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[ News Review and Archive ]
April 2012

[ News Archive... ]
The following news items were posted on Star Wars Books during April 2012:
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NEW RELEASES . . .

Monday 30th April
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[ The Clone Wars ] The Clone Wars: Chewbacca and the Wookiee Warriors
Children's Level 2 Reader Book by Simon Beecroft
DK Publishing ( [US] )

Find out why Chewbacca, the wild and woolly Wookiee who fought at Han Solo's side in three original Star Wars movies, teams up with Jedi Ahsoka. Watch as they try to smash and bash their way out of a planet-wide Trandoshan hunting party with the help of marooned Jedi younglings.

[This story occurs during The Rise of the Empire era.]
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[ The Clone Wars ] The Clone Wars: Ackbar's Underwater Army
Children's Level 3 Reader Book by Simon Beecroft
DK Publishing ( [US] )

Two decades before the events of the original Star Wars trilogy, future Rebel leader Ackbar fights in the Clone Wars, leading his fellow squid-headed militants into an underwater battle on his aquatic homeworld of Mon Calamari. Read all about the battle, and explore the underworld world of Ackbar and the Mon Cal.

[This story occurs during The Rise of the Empire era.]
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NEW RELEASES . . .

Friday 27th April
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[Available now...] The Old Republic Volume 3: The Lost Suns
Graphic Novel by Alexander Freed, George Freeman, Dave Ross et al.
Titan
Books ( [UK] )

One of the Republic's elite spies, Theron Shan, embarks on an assignment to uncover dark secrets that could shatter the fragile peace with the Sith and plunge the galaxy back into war!..more

[This story occurs during The Old Republic era]
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[Available now...] Omnibus: The Other Sons of Tatooine
Omnibus Graphic Novel
Titan Books ( [UK] )

In the Galactic Civil War, Luke Skywalker was not the only hero to hail from Tatooine. Luke's story has been told time and again, but what about the journeys of his boyhood friends, Biggs Darklighter and Janek "Tank" Sunber? Two very different paths led them both to be heroes in their own right: one a hero of the Rebellion, the other a hero of the Empire..more

[This story occurs during The Rebellion era]
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NEW RELEASES . . .

Wednesday 25th April
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[Boba Fett is Dead - issue 1 (cover)] Blood Ties: Boba Fett is Dead #1 (part 1 of 4)
Comic Book & e-Comic Book by Tom Taylor, Chris Scalf et al.
Dark Horse Comics ( [US] & [UK] [import])

Approximately 2 years before the Battle of Yavin:
The news spreads from one end of the galaxy to the other like wildfire: Boba Fett, the galaxy’s most feared bounty hunter, is dead.
..more
The first issue in a new mini-series!

[This story occurs during The Rebellion era.]
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[Available now...] Crimson Empire III: Empire Lost #6 (part 6 of 6)
Comic Book & e-Comic Book by Mike Richardson, Paul Gulacy et al.
Dark Horse Comics ( [US] & [UK] [import])

Approximately 14 years after the Battle of Yavin:
It's the final showdown between Admiral Pellaeon's Imperial forces and those of his hardliner adversaries, with the New Republic joining in the fray!
The outcome could mean peace - or extended war for the galaxy
...more
The final issue!

[This story occurs during The New Republic era]
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[Now available...] Dark Times: Out of the Wilderness #5 (part 5 of 5)
Comic Book by Randy Stradley, Doug Wheatley et al.
Dark
Horse Comics ( [US] & [UK] [import])

Approximately 19 years before the Battle of Yavin:
In a desert wasteland, it comes to a showdown. Using Jedi Dass Jennir’s friend Ember Chankeli as a pawn and his own tracking droid as a secret weapon, cold-blooded assassin Falco Sang believes he has the contest rigged...more

The final issue!

[This story occurs during The Rise of the Empire era.]
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[Invasion Volume 3: Revelations] Invasion Volume 3: Revelations
Graphic Novel by Tom Taylor, Colin Wilson et al.
Dark Horse Books ( [US] )

Approximately 25 years after the Battle of Yavin:
As the invading Yuuzhan Vong penetrate deeper into the galaxy, the Jedi fight back!
But one Jedi in training has taken a different path: Finn Galfridian, under the guidance of the mysterious Master Dray, infiltrates Coruscant and discovers revelations about the leaders of the New Republic that could lead to disaster!
...more

[This story occurs during The New Jedi Order era.]
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NEWS . . .

