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[ News Review and Archive ]
December 2014

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The following news items were posted on Star Wars Book & Comics during December 2014:
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NEWS . . .

Saturday 27th December
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[Dark Horse Digital] Dark Horse Digital's Star Wars farewell sale
With just five days remaining on their Star Wars license, Dark Horse Comics have launched their biggest digital comic book sale in their Star Wars Farewell Sale. Dark Horse Digital are offering 50% off every digital Star Wars comic books OR buy their entire Star Wars digital collection for just $300!* (a saving of more than $2,400 off their list price!)
From 1st January 2015 Dark Horse Comics' Star Wars license expires meaning that they can no longer publish or sell any Star Wars title. However, any digital purchase made before 1st January will be still available in your Dark Horse Digital library for viewing after that date, but you will no longer be able to purchase any Star Wars title from Dark Horse Digital after 31st December 2014. Printed comic books and graphic novels will still be available to purchase from retailers after 31st December, but Dark Horse Comics will be unable to reprint any Star Wars title meaning that once suppliers, such as Diamond, have depleted their stocks there will be no replenishment for retailers.
*Dark Horse Comic's Star Wars collection is more than 500 comic books, equating to 28,353 pages!
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Tuesday 23rd December
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[Star Wars] Meet the authors of new Original Trilogy children's adaptations
Next year, in preparation for the release of Episode VII in December, Disney Lucasfilm Press will be releasing reimagined children's adaptations of the Original Trilogy. Written by bestselling authors Alexandra Bracken (A New Hope), Adam Gidwitz (The Empire Strikes Back), and Tom Angleberger (Return of the Jedi), each adaptation will be accompanied with art by famed Star Wars concept artist Iain McCaig.
Here Disney Lucasfilm Press present a short video introducing the authors:

From StarWars.com YouTube[External site - opens in a new window/tab] channel:
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Coming Summer 2015 is a new series of Star Wars children's books reimagining the films of the original trilogy. The classic saga will come to life like never before through adaptations by bestselling children's authors Tom Angleberger, Adam Gidwitz, and Alexandra Bracken with art by famed Star Wars concept artist Iain McCaig. Each of these celebrated authors will bring their contemporary, unique voice to the galaxy far, far away, bridging the multi-arc storyline in anticipation of the release of Star Wars: Episode VII."

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Monday 22nd December
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[Marvel] Marvel to takeover Dark Horse's e-book graphic novel publishing?
German site Jedi-Bibliothek[External site - opens in a new window/tab] has discovered listings on Barnes & Noble's website suggesting that Marvel will takeover e-book graphic novel publishing from Dark Horse Comics from January 2015. While it was known that from 31st December 2014 Dark Horse would no longer be able to sell digital versions of their Star Wars comic books or collections (bundles) from their online digital store, digital.darkhorse.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab] - although any purchase made prior to 31st December 2014 would still available in a user's library after that date - it was unknown what would become of e-book graphic novels sold via third-party online retailers such as Barnes & Noble (for their Nook machines) or Amazon (for their Kindle platform). Now it seems that users will still be able to purchase e-book graphic novels, but not individual digital comic book issues, albeit with them branded Marvel rather than Dark Horse.
Titles discovered by Jedi-Bibliothek on Barnes & Noble with planned release date of 8th January include:

Agent of the Empire Vol. 1
A New Hope Vol. 1 (Manga)
A New Hope Vol. 3 (Manga)
A New Hope Vol. 4 (Manga)
Blood Ties, Volume 2: Boba Fett is Dead
Darth Vader and the Ghost Prison
The Empire Strikes Back Vol. 1 (Manga)
The Empire Strikes Back Vol. 3 (Manga)
The Empire Strikes Back Vol. 4 (Manga)
Legacy Vol. 2 (Legacy I #20-36, 41)
Legacy II Vol. 1
Legacy II Vol. 2
Legacy II Vol. 3
Legacy II Vol. 4
Omnibus A Long Time Ago… Vol. 3
Omnibus A Long Time Ago… Vol. 5
Omnibus: Clone Wars Vol. 1 – The Republic Goes To War
Omnibus: Clone Wars Vol. 2 – The Enemy On All Sides
Omnibus Knights of the Old Republic Vol. 3
The Phantom Menace Vol. 1 (Manga)
Rebel Heist
Return of the Jedi Vol. 1 (Manga)
Return of the Jedi Vol. 2 (Manga)
Return of the Jedi Vol. 3 (Manga)
Return of the Jedi Vol. 4 (Manga)
Star Wars Vol. 4 Shattered Hope
The Star Wars

