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[ News Review and Archive ]
April 2014

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

Wednesday 30th April
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[Available now...] Dark Times Voume 7: A Spark Remains
Graphic Novel by Randy Stradley, Douglas Wheatley, Dan Jackson et al.
Dark Horse Books ( [US] )

Approximately 19 years before the Battle of Yavin:
Together with their old friend Dass Jennir and a new Jedi acquaintance, the crew of the Uhumele is plotting to take down the Galactic Emperor’s second in command, Darth Vader! For this foolproof plan, they’ll be offering something the Dark Lord won’t be able to resist: Jedi.
Collects Dark Times: A Spark Remains #1 thru #5.

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[Available now...] Rebel Heist #1 (part 1 of 4)
Comic Book & e-Comic Book by Matt Kindt, Marco Castiello, Dan Parsons, Gabe Eltaeb et al.
Dark Horse Comics ( [US] & [UK] [import])

Between 0 and 3 years after the Battle of Yavin:
A young Rebel meets one of the Alliance’s best for his first mission. But the young man’s hero worship is crushed by the reality of Han Solo. A botched escape, a ship that doesn’t work—could it be that Solo is just a lucky bumbler whose luck has run out?
Variant covers available!

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

Wednesday 30th 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 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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OPINION . . .

Tuesday 29th April
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[ Star Wars Legends: Heir to the Empire ] Opinion: An interpretation of the Star Wars Legends banner
By Ewan, webmaster Star Wars Books & Comics
When I started this website back in 2001, under the rather pretentious title "Zee Zee's Star Wars Book Emporium", it listed around a hundred Star Wars stories. Today, some thirteen years later, "Star Wars Books & Comics" lists over 700 Expanded Universe stories. There can be no doubt that that is a lot of stories from a galaxy far, far away and the official intention is that every story should conform to a single cohesive continuity.
However, after three decades of Expanded Universe publishing, in places that continuity can appear to be disingenuous and when this happens events or stories must be retconned. While retconning has been sufficient to correct most inconsistencies, individual retcons appear in a multitude of formats: maybe in another printed story which in itself could be either a novel, a comic or a short story; or within the pages of an issue of Star Wars Insider magazine; or an online article on StarWars.com. Where the retcon does not appear is in the original story itself and for the casual Star Wars reader, or even fan, coming across such an event where they are unaware of the retcon must undoubtedly raise questions regarding a story's legitimacy...read full article
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NEWS . . .

Monday 28th April
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[ Del Rey ] First blurbs for new novels
Following Friday's announcement from Del Rey that they are relaunching their Star Wars adult fiction line with four new novels that will adhere to the new cohesive canon policy from Lucasfilm Story Group, Random House have released the novel's marketing blurbs...read full story

[Star Wars: A New Dawn][][Star Wars: Tarkin][][Star Wars: A New Dawn][][Star Wars: A New Dawn]
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NEWS . . .

Friday 25th April
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[ ] Lucasfilm announce EU Legends banner
Ever since Lucasfilm was sold to Disney nearly two years ago and the announcement that they would be producing a sequel trilogy, there has been much speculation as to the future of the Expanded Universe (EU). It was known that Lucasfilm had formed a Story Group and its focus to coordinate a unified storytelling canon and it was widely acknowledged that going forward the Story Group would be only looking at new EU stories. It would be technically impossible to include all published EU material into a single canon. Now, today, Lucasfilm has announced on StarWars.com that all previous EU material would now fall under a Star Wars Legends banner...read full story
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NEWS . . .

Friday 25th April
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[ Del Rey ] Del Rey relaunch Star Wars adult fiction line
Following today's announcement from Lucasfilm regarding a new unified storytelling approach, the first new canon material will be the upcoming Star Wars Rebels animated series and new novels from publisher Del Rey...read full story

[Star Wars: A New Dawn][][Star Wars: Tarkin][][Star Wars: A New Dawn][][Star Wars: A New Dawn]
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NEW RELEASES . . .

Wednesday 23rd April
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[Omnibus - Knights of the Old Republic: Volume 3] Omnibus: Knights of the Old Repulic - Volume 3
Omnibus Graphic Novel by John Jackson Miller, Brian Ching et al.
Dark Horse Books ( [US] )

Approximately 3,963 years before the Battle of Yavin:
Free from the false charges against him, former Padawan Zayne Carrick discovers that one of his allies, Jarael, has been running from her past. Soon Zayne is caught in a web of sport dueling, slavery, an evil twin, an ancient society, and finally, the frontline of the Mandalorian Wars.
Collects Knights of the Old Republic issues #38 thru #50 & Knights of the Old Republic: War issues #1 thru #6
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[Available now...] Legacy II #14 - Wanted: Ania Solo (part 4 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 look into Ania Solo’s prison-camp past reveals a secret connection to the brutal bounty hunter who is desperate to bring her to justice—dead, not alive!
But bounty hunters are only part of Ania’s problems!

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

Wednesday 23rd 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 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 22nd April
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[Available now...] Star Wars Insider #149
Magazine
Titan Magazines ( [US] )

General Grievous takes center stage as we look at the life and times of the sinister Separatist! Author John Jackson Miller nominates five amazing EU characters and we investigate how Al Williamson and Carlos Garzon shaped the world of Star Wars comics!
Includes exclusive short story Blade Squadron (part 1) by David J. Williams and Mark S. Williams.

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NEWS . . .

