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[ News Review and Archive ]
May 2013

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

Thursday 30th May
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[The Clone Wars Comic #47] Star Wars: The Clone Wars Comic #47
Children's Comic Book
Titan Comics ( [UK] )

Between 22 and 19 years before the Battle of Yavin:
Featuring
original short comic story, Lockdown, plus puzzles, games and free cover gift!

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

Wednesday 29th May
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[Omnibus: Wild Space - Volume 1] Omnibus: Wild Space - Volume 1
Omnibus Graphic Novel by Mike W. Barr, Chris Claremont, Archie Goodwin et al.
Dark Horse Books ( [US] )

This wild omnibus features rare and previously uncollected stories from UK publications, toy pack-ins, cereal boxes, Star Wars Kids magazine, and even issues that were originally published in 3-D! A treasure trove of unexpected gems for the casual Star Wars fan - and a completist's dream - this volume contains work from some of comics' most famous writers and artists, plus stories you never knew existed and those that you can't live without!

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NEW RELEASE . . .

Friday 24th May
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[Available now...] The Old Republic: Annihilation
Paperback Novel by Drew Karpyshyn
Titan Books ( [UK] )

Approximately 3,660 years before the Battle of Yavin:
The Sith Empire is in flux. The Emperor is missing, presumed dead, and an ambitious Sith lord’s attempt to seize the throne has ended fatally. Still, Darth Karrid, commander of the fearsome Imperial battle cruiser Ascendant Spear, continues her relentless efforts to achieve total Sith domination of the galaxy
...more

[This story occurs during The Old Republic era.]
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NEW RELEASES . . .

Wednesday 22nd May
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[Available now...] Dawn of the Jedi: Prisoner of Bogan #5 (part 5 of 5)
Comic Book & e-Comic Book by John Ostrander, Jan Duursema et al.
Dark
Horse Comics ( [US] & [UK] [import])

Approximately 25,793 years before the Battle of Yavin:
Je’daii Daegen Lok is on the verge of launching a war against the Je’daii. With the Force-strong stranger Xesh as his ally and a young Je’daii captive, Lok is close to his goal. But Je’daii Rangers are close behind, as the Masters at the Temples have unlocked some of the secrets of Xesh’s origins. Something worse than the prisoner of Bogan is loose in the Tython system!...more

[This story occurs during Before The  Republic era]
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[Available now...] Legacy II #3: 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 and her friends have been chased, blockaded, and shot at, and now they’re stuck on a world of molten sulfur all because an Imperial Knight wants them dead. Just when things seem bleakest, another Imperial Knight shows up! Is he here to help them, or help destroy them?...more

[This story occurs during The Legacy of the Force era.]
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NEWS . . .

Friday 17th May
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[Star Wars Insider] Crucible tie-in short story to appear in next month's Insider magazine
Del Rey has announced via its Facebook[External site - opens in a new window/tab] page that the June issue of Star Wars Insider magazine, #142 in US #118 in UK, will contain a tie-in short story to Troy Denning's upcoming novel Crucible. Penned by Christie Golden (author of Fate of the Jedi: Omen, Allies and Ascension), Good Hunting is set between Apocalypse and Crucible and "will feature Jaina Solo, Tenel Ka, and Allana Solo on a hostile wilderness planet".
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NEW RELEASES . . .

Wednesday 15th May
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[Available now...] Darth Maul: Death Sentence
Graphic Novel by Tom Taylor, Bruno Redondo, Michael Atiyeh, Dave Dorman et al.
Dark Horse Books ( [US] )

Between 22 and 19 years before the Battle of Yavin:
Fearsome Sith Lord Darth Maul wreaks havoc through the galaxy with his brother Savage Opress!
When the brothers’ murderous rampage is interrupted by a bounty placed on their heads by Ja’Boag, the duo decides to target him—only to be met by a team of Jedi and Ja’Boag’s own private army
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[This story occurs during The Rise of the Empire era.]
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[Darth Vader and the Ninth Assassin - issue 2] Darth Vader and the Ninth Assassin #2 (part 2 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:
An unknown enemy obliterates a star destroyer. An attempt is made on the life of the Emperor. A new evil has made itself known in the galaxy, and Darth Vader is going to find it and crush it. But beware, warns the Emperor, this new adversary appears to wield a sorcery very old and very dark...more

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

Wednesday 15th May
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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 #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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NEW RELEASE . . .

Tuesday 14th May
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[Star Wars Storyboards: The Prequel Trilogy] Star Wars Storyboards: The Prequel Trilogy
Hardback Reference Book
Abrams ( [US] & [UK] )

Star Wars Storyboards: The Prequel Trilogy collects the best storyboards from all three films together in one striking volume, along with relevant excerpts from the shooting scripts. Throughout this book, readers will find insight into how these conceptual storyboards helped to contribute both to the creation of the Prequel Trilogy and the expansion of the Star Wars universe...more

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NEWS . . .

