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[ News Review and Archive ]
July 2013

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

Saturday 27th July
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[Kenobi] Preview for Kenobi
RandomHouse.com has updated their listings page[External site - opens in a new window/tab] for John Jackson Miller's upcoming novel, Kenobi, with a 60 page preview of the book:

Kenobi by John Jackson Miller is due for release in hardback, e-Book and unabridged Audio Book formats on 27th August in the US.
(Source: via Knights' Archive[External site - opens in a new window/tab])

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NEW RELEASE . . .

Friday 26th July
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[Available now...] Purge
Graphic Novel by Haden Blackman, John Ostrander, Alexander Freed et al.
Titan Books ( [UK] )

Approximately 19 years before the Battle of Yavin:
Darth Vader brings death to the Jedi who survived Order 66. His legend grows as he roots out Jedi, crushing their lives, their hopes, and all memory of their kind from the civilizations that now bow to the Galactic Empire...more
Collates all four Purge stories.

[This story occurs during The Rise of the Empire era.]
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Thursday 25th July
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[The Clone Wars Comic #49] Star Wars: The Clone Wars Comic #49
Children's Comic Book
Titan Comics ( [UK] )

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

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

Wednesday 24th July
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[ Available now... ] Dawn of the Jedi: Volume 2 - Prisoner of Bogan
Graphic Novel by John Ostrander, Jan Duursema et al.
Dark Horse Books ( [US] )

Approximately 25,793 years before the Battle of Yavin:
Xesh, a mysterious alien warrior, is enthralled with the madman Daegen Lok and his obsession with conquering known space. Hunter teams are dispatched by the Je’daii to stop Lok and save the misguided Xesh, but they’re not alone. Xesh’s former masters have sent their own hunter—with orders to kill!...more

[This story occurs during Before the Republic era.]
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[Available now...] Agent of the Empire: Volume 2 - Hard Targets
Graphic Novel by John Ostrander, Stéphane Roux, Julien Hugonnard-Bert et al.
Dark Horse Books ( [US] )

Approximately 3 years before the Battle of Yavin:
When the current Count Dooku is assassinated—and Boba Fett is framed for the deed—the Count’s young heir becomes a political pawn. Agent Cross has his orders, but when the boy’s fate is left to a murderous uncle, an angry bounty hunter, and two lethal ladies, Cross changes his mission!...more

[This story occurs during The Rise of the Empire era.]
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[Available now...] Legacy II #5: Prisoner of the Floating World (part 5)
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:
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!...
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[This story occurs during The Legacy of the Force era.]
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Wednesday 24th July
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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 II #5: Prisoner of the Floating World

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 23rd July
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[Available now...] Star Wars Insider #143
Magazine
Titan Magazines ( [US] )

Featuring exclsuive short story, Incognito, by John Jackson Miller.

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Wednesday 17th July
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[ Available now... ] Dark Times: A Spark Remains #1 (part 1 of 5)
Comic Book & e-Comic Book by Randy Stradley, Doug Wheatley et al.
Dark Horse Comics ( [US] & [UK] [import])

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...more

[This story occurs during The Rise of the Empire era.]
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[Available now...] Darth Vader and the Ninth Assassin #4 (part 4 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:
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 - crush them all! Meanwhile, the assassin hunting Vader still lurks...more

[This story occurs during The Rise of the Empire era.]
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Wednesday 17th July
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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: A Spark Remains #1
  • Darth Vader and the Ninth Assassin #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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Sunday 14th July
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[ Celebration Europe II ] Celebration Europe II: Caravan of the Force
Our good friends over at JediNews.co.uk have let us know of the interesting travel plans they have to get to Star Wars Celebration Europe II at Messe Essen, Germany:

JediNews.co.uk and Star Wars Celebration Europe are delighted to announce Caravan of the Force in association with Toys 'R' Us. Caravan of the Force is a two vehicle convoy with six people on-board, all with the common goal of raising money for Make-A-Wish Foundation. The Caravan will be travelling from the UK to France, Belgium, Holland and Germany arriving in time for Star Wars Celebration Europe that takes place 26-28th July in Messe Essen, and then all the way back to London again! As we reach each country we'll be welcomed by the local 501st Garrison in order to raise awareness of our trip and raise funds for Make-A-Wish...read more

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Friday 12th July
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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 December.
[Omnibus: Knights of the Old Republic - Volume 2] [] Omnibus: Knights of the Old Republic - Volume 2
Omnibus Graphic Novel by John Jackson Miller, Brian Ching, Bong Dazo, Scott Hepburn et al.
Approximately 3,963 years before the Battle of Yavin
After Zayne Carrick is framed for the murder of his fellow Jedi in training, his poor luck prevents him from clearing his name and throws him into dangerous situations all over the galaxy, leading to his final confrontation with the Jedi Masters who massacred their own Padawans!

Available: December 18th 2013 (US)
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Release dates subject to change.