Wednesday 25th April
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[Boba Fett is Dead - issue 1 (cover)] Digital e-comic releases this week
Dark Horse Comics has added the following digital comics to their Dark Horse Digital[External site - opens in a new window/tab] e-comic store this week:
  • Blood Ties: Boba Fett is Dead #1
  • Crimson Empire III #6
  • Dark Times: Out of the Wilderness #5
  • Omnibus: A Long Time Ago... Vol. 2
  • Shadows of the Empire: Evolution
  • Tales #14
  • Knights of the Old Republic: Handbook

Dark Horse Digital[External site - opens in a new window/tab] purchases can currently be viewed on any modern web browser or on iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch via iTunes[External site - opens in a new window/tab] App. An Android app is currently in Beta version and can be downloaded from the Android Market[External site - opens in a new window/tab].

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NEW RELEASE . . .

Tuesday 24th March
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[Available now...] Scourge
Paperback Novel & e-Book by Jeff Grubb
Del Rey ( [US] )

Approximately 19 years after the Battle of Yavin:
In the heart of crime-ridden Hutt Space, a Jedi Scholar searches for justice.
While trying to obtain the coordinates of a secretive, peril-packed, but potentially beneficial trade route, a novice Jedi is killed; and the motive for his murder remains shrouded in mystery
...more

[This story occurs during The New Republic era]
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Wednesday 18th April
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[ Star Wars Insider ] Upcoming exclusive Star Wars Insider short story fiction
Further to our story of 18th April when publisher Del Rey announced the return of Karen Miller to Star Wars fiction with a post-Fate of the Jedi short story due to be published in issue #135 (#111 in UK) of Star Wars Insider magazine, Del Rey has now published via their Facebook[External site - opens in a new window/tab] page the following schedule of exclusive short story fiction to be published in forthcoming issues of Star Wars Insider magazine from Titan Magazines:
  • Issue #133 (#109 in UK) will include the tale of Parella the Hutt, hunter extraordinaire, from Scourge author Jeff Grubb.
  • Issue #134 (#110 in UK) is your first taste of post Fate of the Jedi action as author Christie Golden brings you a story starring Jaina and Jag.
  • Issue #135 (#111 in UK) sees Karen Miller return with an exciting story starring Myri Antilles.

Star Wars Insider issue #133 is due to be released at the beginning of May with #134 available mid-June and #135 out late-July.

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NEW RELEASE . . .

Wednesday 18th April
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[Available now...] Dawn of the Jedi: Force Storm #3 (part 3 of 5)
Comic Book & e-Comic Book by John Ostrander, Jan Duursema et al.
Dark
Horse Comics ( [US] & [UK] [import])

For millennia, the Je'daii Masters have protected the planet Tython and maintained a balance within the Force. But now a stranger from another world has come, destroying the balance and engulfing the world in a Force storm that threatens every inhabitant!...more
Plus issues #0 Handbook & #1 also re-released (3rd printing) with new covers!

[This story occurs during The Old Republic era]
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Wednesday 18th April
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[Available now...] Digital e-comic releases this week
Dark Horse Comics has added the following digital comics to their Dark Horse Digital[External site - opens in a new window/tab] e-comic store this week:
  • Dawn of the Jedi: Force Storm #3
  • Legacy #41-44
  • Shadows of the Empire
  • Tales #13

Dark Horse Digital[External site - opens in a new window/tab] purchases can currently be viewed on any modern web browser or on iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch via iTunes[External site - opens in a new window/tab] App. An Android app is currently in Beta version and can be downloaded from the Android Market[External site - opens in a new window/tab].

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Tuesday 17th April
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[Lost Tribe of the Sith: The Collected Stories] Changes for Lost Tribe of the Sith: The Collected Stories
Publisher Del Rey has announced via their Facebook[External site - opens in a new window/tab] page two changes to the US release of John Jackson Miller's collected volume of his Lost Tribe of the Sith stories, Lost Tribe of the Sith: The Collected Stories. The first is that its release date has been pulled forward by one week from July 31st to July 24th.

