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Welcome back to the Star Wars HoloNet Digest, a weekly feature where I bring you a recap of the latest news from the world of Star Wars. Whether it’s an Episode VII rumor or a noteworthy author interview, you’ll find it here. Let’s check the HoloNet and see what happened in the past week.
Star Wars television has been getting some renewed attention, with both The Clone Wars and Rebels in the spotlight. Entertainment Weekly is highlighting Rebels in its current issue, and there’s a new photo of the Imperial Inquisitor and his peculiar-looking lightsaber hilt on their website. Meanwhile, Dave Filoni took to Facebook to discuss Darth Maul: Son of Dathomir, the Dark Horse project that will wrap up one of the storylines that his team was working on when The Clone Wars was canceled. Although we already knew that the four-part comic series would be based on Maul’s final storyline from the series, we didn’t know how extensively the comic would replicate the work of Filoni’s team. Now we do know. In his Facebook post, Filoni wrote, “The designs you will see, the plot lines, and character development in these comic books are all coming directly from the TV production. I turned over all of the art to Dark Horse so they could create an accurate representation of what we were planning for the show.” Fans of the series should take heart: We may not be getting this arc on-screen, but we will be seeing its visual contours and stylistic choices brought to the comic’s panels.
We are now only two weeks away from the release of the next EU novel: Star Wars: Maul: Lockdown by Joe Schreiber will hit shelves on January 28. Del Rey is continuing to promote the book using its micro-excerpt previews, and the sixth of those micro-excerpts was posted on Facebook on Friday. Elsewhere in the literature landscape, there’s part four of Jason Fry’s Essential Guide to Warfare Author’s Cut, where the author presents material that didn’t make the final cut, and TheForce.Net’s interview with Tim Siedell, who is writing the Darth Vader and the Cry of Shadows comic series for Dark Horse.
Star Wars fans who watch The Big Bang Theory will want to pay attention to upcoming episodes, because they might spy some familiar faces. Two days ago, TVLine broke the news that Carrie Fisher and James Earl Jones will appear as themselves on the CBS sitcom, where they’ll be “crossing paths” with uber-geek Sheldon Cooper, played by Jim Parsons.
As you may have noticed by now, there are going to be some light news weeks in the Star Wars world. If this makes you restless, take heart in the knowledge that someone, somewhere, is planning something awesome for this franchise, and it’s only a matter of time before they announce their project to the world. As we approach a series of important milestones –– the premiere of Star Wars Rebels, the next Star Wars Celebration, and the release of Star Wars Episode VII –– keep in mind that phrase about “the calm before the storm.” This is an exciting time to be a Star Wars fan.
Eric Geller is a college student majoring in political science whose interests include technology, journalism, and of course Star Wars. He co-hosts The ForceCast podcast and manages social media for Star Wars fan sites TheForce.Net and Rebelscum.com. He is originally from the Washington, D.C. area.