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Friday 12th July
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[Dark Horse Comics] Comics for October 2013
In their latest solicitations, Dark Horse Comics has announced the following Star Wars comic titles due for release in October.
[The Star Wars #2] [] The Star Wars #2 (of 8) [Nick Runge regular cover]
Comic Book by J. W. Rinzler, Mike Mayhew, Rain Beredo, Brad Anderson et al.
The “Death Star” battle you didn’t see!
The Empire is poised for an attack on the peaceful world of Aquilae, and only Jedi General Luke Skywalker seems concerned. When King Kayos is killed, Jedi in training Annikin Starkiller is ordered to find Princess Leia, while Skywalker sends his only squadron against the Empire’s powerful new battle station!

Available: October 2nd 2013
Variant cover issue featuring Ralph McQuarrie art also available!
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[The Star Wars #2 (Ralph McQuarrie variant cover)] [] The Star Wars #2 (of 8) [Ralph McQuarrie variant cover]
Comic Book by J. W. Rinzler, Mike Mayhew, Rain Beredo, Brad Anderson et al.
Before Star Wars, there was The Star Wars! This is the authorized adaptation of George Lucas’s rough-draft screenplay of what would eventually become a motion picture that would change the world. Annikin Starkiller is the hero... Luke Skywalker is a wizened Jedi general... Han Solo is a big green alien... and the Sith... Well, the Sith are still the bad guys. High adventure and derring-do from longer ago, in a galaxy even further away!
* Official adaptation of George Lucas’s original screenplay for Star Wars!
* Features regular, variant, and ultravariant covers!

Available: September 4th 2013
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[Star Wars #10] [] Star Wars #10 (ongoing)
Comic Book by Brian Wood, Carlos D’Anda, Dan Parsons, Gabe Eltaeb et al.
Shortly after the Battle of Yavin
Luke Skywalker and Wedge Antilles have infiltrated an Imperial Destroyer. But now nine thousand stormtroopers are searching for them, and Darth Vader is aware of their presence. Completing their mission and escaping with their lives may be an either/or proposition!
Meanwhile, the Rebel fleet prepares for an Imperial assault!

Available: October 9th 2013
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[Dark Times: A Spark Remains #4] [] Dark Times: A Spark Remains #4 (of 5)
Comic Book by Randy Stradley, Doug Wheatley, Dan Jackson, Benjamin Carré et al.
Approximately 19 years before the Battle of Yavin
Darth Vader is on the trail of one Jedi—little does he know that even more Jedi are aware of his search and his impending arrival on their planet. The Jedi and their friends are waiting with a trap to end Vader for good. But this is a dark lord of the Sith they will be battling—and nothing is certain!
A few of the last surviving Jedi plant a trap for Darth Vader!

Available: October 16th 2013
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[Legacy II #8] [] Legacy II #8: Outcasts of the Broken Ring (part 3)
Comic Book by Corinna Bechko, Gabriel Hardman, Brian Thies, Livio Ramondelli et al.
Approximately 138 years after the Battle of Yavin
Ania Solo and Imperial Knight Jao’s search for Sith leads to the poisoned Mon Calamari homeworld of Dac—where their ship is boarded by pirates who have taken over the planet’s orbiting shipyards.
Jao senses the dark side at work—especially when he and Ania are marked for death!

Available: October 23rd 2013
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Release dates subject to change.

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NEW RELEASE . . .

Friday 12th July
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[Available now...] The Clone Wars: The Smuggler's Code
Graphic Novella by Justin Aclin, Eduardo Ferrara, Michael Atiyeh et al.
Titan Books ( [UK] )

Between 22 and 19 years before the Battle of Yavin:
When he encounters a criminal from his past, Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi strikes out, determined to fulfill a promise he made to himself as a young Jedi: to bring in this fugitive on his own! While on the trail, Obi-Wan earns a favor from a local smuggler, but her devotion to working for her own benefit may be more trouble for Obi-Wan than her help is actually worth!...more

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

Wednesday 10th July
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[Available now...] Star Wars #7
Comic Book & e-Comic Book by Brian Wood, Ryan Kelly, Dan Parsons et al.
Dark Horse Comics ( [US] & [UK] [import])

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!

[This story occurs during The Rebellion era.]
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[Available now...] Purge
Graphic Novel by Haden Blackman, John Ostrander, Alexander Freed et al.
Dark Horse Books ( [US] )

Approximately 19 years before the Battle of Yavin:
Darth Vader brings death to the Jedi who survived Order 66. His legend grows as he roots out Jedi, crushing their lives, their hopes, and all memory of their kind from the civilizations that now bow to the Galactic Empire...more
Collates all four Purge stories.