The second change is to its published format: it is changing from mass market paperback to trade paperback format (the same format size of Karen Miller's The Clone Wars novels). The reason for the second change has been revealed by the book's author John Jackson Miller. Writing on his own blog[External site - opens in a new window/tab] Jackson says the the book will now feature his "maps of the places known to the Lost Tribe" and "include the continent of Keshtah, where the action occurs in the first eight e-books reprinted in this 432-page volume — and the map of a new, secret place that readers learned about in the eighth short story, Secrets. It's the location for the big new hundred-page plus novella, Pandemonium, appearing anywhere for the first time in this edition." Jackson explains "these are the maps I was working on while writing the books — my fun Tolkien/D&D moment while designing this fantasy world. I'm thrilled readers will be able to follow along — the designer-improved maps are pretty handy!"

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Friday 13th April
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[ Star Wars ] Karen Miller to return to Star Wars writing / Fry's Warfare endnotes
Publisher Del Rey announced via Twitter that after a gap of two years, Karen Miller, author of The Clone Wars: Wild Space and the Clone Wars Gambit duology, will return to Star Wars fiction writing - albeit for a short story to appear in a future issue of Star Wars Insider magazine. They also revealed that the short story is a tie-in to Aaron Allston's forthcoming X-Wing: Mercy Kill novel and that Miller's story will feature Myri Antilles. Miller's story is planned to appear in Star Wars Insider issue #135 (US)/ #111 (UK) which is due to be published in July from Titan Magazines.

In other news Jason Fry, author of The Essential Guide to Warfare (released earlier this month), has posted online his endnotes[External site - opens in a new window/tab] to this book which offer some insights from the book's author explaining many of the book's references.

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NEW RELEASES . . .

Wednesday 11th April
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[Available now...] Knights of the Old Republic: War #4 (part 4 of 5)
Comic Book & e-Comic Book by John Jackson Miller, Andrea Mutti et al.
Dark
Horse Comics ( [US] & [UK] [import])

Approximately 3,962 years before the Battle of Yavin:
The Republic, the Mandalorians, and even some of the Jedi are corrupt: so Zayne Carrick is going to take matters fully into his own lightsaber-wielding hands. It's high risk and utterly insane, and the allies Zayne has to work with aren't exactly what you'd call trustworthy...more

[This story occurs during The Old Republic era]
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[Available now...] Agent of the Empire: Iron Eclipse #5 (part 5 of 5)
Comic Book & e-Comic Book by John Ostrander, Stéphane Roux et al.
Dark Horse Comics ( [US] & [UK] [import])

Approximately 3 years before the Battle of Yavin:
Jahan Cross finally learns the truth about the deadly project called "Iron Eclipse." Now all he has to do is defeat the crazed mastermind behind it all, keep his allies from double-crossing him, and escape the Corporate Sector with his life!...more

[This story occurs during The Rebellion era]
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NEWS . . .

Wednesday 11th April
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[Available now...] Digital e-comic releases this week
Dark Horse Comics has added the following digital comics to their Dark Horse Digital[External site - opens in a new window/tab] e-comic store this week:
  • Omnibus: A Long Time Ago... Vol. 1
  • Agent of the Empire: Iron Eclipse #5
  • Knights of the Old Republic: War #4
  • Rebellion #11-14

Dark Horse Digital[External site - opens in a new window/tab] purchases can currently be viewed on any modern web browser or on iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch via iTunes[External site - opens in a new window/tab] App. An Android app is currently in Beta version and can be downloaded from the Android Market[External site - opens in a new window/tab].

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Saturday 7th April
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[ Darth Maul: Death Sentence ] Darth Maul's Death Sentence
Last month comics publisher Dark Horse Comics announced that following the return of Darth Maul at the end of the fourth season of The Clone Wars TV series, they were going to publish a new four-part comic series featuring the infamous Sith warrior. Today, TheForce.net[External site - opens in a new window/tab] had an exclusive first look at this new series titled Darth Maul: Death Sentence:

By now the galaxy has learned the terrible truth: Sith Lord Darth Maul still lives. Worse, he has joined forces with his brother Savage Opress! The Jedi are searching for them and, after Maul and Opress cut a murderous swath through the Outer Rim, so is an army of mercenaries hired by a wealthy mine owner. Darth Maul has a price on his head, and for him there is only one way to deal with such a problem: go directly to the source!

