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[ News Review and Archive ]
April 2013

[ News Archive... ]
The following news items were posted on Star Wars Books during April 2013:
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NEW RELEASE . . .

Tuesday 30th April
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[Available now...] Star Wars Insider #141
Magazine
Titan Magazines ( [US] )

Featuring exclsuive short story, Eruption, by John Ostrander.

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Friday 26th April
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[Razor's Edge] Cover revealed for Razor's Edge
io9.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab] has the exclusive reveal for the cover of Martha Wells' upcoming Princess Leia novel, Empire and Rebellion: Razor's Edge:

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Princess Leia Organa is on a mission for the Rebel Alliance when Imperial forces attack. Now she, Han, and Luke are on their own, working with pirates and dealing with traitors as they race the clock to protect the secrecy of a crucial meeting of Rebel conspirators!

Empire and Rebellion: Razor's Edge by Martha Wells is the first of a trilogy of books featuring each of the heroes of the Rebellion, Luke, Leia and Han, and is due for release in hardback in the US on 15th October and later in the UK.

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Wednesday 24th April
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[The Clone Wars] A look inside The Clone Wars Episode Guide
As The Clone Wars animated series reached its dramatic conclusion earlier this year with the Season 5 finale (and the apparent axing of the show), this June DK Publishing releases what will be an ultimate guide to the show: The Clone Wars Episode Guide by Jason Fry.
This book covers all 108 episodes from all five seasons with each episode getting its own 2-page spread:

The Clone Wars Episode Guide (cover)
 
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The Clone Wars Episode Guide by Jason Fry is due for release on 3rd June from DK Publishing in the US and from Dorling Kindersley in the UK.

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NEW RELEASE . . .

Wednesday 24th April
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[Available now...] Legacy II #2: Prisoner of the Floating World
Comic Book & e-Comic Book by Corinna Bechko, Gabriel Hardman et al.
Dark Horse Comics ( [US] & [UK] [import])

Approximately 138 years after the Battle of Yavin:
Ania Solo found a lightsaber inside a broken Imperial communications droid. Now she’s being pursued by the local police—and a determined Imperial Knight who is willing to kill to get the weapon!
Fortunately, as a black-market salvage dealer, Ania has made some formidable friends of her own...
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[This story occurs during The Legacy of the Force era.]
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Wednesday 24th April
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[Dark Horse Digital] Digital e-comic releases this week
Dark Horse Comics has added the following Star Wars digital comic titles to their Dark Horse Digital[External site - opens in a new window/tab] e-comic store this week:
  • Legacy: Prisoner of the Floating World #2

Dark Horse Digital[External site - opens in a new window/tab] purchases can currently be viewed on iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, an Android enabled tablet or smartphone or any modern web browser.

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Friday 19th April
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[Available now...] Darth Vader and the Ghost Prison
Hardback Graphic Novel by Haden Blackman, Agustin Alessio, Dave Wilkins et al.
Titan Books ( [UK] )

Approximately 19 years before the Battle of Yavin:
A traitorous uprising against the fledgling Galactic Empire leaves Emperor Palpatine close to death. Saving the Emperor and the Empire, appears to be a lost cause. Unless Vader can uncover the secrets of the Jedi Council and locate the mysterious Ghost Prison...more

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

Wednesday 17th April
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[Available now...] Darth Vader and the Ghost Prison
Hardback Graphic Novel by Haden Blackman, Agustin Alessio, Dave Wilkins et al.
Dark Horse Books ( [US] )

Approximately 19 years before the Battle of Yavin:
A traitorous uprising against the fledgling Galactic Empire leaves Emperor Palpatine close to death. Saving the Emperor and the Empire, appears to be a lost cause. Unless Vader can uncover the secrets of the Jedi Council and locate the mysterious Ghost Prison...more

[This story occurs during The Rise of the Empire era.]
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[Available now...] Knight Errant: Volume 3 - Escape
Graphic Novel by John Jackson Miller, Marco Castiello, Vincenzo Acunzo, Michael Atiyeh et al.
Dark Horse Books ( [US] )

Approximately 1,032 years before the Battle of Yavin:
Joining a team hunting for a relic of extraordinary evil, Kerra hopes their search will reveal the truth about her missing parents—before it leads the Sith to a tool of ultimate destruction! But Kerra’s desire to find her lost family is clouding her judgment. If the relic falls into Sith hands, the galaxy is doomed!...more