[This story occurs during The Rise of the Empire era.]
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Wednesday 10th July
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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 #7

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 9th July
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[Available now...] Crucible
Hardback Novel, e-Book and Audio Book by Troy Denning
Del Rey ( [US] )

Approximately 45 years after the Battle of Yavin:
When Han and Leia Solo arrive at Lando Calrissian’s Outer Rim mining operation to help him thwart a hostile takeover, their aim is just to even up the odds and lay down the law. Then monstrous aliens arrive with a message, and mere threats escalate into violent sabotage with mass fatalities. When the dust settles, what began as corporate warfare becomes a battle with much higher stakes and far deadlier consequences...more

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

Friday 5th July
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[Available now...] Lost Tribe of the Sith: Spiral
Graphic Novel by John Jackson Miller, Andrea Mutti et al.
Titan Books ( [UK] )

Approximately 3,000 years before the Battle of Yavin:
An ambitious Sith rebel, Spinner, is about to upset the balance of a lost tribe of Sith. When he is arrested for treason and sent away on a prisoner vessel, thoughts of overcoming his station, destroying the Tribe, and even finding a way to escape into the galaxy lead Spinner to a powerful, long-forgotten weapon...more

[This story occurs during The Old Republic era]
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Thursday 4th July
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[Kenobi] Kenobi's first chapter now online
RandomHouse.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab] has updated their online catalogue for John Jackson Miller's forthcoming Obi-Wan Kenobi novel, Kenobi, with the book's first chapter.
Here's a brief extract, take the link to continue reading:

Everything casts two shadows.
The suns had determined this at the dawn of creation. Brothers, they were, until the younger sun showed his true face to the tribe. It was a sin. The elder sun attempted to kill his brother, as was only proper.
But he failed.
Burning, bleeding, the younger sun pursued his sibling across the sky. The wily old star fled for the hills and safety, but it was his fate never to rest again. For the younger brother had only exposed his face. The elder had exposed his failure.
And others had seen it—to their everlasting sorrow.
The first Sand People had watched the battle in the sky. The suns, dually covered in shame, turned their wrath on the witnesses. The skybrothers’ gaze tore at the mortals, burning through flesh to reveal their secret selves. The Sand People saw their shadows on the sands of Tatooine, and listened. The younger spirit urged attack. The elder told them to hide. Counsels, from the condemned.
The Sand People were condemned, as well. Always walking with the twin shadows of sacrilege and failure beside them, they would hide their faces. They would fight. They would raid. And they would run.
Most Sand People struck at night, when neither skybrother could whisper to them. A’Yark preferred to hunt at dawn. The voices of the shadows were quieter then—and the settlers who infested the land could see their doom clearly. That was important. The elder sun had failed by not killing his brother. A’Yark would not fail, had never failed, in killing settlers. The elder sun would see the example, and learn . . .
. . . now.
“Tuskens!”
continue reading...[External site - opens in a new window/tab]

Kenobi by John Jackson Miller is due for release in the US on 27th August in hardback, e-book and unabridged audio book formats>
Meanwhile author Miller has confirmed that the next issue of Star Wars Insider magazine (#143 in US, #119 in UK), due for release at the end of July, will contain an original short story by him that is a tie-in to his Kenobi novel.
(Source: via Knights' Archive[External site - opens in a new window/tab])

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NEW RELEASE . . .

Thursday 4th July
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[Available now...] X-Wing: Mercy Kill
Paperback Novel by Aaron Allston
Arrow Books ( [UK] )

Approximately 45 years after the Battle of Yavin:
A powerful general in the Galactic Alliance Army, once renowned for his valor, is suspected of participating in the infamous Lecersen Conspiracy, which nearly toppled the Alliance back into the merciless hands of the Empire. With orders to expose and apprehend the traitor, and license to do so by any and all means, Wraith Squadron will become thieves, pirates, impostors, forgers...more

[This story occurs during The Legacy of the Force era]
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Tuesday 2nd July
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[Empire & Rebellion: Razor's Edge] Blurb for Razor's Edge
RandomHouse.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab] has updated their online catalogue for Martha Wells' forthcoming Leia novel, Empire and Rebellion: Razor's Edge, with the book's official blurb:

Times are desperate for the Rebel Alliance. Harassment by the Empire and a shortage of vital supplies are hindering completion of a new secret base on the ice planet Hoth. So when Mid Rim merchants offer much-needed materials for sale, Princess Leia Organa and Han Solo lead an Alliance delegation to negotiate a deal.
But when treachery forces the rebel ship to flee into territory controlled by pirates, Leia makes a shocking discovery: the fierce marauders come from Leia’s homeworld of Alderaan, recently destroyed by the Death Star. These refugees have turned to pillaging and plundering to survive—and they are in debt to a pirate armada, which will gladly ransom the princess to the vengeful Empire . . . if they find out her true identity.
Struggling with intense feelings of guilt, loyalty, and betrayal, Leia is determined to help her wayward kinspeople, even as Imperial forces are closing in on her own crippled ship. Trapped between lethal cutthroats and brutal oppressors, Leia and Han, along with Luke, Chewbacca, and a battle-ready crew, must defy death—or embrace it—to keep the rebellion alive.

Empire and Rebellion: Razor's Edge by Martha Wells is due for release in the US on 24th September in hardback, e-book and unabridged audio book formats.
(Source: via Knights' Archive[External site - opens in a new window/tab])

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