The StarCraft: Shadow of the Xel’Naga Audible is coming on March 10, 2020. It is truly special, because this unabridged audiobook based on Gabriel Mesta’s 2001 novel is narrated by Neil Kaplan … the voice actor behind Tychus Findlay.
Neil Kaplan is also known as Emperor Zarkon / Galra Guard / Officer Sablan in Voltron: Legendary Defender (TV Series), Dominus Ghaul (Destiny 2), Cenarius (World of Warcraft: Legion), Kiyoyasu (Naruto TV series 2006), but holy #$% … his most immortalized character gotta be Optimus Prime in Transformers: Robots in Disguise (2000). He has worked in many other video games and TV series to fit all in here. Your scrolling finger is going to hurt.
Something truly interesting about this novel is that none of the main characters have ever appeared in-game in StarCraft II, which makes you wonder if the lore was meant for the cancelled StarCraft project, or if we will someday see it introduced in a new StarCraft game — in the same way Diablo: The Sin War introduced Diablo III story elements before that game shipped.
Nevertheless, we did see some elements from this novel in StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm and Legacy of the Void.
I wrote a quick 2-paragraph spoiler summary preview inside this accordion.
Jake Ramsey is an archeologist hired by Mengsk to study a Xel'Naga temple, and inadvertedly encounters a dying Protoss who placed herself in a time-delayed stasis field -- but not any kind of Protoss. Zamara is a protoss preserver, sort of a living archive of memories of protoss who ever lived in the past thousands of years.
As Jake reaches out to the enigmatic protoss, she comes to life and grabs him -- transfering her consciousness into him, and slowly altering his brain to be able to hold all those protoss memories.
Some of the StarCraft novels have been released as StarCraft Audiobooks over the years, which you can listen to at home, in the car, or while traveling.
It seems more StarCraft audiobooks might be coming at some point. For example, two books of the Dark Templar trilogy are yet to be released as an audiobook. Follow @blizzplanetcom for updates. I’ll share when those become available.
Trivia: Neil Kaplan (Tychus voice actor) was hired to narrate some of the StarCraft audiobooks: Liberty’s Crusade; I, Mengsk; and Heaven’s Devils. Christie Golden narrated her own novel The Dark Templar, Firstborn.
For other Blizzard Hardcover books or audiobooks go to the following page.
Dark Horse Comics just unleashed the StarCraft: Soldiers (StarCraft Volume 2) paperback details and release date. It will ship on August 20, 2019 and pre-orders are open.
The new details reveal something I was not expecting. StarCraft: Soldiers is not an ongoing comics book series, as I previously posted and assumed. It is another 4-issue limited series. This paperback only collects issue #1-4.
StarCraft: Soldiers #1 will be released as a stand-alone digital download on January 23, 2019 (for Kindle PC and Mobile).
Jody Houser (Stranger Things, Star Wars) is joined by veteran animation and Blizzard Entertainment comics writer Andrew R. Robinson (Overwatch Anthology, World of Warcraft) as they co-plot StarCraft: Soldiers, with art by Miguel Sepulveda (Lone Wolf 2100, Green Lantern).
Newly graduated Lieutenant Shivani Singh wants to defend the Dominion on the front lines, but it will take more than good grades and confidence to survive on the edge of zerg space. After a routine patrol goes awry, Singh launches an investigation to root out threats to the fragile peace between the Dominion and the zerg Swarm.
I have been an avid reader of all Blizzard properties that come to books and comics. I had a lot of expectations knowing that BlizzCon was in the horizon. In my opinion, Dark Horse Comics didn’t deliver a satisfactory story in StarCraft: Scavengers #1-4. I will explain in my review below.
Jody Houser is a known writer in DC Comics and Marvel Comics with Justice League of America: Road to Rebirth, Supergirl, Star Wars: Rogue One Adaptation, Amazing Spiderman: Renew Your Vows (2016-2018), and Spider-Girls under her portfolio… to name a few.
“After years of terrible warfare, a paper-thin ceasefire is all that stands between terrans and their erstwhile alien adversaries, the enigmatic protoss and the savage zerg. But peace can be a prison for those who wish to make their fortune in the Koprulu sector. All it takes is one ship, one daring crew… and everything could change.”