The first issue of Darth Maul: Death Sentence #1 goes on sale on July 25. It is written by Tom Taylor (Invasion, Blood Ties: Boba Fett is Dead) with cover art by Dave Dorman (Dark Empire, Crimson Empire

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NEWS . . .

Friday 6th April (Updated 7th April)
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[Dark Horse Comics] Comics for July 2012
In their latest solicitations, Dark Horse Comics has announced the following Star Wars comic titles due for release in July 2012 and graphic novels for September.

Comic Books:
[Knight Errant: Escape #2] [] Knight Errant: Escape #2 (of 5)
Comic Book by John Jackson Miller, Marco Castiello, Vincenzo Acunzo, Michael Atiyeh et al.
Approximately 1,032 years before the Battle of Yavin
Working with a team of Sith reconnaissance troops searching for a powerful relic, Jedi Knight Kerra Holt is getting a firsthand look at the battles between warring Sith lords. Witnessing all the destruction is making her have second thoughts about her mission, but painful memories push her forward, overriding her conscience. Kerra is falling deeper into the world of the Sith—will she be able to climb out?
Available: July 11th 2012
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[Darth Vader & the Ghost Prison #3] [] Darth Vader and the Ghost Prison #3 (of 5)
Comic Book by Haden Blackman, Agustin Alessio, Dave Wilkins et al.
Approximately 19 years before the Battle of Yavin
Cadet Tohm, in the company of Darth Vader, Moff Trachta, and the wounded Emperor, has finally reached the mysterious Ghost Prison.
Vader battles the Jedi guard and Trachta wreaks vengeance on a particular prisoner. The Emperor’s condition is stabilized, but they must find a way to combat the uprising back on Coruscant. Vader plans to use the only army available to him—the inmates of the Ghost Prison. But the prisoners have begun to revolt . . .

Available: July18th 2012
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[Boba Fett is Dead #4] [] Blood Ties: Boba Fett is Dead #4 (of 4)
Comic Book by Tom Taylor, Chris Scalf et al.
Approximately 2 years before the Battle of Yavin
The man behind the murder of Boba Fett has sent his army of mercenaries to kill Fett’s ex-wife and child, and Boba’s half-brother Connor Freeman.
But what if Boba Fett isn’t quite as dead as everyone thinks? Then there might be . . .
Hell.
To.
Pay.

Available: July 25th 2012
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[ Darth Maul: Death Sentence ] [] Darth Maul: Death Sentence #1 (of 4)
Comic Book by Tom Taylor et al.
Between 22 and 19 years before the Battle of Yavin
By now the galaxy has learned the terrible truth: Sith Lord Darth Maul still lives. Worse, he has joined forces with his brother Savage Opress! The Jedi are searching for them and, after Maul and Opress cut a murderous swath through the Outer Rim, so is an army of mercenaries hired by a wealthy mine owner. Darth Maul has a price on his head, and for him there is only one way to deal with such a problem: go directly to the source!
Available: July 25th 2012
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Graphic Novels:
[Crimson Empire] [] Crimson Empire
Hardback Graphic Novel by Mike Richardson, Randy Stradley, Paul Gulacy et al.
Between 11 and 14 years after the Battle of Yavin
The blood-soaked tale of the last surviving member of Emperor Palpatine’s Royal Guard is now complete in one dust-jacketed hardcover edition! From revenge to redemption, the story of Kir Kanos takes him from the deserts of Yinchorr, to the halls of Imperial power, and to the inner circle of the New Republic. Included are encounters with Darth Vader, Boba Fett, Luke Skywalker, and Leia Organa Solo. An epic tale in one epic tome!
• The complete Crimson Empire Saga in one deluxe edition!
Available: September 12th 2012
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Release dates subject to change.

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NEWS . . .

