July 17, 2009

DEATHTROOPERS: Zombies in Star Wars?

Just learned from a link posted by Marawtich on Twitter that Del Rey Books is planning to publish a new Star Wars novel by Joe Schreiber in October. What makes this novel so special? Well, the synopsis seems to suggest the plot will culminate in two words I never thought I'd say together:

ZOMBIE STORMTROOPERS

Synopsis for DEATHTROOPERS
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From the first appearance of Darth Vader in the groundbreaking movie Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, Star Wars fans have known what terror feels like -- and they loved it. But never before has Star Wars publishing ventured into the unknown territory of true horror . . . until now.

When the Imperial prison barge Purge breaks down in a distant, uninhabited part of space, its only hope seems to lie with a Star Destroyer found drifting, derelict and seemingly abandoned. But when a boarding party 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 will die. And death is only the beginning.

For 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.

I'm flabbergasted. What to make of this? Zombies have not only infected the prose of Jane Austen but now our beloved Star Wars universe. Is this too much? No....you can never have too much zombie.

Although, I don't know how a zombie Stormtrooper is much of a threat. They can't shoot for shit when they're alive and got wasted by the Ewoks, so what are they supposed to do as zombies? They can't even bite you through those helmets.

Wait....could this undead escalation lead to ZOMBIE EWOKS? The mind reels!