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[ News Review and Archive ]
  News Archives: April 2015

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

Thursday 30th April
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[Available now...] Lords of the Sith
Hardback Novel and e-Book by Paul S. Kemp
Century ( [UK] )

This story occurs approximately 14 years before Episode IV: A New Hope:
As the Emperor continues to close his iron fist over the galaxy, occasionally situations arise that he does not want to trust to Darth Vader. Now, when the two of them venture out to handle a new political treaty in person, they land in the middle of insurgent action. Alone on an inhospitable planet, left to survive or die!...more

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[Available now...] Star Wars Insider #157
Magazine
Titan Magazines ( [UK] )

Celebrate the 10th anniversary of Revenge of the Sith with exclusive interviews with the cast and crew! Profile of Han Solo's journey from rogue to rebel and share the experiences of the Star Wars prequel generation!
Plus original short story, Orientation, by John Jackson Miller - the "lost chapter" from Paul S.Kemp's Lords of the Sith novel!

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Wednesday 29th April
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[Available now...] Princess Leia #3 (part 3 of 5)
Comic Book & e-Comic Book by Mark Waid, Terry Dodson et al.
Marvel ( [US] & [UK] [import])

This story occurs immediately after Episode IV: A New Hope:
Leia’s mission leads to the underground world of Sullust but the Empire’s forces are on her trail and gaining! Join the galaxy’s toughest Princess on a quest to save her people!

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[Available now...] Darth Vader #3 (2nd printing)
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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Tuesday 28th April
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[Available now...] Lords of the Sith
Hardback Novel, e-Book and Audio Book by Paul S. Kemp
Del Rey ( [US] )

This story occurs approximately 14 years before Episode IV: A New Hope:
As the Emperor continues to close his iron fist over the galaxy, occasionally situations arise that he does not want to trust to Darth Vader. Now, when the two of them venture out to handle a new political treaty in person, they land in the middle of insurgent action. Alone on an inhospitable planet, left to survive or die!...more

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[Available now...] Ultimate Star Wars
Hardback Reference Book by Ryder Windham, Adam Bray, Daniel Wallace, Tricia Barr
DK Publishing ( [US] )

An in-depth visual feast exploring the characters and storylines from the Star Wars galaxy. Structured chronologically and packed full of information about key characters and storylines from the Star Wars movie saga, The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels...more

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[Available now...] Rescue from Jabba's Palace (World of Reading Level 2)
Paperback Children's Book by Michael Siglain
Disney Lucasfilm Press ( [US] )

Luke goes head-to-head with the evil Jabba the Hutt! This fully-illustrated Level 2 reader retells the classic scenes from Return of the Jedi where Luke visits Jabba's Palace and fights to rescue his friends...more

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Friday 24th April
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[Star Wars Insider #159] Asajj Ventress short story in Insider #159?
According to solicitations, the July issue of Star Wars Insider magazine (issue #159) will contain an Asajj Ventress short story. Although there are no details of an author, this is more than likely a tie-in story to Christie Golden's Dark Disciple novel (which features Ventress and Jedi Master Quinlan Vos in an unlikely alliance) due 7th July. Star Wars Insider #159 is due to be published 21st July in the US and 30th July in the UK.
Here's the full solicitation for issue #159, according to TFAW.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab]:

Asajj Ventress, the evil Sith warrior from Star Wars: The Clone Wars, takes center stage as she stars in an all-new tale! Plus, we look back on her life and times! With the first episode of the second season of Star Wars Rebels debuting at Star Wars Celebration 2015, we tease the new season and talk to the cast. With Star Wars topping the comic charts, we look at Marvel's new series and how it came to smash records! Plus, the countdown to The Force Awakens continues!
Available in Newsstand and PREVIEWS Exclusive cover editions.

