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[ News Review and Archive ]
  News Archives: October 2015

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

Wednesday 28th October
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[] Chewbacca #2 (part 2 of 5)
Comic Book & e-Comic Book by Gerry Duggan, Phil Noto et al.
Marvel ( [US] & [UK] )

This story occurs after Episode IV: A New Hope:
After the battle of Yavin, Chewbacca is on his own when he crash lands his ship on an Imperial occupied planet. Now stranded, Chewie finds himself caught in the middle of trying to return to the rebellion and helping a young and feisty girl in need.

 
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[] Kanan #7: First Blood (part 1 of 5)
Comic Book & e-Comic Book by Greg Weisman, Jacopo Camagni et al.
Marvel ( [US] & [UK] )

This story occurs between 22 and 19 years before Episode IV: A New Hope:
• We've seen Kanan's LAST adventure as a Padawan...
• ...now we go back to his FIRST adventure!
• See Caleb Dume's first steps in the Clone Wars!

 
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Wednesday 21st October
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[] Journey to The Force Awakens: Shattered Empire #4 (part 4 of 4)
Comic Book & e-Comic Book by Greg Rucka, Marco Checchetto et al.
Marvel ( [US] & [UK] )

This story occurs shortly after Episode VI: Return of the Jedi:
• The second Death Star is destroyed.
• The Emperor and Vader are rumored to be dead.
• The Empire is in chaos.
• While some systems celebrate, in others Imperial factions tighten their grip.

 
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[] Darth Vader #11: Shadows and Secrets (part 5)
Comic Book & e-Comic Book by Kieron Gillen, Salvador Larroca et al.
Marvel ( [US] & [UK] )

This story occurs approximately six months after Episode IV: A New Hope:
• Vader has a new mission to do for the Empire.
• Unfortunately, it’s completely at odds with his own mission.
• What’s a Dark Lord to do?

 
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US RELEASE . . .

Tuesday 20th October
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[] Star Wars Rebels Magazine #1
Children's Comic Book
Titan Magazines ( [US] )

Features latest news from Star Wars Rebels plus short comic story, Ring Race, fact sheets, puzzles, and quizzes!

 
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NEW RELEASES . . .

Wednesday 14th October
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[] Journey to The Force Awakens: Shattered Empire #3 (part 3 of 4)
Comic Book & e-Comic Book by Greg Rucka, Marco Checchetto et al.
Marvel ( [US] & [UK] )

This story occurs shortly after Episode VI: Return of the Jedi:
• The second Death Star is destroyed.
• The Emperor and Vader are rumored to be dead.
• The Empire is in chaos.
• While some systems celebrate, in others Imperial factions tighten their grip.

 
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[] Chewbacca #1 (part 1 of 4)
Comic Book & e-Comic Book by Gerry Duggan, Phil Noto et al.
Marvel ( [US] & [UK] )

This story occurs after Episode IV: A New Hope:
After the battle of Yavin, Chewbacca is on his own when he crash lands his ship on an Imperial occupied planet. Now stranded, Chewie finds himself caught in the middle of trying to return to the rebellion and helping a young and feisty girl in need.

 
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STAFF REVIEW . . .

Monday 12th October
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[ Where's the Wookiee? ] [] Where's the Wookiee?
Publisher: Egmont (UK)
Reviewed by Ewan, Star Wars Books & Comics

Where's Waldo? meets Star Wars in this mind-boggling look-and-find book. There can be no doubt that the star of this book are the brain-bending pictures created by artist Ulises Farinas in which the reader visits 15 classic locales from the Star Wars galaxy including Mos Eisley, Echo Base, Cloud City and the Death Star. As well as trying to find the titular Wookiee hidden in each image the reader also has to find Han, Boba Fett, Greedo, Dengar, Bossk, Zuckuss, 4-LOM, IG-88 and the Millennium Falcon - that's 150 items to find!....read full review

 
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NEWS . . .

Saturday 10th October
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[] NYCC news...

Announced at this year's New York Comic Con were the titles for the two books that will complete Chuck Wendig's Aftermath trilogy: Life Debt (expected Summer 2016) and Empire's End (2017); as well as a new novel set six years prior to The Force Awakens from Claudia Grey, author of the well-recieved Journey to The Force Awakens: Lost Stars, is New Republic: Bloodline (Spring 2016).

Others announced are more short stories that will receive a variety of release mediums: Alan Dean Foster will write a The Force Awakens tie-in short for publication in Star Wars Insider #162 (December 2015); a vignette by Delilah S. Dawson called The Perfect Weapon will be published in e-book format; and the first Tales from... anthology since 1999, Tales from A Galaxy Far, Far Away features stories including High Noon on Jakku, The Crimson Corsair and the Treasure of Count Dooku...full story

 
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UK RELEASE . . .

