Canon-Bending, yay!

I don’t know about anyone else, but the EU item I’m most looking forward to right now is Visionaries. Having long been a fan of alternate universes and concept art, this looks like it may be the one of most original things to come out of Dark Horse in years. Having the actual concept artists along for the ride can’t hurt either.

Dark Nest hints

And in the sea of prequel news, we get a small peek at the EU future… Sue Rostoni posted a bit from the cover copy of The Swarm War, first book of Troy Denning’s Dark Nest Trilogy:

As for Luke, he will have to prove, in a lightning display of Force strength and swordsmanship, that he is — beyond a shadow of a doubt — the greatest Jedi Master in the galaxy.

See it straight from the source here. Rostoni also said we should be seeing the book’s cover (and presumably, the full blurb) within a month.

Wantons, clear your shelves…

April brings a lot of Star War novels – now you can update your list with one more. The Desperate Mission, first book of The Last of the Jedi series by Jude Watson, will be released April 2nd:

Obi-Wan Kenobi is in hiding, mourning the loss of his fellow Jedi, and devastated by the betrayal of his former Padawan. He has been tasked to watch over and protect a young child who may hold the key to the galaxy’s salvation.

But when Obi-Wan finds out that a former Jedi apprentice has survived, he must make a painful decision: whether to stay on Tatooine to preserve the future of the Jedi, or voyage into the heart of the Empire on one last desperate mission.

Also on the official site: An interview with James Luceno on Labyrinth of Evil.

Tales of the scroll

Now Playing magazine has an interview with Genndy Tartakovsky about the upcoming episodes of Clone Wars:

“After the first batch we were all exhausted, and we were starting to move on to do other things,” explains the animator. “And then all of a sudden we were contacted that they wanted to do another batch. And I wasn’t really interested in doing another one because I thought, ‘Well, it’s really hard.’ And I thought more Clone Wars is not going to be as interesting. But then I met with George and he told me he wanted to do a story where it ties in exactly to the beginning of Episode III, and that got me excited because it seemed like it’s really part of the mythology, and it’s coming from George himself — that he respected [Clone Wars] so much that he wanted us to tell the story of the scroll from Episode III.”

EU Mysteries Revealed: Luke’s horrible hair

If there’s one thing that Episode 3 previews have taught us, it’s that fashion moves at a snail’s pace in the galaxy far, far away. This happens to explain something that’s been bothering EU fans since Union:

What the hell is up with Luke’s hair?

Finally, we have an answer! It may be more than a decade after Return of the Jedi, but GFFA fashion is still on 1987:

For shame!

Not so, I lie!

Two EU items on starwars.com tonight – an interview with Sean Stewart about his Yoda novel, Dark Rendezvous, and the March comics preview.

Elsewhere on the site, Sue Rostoni gives us this preview of Zahn’s Outbound Flight novel:

The manuscript is in to Del Rey. Shelly is reading it now and will get it to me soon. So far we’re sticking with Star Wars: The Outbound Dark Flight. Or maybe just Dark Flight. Starring Darth Flight and her apprentice, Dark Fight. They try to convert the Jedi on the Outbound Dark Flight by ramming them with their ship, The Dark Fright, and throwing hoods over the Jedi. But just as Darth Flight begins to ram the Dark Flight, night falls (in dark space) and they miss. The Jedi escape under cover of darkness only to be met by Admiral Darkthrawn’a darknu. That’s when the story turns really dark. Stay tuned.

Yes, it’s a joke. Like the book’s gonna be anything less than 80 proof Thrawn.

…But still no name

Sue Rostoni has posted several items on the OS boards about the 9-book post NJO trilogy:

Expect to see — Star Wars. We very much want to go back to the pulp Space Opera feel of the original movies (as opposed to hard SciFi). The focus will be character-driven situations, set against a backdrop of perhaps not galactic proportions, but certainly providing opportunities for spectacular space battles and lots of lightsaber action. Expect to see the major characters (Skywalkers and Solos) and many of the minor characters (Jedi Knights), and some old favorites. And, hopefully, a lot of surprises.

And on Ben Skywalker:

He’ll be 13 when the series begins and one of the main characters.

Added bonus info – the name of Jim Luceno’s post-Episode 3 hardcover will be Star Wars: Dark Lord.