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Thursday 23rd April
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[Available now...] A New Dawn
Trade Paperback Novel by John Jackson Miller
Arrow Books ( [UK] )

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...more

Check out our original review of A New Dawn

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[Available now...] Empire & Rebellion: Honor Among Thieves (Star Wars Legends)
Paperback Novel by James S. A. Corey
Arrow Books ( [UK] )

Approximately 1 year after the Battle of Yavin:
When the mission is to extract a high-level rebel spy from the very heart of the Empire, Leia Organa knows the best man for the job is Han Solo—something the princess and the smuggler can finally agree on. After all, for a guy who broke into an Imperial cell block and helped destroy the Death Star, the assignment sounds simple enough...more

Check out our original review of Empire & Rebellion: Honor Among Thieves

[This story occurs during The Rebellion era.]
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Wednesday 22nd April
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[Marvel] Comic titles for July
In their latest solicitations, Marvel have announced the following Star Wars comic titles: Lando #1 & #2, Kanan - The Last Padawan #4, Darth Vader #8, Star Wars #7 (a standalone story featuring Obi-Wan Kenobi on Tatooine), and Star Wars #8. These titles are due for release in July 2015...read full story

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Wednesday 22nd April
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[Available now...] Star Wars #4: Skywalker Strikes (part 4)
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:
Luke Skywalker is NOT a Jedi - not yet, at least. He’s only ever met one Jedi in his life... and he died. So, Luke’s quest leads him back to Obi-Wan’s hut...

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[Star Wars Rebels Magazine #4] Star Wars Rebels Magazine #4
Children's Comic Book
Egmont ( [UK] )

Features exclusive short comic story, Kallus' Hunt; puzzles, quizzes, pull-out poster and free cover gift!

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[Available now...] Princess Leia #1 (part 1 of 5) (2nd printing)
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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NEW RELEASE . . .

Tuesday 21st April
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[Available now...] Star Wars Insider #157
Magazine
Titan Magazines ( [US] )

Celebrate the 10th anniversary of Revenge of the Sith with exclusive interviews with the cast and crew! Profile of Han Solo's journey from rogue to rebel and share the experiences of the Star Wars prequel generation!
Plus original short story, Orientation, by John Jackson Miller - the "lost chapter" from Paul S.Kemp's Lords of the Sith novel!

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Sunday 19th April
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[ Star Wars Celebration ] Star Wars Celebration roundup

There can be no doubt that Star Wars Celebration Anaheim 2015 was a huge success: second The Force Awakens teaser trailer; Star Wars Battlefront teaser; Star Wars Rebels season 2 trailer. There was also major news regarding Star Wars books and comics, here is a roundup of the key announcements...read more
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Thursday 16th April
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[ Star Wars: Lando #1 ] Lando mini-series begins July

As announced on StarWars.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab], Marvel comics will release a five issue mini-series featuring the galaxy's smoothest scoundrel: Lando Calrissian. Created by comic stalwarts Charles Soule (Death of Wolverine, Inhuman, She-Hulk) and Alex Maleev (Daredevil, Spider-Woman, Moon Knight), this story is set  between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back and promises to tell of Lando's "greatest ever caper"...read more
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Wednesday 15th April
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[Available now...] Star Wars #2: Skywalker Strikes (part 2) (3rd 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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Monday 13th April
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[ Ultimate Star Wars ] A look inside DK's Ultimate Star Wars

Later this month DK Publishing releases its latest Star Wars reference title: Ultimate Star Wars. With contributions by Star Wars stalwarts Ryder Windham, Adam Bray, Daniel Wallace and Tricia Barr, and with a foreward by Anthony Daniels, Ultimate Star Wars promises the reader "an in-depth visual feast exploring the characters and storylines from the Star Wars galaxy". It is packed full of information about key characters and storylines from the Original and Prequel movies, The Clone Wars, and Star Wars Rebels.
Ultimate Star Wars will get new and old fans caught up and knowledgeable on all things Star Wars.
Here we present a small preview...read more
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Friday 10th April
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[ Princess Leia #1 ] Leia #1 top comic in March

Diamond Comic Distributors
have released their Top Products for March 2014[External site - opens in a new window/tab] and topping their comic books chart was the first issue of Mark Waid and Terry Dodson's Princess Leia mini-series. Moreover, all four Star Wars comic book releases in March are in Diamond's Top 10: the third issue of Jason Aaron's ongoing Star Wars series was #2; while the second issue of Princess Leia was #5; and the third issue of Kieron Gillen's Darth Vader series was #8...read more
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NEW RELEASES . . .

Wednesday 8th April
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[Available now...] Darth Vader #4: Vader (part 4 of 6)
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:
Revenge of the Battle Droids???
Vader returns to Geonosis to build his army!
The Dark Lord’s ascension continues!

