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November is going to be a big month for Star Wars book and comics. And while I don’t yet have any reviews, I have put together a complete guide of all the titles planned for November releases.

Most of the comics planned for November releases were released three days ago on November 3. These Dark Horse titles include Legacy #17, Claws of the Dragon pt. 4, Knights of the Old Republic #22, Knights of Suffering pt. 1, and the Knights of the Old Republic Handbook. Knights of the Old Republic: Knights of Suffering pt. 2 is planned for a November 28 release later this month.

There are also two trade paperbacks released to come out this month. We have the 9th volume in the 30th Anniversary comic collection series, Boba Fett: Death, Lies and Treachery, also already released on November 7. On November 21, we are going to see the Revenge of the Sith movie photo comic. Keep in mind that I am getting these release dates from Darkhorse.com, and sometimes (most of the time) things don’t come out when they are supposed to. I wouldn’t be suprised if most of these releases flowed into December.

We should also expect two books out this month. Legacy of the Force: Fury and Jedi vs. Sith: The Essential Guide to the Force are both planned for November releases.

So, what do I suggest for this month? That’s hard, because I plan to pick up pretty much everything. I can’t suggest the current KOTOR comics highly enough. Though I probley won’t pick up the Handbook, I’ll definatly be picking up the two Knights of Suffering issues. I’ve taken a small break from Legacy, which is starting to let me down. But I know alot of people who still enjoy it, so I’m not sure what my overall opinion on Legacy is right now.

Definatly pick up Boba Fett: Death, Lies and Treachery. The comics included in it are all great, and the book looks really snazzy (That’s the only word I can find to describe it). The 30th Anniversary comics are really nice display peices. I’m not feelin’ the love for these photo comics. Not only is it another adaption of the movie, it’s actually using the images from the movie!

I plan to pick up Fury, but not until I read Inferno. If it’s anything like Allston’s stellar work in Betrayal and Exile, it should be good. I’ll be skipping the Essential Guide to the Force mostly because it isn’t any canon story; plus, as long as I have Wookieepedia, all the Essential Guides are pretty much obsolete to me. The artwork does seem pretty cool, though, so if you are into the Essential Guides, check that one out.
If you’re still wondering what today’s Book News subtitle means, I don’t really know myself. It just came to me while I typed, replacing a boring “Guide to November.”

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Originally published in comic book series in 1996, this volume of the 30th Anniversary Comic Book Collection contains the entire series of comic adaptions of the book Splinter of the Mind’s Eye. Originally written and released in 1978 by Alan Dean Foster, it was re-adapted by comic book writer Terry Austin.

When Luke and Leah crash-land onto the mysterious world of Mimban, they¬†find themselves in the middle of an Imperial mining outpost. Desperate to escape before being notice, they offer their help to an old Jedi Halla in exchange for transport of Mimban. Halla tasks Luke and Leah to retrieve a powerfull Jedi artifact from a temple deep in the jungles of Mimban: The Kaiburr Crystal, a device used to magnify one’s power in the Force.
After escaping an Imperial prison with the help of two native Yuzzem, Luke, Leah and Halla trek through the jungle to the old temple, where they confront Darth Vader and a legion of Stormtroopers in a race to obtain the crystal. After a quick duel with Luke and Leah, Vader plomets through a hole in the floor of the temple and the three ride of into the sunse.
This must of been a tremendous job for Foster to write a Star Wars story with just the original movie as a reference point. That said, I think he did a great job. The story was clean-cut and straightforward. Unlike some other EU from the early days, there weren’t so many throwbacks and references to the movies that it started to get old. And while the Kalibur Crystal is a bit out there for Star Wars as it goes, the overall story was fast-paced and entertaining.

The art was reminiscent of the old days of Marvel, but overall Chris Sprouse did a good job portraying our original characters. It fit the feel of the story perfectly, and Sprouse does a wonderful job designing the world origanally created in the novel.

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