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Thursday 18th December
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[Marvel Comics] Comics for March 2015
In their latest solicitations, Marvel Comics has announced the following Star Wars comic titles due for release in March 2015.
[Star Wars #3] [] Star Wars #3 (ongoing)
Comic Book by Jason Aaron, John Cassaday et al.
Shortly after Episode IV: A New Hope
The attack on Cymoon-1 comes crashing to an end!
Will the Rebels overcome Vader to strike another blow against the Empire?
And is Luke ready to be the Jedi Ben wanted him to be?

Variant covers available.
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[Darth Vader #3] [] Darth Vader #3 (ongoing)
Comic Book by Kieron Gillen, Salvador Larocca, Adi Granov et al.
Shortly after Episode IV: A New Hope
When a Dark Lord needs help, who can he turn to?
Meet Aphra—the galaxy’s foremost raider of lost weaponry!
Plus: could these be the deadly droids she’s looking for?

Variant cover available.
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[Princess Leia] [] Princess Leia #1 (1 of 5)
Comic Book by Mark Waid, Terry Dodson et al.
Shortly after Episode IV: A New Hope
When Princess Leia Organa was captured by the Empire as a Rebel spy, she never betrayed her convictions, even in the face of the complete destruction of her home world, Alderaan. When her rescue came, she grabbed a blaster and joined the fight, escaping back to the Rebel Alliance and helping strike the biggest blow against the Empire—the destruction of the Death Star. But in the aftermath of that victory, the question remains...what is a princess without a world?
Variant covers available.
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NEW RELEASE . . .

Thursday 18th December
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[Available now...] Star Wars Insider #154
Magazine
Titan Magazines ( [UK] )

The great and the good have nominated their favorite things from Episodes IV-VI for 'Insider's 50 Greatest Reasons to Love from the Original Trilogy'! Plus a look at some of the amazing costumes of the original trilogy; previews of the latest episodes of Star Wars Rebels; and, who's coming to Star Wars Celebration Anaheim?

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Wednesday 17th December
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[Marvel] Marvel to release remastered editions of original Original Trilogy comic adaptations
Comic Book Resources[External site - opens in a new window/tab] is reporting that Marvel are planning to re-release an oversized, remastered hardcover version of their original comic adaptation of A New Hope from 1977. As can be seen from the comparison image below, each panel has been completely recoloured by Chris Sotomayor. It has a planned release date for May 2015 with remastered adaptations of The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi expected later.

From CBR.com:
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Marvel Comics expands its growing line of "Star Wars" comics in May with the announcement of its plans for an oversized, remastered hardcover edition of the original adaptation of George Lucas' seminal creation.
"Under a new cover by Adi Granov, Roy Thomas and Howard Chaykin's adaptation of "A New Hope" -- fully recolored by Chris Sotomayor -- will be reprinted in full, including the scenes which Marvel readers experienced in 1977 that never made it to the big screen in Lucas' final cut.
"When Star Wars took the world by storm in 1977, Marvel Comics was right there with exciting comic adaptations and new stories set in a galaxy far, far away," Marvel SVP Sales & Marketing David Gabriel said via press release. "With new Star Wars comics being published by Marvel in 2015, we’re proud to look back on this exciting remastered adaptation of the original film, with remastered adaptations of The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi coming later in 2015."
"Start Wars: A New Hope" arrives in comic stores in May 2015."

