Star Wars: The Old Republic "Blood of the Empire" Comic Begins

With "Threat of Peace" concluded, LucasArts and BioWare have once again collaborated with Dark Horse Comics to create a new Star Wars: The Old Republic comic series entitled "Blood of the Empire". The first issue went online this morning, with plenty more to come in the future. The usual synopsis:
The first issue of Blood of the Empireâ„¢ takes us to a galaxy engaged in war. The Sith Empire strikes blow after blow against a Republic reeling from the return of its ancient enemies, and the Jedi scramble to defend their holdings. But Imperial victory is far from certain.

Teneb Kel, a fiercely clever young man apprenticed as a Sith, is selected by his masters for a secret mission--a mission concerning the Emperor himself and a threat to the Dark Lord's thousand-year plan. Doomed if he fails, expendable if he succeeds, Teneb must unravel the schemes at work around him if he is to seize control of his destiny and alter the course of history.

Those of you who thoroughly enjoyed "Threat of Peace" should also know that the series will be hitting comic shops as a three-issue series starting in July. Here's the announcement:
Great news for comic book collectors! BioWare, LucasArts, and Dark Horse Comics are gearing up for the release of a three issue comic series of Star Warsâ„¢: The Old Republicâ„¢ Threat of Peaceâ„¢. Each issue features 27 vibrant full-color story pages, and will be priced at $2.99.

Experience the passions and convictions driven by a handful of Star Warsâ„¢ heroes and villains as they reignite a legendary war between dark and light in this comic series originally published entirely online. The story takes place more than three thousand six hundred years before the rise of Darth Vader, and three hundred years after the fall of Darth Malak. If you haven't seen Threat of Peace, you can check it out on The Old Republic website.

The first volume is embraced in a beautifully designed cover done by Benjamin Carré, and has a variant cover illustrated by Kai Li and Sunny Gho with art directed by Stan Zipnka from Attik. This action-packed, character-driven story was written by BioWare's Rob Chestney, illustrated by Alex Sanchez, colored by Michael Atiyeh, and lettered by Michael Heisler.

The first issue of this three-part series will be released in comic book stores starting July 7, 2010 with two other subsequent issues following monthly thereafter. Find out where you can get your hands on the Threat of Peace by visiting or by calling 1-888-COMIC-BOOK to find the location nearest you!