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Star Wars: Death Troopers, Zombies In Star Wars?

The latest Star Wars novels shows a new kind of darkness.

Star Wars: Death Troopers is a novel that was released on October 13, 2009.  I first discovered this back in January.  Star Wars novels can be hit or miss.  There has been some really good structure and organization involved lately.  Death Troopers shows us a different side to the Star Wars universe.  Here's the synopsis for the book:

When the Imperial prison barge Purge–temporary home to five hundred of the galaxy’s most ruthless killers, rebels, scoundrels, and thieves–breaks down in a distant, uninhabited part of space, its only hope appears to lie with a Star Destroyer found drifting, derelict, and seemingly abandoned. But when a boarding party from the Purge is sent to scavenge for parts, only half of them come back–bringing with them a horrific disease so lethal that within hours nearly all aboard the Purge die in ways too hideous to imagine.

And death is only the beginning.

The Purge’s half-dozen survivors–two teenage brothers, a sadistic captain of the guards, a couple of rogue smugglers, and the chief medical officer, the lone woman on board–will do whatever it takes to stay alive. But nothing can prepare them for what lies waiting aboard the Star Destroyer amid its vast creaking emptiness that isn’t really empty at all. For the dead are rising: soulless, unstoppable, and unspeakably hungry.

 Sure zombies might be overplayed and the idea of some sort of version is the Star Wars universe is just wacky, but it just might work.  If that summary isn't enough to wet your appetite, check out this little video from the publisher (that io9 posted yesterday):
 
  
It's mentioned that some "familiar faces" do show up in this book so it's not just a bunch of new characters created (so they can be killed).  I have to say that I am really curious.  It feels a little wrong but it could be a fun book.
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Posted by Agent Buttons
More zombies...gotta love it.
Posted by Caligula

I already Bought the Book, and so far it's pretty good. If you take it  for what it is.

Posted by Mr. America

Serves the Empire right is ya ask me

Posted by Omega Ray Jay

known about this for awhile, looks like a laugh

Posted by Moomin123

Star Wars Zombies? That sounds cool. 
Star Wars is never gruesome, this sounds interesting.
Posted by danhimself

you would think that the Stormtrooper armor would hold up pretty well to a zombie bite 
 
I also like that the "ship" they're on in the video has exit signs and concrete walls

Posted by goldenkey

thats all we need.  more zombies. 
Posted by EisforExtinction

I'm going to go set myself on fire.

Posted by Sir Kyle

I love zombies!!

Posted by TicketyTock

Sooooooooo over the zombie cliché 

Posted by G-Man

Imagine a zombie with...a lightsaber!!  Doubt that would happen here though.

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Posted by Tyler Starke

Sooo how do the stormtrooper zombies bite people with those giant retarded helmets on?

Posted by Lady Tlieso

They also have Death Troopers & zombies in Star Wars Galaxies.  Zombie Wookies look pretty d@mn cool.

Posted by Media_Master

Feeling kinda meh on this one.

Edited by MysterioMaximus
@Moomin123 said:

"Star Wars Zombies? That sounds cool. Star Wars is never gruesome, this sounds interesting. "


That's not true. It's not defined by gore like the zombie genre is, but at times Star Wars can be awful violent. What happens in Star Wars action doesn’t leave room for gratuity. Consider that one of the main and certainly the most iconic weapon in Star Wars, the lightsaber, cauterizes the wound. Scientifically it can’t be especially gory. The same goes for blaster fire. But there are numerous examples of characters being eaten alive by giant beasts, and how could you forget Anakin Skywalker burning alive? This wouldn’t be the first example of a horror story in the star wars mythos either. I remember very vividly the awful creepy "space parasite" Dannik Jerriko from the Cantina Tales books, who's basically new spin on the vampire. In fact, from a certain point-of-view, the Sith are very akin to horror-icons like cult leaders.

I really think this sounds pretty cool…though even I can’t deny I’m getting tired of this zombie fad. I’m not really digging this for the zombies, they’re a dime a dozen anymore. I’m more attracted to the more original sci-fi angle of the zombies and the general Ridley Scott Alien vibe I’m getting. Plus I'm always down for more Original Trilogy based Star Wars.

Posted by Staticoss
@G-Man:
Umm KOTOR 2, zombie sith lord attacks you and he's hard to beat cuz well he's a zombie.
Posted by Staticoss

gore is in star wars quite alot. In Darth Bane Path of Destruction there's quite alot of description, in KOTOR 1 and 2 you see rotting corpses everywhere not to mention a zombie sith lord. Even in A New Hope when Ben Kenobi cuts a guys hand off in the bar you see quite alot of blood on the floor.  
 
But this book sounds like an interesting twist to the Star Wars genre. But it will probabably have to do with the force.