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  News Archives: March 2016

The following news items were posted on Star Wars Book & Comics during March 2016:
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NEWS . . .

Thursday 31st March
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[] Young adult Ahsoka novel coming this Fall

As exclusively announced on Nerdist.com, Disney-Lucasfilm Press will be releasing a young adult novel featuring Ahsoka Tano in October. Penned by  Emily Kate Johnston (A Thousand Nights, The Story of Owen) this, as yet untitled, story will detail Ahsoka's "lost years" - those between her leaving the Jedi Order and becoming Fulcrum:

Ahsoka Tano, fan favorite character from Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels, will be the star of her own young adult novel from Disney Lucasfilm Press this October 11, 2016! Fans have long wondered what happened to Ahsoka after she left the Jedi Order near the end of the Clone Wars, and before she re-appeared as the mysterious Rebel operative Fulcrum in Rebels. Finally, her story will begin to be told. Following her experiences with the Jedi and the devastation of Order 66, Ahsoka is unsure she can be part of a larger whole ever again. But her desire to fight the evils of the Empire and protect those who need it will lead her right to Bail Organa, and the Rebel Alliance…

 
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UK RELEASE . . .

Thursday 31st March
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[Avavilable now...] [] Dark Disciple
Trade paperback Novel by Christie Golden
Arrow ( [UK] )

Approximately 19 years before Episode IV: A New Hope:
When Count 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.
But the ever-elusive Dooku is dangerous prey for even the most skilled hunter. So the Council makes the bold decision to bring both sides of the Force’s power to bear—pairing brash Jedi Knight Quinlan Vos with infamous one-time Sith acolyte Asajj Ventress. Though Jedi distrust for the cunning killer who once served at Dooku’s side still runs deep, Ventress’s hatred for her former master runs deeper. She’s more than willing to lend her copious talents as a bounty hunter—and assassin—to Vos’s quest.
Includes short story Kindred Spirits by Christie Golden, first published in Star Wars Insider #159.

 
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NEW RELEASE . . .

Wednesday 30th March
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[] Darth Vader #18: The Shu-torun War #3 (part 3 of 4)
Comic Book & e-Comic Book by Kieron Gillen, Salvador Larroca et al.
Marvel ( [US] & [UK] )

This story occurs between 6 to 12 months after Episode IV: A New Hope:
• With resources vital to the Empire on the line, Vader makes his move…
• But Cylo and his forces are looking to show him up before he can!
• Full-scale warfare on the surface of Sho-turun!

 
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NEW RELEASE . . .

Tuesday 29th March
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[ Aftermath ] [] Aftermath
Trade Paperback Novel by Chuck Wending
Del Rey ( [US] )

Between 4 and 5 years after Episode IV: A New Hope:
As the Empire reels from its critical defeats at the Battle of Endor, the Rebel Alliance — now a fledgling New Republic — presses its advantage by hunting down the enemy’s scattered forces before they can regroup and retaliate. But above the remote planet Akiva, an ominous show of the enemy’s strength is unfolding. Out on a lone reconnaissance mission, pilot Wedge Antilles watches Imperial Star Destroyers gather like birds of prey circling for a kill, but is taken captive before he can report back to the New Republic leaders.
Meanwhile, on the planet’s surface, former Rebel fighter Norra Wexley has returned to her native world — war weary, ready to reunite with her estranged son, and eager to build a new life in some distant place. But when Norra intercepts Wedge Antilles’s urgent distress call, she realizes her time as a freedom fighter is not yet over. What she doesn’t know is just how close the enemy is—or how decisive and dangerous her new mission will be.
Determined to preserve the Empire’s power, the surviving Imperial elite are converging on Akiva for a top-secret emergency summit — to consolidate their forces and rally for a counterstrike. But they haven’t reckoned on the Norra and her newfound allies — her technical genius son, a Zabrak bounty hunter, and a reprobate Imperial defector — who are prepared to do whatever they must to end the Empire’s oppressive reign once and for all.

 
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NEW RELEASES . . .

Wednesday 23rd March
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[] Epic Collection: The New Republic: Volume 2 (Star Wars Legends)
Graphic Novel by Mike Baron, Haden Blackman, Darco Macan et al.
Marvel ( [US] & [UK] [import])

Defenders of the New Republic!
Wedge Antilles and his fellow starfighters are the heroes of the Battle of Endor. Now they protect the New Republic as the crack team of ace pilots known far and wide as the Rogue Squadron! And with remnants of the Empire seeking vengeance across the galaxy, the team is never short of high-flying X-wing action.

Collecting the following X-Wing comic stories: Rogue Leader, The Rebel Opposition, The Phantom Affair, Battleground: Tatooine, The Warrior Princess, Rogue Squadron Special plus material from Star Wars Tales.

 
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[] Star Wars #17: Rebel Jail #2 (part 2 of 4)
Comic Book & e-Comic Book by Jason Aaron et al.
Marvel ( [US] & [UK] )

This story occurs approximately six months after Episode IV: A New Hope:
• Han takes Luke out to fly the Falcon with him!
• Meanwhile…Leia and a few of her “friends” have troubles of their own…
• The rebel prison base is under siege!