Tuesday 14th May
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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 October.
[Omnibus: Wild Space - Volume 2] [] Omnibus: Wild Space - Volume 2
Omnibus graphic Novel by various
A second omnibus filled with rare Star Wars gems! Get your adventure on with Jabba the Hutt, Han Solo, and Lando Calrissian, and stomp on Star Wars with Mark Evanier and Sergio Aragonés! Plus, unreal tales from the concept artists behind Episode III, and podracing fun with young Anakin Skywalker!
* Many never-before-collected stories!
* A look at the lighter side of the Force!

Available: October 2nd 2013 (US)
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[Ewoks: Shadows of Endor] [] Ewoks: Shadows of Endor
Graphic Novella by Zack Giallongo, Braden Lamb, Zack Giallongo et al.
Approximately 4 years after the Battle of Yavin
Until now, the Ewoks had been able to ignore the arrival of the Empire’s stormtroopers on Endor. But when they discover their rivals, the Agluks, have been enslaved and a legendary beast has been awakened, the Ewoks realize they may have to prepare for war—as soon as they figure out how to survive the beast!
* Leads directly into the events of Return of the Jedi!
* Ties into the beloved Ewoks TV series and movies!

Available: October 16th 2013 (US)
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Release dates subject to change.

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NEWS . . .

Saturday 11th May
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[Kenobi] Cover revealed for Miller's Kenobi novel
io9.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab] has the exclusive reveal for the cover of John Jackson Miller's upcoming Obi-Wan Kenobi novel, Kenobi:

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Tatooine - a harsh desert world where farmers toil in the heat of two suns while trying to protect themselves and their loved ones from the marauding Tusken Raiders. A backwater planet on the edge of civilized space. And an unlikely place to find a Jedi Master in hiding, or an orphaned infant boy on whose tiny shoulders rests the future of a galaxy.
Known to locals only as “Ben,” the bearded and robed offworlder is an enigmatic stranger who keeps to himself, shares nothing of his past, and goes to great pains to remain an outsider. But as tensions escalate between the farmers and a tribe of Sand People led by a ruthless war chief, Ben finds himself drawn into the fight, endangering the very mission that brought him to Tatooine.
Ben—Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi, hero of the Clone Wars, traitor to the Empire, and protector of the galaxy’s last hope—can no more turn his back on evil than he can reject his Jedi training. And when blood is unjustly spilled, innocent lives threatened, and a ruthless opponent unmasked, Ben has no choice but to call on the wisdom of the Jedi—and the formidable power of the Force—in his never-ending fight for justice.

Star Wars: Kenobi by John Jackson Miller is due for release in hardback in the US on 27th August.

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NEWS . . .

Friday 10th May
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[Dark Horse Comics] Comics for August 2013
In their latest solicitations, Dark Horse Comics has announced the following Star Wars comic titles due for release in August.
[Star Wars #8] [] Star Wars #8 (ongoing)
Comic Book by Brian Wood, Ryan Kelly, Dan Parsons, Gabe Eltaeb, Rodolfo Migliari et al.
Shortly after the Battle of Yavin
Luke Skywalker and Wedge Antilles intentionally allow themselves to be captured by the Empire to discover how Colonel Bircher is tracking the Rebels’ movements. Meanwhile, Darth Vader sends a spy into his own ranks to find out the same thing. And Han and Chewie go blaster to blaster against Boba Fett!
Available: August 14th 2013
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[] Darth Vader and the Ninth Assassin #5 (of 5)
Comic Book by Tim Siedell, Iván Fernández, Denis Freitas, Michael Atiyeh et al.
Approximately 19 years before the Battle of Yavin
Having stalked Darth Vader, the assassin is now ready to strike . . . It seems Vader, distracted by threats to the Emperor, could be taken. But the assassin has made one mistake—believing that he has a chance against the most-feared man in the galaxy!
Available: August 21st 2013
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[Dark Times: A Spark Remains #2] [] Dark Times: A Spark Remains #2 (of 5)
Comic Book by Randy Stradley, Doug Wheatley, Dan Jackson, Benjamin Carré et al.
Approximately 19 years before the Battle of Yavin
The crew of the Uhumele have a plan to strike at the heart of the newly formed Galactic Empire - Darth Vader himself! While they seek a certain Jedi to join their cause, secrets among the crew begin to form cracks in their alliance. Could their plan be over before it’s begun? Elsewhere, Vader trains an assassin for Jedi hunting!
Available: August 21st 2013
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[Legacy - Prisoner of the Floating World #6] [] Legacy #6: Outcasts of the Broken Ring (part 1)
Comic Book by Corinna Bechko, Gabriel Hardman, Brian Thies, Livio Ramondelli et al.
Approximately 138 years after the Battle of Yavin
When word comes that Sith are being sought out and murdered by another Sith, Ania Solo and Imperial Knight Jao want to find out why.
The only things standing in their way are the Empire, the Jedi, the Galactic Alliance, and the Imperial Knights!