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Monday 15th December
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[Available now...] Star Wars Rebels: Beware the Inquisitor
Paperback & Hardback Children's Book by Lisa Stock
DK Publishing ( [US] )

DK's Level 2 Reader, Star Wars Rebels: Beware the Inquisitor, follows the story of the rebels. Set between the events of Star Wars Episode III and IV, just as the Empire is expanding its evil reign across the galaxy, hunting down the last few remaining Jedi. Catch up with the rebels and read about their escapades from the exciting CGI TV series. Explore thrilling new missions, and meet some new faces from the next installment of the series in Star Wars Rebels: Beware the Inquisitor.

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Thursday 11th December
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[Star Wars Comic #13] Star Wars Comic #13
Children's Comic Book
Titan Comics ( [UK] )

Final issue from Titan Comics! Features exclusive short comic story, Memory Loss..., Top 5 Star Wars Space Battles, Return of the Jedi film guide, puzzles, quizzes and free cover gifts!

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Tuesday 9th December
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[Dark Disciple] Cover revealed for Dark Disciple
StarWars.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab] has revealed the cover for Christie Golden's upcoming Asajj Ventress and Quinlan Vos novel Dark Disciple:

From StarWars.com:
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Based on a series of scripts originally written for the unaired seventh season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars and starring ex-Sith bounty hunter, Asajj Ventress, and the unorthodox Jedi Quinlan Vos, this new Star Wars tale of love and loss, betrayal and redemption is being produced in creative collaboration with the Lucasfilm Story Group and Dave Filoni, supervising director of The Clone Wars and executive producer of Star Wars Rebels. Star Wars: Dark Disciple hits [US] shelves on July 7, 2015."

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NEW RELEASES . . .

Tuesday 9th December
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[Available now...] Star Wars Insider #154
Magazine
Titan Magazines ( [US] )

The great and the good have nominated their favorite things from Episodes IV-VI for 'Insider's 50 Greatest Reasons to Love from the Original Trilogy'! Plus a look at some of the amazing costumes of the original trilogy; previews of the latest episodes of Star Wars Rebels; and, who's coming to Star Wars Celebration Anaheim?

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[Available now...] Star Wars Rebels: The Inquisitor's Trap
Paperback Children's Book by Meredith Rusu
Disney Lucasfilm Press ( [US] & [UK] [import])

When the rebels receive a secret broadcast, they discover that one of the great Jedi Masters is still alive-and a captive of the Empire! To save her, Kanan, Ezra, and their friends must break into her heavily guarded prison. Can they find the lost Jedi? Or will the Inquisitor find them first?
This action-packed 8x8 also includes two pages of stickers!

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Friday 5th December
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[Marvel] Preview for Star Wars #1
StarWars.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab] has an exclusive three-page art preview from the first issue of Marvel's upcoming Star Wars comic series:

From StarWars.com:
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Set directly after the events of Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope, the series (helmed by the all-star creative of team of writer Jason Aaron and artist John Cassaday) will be the flagship of Marvel’s new canonical line of comics. What actually happened following the destruction of Death Star? Soon, you’ll find out.
Check out exclusive preview pages of Star Wars #1 — featuring some old friends doing what they do best!"

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STAFF REVIEW . . .

Wednesday 3rd December
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[ Star Wars Annual 2015 ] Star Wars Annual 2015
By Egmont Books
Reviewed by Ewan, Star Wars Books & Comics
Yearly hardcover Annuals [...] have been a staple of British children's culture since the 1940s [...] Star Wars Annual 2015 from Egmont Books is a worthy addition to the tradition [...] adaptations of the six films [...] have been divided into four one-page chapters each of which is accompanied by a stylised illustration from Dan Crisp [...] opposite page featuring themed puzzles or activities and related character biographies [...] facts about the Death Star, Millennium Falcon, Jedi Knights and Sith Lords [...] first Star Wars Annual to support augmented reality (AR) [...] any youngling or Padawan should be happy to receive this book as a gift this Christmas...read full review
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