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[ News Review and Archive ]
February 2014

[ News Archive... ]
The following news items were posted on Star Wars Book & Comics during February 2014:
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NEWS . . .

Friday 28th February
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[ Aaran Allston ] Aaron Allston passes away
It was with sadness and some shock that the Star Wars community awoke this morning to the news that author Aaron Allston passed away yesterday from suspected heart failure. Aged just 53 Aaron was both a well respected and a much-loved author within the Star Wars community and further afield.
His contribution to the Expanded Universe over the past 16 years was immense with 13 Star Wars novels and two short stories to his name. Back in 2009 Aaron had a heart attack and since then has suffered from bouts of poor health.
Although best known for his many licensed tie-in novels, such as those he wrote for the Star Wars and Terminator franchises...read full story
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NEW RELEASE . . .

Wednesday 26th February
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[Available now...] Legacy II #12 - Wanted: Ania Solo (part 2 of 5)
Comic Book & e-Comic Book by Corinna Bechko, Gabriel Hardman, Rachelle Rosenberg et al.
Dark Horse Comics ( [US] & [UK] [import])

Approximately 138 years after the Battle of Yavin:
A meeting with an old friend lands Ania Solo in handcuffs! Now that she’s a wanted criminal, even her pals Sauk and Imperial Knight Jao are wary of her. Held captive by one bounty hunter and pursued by another, Ania is one blaster shot away from a life sentence—or death!

[This story occurs during The Legacy of the Force era.]
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Wednesday 26th February
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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 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 25th February
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[Legacy: Book 3] Legacy: Book 3
Hardback Graphic Novel by John Ostrander, Jan Duursema, Dan Parsons et al.
Titan Books ( [UK] )

These stories occur aproximately 137 years after the Battle of Yavin:
Last heir to the legacy of the Skywalkers, Cade Skywalker is ready to turn his back on the galaxy for good. But as the rumored death of Sith Emperor Darth Krayt sets into motion a struggle for power, it becomes clear to Cade that he is the true last hope for the galaxy...
Collates Tatooine, Monster, Extremes and War.

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NEWS . . .

Thursday 20th February
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[William Shakespeare's The Empire Striketh Back] Preview for William Shakespeare's The Empire Striketh Back
Get thee once more to a galaxy far, far away as RandomHouse.com update their listings page[External site - opens in a new window/tab] for Ian Doescher's forthcoming William Shakespeare's The Empire Striketh Back book with a 14 page preview:

William Shakespeare's The Empire Striketh Back by Ian Doescher is due for release in hardback, e-Book and digital unabridged Audio Book formats on 18th March from Quirk Books / RandomHouse Audio.

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NEWS . . .

Wednesday 19th February
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[ Dark Horse Comics ] Star Wars Omnibus to end with Dark Times Vol. 2
Commenting on their Message Boards Randy Stradley, Dark Horse Comics' editor, has revealed that the Dark Times Vol. 2 Omnibus (scheduled for US release in May), will be the last Star Wars Omnibus to be published by Dark Horse Comics: "The second Dark Times Omnibus is indeed our final scheduled Omnibus. We will produce trades for all of the current series, but there is not enough time within our remaining license to publish Omnibuses. Dark Horse's goal, obviously, must be to sell as much of our inventory before our final cut-off date."
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NEWS . . .

Wednesday 19th February
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[ Dark Horse Comics ] Comics for May
In their latest solicitations, Dark Horse Comics has announced the following Star Wars comic titles due for release in May 2014 plus graphic novels due July and August, featuring: Star Wars #17, Darth Maul: Son of Dathomir #1, The Star Wars #8, Legacy II #15, Rebel Heist #2, plus graphic novels for July...read full story
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NEW RELEASES . . .

Wednesday 19th February
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[ Available now... ] Dawn of the Jedi: Force War #4 (part 4 of 5)
Comic Book and e-Comic Book by John Ostrander, Jan Duursema et al.
Dark Horse Comics ( [US] & [UK] [import])

Approximately 25,782 years before the Battle of Yavin:
Xesh and his Rakatan master are leading their ravening army to the temple of Anil Kesh and the chasm below—hoping to find a gateway to the galaxy at the bottom! But Je’daii Shae Koda dogs Xesh’s steps, hoping to bring her lover back to the light side of the Force!...more

[This story occurs during Before the Republic era.]
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[ Available now... ] Darth Vader and the Cry of Shadows #3 (part 3 of 5)
Comic Book & e-Comic Book by Tim Siedell, Gabriel Guzman, Michael Atiyeh et al.
Dark Horse Comics ( [US] & [UK] [import])

Approximately 17 years before the Battle of Yavin:
Stormtrooper Hock is exactly where he wants to be - under the command of the greatest warrior in the galaxy, Darth Vader! When a mission to assimilate some remnant Separatists becomes a military disaster, Hock has an opportunity to be something more than a soldier in the ranks to Darth Vader... if he’s willing to take a life-risking chance!...more

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

Wednesday 19th February
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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 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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NEWS . . .

Thursday 13th February
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[The Clone Wars] The Lost Missions exclusive to Netflix
StarWars.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab] has announced that all 13 episodes of The Clone Wars season 6, "The Lost Missions" will be available in the US and Canada exclusively via Netflix[External site - opens in a new window/tab] from Friday, 7th March:

The Galactic Republic, Disney/ABC Television Group, Lucasfilm, and Netflix Inc. today announced the highly anticipated debut of the sixth and final season of the Emmy® Award-winning series Star Wars: The Clone Wars exclusively to Netflix members in the US and Canada on Friday, March 7. Accompanying the 13-episode new season dubbed "The Lost Missions" will be the entire Star Wars: The Clone Wars saga, which includes several director's cut episodes never seen on TV as well as the feature film. This multi-year agreement also makes Netflix the exclusive subscription service for the entire Star Wars: The Clone Wars series.