Available: August 28th 2013
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Release dates subject to change.

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NEWS . . .

Thursday 9th May
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[ Available now... ] Free Comic Book Day comic available free digitally
Dark Horse Comics has made this year's Free Comic Book Day Star Wars story, The Assassination of Darth Vader by Brian Wood (author of the ongoing Star Wars series), available digitally for free from the Dark Horse Digital[External site - opens in a new window/tab] store.

Digital comics from Dark Horse Digital can be read on any modern web browser or on iOS and Android devices (apps available from appropriate app stores).
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NEWS . . .

Thursday 9th May
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[] Into the Void competition winners
Last month Star Wars Books & Comics ran a competition to win a copy of Tim Lebbon's Dawn of the Jedi: Into the Void novel, as published this week by Del Rey, with one US winner and one UK winner.
We are pleased to say that our winners were:
  • Kevin Calkins, Livermore, California, USA
  • Pete Holland, Walsall, W. Midlands, UK

Congratulations to Kevin and Pete - both should be enjoying their copies now.
Keep visiting Star Wars Books & Comics for details of our next exciting competition.

P.S. the answer to the posed competition question, what was Tim Lebbon's first published novel, was Mesmer.

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NEW RELEASE . . .

Thursday 9th May
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[Available now...] Star Wars Insider #117
Magazine
Titan Magazines ( [UK] )

Featuring exclsuive short story, Eruption, by John Ostrander.

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NEW RELEASE . . .

Wednesday 8th May
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[Available now...] Star Wars #5
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:
When Princess Leia is caught between two squadrons of TIE fighters, her undercover scouting may be at an end. But Luke Skywalker is doing his best to disobey Leia’s own orders, and to once again save the princess. Time is short and the Empire is closing in!...more

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

Wednesday 8th May
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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 #5

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 . . .

Tuesday 7th May
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[Dawn of the Jedi: Into the Void] Dawn of the Jedi: Into the Void
Hardback Novel, e-Book & Audio Book by Tim Lebbon
Del Rey ( [US] & [UK] [import])

Approximately 25,793 years before the Battle of Yavin:
On the planet Tython, the ancient Je’daii order was founded. And at the feet of its wise Masters, Lanoree Brock learned the mysteries and methods of the Force and found her calling as one of its most powerful disciples. But as strongly as the Force flowed within Lanoree and her parents, it remained absent in her brother, who grew to despise and shun the Je’daii...more

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NEW RELEASE . . .

Saturday 4th May
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[ Available now... ] The Assassination of Darth Vader (Free Comic Book Day 2013 release)
Comic Book by Brian Wood, Ryan Odagawa, Gabe Eltaeb, Michael Heisler et al.
Dark Horse Comics ( [US] & [UK] [import])

Shortly before the Battle of Yavin:
When Darth Vader plans to meet Boba Fett aboard the Star Destroyer Devastator he is acutely aware that the bounty hunter is planning to assassinate the Dark Lord of the Sith...

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

Friday 3rd May
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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.
Titan Books ( [UK] )

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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NEWS . . .

Thursday 2nd May
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[Kenobi] Blurb for Miller's Kenobi novel
RandomHouse.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab] has updated their online catalog listings page for John Jackson Miller's forthcoming Kenobi novel with a full blurb:

The Republic has fallen.
Sith Lords rule the galaxy.
Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi has lost everything...
Everything but hope.


Tatooine—a harsh desert world where farmers toil in the heat of two suns while trying to protect themselves and their loved ones from the marauding Tusken Raiders. A backwater planet on the edge of civilized space. And an unlikely place to find a Jedi Master in hiding, or an orphaned infant boy on whose tiny shoulders rests the future of a galaxy.
Known to locals only as “Ben,” the bearded and robed offworlder is an enigmatic stranger who keeps to himself, shares nothing of his past, and goes to great pains to remain an outsider. But as tensions escalate between the farmers and a tribe of Sand People led by a ruthless war chief, Ben finds himself drawn into the fight, endangering the very mission that brought him to Tatooine.
Ben—Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi, hero of the Clone Wars, traitor to the Empire, and protector of the galaxy’s last hope—can no more turn his back on evil than he can reject his Jedi training. And when blood is unjustly spilled, innocent lives threatened, and a ruthless opponent unmasked, Ben has no choice but to call on the wisdom of the Jedi—and the formidable power of the Force—in his never-ending fight for justice.

Kenobi is due for release in hardback / e-Book / Audio Book formats in the US on 27th August.

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NEW RELEASE . . .

Wednesday 1st May
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[ Available now... ] Dark Times: Fire Carrier #4 (part 4 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:
Jedi Master K’Kruhk goes to war against the soldiers of a local militia in order to give the Padawans he’s vowed to protect a chance to escape. But the Padawans have encountered a new, unexpected danger in the forest. What’s worse is that the Empire has become suspicious of the militia’s activities and is bringing in troops to investigate...more

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