed with art by Marco Castiello and Andrea Chella. Check out our advance review here!
Last but not least for this week, The Clone Wars returns on Saturday from a two week break with “Missing in Action.” Picking up where we left off, D-Squad is stranded on the planet Abafar. This is an episode that many fans have been waiting for since Celebration VI when a clip featuring a Republic Commando was shown. The time has finally come, so be sure to tune into Cartoon Network at 9:30 AM EST/8:30 AM Central.
Here are the official summaries for this week’s releases, and be sure to check out our full EU Release Schedule (now updated weekly!) to see what else is on the way this year.
To make his biggest score, Han’s ready to take even bigger risks.
But even he can’t do this job solo.
Han Solo should be basking in his moment of glory. After all, the cocky smuggler and captain of the Millennium Falcon just played a key role in the daring raid that destroyed the Death Star and landed the first serious blow to the Empire in its war against the Rebel Alliance. But after losing the reward his heroics earned him, Han’s got nothing to celebrate. Especially since he’s deep in debt to the ruthless crime lord Jabba the Hutt. There’s a bounty on Han’s head—and if he can’t cough up the credits, he’ll surely pay with his hide. The only thing that can save him is a king’s ransom. Or maybe a gangster’s fortune? That’s what a mysterious stranger is offering in exchange for Han’s less-than-legal help with a riskier-than-usual caper. The payoff will be more than enough for Han to settle up with Jabba—and ensure he never has to haggle with the Hutts again.
All he has to do is infiltrate the ultra-fortified stronghold of a Black Sun crime syndicate underboss and crack the galaxy’s most notoriously impregnable safe. It sounds like a job for miracle workers . . . or madmen. So Han assembles a gallery of rogues who are a little of both—including his indispensable sidekick Chewbacca and the cunning Lando Calrissian. If anyone can dodge, deceive, and defeat heavily armed thugs, killer droids, and Imperial agents alike—and pull off the heist of the century—it’s Solo’s scoundrels. But will their crime really pay, or will it cost them the ultimate price?
Purge – Tyrant’s Fist #2 (of 2):
Darth Vader, hand of the new Galactic Empire, must find a new way to dominate the rebellious natives. Simple force won’t work on these people; Vader must carve out the heart of their pride, and fill the hollow that is left behind with fear and obedience to the Empire. But one Jedi blocks the path to power.
* Alexander Freed of The Old Republic writes Darth Vader!
* Vader vs. Jedi!
The Clone Wars – “Missing in Action”
In a nearly vacant town on a strange planet, the intrepid members of D-Squad discover Gregor, a clone commando who has lost his memory, and is toiling away as a dishwasher. The all-droid squad and their gruff leader must help Gregor regain his memory so they can steal a heavily guarded shuttle and return to the Republic.