[This story occurs during The Old Republic era.]
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[Available now...] Book of Sith
Hardback Book by Daniel Wallace
Chronicle Books ( [US] ); Titan Books ( [UK] )

In his quest for total domination, Darth Sidious compiled six legendary dark side texts detailing Sith history and philosophy by Sorzus Syn, Darth Malgus, Darth Bane, Mother Talzin, Darth Plagueis, and himself. Together these documents form the Book of Sith. Over the centuries, the texts were passed among Force users who left handwritten notes and annotations in the margins, including Darth Vader, Yoda, Mace Windu, and Luke Skywalker, among others...more

[This book is a non-Fiction / Reference title]
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[Darth Vader and the Ninth Assassin - issue 1] Darth Vader and the Ninth Assassin #1 (part 1 of 5)
Comic Book & e-Comic by Tim Seidell, Stephen Thompson, Mark Irwin, Michael Atiyeh et al.
Dark Horse Comics ( [US] & [UK] [import])

Approximately 19 years before the Battle of Yavin:
Eight assassins hired to murder Darth Vader—eight assassins dead. Now the man who enlisted them seeks a ninth assassin. The price? A cost higher than all the credits in his bottomless coffers. But when it comes to avenging his son, no sacrifice is too great to acquire the one man who can kill the Dark Lord of the Sith...more

[This story occurs during The Rise of the Empire era.]
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[Available now...] Star Wars #1 (4th printing)
Comic Book by Brian Wood, Carlos D'Anda, Gabe Eltaeb, Alex Ross et al.
Dark Horse Comics ( [US] & [UK] [import])

Shortly after the Battle of Yavin:
This is Star Wars as you remember it and as you have never seen it before! We’re taking you back to those heady, adventure-filled days following the destruction of the Death Star, when the Empire ruled, the Rebels were on the run, and the galaxy was a dangerous place where anything might happen!...more

[This story occurs during The Rebellion era.]
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Wednesday 17th April
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[Dark Horse Digital] Digital e-comic releases this week
Dark Horse Comics has added the following Star Wars digital comic titles to their Dark Horse Digital[External site - opens in a new window/tab] e-comic store this week:
  • Darth Vader and the Ninth Assassin #1

Dark Horse Digital[External site - opens in a new window/tab] purchases can currently be viewed on iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, an Android enabled tablet or smartphone or any modern web browser.

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Friday 12th April
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[Dark Horse Comics] Comics for July 2013
In their latest solicitations, Dark Horse Comics has announced the following Star Wars comic titles due for release in July.
[Star Wars #7] [] Star Wars #7 (ongoing)
Comic Book by Brian Wood, Ryan Kelly, Dan Parsons, Gabe Eltaeb, Rodolfo Migliari et al.
Shortly after the Battle of Yavin
Princess Leia takes the Rebels’ secret mission to the next level! Playing it safe has gotten them nowhere, and they are running out of resources and time. What’s the fastest way to get inside info on the Empire? Have your top pilots get themselves captured!
New story arc starts here!
Available: July 10th 2013
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[] Darth Vader and the Ninth Assassin #4 (of 5)
Comic Book by Tim Siedell, Stephen Thompson, Mark Irwin, Michael Atiyeh et al.
Approximately 19 years before the Battle of Yavin
In the ruins of an ancient moon, Darth Vader encounters an evil people with a dark prophecy and a powerful weapon. They are a threat to the Empire and Vader will force them to serve—or crush them all! Meanwhile, the assassin hunting Vader still lurks...
Available: July 17th 2013
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[Dark Times: A Spark Remains #1] [] Dark Times: A Spark Remains #1 (of 5)
Comic Book by Randy Stradley, Doug Wheatley, Dan Jackson, Benjamin Carré et al.
Approximately 19 years before the Battle of Yavin
Reunited with the ragtag crew of the Uhumele, Jedi Dass Jennir is surprised to find them plotting with another Jedi to take down the iron fist of the new Galactic Empire—Darth Vader himself! Having only just found love and a reason to live, Jennir is reluctant to join—but their plan may be too good to pass up...
Available: July 17th 2013
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[Legacy - Prisoner of the Floating World #5] [] Legacy - Prisoner of the Floating World #5 (of 5)
Comic Book by Corinna Bechko, Gabriel Hardman, Rachelle Rosenberg, Dave Wilkins et al.
Approximately 138 years after the Battle of Yavin
The bad news: Ania Solo and her friends are on a planetoid that’s on a collision course with a huge space station. The worse news: a mad Sith warrior stands between them and escape!
Imminent fiery destruction, or white-hot dismemberment by lightsaber? Some days there are just no good choices!