In advance of New York Comic Con 2018 (Oct 4-7), Dark Horse Comics and Blizzard Entertainment just announced a new series titled StarCraft: Soldiers. The new ongoing StarCraft comics series will launch on January 23, 2019.
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The exploration of the StarCraft universe continues to new frontiers! Following the success of StarCraft: Scavengers, Dark Horse and Blizzard Entertainment are excited to announce the next series in the StarCraft comics publishing line — StarCraft: Soldiers!
Writer Jody Houser (Stranger Things, Star Wars) joins Blizzard Entertainment writer Andrew R. Robinson (Overwatch Anthology) on this latest addition to the StarCraft expanded universe. Artist Miguel Sepulveda (Lone Wolf 2100: Chase the Setting Sun, Red Lanterns), colorist Michael Atiyeh (StarCraft: Scavengers, World of Tanks: Citadel), and letterer Steve Dutro (The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story, Plants vs. Zombies) round out this star-studded creative team.
In StarCraft: Soldiers, recently graduated Lieutenant Shivani Singh is eager to defend the Dominion on the front lines. But after she’s posted on the faraway planet of Cavir, she realizes that it will take more than good grades and confidence to survive on the edge of zerg space.
StarCraft: Soldiers #1 goes on sale January 23, 2019, and is available for pre-order at your local comic shop.
The StarCraft: Scavengers TPB goes on sale February 19, 2019, and is available for pre-order on Amazon and Barnes & Noble, and at your local comic shop.
Praise for StarCraft: Scavengers:
“A tense, white-knuckle deep space thriller of the finest kind!”—Infinite Earths
“This is the perfect tie-in comic for a video game – something that doesn’t try to recreate the experience of the video game, but instead uses an existing world as a backdrop for an interesting story.”—ComicBook.com
“Good science fiction setting with well-rounded characters. A great glimpse into other parts of the StarCraft Universe.”—Major Spoilers
The StarCraft: Scavengers # 1 is now available to download and read via Kindle. There are apps for PC and Mobile.
The physical copy of StarCraft: Scavengers # 1 is now available as well with the Kerrigan Queen of Blades variant cover by TIMOTHY GREENE II (for $5.25).
The StarCraft: Scavengers paperback (collecting all 4-issues) can also be pre-ordered. It will ship on February 19, 2019.
The art and coloring of StarCraft: Scavengers # 1 looks very solid, and appealing. Background coloring resembles watercolor frescos. I am not sure how much the story will tell us in only 4-issues. This first installment barely scratched the surface and left more questions than answers.
Being from Kel-Moria, all they know about the events in Dominion space, these past years, is basically hearsay and vague. Chau Sara and Kerrigan the Queen of Blades are mentioned too briefly. Characters are not thoroughly fleshed out, either. Out of at least 12 crew members, we only know the name of 5.
The Kel-Morian scavengers, crew of the Magpie ship, infiltrate Dominion space to scavenge a derelict protoss ship found on a decaying orbit around a uninhabited planet.
The idea is that if the protoss ship is about to crash through the atmosphere, there would be no evidence left behind of their scavenging.
It doesn’t matter that it is a dangerous and illegal operation, the crew was told by Captain Theban that the risk was worth the reward, and offered double profits.
The Dark Horse Comics’ StarCraft: Scavengers (Kindle) pre-orders have suddenly changed release date to July 25, 2018 for only $3.99.
Personally, I don’t know if it is a mistake, but when in doubt, if it is there… go ahead and pre-order ASAP. The original StarCraft: Scavengers Kindle page is still there with a February 19, 2019 release date for $9.99.
Writer Jody Houser (Mother Panic, Faith) and artist Gabriel Guzmán (Mass Effect, Star Wars) join forces for StarCraft, a new series further exploring the expansive universe of Blizzard’s hit video game.
Seen from the point of view of a young, inexperienced engineer, a group of terran space scavengers hope to pull off the job of their lifetimes, ignoring a recent United Earth Directorate treaty to pillage a derelict protoss ship. The scavengers’ dangerous plan is compounded by the fact that the protoss ship is in a decaying orbit above a backwater planet. If their time doesn’t run out and Dominion police forces don’t bust them, will protoss or zerg factions in the outer rim find and execute them?
Writer: Jody Houser Artist: Gabriel Guzman Colorist: Mike Atiyeh Cover Artist: Gabriel Guzman