Thursday 8th October
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[Avavilable now...] [] Where's the Wookiee?
Activity Book
Egmont ( [UK] )

Chewbacca, a notorious rebel ally, is wanted for crimes against the Empire. Not often seen without his partner-in-crime, Han Solo, this Wookiee has evaded capture on multiple occasions, due in no small part to the fastest freighter in the universe, the Millennium Falcon. Chewie, as he is more commonly known, has a sizeable bounty on his head.
Can you find this furry criminal before other accomplished bounty hunters beat you to it?
A uniquely illustrated search and find format, perfect for Star Wars fans young and old!

 
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[Avavilable now...] [] Star Wars Rebellion Tin
Children's Activity Boxset
Egmont
( [UK] )

A collectible tin is the perfect gift for Star Wars fans of any age!
Based on the first installment of the classic trilogy, this beautifully illustrated tin contains: a doodle book - sketch, colour and recreate your favourite Star Wars characters; an activity book - puzzles, word games, fun trivia and more! Plus a story book - a captivating retelling of A New Hope by Ryder Windham and illustrated by Brian Rood.
Then you can press out pieces to build your very own Millennium Falcon.

 
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[Avavilable now...] [] Star Wars Empire Tin
Children's Activity Boxset
Egmont
( [UK] )

A collectible tin is the perfect gift for Star Wars fans of any age!
Based on the second installment of the classic trilogy, this beautifully illustrated tin contains: a doodle book - sketch, colour and recreate your favourite Star Wars characters; an activity book - puzzles, word games, fun trivia and more! This is a story book - a captivating retelling of The Empire Strikes Back by Ryder Windham and illustrated by Brian Rood.
Then you can press out pieces to build your very own AT-AT!

 
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NEW RELEASES . . .

Wednesday 7th October
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[] Journey to The Force Awakens: Shattered Empire #2 (part 2 of 4)
Comic Book & e-Comic Book by Greg Rucka, Marco Checchetto et al.
Marvel ( [US] & [UK] )

This story occurs shortly after Episode VI: Return of the Jedi:
• The second Death Star is destroyed.
• The Emperor and Vader are rumored to be dead.
• The Empire is in chaos.
• While some systems celebrate, in others Imperial factions tighten their grip.

Variant covers available.

 
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[] Darth Vader #10: Shadows and Secrets (part 4)
Comic Book & e-Comic Book by Kieron Gillen, Salvador Larroca et al.
Marvel ( [US] & [UK] )

This story occurs approximately six months after Episode IV: A New Hope:
• Vader has a new mission to do for the Empire.
• Unfortunately, it’s completely at odds with his own mission.
• What’s a Dark Lord to do?

 
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[] Star Wars #10: Showdown on the Smuggler's Moon (part 3)
Comic Book & e-Comic Book by Jason Aaron, Stuart Immonen et al.
Marvel ( [US] & [UK] )

This story occurs approximately six months after Episode IV: A New Hope:
Luke Skywalker knows he has a long way to go if he ever hopes to become a true Jedi. Seeking clues to his destiny, he recently returned to his home world of Tatooine, where he discovered a secret journal left for him by Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi.
Meanwhile Princess Leia and Han Solo have encountered some surprises of their own. While searching the galaxy for a suitable site for the new Rebel base, they ran afoul of Imperial patrol ships. Now hiding out on a remote planet, they find themselves facing a far more shocking encounter. Her name is Sana and she claims to be Han's...

 
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[] Lando #5 (part 5 of 5)
Comic Book & e-Comic Book by Charles Soule, Alex Maleev et al.
Marvel ( [US] & [UK] )

Between Episode IV: A New Hope and Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back:
You know him...you love him...now, join him for his biggest caper as master of charm Lando Calrissian gets his very own comic book!
Lando has made off with one of the most expensive ships in the galaxy. But now, one of the most deadly, effective trackers around is on his tail! Get swindled by the smoothest talker in space!

 
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[] Star Wars: Book I: Skywalker Strikes
Graphic Novel by Jason Aaron, John Cassaday et al.
Marvel ( [US] & [UK] )

This story occurs approximately six months after Episode IV: A New Hope:
Luke Skywalker's destruction of the Death Star at the Battle of Yavin has given renewed hope to the Rebel Alliance. Now, with Imperial forces in disarray, the Rebels look to press their advantage by unleashing a daring offensive throughout the far reaches of space...

 
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[] Darth Vader: Book I: Vader
Graphic Novel by Kieron Gillen, Salvador Larroca et al.
Marvel ( [US] & [UK] )

This story occurs approximately six months 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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[] The Original Marvel Years: Omnibus Volume 3 (Star Wars Legends)
Hardback Graphic Novel by various
Marvel ( [US] & [UK] )

The original Star Wars comic-book saga concludes!
Luke, Leia, and their allies seek to establish a new galactic movement - but Imperial Forces stand in the way. When Darth Vader falls, a Dark Lady rises! Meanwhile, Han Solo and Chewbacca head to Wookiee World! The Ewoks go to war! And tragedy strikes close to C-3PO - could it be that even a droid can cry?
Collates:

  • Star Wars # 79 - 107
  • Star Wars Annual # 3
  • Star Wars: Return of the Jedi # 1 - 4
  • material from Pizzazz # 1 - 16
  • material from Star Wars Weekly (UK) # 60, 94 - 99 & 104 - 115
  • material from Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (UK) # 149, 151 & 153 - 157
  • material from Star Wars Monthly (UK) # 159
 
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[] The Marvel Covers: Volume 1
Reference Book by John Cassaday, Joe Quesada, Alex Ross et al.
Marvel ( [US] & [UK] )

Featuring every illustrated variant of the million-selling STAR WARS #1, plus all the covers of STAR WARS #2-6, PRINCESS LEIA #1-5 and DARTH VADER #1-6.