Thursday 17th April
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[ Dark Horse Comics ] Comic titles for July
In their latest solicitations, Dark Horse Comics has announced the following Star Wars comic titles due for release in July 2014. Solicitations feature: Star Wars #19, Darth Maul: Son of Dathomir #3, Legacy II #17, Rebel Heist #4...read full story

[Star Wars #19][][Darth Maul: Son of Dathomir #3][][Legacy II #17][][Rebel Heist #4]
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NEW RELEASE . . .

Thursday 17th April
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[Available now...] Star Wars Volume 2: From the Ruins of Alderaan
Graphic Novel by Brian Wood, Facundo Percio, Gabe Eltaeb et al.
Titan Books ( [UK] )

Shortly after the Battle of Yavin:
The Rebels’ covert ops go on the offensive as Princess Leia sends two of her top pilots, Wedge Antilles and Luke Skywalker, to be “captured” by the Empire! Meanwhile, Leia takes off on her own to locate a safe haven. But Darth Vader is on the alert!...more
Collects issues #7 thru #12 of the ongoing series.

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

Wednesday 16th April
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[Available now...] The Star Wars #7 (part 7 of 8)
Comic Book & e-Comic Book by J. W. Rinzler, Mike Mayhew, Nick Runge et al.
Dark Horse Comics ( [US] & [UK] [import])

When Princess Leia falls into the hands of Darth Vader, General Skywalker, Annikin Starkiller, and Han Solo must go on the offensive against the Galactic Empire. But they have a secret weapon on their side, one that the Imperials have vastly underestimated: Wookiees!

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[ Available now... ] Darth Vader and the Cry of Shadows #5 (part 5 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 sabotages the remnant Separatists from the inside as they defend against Darth Vader’s advancing forces, and fights for his life against a figure from his past. At Vader’s side, Hock witnesses firsthand the power and ruthlessness of the man-machine he has followed into battle!....more

[This story occurs during The Rise of the Empire era.]
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[Available now...] Star Wars Volume 2: From the Ruins of Alderaan
Graphic Novel by Brian Wood, Ryan Kelly, Carlos D’Anda et al.
Dark Horse Books ( [US] )

Shortly after the Battle of Yavin:
The Rebels’ covert ops go on the offensive as Princess Leia sends two of her top pilots, Wedge Antilles and Luke Skywalker, to be “captured” by the Empire! Meanwhile, Leia takes off on her own to locate a safe haven. But Darth Vader is on the alert!...more
Collects issues #7 thru #12 of the ongoing series.

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

Wednesday 16th 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 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 15th April
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[ Star Wars Magazine: issue 1] Star Wars Magazine #1
Children's Magazine
Titan Magazines / Pyr Books ( [US] )

First issue! The all-new Star Wars Magazine brings fans two brand-new comic strip adventures, War on the Jundland Wastes featuring Obi-Wan and Luke, and Labyrinth with Yoda;features; games; and puzzles – featuring your fave The Clone Wars characters alongside heroes and villains from all six awesome movies! There are cool features about the Rebel Alliance and its enemies in the Galactic Empire, and Han Solo’s iconic ship, the one-and-only Millennium Falcon.

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NEWS . . .

Friday 11th April
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[] 4-page preview for "The Star Wars" #7
Dark Horse Comics[External site - opens in a new window/tab] has posted a four-page preview for the seventh and penultimate issue of The Star Wars due for release on 16th April. Adapted from George Lucas's 1974 rough-draft screenplay by J.W. Rinzler with art by Mike Mayhew, this 8-part comic book adaptation is released by Dark Horse Comics.
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NEW RELEASE . . .

Wednesday 9th April
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[Available now...] Star Wars #16: Rebel Girl (part 2 of 4)
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:
Establishing the new Rebel base on Arrochar, Wedge Antilles teaches the local pilots Rogue Squadron’s secret tactics, Luke Skywalker joins the Arrocharian militia on a “routine” mission, and Princess Leia balances her duty to the Rebellion with her upcoming duties as a royal wife. So why is everyone so uneasy?...more

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

Wednesday 9th 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 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 8th April
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[ Becker&Mayer! ] Upcoming titles from Becker&Mayer!
In their 2014 catalogue (PDF) specialist book publisher Becker&Mayer! have unveiled a number of new Star Wars related titles including Imperial Handbook: A Commander’s Guide, a new deluxe title by Daniel Wallace, in the same vein as The Jedi Path and The Bounty Hunter Code. Another new title is Build Darth Vader, a papercraft book by Benjamin Harper and Claudio Dias.

The catalogue also includes details for Star Wars Costumes: The Original Trilogy by Brandon Alinger; a trade paperback release for The Bounty Hunter Code by Daniel Wallace, Ryder Windham and Jason Fry;  and a slipcase box set of The Jedi Path and Book of Sith...read full story

(Via: ClubJade.net[External site - opens in a new window/tab])
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NEW RELEASE . . .

Thursday 3rd April
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[Star Wars Comic #4] Star Wars Comic #4
Children's Comic Book
Titan Comics ( [UK] )

Approximately 22 before the Battle of Yavin:
Sith smackdown! It's Darth vs. Darth as Vader takes on Maul! Includes original comic tale, Too Many Cooks. Plus a look at Ahsoka Tano's tragic fall from grace; C1-10P, aka Chopper, from Star Wars Rebels; and Chris Hamilton from Star Wars KidsCast examines the best way of travelling on Tatooine. And two free cover gifts, Boba Fett bow blaster and stickers!

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

Tuesday 1st April
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[Dawn of the Jedi: Into the Void] Dawn of the Jedi: Into the Void
Paperback Novel by Tim Lebbon
Del Rey ( [US] )

Approximately 25,783 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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