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[Avavilable now...] Epic Collection: The Empire: Volume 1 (Star Wars Legends)
Paperback Graphic Novel by John Ostrander, Randy Stradley, Haden Blackman et al.
Marvel ( [US] & [UK] [import])

Approximately 19 years before the Battle of Yavin.
After the Clone Wars’ end, the Republic has fallen and Palpatine exerts his grip on his new Galactic Empire and the few Jedi that remain must decide whether to hold true to their faith, or abandon it completely in the face of a brutal purge.
Collates eight comic stories first published by Dark Horse Comics.

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Tuesday 7th April
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[ Available now... ] William Shakespeare's Star Wars: The Phantom of Menace
Hardcover Book by Ian Doescher
Quirk Books ( [US] & [UK] )

Join us, good gentles, for a merry reimagining of Star Wars: Episode I as only Shakespeare could have written it. ’Tis a true Shakespearean drama, filled with sword fights, soliloquies, and doomed romance... all in glorious iambic pentameter and coupled with twenty gorgeous Elizabethan illustrations. Hold on to your midi-chlorians: The play’s the thing, wherein you’ll catch the rise of Anakin!

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[Avavilable now...] Episode VI: Return of the Jedi - Read-Along Storybook & CD
Paperback Children's Book & CD by Randy Thornton and Brian Rood
Disney Lucasfilm Press ( [US] )

Experience Star Wars: Episode VI: Return of the Jedi 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 and the rest of the rebels take on the Empire's deadliest weapon yet - a new Death Star!

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[Available now...] Star Wars: Use the Force! (World of Reading Level 2)
Paperback Children's Book by Michael Siglain
Disney Lucasfilm Press ( [US] )

Before Luke can be a Jedi, he needs to learn from Yoda! This fully-illustrated level 2 reader retells the classic scenes from The Empire Strikes Back where Luke learns to use the force for the very first time.

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Wednesday 1st April
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[Available now...] Kanan: The Last Padawan #1
Comic Book & e-Comic Book by Greg Weisman, Pepe Larraz et al.
Marvel ( [US] & [UK] [import])

Approximately 20 years before Episode IV: A New Hope:
Comic series exploring the earlier life of Kanan Jarrus, when he was a Padawan Learner under Jedi Knight Depa Billa.

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[Available now...] Star Wars #1: Skywalker Strikes (part 1) (4th printing)
Comic Book by Jason Aaron, John Cassaday et al.
Marvel ( [US] & [UK] [import])

Approximately two weeks after Episode IV: A New Hope:
Luke Skywalker and the band of rebels are fresh off their biggest victory yet: destroying the Death Star. Join Luke, Princess Leia, Han Solo, Chewbacca, C-3PO and R2-D2 and the rest of the Rebel Alliance as they strike out for freedom against the evil forces of Darth Vader and the Emperor.
Best-selling Star Wars comic gets fourth printing and another variant cover!

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[Available now...] Darth Vader #1: Vader (part 1) (2nd printing)
Comic Book by Kieron Gillen, Salvador Larroca et al.
Marvel ( [US] & [UK] [import])

Approximately two weeks after Episode IV: A New Hope:
Ever since Darth Vader made his first on-screen appearance, he became the one of the most popular villains to ever haunt an audience’s dreams! Now, follow Vader straight from the ending of A New Hope into his own series, showing the Empire’s war with the Rebel Alliance from the other side!

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[Available now...] Darth Vader #2: Vader (part 2) (2nd printing)
Comic Book by Kieron Gillen, Salvador Larroca et al.
Marvel ( [US] & [UK] [import])

Approximately two weeks after Episode IV: A New Hope:
Ever since Darth Vader made his first on-screen appearance, he became the one of the most popular villains to ever haunt an audience’s dreams! Now, follow Vader straight from the ending of A New Hope into his own series, showing the Empire’s war with the Rebel Alliance from the other side!

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[Available now... ] Star Wars Rebels: Ultimate Factivity Collection
Children's Activity Book
Dorling Kindersley ( [UK] )

A fact-packed activity book filled with galactic adventure that combines exciting facts about all of the characters from the brand-new animated series, Star Wars Rebels, with fun activities and over 500 full-color stickers.

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