Friday 6th April
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[ Dark Horse Digital - Star Wars e-comics ] Digital comic releases for April
Dark Horse Comics has announced the following Star Wars comic titles for digital release in April:
  • Wednesday 4th:
    Clone Wars Volume 1: The Defense of Kamino
    Clone Wars Volume 2: Victories and Sacrifices
    Empire #29-32
    Jabba the Hutt—: The Art of the Deal
    Tales #12
    The Clone Wars: The Enemy Within
  • Wednesday 11th:
    Agent of the Empire: Iron Eclipse #5
    Omnibus: A Long Time Ago... Vol. 1
    Knights of the Old Republic: War #4
    Rebellion #11-14
  • Wednesday 18th:
    Dawn of the Jedi: Force Storm #3
    Legacy #41-44
    Tales #13
    Shadows of the Empire
  • Wednesday 25th:
    Omnibus: A Long Time Ago... Vol. 2
    Tales #14
    Blood Ties: Boba Fett Is Dead #1
    Crimson Empire III: Empire Lost #6
    Dark Times: Out of the Wilderness #5
    Knights of the Old Republic Handbook
    Shadows of the Empire: Evolution

Release dates and titles subject to change.

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NEW RELEASES . . .

Thursday 5th April
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[Fate of the Jedi: Vortex] Fate of the Jedi: Vortex
Paperback Novel by Troy Denning
Arrow Books ( [UK] )

Approximately 44 years after the Battle of Yavin:
In a stunning turn of events, Luke Skywalker and his son, Ben, joined forces with members of the Sith armada sent to kill them and turned their combined might against the monstrous being Abeloth, whose power was causing young Jedi Knights to go seemingly insane. But with Abeloth gone and the Knights sane again, the Sith reverted to form, making a treacherous attempt on Luke's life...more

[This story occurs during The Legacy of the Force era.]
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[The Clone Wars Comic #32] Star Wars: The Clone Wars Comic #6.32
Children's Comic Book
Titan Comics ( [UK] )

Between 22 and 19 years before the Battle of Yavin:
Featuring
original short comic story, The Fear Architects, plus puzzles, games and free cover gift.
Also available in digital format from Zinio.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab] (UK only).

[This story occurs during The Rise of the Empire era.]
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[Available now...] Star Wars Galaxy #19
Premier Comic Book
Titan Comics ( [UK] )

Featuring reprints from Agent of the Empire, Out of the Wilderness and Invasion: Revelations.

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NEWS . . .

Wednesday 4th April
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[Available now...] Digital e-comic releases this week
Dark Horse Comics has added the following digital comics to their Dark Horse Digital[External site - opens in a new window/tab] e-comic store this week:
  • Clone Wars Volume 1: The Defense of Kamino
  • Clone Wars Volume 2: Victories and Sacrifices
  • Empire #29-32
  • Jabba the Hutt—: The Art of the Deal
  • Tales #12
  • The Clone Wars: The Enemy Within

Dark Horse Digital[External site - opens in a new window/tab] purchases can currently be viewed on any modern web browser or on iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch via iTunes[External site - opens in a new window/tab] App. An Android app is currently in Beta version and can be downloaded from the Android Market[External site - opens in a new window/tab].

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NEW RELEASES . . .

Tuesday 3rd April
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[ Available now... ] The Essential Guide to Warfare
Trade Paperback Reference Book by Jason Fry
Del Rey ( [US] ); Titan Books ( [UK] )

Like many a great epic, Star Wars is rooted in a rich history of armed conflict. Now, for the first time, the facts, figures, and fascinating backstories of major clashes and combatants in the vast Star Wars universe have been documented in one fully illustrated volume...more

[This book is a non-fiction / reference title]
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[ The Clone Wars Magazine: issue 11] Star Wars: The Clone Wars Magazine #11
Children's Magazine
Titan Magazines ( [US] )

Between 22 and 19 years before the Battle of Yavin:
Featuring
two comic stories, Deadly Droid! and Out; plus puzzles, games and competitions.
View a digital sampler here[External site - opens in a new window/tab] featuring full comic story Repel All Boarders!

[This story occurs during The Rise of the Empire era.]
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