Available: July 24th 2013
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Release dates subject to change.

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NEWS . . .

Friday 12th April
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[Dark Horse Comics] Upcoming Graphic Novels
In their latest solicitations, Dark Horse Comics has announced the following Star Wars graphic novel titles planned for US release in September.
[Legacy: Book 2] [] Legacy: Book 2 (hardback)
Hardback graphic Novel by John Ostrander, Jan Duursema, Omar Francia et al.
Approximately 137 years after the Battle of Yavin
A century after the death of Darth Vader, the Sith have returned and the galaxy is on the brink of war. The one hope for stopping the Sith lies with ex-Jedi and would-be pirate Cade Skywalker, the last of the Skywalker lineage. But Cade has plans of his own...
Available: September 11th 2013 (US)
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[Star Wars Volume 1: In the Shadow of Yavin] [] Star Wars: Volume 1 - In the Shadow of Yavin
Graphic Novel by Brian Wood, Carlos D’Anda, Ryan Odagawa, Gabe Eltaeb et al.
Shortly after the Battle of Yavin
After the destruction of the Death Star, the Rebels are hounded by the Empire. Suspecting a spy in their ranks, Princess Leia forms a secret X-wing squadron—which includes Luke Skywalker—to expose the spy and find a safe home. Meanwhile, Han Solo and Chewbacca are sent on a covert mission!
Collects: Star Wars #1 thru #6 and Free Comic Book Day 2013.
Available: September 18th 2013 (US)
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[Dark Times: Volume 6 - Fire Carrier] [] Dark Times: Volume 6 - Fire Carrier
Graphic Novel by Randy Stradley, Gabriel Guzman, Garry Henderson, Doug Wheatley et al.
Approximately 19 years before the Battle of Yavin
On Coruscant, Darth Vader continues his obsession with ending all Jedi. Across the galaxy, Jedi Master K’Kruhk is on the run with a group of young Padawans. Forced to land on an Imperial-run planet, they hide with other refugees. Immediately, K’Kruhk senses something wrong. They must sneak away, and hope that they can escape the Empire...
Collects: Dark Times: Fire Carrier #1 thru #5.
Available: September 25th  2013 (US)
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Release dates subject to change.

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NEW RELEASE . . .

Wednesday 10th April
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[Available now...] Star Wars #4
Comic Book & e-Comic Book by Brian Wood, Carlos D'Anda, Gabe Eltaeb, Alex Ross et al.
Dark Horse Comics ( [US] & [UK] [import])

Shortly after the Battle of Yavin:
As Princess Leia’s stealth squadron lays a trap for the spy within their ranks, she soon realizes that the Rebels are ill prepared for the Empire’s zealous pursuit. Meanwhile, Han Solo flees from the Empire through the lower levels of Coruscant, and Luke Skywalker enjoys being grounded with a female friend...more

[This story occurs during The Rebellion era.]
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Wednesday 10th April
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[Dark Horse Digital] Digital e-comic releases this week
Dark Horse Comics has added the following Star Wars digital comic titles to their Dark Horse Digital[External site - opens in a new window/tab] e-comic store this week:
  • Star Wars #4

Dark Horse Digital[External site - opens in a new window/tab] purchases can currently be viewed on iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, an Android enabled tablet or smartphone or any modern web browser.

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NEW RELEASE . . .

Thursday 4th April
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[The Clone Wars Comic #45] Star Wars: The Clone Wars Comic #45
Children's Comic Book
Titan Comics ( [UK] )

Between 22 and 19 years before the Battle of Yavin:
Featuring
original short comic story, Power Down, plus return of Design A Bounty Hunter competition, puzzles, games and free cover gift, an inflatable Death Star toy!

