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[ News Review and Archive ]
  News Archives: March 2015

The following news items were posted on Star Wars Book & Comics during March 2015:
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NEW RELEASES . . .

Tuesday 31st March
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[Available now...] A New Dawn
Trade Paperback Novel by John Jackson Miller
Del Rey ( [US] )

This story occurs approximately 11 years before Episode IV: A New Hope:
Kanan is a survivor of Order 66 who makes a living as a freelance pilot, keeping his head down to avoid any Imperial attention. But when the beautiful Hera Syndulla sweeps into his life at the same time his friends and his livelihood are being threatened by an Imperial plot, he faces the biggest choice of his life: keep hiding…or or make a stand and risk the wrath of the Empire.

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[Hera's Phantom Flight] Star Wars Rebels: Hera's Phantom Flight
Children's Book by Elizabeth A. Schaefer
Disney Lucasfilm Press ( [US] )

Rebel pilot Hera stars in another exciting Star Wars adventure!
Featuring exciting full-color art from the show, this World of Reading early reader is perfect for fans who are ready to read on their own.

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NEWS . . .

Sunday 29th March
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[ Lords of the Sith ] Preview for Lords of the Sith

RandomHouse.com
have updated their listings page[External site - opens in a new window/tab] for Paul S. Kemp's forthcoming Lords of the Sith adaptation with a 57-page preview...read more

Lords of the Sith by Paul S. Kemp is due for release in hardback, e-Book and unabridged Audio Book formats on 28th April in the US & on 30th April in the UK.

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NEW RELEASES . . .

Wednesday 25th March
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[Available now...] Darth Vader #3
Comic Book & e-Comic Book by Kieron Gillen, Salvador Larroca et al.
Marvel ( [US] & [UK] [import])

Approximately two weeks 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?

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[Star Wars Rebels Magazine #3] Star Wars Rebels Magazine #3
Children's Comic Book
Egmont ( [UK] )

Features exclusive short comic story, The Fake Jedi; puzzles, quizzes, super-sized double-sided pull-out poster and free cover gift!

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NEWS . . .

Saturday 21st March
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[ Dark Disciple ] Full blurb for Dark Disciple
RandomHouse.com has updated their listing[External site - opens in a new window/tab] for Christie Golden's forthcoming Dark Disciple novel with a full blurb:

The only way to bring down the dark side’s most dangerous warrior may be for Jedi and Sith to join forces.
In the war for control of the galaxy between the armies of the dark side and the Republic, former Jedi Master turned ruthless Sith Lord Count Dooku has grown ever more brutal in his tactics. Despite the powers of the Jedi and the military prowess of their clone army, the sheer number of fatalities is taking a terrible toll. And when Dooku orders the massacre of a flotilla of helpless refugees, the Jedi Council feels it has no choice but to take drastic action: targeting the man responsible for so many war atrocities, Count Dooku himself...read full story

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REVIEWS . . .

Friday 20th March
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[Darth Vader and the Cry of Shadows] Darth Vader and the Cry of Shadows
By Tim Seidell, Gabriel Guzman, Michael Atiyeh, Felipe Massafera et al.
Reviewed by Darth Kondorr, Poland
This is equally a book about a clone as it is about the image and the legend of the dark lord. The script and the art are perfect. This comes highly recommended...read full review
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[The Thrawn Trilogy] The Thrawn Trilogy
By Timothy Zahn (comic adaptation by Mike Baron)
Reviewed by Darth Kondorr, Poland
I judge [...] how well it was translated from the books [...] story is intact [...] not enough to really give justice [...] not get the detail, the background info [...] not get the narrative and inner dialogue [...] the art is very good [...] highly recommended for the book readers [...] a true nostalgia trip [...] moderately recommended for newcomers [...] be advised to first go more in depth with the superior books...read full review
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NEW RELEASE . . .

Thursday 19th March
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[Available now...] Star Wars Insider #156
Magazine
Titan Magazines ( [UK] )

Star Wars Rebels Season One episode guide! Secrets revealed! Season Two latest! Sinister Agents of the Empire: Jason Isaacs and David Oyelowo Interviewed!
Star Wars Celebration update! What to expect at the greatest show in the galaxy!
Plus original short story, Last Call at the Zero Angle, by Jason Fry!

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NEWS . . .