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NEW RELEASE . . .

Wednesday 12th February
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[Available now...] Star Wars #14: Five Days of Sith (part 2 of 2)
Comic Book & e-Comic Book by Brian Wood, Facundo Percio, Gabe Eltaeb et al.
Dark Horse Comics ( [US] & [UK] [import])

Shortly after the Battle of Yavin:
Ben Kenobi haunts Darth Vader’s dreams, even as the name Skywalker occupies his waking thoughts. The Rebel victory over his former flagship has exposed spies and incompetence within the Empire, and Vader has decided an off-the-record mission of vengeance is needed to clear his head—and restore his reputation!...more

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

Wednesday 12th February
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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 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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REVIEW . . .

Tuesday 11th February
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Maul: Lockdown
By Joe Schreiber
Reviewed by Ewan, Star Wars Books & Comics
Schreiber's writing style is both succinct and non-stop [...] dispenses with any opening exposition instead throwing both the reader and Maul into their first brutal fight[...] we have plenty of descriptive gore that we associate with Schreiber [...] the physical gore descriptions of the fight scenes and some of the characters may not appeal to all readers [...] a fast-paced, hard-action story with enough intrigue [...] intrigue that Schreiber creates throughout his story [...] if you ever needed the Sith to hit the fan, what better Sith could you ask...read full review
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NEWS . . .

Saturday 8th February
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[Fans' Favourites 2011] Fans' Favourites 2013 - The Results
Last month we asked our visitors to vote for their favourite Star Wars books and comics of 2013 in our fourth annual Fans' Favourites Poll. Visitors were asked to vote in four categories: favourite novel/novella (published during 2013), favourite comic book story (published and/or concluded in 2013), favourite non-fiction title (published in 2013) and favourite Insider story (published in 2013).
Star Wars Books & Comics are proud to announce the results:
  • Favourite novel/novella - Kenobi by John Jackson Miller
  • Favourite comic book story - Ewoks: Shadows of Endor by Zack Giallongo et al.
  • Favourite non-fiction title - Book of Sith by Daniel Wallace
  • Favourite Insider story - Incognito by John Jackson Miller (published in Insider #143 [US] / #119 [UK])

We would like to thank all those visitors who voted for their favourite Star Wars books and comics of 2013. The full results can be found here.

Early Voter's Sweepstakes Winners
US and UK residents who voted early had a chance to win a copy of Maul: Lockdown by Joe Schreiber, our winners were Alex Koss, Santa Clara, California, USA and Ollie Seymour, Westcott, Dorking, UK.

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NEW RELEASE . . .

Thursday 6th February
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[Star Wars Comic #2] Star Wars Comic #2
Children's Comic Book
Titan Comics ( [UK] )

Between 22 and 19 years before the Battle of Yavin:
Featuring original The Clone Wars short comic story, Labyrinth by Rik Hoskin, plus Boba Fett featurette, puzzles, games, A-Z of The Clone Wars: R, pull-out poster, winners of The Clone Wars Reader Awards, competition and free cover gift - a R2 Grabber (2 to collect)!

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

Wednesday 5th February
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[Legacy: Book 3] Legacy: Book 3
Hardback Graphic Novel by John Ostrander, Jan Duursema, Dan Parsons et al.
Dark Horse Books ( [US] )

These stories occur aproximately 137 years after the Battle of Yavin:
Last heir to the legacy of the Skywalkers, Cade Skywalker is ready to turn his back on the galaxy for good. But as the rumored death of Sith Emperor Darth Krayt sets into motion a struggle for power, it becomes clear to Cade that he is the true last hope for the galaxy...
Collates Tatooine, Monster, Extremes and War.

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[Available now...] The Star Wars #5
Comic Book & e-Comic Book by J. W. Rinzler, Mike Mayhew, Nick Runge et al.
Dark Horse Comics ( [US] & [UK] [import])

Remember the scene in Star Wars where the Sith Knight traps General Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Annikin Starkiller, and the alien Han Solo—and they have to fight their way free and steal an Imperial starship? No? That’s because this is The Star Wars—based on George Lucas’s original rough-draft screenplay! Experience a Star Wars that never was!

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NEWS . . .

Wednesday 5th February
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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 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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NEWS . . .

Tuesday 4th February
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[Empire & Rebellion: Honor Among Thieves]] Preview for Empire & Rebellion: Honor Among Thieves
RandomHouse.com has updated their listings page[External site - opens in a new window/tab] for James S. A. Corey's forthcoming Star Wars novel, Empire & Rebellion: Honor Among Thieves, with a 49 page preview of the book:

Empire & Rebellion: Honor Among Thieves by James S. A. Corey is due for release in hardback, e-Book and unabridged Audio Book formats on 4th March in the US.
(Source: via Knights' Archive[External site - opens in a new window/tab])

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NEW RELEASE . . .

Monday 3rd February
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Maul: Lockdown
Hardback Novel by Joe Schreiber
Century ( [UK] )

Approximately 32 years before the Battle of Yavin:
It's kill or be killed in the space penitentiary that houses the galaxy’s worst criminals, where convicts face off in gladiatorial combat while an underworld gambling empire reaps the profits of the illicit blood sport. But the newest contender in this savage arena, as demonic to behold as he is deadly to challenge, is fighting for more than just survival...

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