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

Wednesday 3rd April
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[ Available now... ] Dark Times: Fire Carrier #3 (part 3 of 5)
Comic Book & e-Comic Book by Randy Stradley, Gabriel Guzman et al.
Dark Horse Comics ( [US] & [UK] [import])

Approximately 19 years before the Battle of Yavin:
As Jedi Master K’Kruhk and a band of Padawans distance themselves from the Empire’s refugee camp, they discover a deadly secret the local militia is keeping from their Imperial masters!
Now, marked for death by both factions, they must find a place of safety. But how does one escape the dark times?
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[This story occurs during The Rise of the Empire era.]
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Wednesday 3rd April
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[Dark Horse Digital] Digital e-comic releases this week
Dark Horse Comics has added the following Star Wars digital comic titles to their Dark Horse Digital[External site - opens in a new window/tab] e-comic store this week:
  • Dark Times: Fire Carrier #3

Dark Horse Digital[External site - opens in a new window/tab] purchases can currently be viewed on iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, an Android enabled tablet or smartphone or any modern web browser.

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Tuesday 2nd April
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[ Available now... ] Star Wars: The Blueprints
Reference Book by J. W. Rinzler
47North ( [US] )

Star Wars: The Blueprints brings together the original technical drawings from deep within the Lucasfilm Archives. Combined with insightful commentary from best-selling author J. W. Rinzler, the collection maps in precise, vivid, and intricate detail the very genesis of one of the most enduring and beloved stories to appear onscreen...more
[This book is a non-Fiction / Reference book.]
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[ The Clone Wars Magazine: issue 17] Star Wars: The Clone Wars Magazine #17
Children's Magazine
Titan Magazines ( [US] )

Between 22 and 19 years before the Battle of Yavin:
Featuring
two comic stories; plus puzzles, games and competitions.

Cover subject to change.

[This story occurs during The Rise of the Empire era.]
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Monday 1st April
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[The Star Wars] Dark Horse Comics to adapt The Star Wars
As widely reported Dark Horse Comics are to publish a 8-issue adaptation of George Lucas's 1974 original screenplay of The Star Wars:

George Lucas’s original-draft screenplay for The Star Wars to be adapted by J. W. Rinzler and Mike Mayhew!

APRIL 1, MILWAUKIE, OR–It’s no April Fools’ prank! Dark Horse is honored to announce a dream project: working with J.W. Rinzler, executive editor at LucasBooks, and artist Mike Mayhew (Avengers) to adapt the rough-draft original screenplay which spawned the biggest franchise in film history!
Three years before his 1977 film, George Lucas put down on paper his first story set in a galaxy far, far away—a tale of fantastic adventures, daring escapes, “lazer swords,” romance, and monsters. A story of Jedi Annikin Starkiller and General Luke Skywalker, an alien named Han Solo, and evil Sith Knights. The screenplay was titled The Star Wars!
“I’m not sure where I first read about The Star Wars—it was years and years ago—but the idea of Luke Skywalker being an older Jedi General, and Han Solo being a six-foot-tall lizard, turned my Star Wars fan brain on its side,” said longtime Star Wars editor Randy Stradley. “I always assumed this would be one of those stories that would be ‘lost to history,’ so getting to work on bringing it to life is kinda like a dream come true.”
“While researching in the Lucasfilm Archives I’ve found many treasures—but one which truly astounded me was George’s rough draft for The Star Wars. His first complete imaginings were hallucinating to read—mind blowing,” said writer J.W. Rinzler. “While working with George on another book project, I once asked if we could adapt his rough draft. He was hesitant. Years later, with Dark Horse’s invaluable help, we showed him a few drawn and colored pages of what it might look like. He gave us the okay.”
Originally conceived in 1974, The Star Wars has been the subject of rumor and legend in the fan community throughout the history of the galaxy far, far away. Now, Lucas has seen fit to grant Dark Horse the right to adapt this fabled story into an eight-issue comic series launching in September!

BleedingCool.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab] has screenshots of the announcement and concept art from Wondercon while Examiner.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab] has an official scan of a page from the upcoming comic.

For those interested in how Lucas's early drafts/synopsis/scripts changed over the years between 1973 and the finalised version from 1976 peruse StarKiller: The Jedi Bendu Script Site[External site - opens in a new window/tab].

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