Wednesday 18th March
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[Marvel] Comic titles for June
In their latest solicitations, Marvel have announced the following Star Wars comic titles: Kanan - The Last Padawan #3 Princess Leia #5, Darth Vader #6 and Star Wars #6. These titles are due for release in June 2015...read full story

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NEW RELEASE . . .

Wednesday 18th March
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[Available now...] Princess Leia #2 (part 2 of 5)
Comic Book & e-Comic Book by Mark Waid, Terry Dodson et al.
Marvel ( [US] & [UK] [import])

Immediately after Episode IV: A New Hope:
When Princess Leia Organa was captured by the Empire, she never betrayed her convictions. When her rescue came, she escaped back to the Rebel Alliance and helped in the destruction of the Death Star. But in the aftermath of that victory, the question remains...what is a princess without a world?

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NEWS . . .

Tuesday 17th March
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[ Journey to The Force Awakens ] Cover for Aftermath revealed

Jennifer Heddle, Lucas Books' Senior Editor, has revealed on StarWars.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab] the cover for Chuck Wendig's Journey to The Force Awakens: Aftermath novel as well as that Aftermath will be "the first book in a trilogy that begins to bridge the Star Wars timeline between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens".....read more

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NEW RELEASE . . .

Tuesday 17th March
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[Ezra's Duel with Danger] Star Wars Rebels: Ezra's Duel with Danger
Children's Book by Michael Kogge
Disney Lucasfilm Press ( [US] )

When Ezra Bridger runs in to an old friend from his past, secrets about Ezra's missing parents are finally brought to light. Can Ezra unravel the mystery of their disappearance while still helping the rebels fight the Empire? The stakes are higher than ever as Imperial Agent Kallus and the fearsome Inquisitor join forces to stop the rebels. With such dangerous enemies, the team is in for the fight of their lives!
This book is an adaptation of TV episodes Empire Day and Gathering Forces.

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NEW RELEASES . . .

Wednesday 11th March
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[Available now...] Star Wars #3: Skywalker Strikes (part 3)
Comic Book & e-Comic Book by Jason Aaron, John Cassaday et al.
Marvel ( [US] & [UK] [import])

Approximately two weeks 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?

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[Available now...] Star Wars #2: Skywalker Strikes (part 2) (2nd printing)
Comic Book by Jason Aaron, John Cassaday et al.
Marvel ( [US] & [UK] [import])

Approximately two weeks after Episode IV: A New Hope:
Princess Leia has successfully led a covert team consisting of Luke, Han, Chewbacca and the droids, into the Imperial weapons factory on Cymoon 1. However, they soon discover the factory's secret: slave labour. Rushing to complete their mission and rescue the slaves, the team run into trouble. No more than Darth Vader himself!

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NEWS . . .

Tuesday 10th March
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[Episode VII] Journey to The Force Awakens publishing programme

EW.com
[External site - opens in a new window/tab] has the exclusive news that Disney / Lucasfilm are planning at least 20 books in their Journey to The Force Awakens series that leads upto the theatrical release of The Force Awakens in December. While details of some of these books have been discovered over the last few months, especially children's and YA titles, EW.com has exclusively revealed that Del Rey will be publishing at least one adult novel titled Star Wars: Aftermath, and Marvel have two titles: Star Wars: Journey to The Force Awakens and another that tells a story from C-3PO's perspective....read more
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NEW RELEASES . . .

Tuesday 10th March
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[Available now...] Star Wars Insider #156
Magazine
Titan Magazines ( [US] )

Star Wars Rebels Season One episode guide! Secrets revealed! Season Two latest! Sinister Agents of the Empire: Jason Isaacs and David Oyelowo Interviewed!
Star Wars Celebration update! What to expect at the greatest show in the galaxy!
Plus original short story, Last Call at the Zero Angle, by Jason Fry!

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[Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back - Read-Along Storybook & CD] Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back - Read-Along Storybook & CD
Paperback Children's Book & CD by Randy Thornton and Brian Rood
Disney Lucasfilm Press ( [US] )

Experience Star Wars: Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back like never before! Fully illustrated with gorgeous images by Star wars artist Brian Rood, this epic storybook also includes a CD with word-for-word narration, music, and character voices. Follow along as Luke Skywalker trains with Yoda to become a Jedi and defeat the fearsome Darth Vader.

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NEWS . . .