 
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[] Star Wars Rebels Magazine #10
Children's Comic Book
Egmont ( [UK] )

Features exclusive short comic story, Becoming Hunted; puzzles, quizzes, pull-out poster and free cover gift!

 
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NEW RELEASES . . .

Tuesday 6th October
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[Avavilable now...] [] The Rise of the Empire
Trade Paperback Novel & e-Book by John Jackson Miller, James Luceno et al.
Del Rey ( [US] )

Between 14 years before and 4 years after Episode IV: A New Hope:
Collating A New Dawn by John Jackson and Tarkin by James Luceno plus three exclusive short stories by Melissa Scott, John Jackson Miller and Jason Fry.

 
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[] Star Wars Rebels: Visual Guide - Epic Battles
Hardback Reference Book
DK Publishing ( [US] )

Star Wars Rebels: Visual Guide: Epic Battles is a fact-filled companion to the first and second series of the newest Star Wars animated television series. Star Wars Rebels is set between the events of Episodes III and IV, and the Visual Guide depicts all the galactic escapades, interesting vehicles, and fun characters fans have come to love.

 
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[Avavilable now...] [] Star Wars Rebels: Servants of the Empire: The Secret Academy
Paperback Children's Novel by Jason Fry
Disney Lucasfilm Press
( [US] )

Approximately 4 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 spy among Imperial loyalists, determined to discover the truth about his missing sister and to bring down the Empire. Luckily, he has his tech-savvy girlfriend, Merei, by his side, willing to help him however she can. Join these rebellious cadets as they risk everything to take on the fearsome Empire.

 
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NEWS . . .

Friday 2nd October
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This Wednesday, 7th October, will witness four Star Wars comic releases from Marvel, to date their highest number of separate Star Wars titles released on one day: Shattered Empire #2; Star Wars #10, Darth Vader #10; and Lando #5 and the internet is awash with previews:

Star Wars.com has preview for Shattered Empire #2;

ComicBookResources.com previews Star Wars #10;

13thDimenson.com has Darth Vader #10;

and Newsarama.com has Lando #5.

 
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NEWS . . .

Friday 2nd October
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[] [] Official English language translation of Korean Star Wars web comics

As reported on StarWars.com, Korean comic writer/artist Hong Jacg's adaptation of the Original Trilogy, originally made for South Korea, has been translated into English and published online by LINE webtoon:

Luke Skywalker’s point of view. Beautiful art. Digital. You’ve never experienced the original Star Wars trilogy quite like this.
LINE Webtoon’s popular digital Star Wars comic series — debuting today in the US for the first time — retells the stories of A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi in all-new way. Created by gifted writer/artist Hong Jacg, the story is told from the perspective of a young Luke Skywalker as he grows up on Tatooine, with detailed, full-color art that recreates scenes in a vibrant style. Beginning today, fans can read Star Wars every Thursday and Sunday for free at webtoons.com or by downloading the official LINE Webtoon app through the Apple App Store and Google Play.
“Our fans in the United States are in for something special as they now have a chance to dive into the epic Star Wars story in a totally new way, only on LINE Webtoon,” said JunKoo Kim, founder and head of LINE Webtoon. “This immersive digital comic experience offers a brand new experience for Star Wars fans and perfectly showcases the appeal of our digital storytelling format.”

Although the press release states that the translated web comic is available for US residents, it appears that there are no territorial restrictions placed on the comic viewer allowing everyone to access the comic story.

 
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NEW RELEASES . . .

Thursday 1st October
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[Avavilable now...] [] Star Wars Insider #160
Magazine
Titan Magazines ( [UK] )

Star Wars set decorator Roger Christian takes us on a tour of the Millennium Falcon and explains why airplanes played a huge part in building the Star Wars galaxy.
Plus the latest on The Force Awakens including free Topps Journey to The Force Awakens trading cards!
And exclusive fiction featuring the return of Blade Squadron in Zero Hour, a short story by Mark Williams and David Williams that is "connected to" Chuck Wendig's Aftermath novel!

 
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[] Star Wars Rebels: Visual Guide - Epic Battles
Hardback Reference Book
Dorling Kindersley ( [UK] )

Star Wars Rebels: Visual Guide: Epic Battles is a fact-filled companion to the first and second series of the newest Star Wars animated television series. Star Wars Rebels is set between the events of Episodes III and IV, and the Visual Guide depicts all the galactic escapades, interesting vehicles, and fun characters fans have come to love.

 
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