Tuesday 10th March
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[Heir to the Jedi] Preview for William Shakespeare's The Phantom of Menace

RandomHouse.com
have updated their listings page[External site - opens in a new window/tab] for Ian Doescher's forthcoming William Shakespeare's The Phantom of Menace adaptation with a 14-page preview...read more

William Shakespeare's The Phantom of Menace by Ian Doescher is due for release in hardback and e-Book formats on 7th April in the US & UK.

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NEWS . . .

Monday 9th March
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[Skyewalkers] Unseen Clone Wars stories released on StarWars.com
In his latest article for StarWars.com, The Other Lost Missions: Rare Clone Wars Comics and Literature, Part 2[External site - opens in a new window/tab], Abel G. Peña (co-author of Vader: The Ultimate Guide and Knights of the Old Republic Campaign Guide), has made available a story he wrote back in 2011 that was originally planned to be released as part of Hyperspace - the Official Star Wars Fan Club membership package. Skyewalkers is a novella set between Attack of the Clone and The Clone Wars film "when Anakin is still a Padawan without an apprentice of his own and Obi-Wan takes his pupil’s close friend Halagad Ventor under his wing. The three Jedi are given a mandate by the Jedi Council to dethrone a genetics terrorist that has taken control of the distant planet Skye. With the help of the world’s native winged inhabitants and a squad of clone commandos, the three Jedi confront the mad scientist and his mutant army in his stronghold upon the planet’s highest and most sacred peak."
Available now in PDF form (direct link[External site - opens in a new window/tab]), the novella also includes Lone Wolf, a short-story narrative of Obi-Wan "facing the realities of a Jedi outcast at the twilight of the Clone Wars" a story "which dovetails serendipitously into the story Incognito by John Jackson Miller."
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COMPETITION RESULTS . . .

Thursdayday 5th March
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[Heir to the Jedi] Heir to the Jedi Competition Results

The winners in our recent Heir to the Jedi competition are: Josh Whitson, Columbus, Ohio, USA and Adrian Roberts, Oldbury, West Midlands, UK. Both answered the set question correctly (the answer being The Iron Druid Chronicles) and have won themselves a hardback copy of Heir to the Jedi by Kevin Hearne. If they haven't already, they should be receiving their prizes soon. Congratulations to both of you.

Keep visiting Star Wars Books & Comics, or follow us on Twitter or like our Facebook page for news of our next exciting competition - coming soon.
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NEW RELEASE . . .

Wednesday 4th March
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[Available now...] Princess Leia #1 (part 1 of 5)
Comic Book & e-Comic Book by Mark Waid, Terry Dodson et al.
Marvel ( [US] & [UK] [import])

Immediately after Episode IV: A New Hope:
When Princess Leia Organa was captured by the Empire, she never betrayed her convictions. When her rescue came, she escaped back to the Rebel Alliance and helped in 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 RELEASES . . .

Tuesday 3rd March
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[Heir to the Jedi] Heir to the Jedi
Hardback Novel, e-Book and Audio Book by Kevin Hearne
Del Rey ( [US] )

Shortly after Episode IV: A New Hope:
This is a key moment of personal growth for the young Luke Skywalker: the time between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back. As he struggles to gain a new appreciation for the Force, a mission for the Rebel Alliance leads Luke into more danger than he bargained for...

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[Servants of the Empire: Rebel in the Ranks] Servants of the Empire: Rebel in the Ranks
Children's Book by Jason Fry
Disney Lucasfilm Press ( [US] )

This story occurs approximately 5 years before Episode IV: A New Hope:
As a new student at Lothal's Imperial Academy, Zare Leonis does everything it takes to pass as a model cadet. But secretly, he is a hidden enemy among Imperial loyalists, determined to discover the truth about his missing sister and to bring down the Empire. Now Zare must face down a dangerous foe: Lieutenant Curahee, who seems bent on pushing Zare to his breaking point...

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STAFF REVIEW . . .

Sunday 1st March
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[Heir to the Jedi] Heir to the Jedi
By Kevin Hearne
Reviewed by Ewan, Star Wars Books & Comics
Set shortly after the events of A New Hope, Heir to the Jedi is a character examination of Luke Skywalker told from Luke's own perspective. This first-person story tells of his new journey from hero of the Rebellion to fledging Jedi in a series of minor missions that lead to the main adventure. Throughout this story Hearne examines Luke's motives and desires to follow in his father's and Obi-Wan's footsteps as with each successful mission he uncovers new information and truths about the Jedi. And this is the strength of Hearne's writing style and choice of first person narrative: we really get inside the mind and thoughts of Luke...read full review
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