 
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[] Obi-Wan & Anakin #3 (part 3 of 5)
Comic Book & e-Comic Book by Charles Soule, Marco Checchetto et al.
Marvel ( [US] & [UK] )

This story occurs approximately 29 years before Episode IV: A New Hope:
Before their military heroism in the Clone Wars, before their tragic battle on Mustafar, and many decades before their final confrontation on the Death Star… they were Master Obi-Wan Kenobi and his Padawan learner, Anakin Skywalker. It’s been a few years since Obi-Wan pledged to train the young „chosen one,“ but even as they have grown closer through training, it has been a difficult road. Now, called to a remote planet for assistance, Master and Padawan may be pushed to the breaking point.

 
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[] Star Wars Rebels Magazine #16
Children's Comic Book
Egmont ( [UK] )

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

 
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NEW RELEASE . . .

Tuesday 22nd March
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[] The Best of Star Wars Insider: Volume 1
Magazine
Titan Magazines ( [US] )

The making of the Star Wars saga, as told by the cast and crew. Features content previously published in the official Star Wars Insider.
Each volume brings together a collection of the best of the official Star Wars Insider magazine content, celebrating the complete Star Wars experience, from movies to books, videogames to comic books, and more! Featuring rare cast and crew interviews, and exclusive behind the scenes pictures, this is an essential read for Star Wars fans of all ages.

 
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NEWS . . .

Tuesday 22nd March
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[] Star Wars comic titles for June

In their latest comic solicitations, Marvel have announced the following Star Wars comic titles due for release in June 2016: Han Solo #1, Poe Dameron #3, Darth Vader #21 & #22, Star Wars #20 and The Force Awakens #1...full story

 
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NEWS . . .

Thursday 17th March
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[] New blurb for Bloodline
UPDATED: 19th March with official blurb from Del Rey...read full story

Jedi-Bibliothek spotted a new blurb for Claudia Gray's upcoming Leia novel, Bloodline, contained in Amazon.de preview for the paperback edition of Chuck Wendig's Aftermath novel:

An entire generation has flourished during an era of peace. The New Republic, governed by the Galactic Senate on Hosnian Prime, has held power for more than two decades. The wars that divided the galaxy are fading into legend.
Yet conflict has begun to take shape within the Senate. Two unofficial but powerful factions have formed – the Populists, who believe individual planets should retain almost all authority, and the Centrists, who favor a stronger galactic government and a more powerful military
...read full story

 
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NEWS . . .

Friday 18th March
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[] C2E2: Star Wars: Rogue One tie-in stories announced

At the Diamond Retailer Breakfast Marvel announced that they will publish two Rogue One tie-in comics: a three-issue mini-series and a one-shot. Released to accompany the movie in December no other details were forthcoming.

Meanwhile, at the Star Wars Books panel Del Rey announced a Rogue One prequel novel: Star Wars: Catalyst. Expected in the Fall, no author was announced.

 
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NEW RELEASE . . .

Thursday 17th March
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[] Star Wars Insider #164
Magazine
Titan Magazines ( [UK] )

From Darth Vader to Kylo Ren to Boba Fett, what makes a Star Wars villain? Insider asks a panel of experts what the key ingredients of a Star Wars bad guy are! Plus: The making of the stunning Naboo Royal starship from The Phantom Menace. Plus, Alan Dean Foster discusses his novelization of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Due to a printing error in the Blaster section of the magazine, some issues contain pages originally published in issue #163. Titan have made a PDF available with the correct pages for download.

 
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NEW RELEASES . . .

Wednesday 16th March
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[] Kanan #12: First Blood #6 (part 6 of 6)
Comic Book & e-Comic Book by Greg Weisman, Andrea Broccardo et al.
Marvel ( [US] & [UK] )

This story occurs approximately 5 years before Episode IV: A New Hope:
• The rebels’ adventures on Kaller come to an end!
• But when a friend from Kanan’s past needs help, he stays behind…
• The look into the past of the former Jedi concludes here!

 
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[] Star Wars Adventures Magazine #9
Children's Comic & Activity Magazine
Egmont ( [UK] )

Features short comic story, Drone Alone, by Chris Cooper (first published September 2014 in Star Wars Comic #10 by Titan Comics (UK)); plus puzzles, quizzes, pull-out poster and free cover gifts!

 
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NEW RELEASES . . .

Tuesday 15th March
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[] Star Wars: The Old Republic (Star Wars Legends)
e-Book Bundle by Sean Williams, Paul S. Kemp and Drew Karpyshyn
Del Rey ( [US] )

Between 3,954 and 3,640 years before the Battle of Yavin:
Not just an epic videogame from BioWare and LucasArts, Star Wars: The Old Republic spawned a New York Times bestselling series of novels—which are now together in one electrifying ebook bundle. Fatal Alliance, Deceived, Revan, and Annihilation tell four daringly original stories of Jedi and Sith that embody this unique, beloved era in Star Wars Legends storytelling...

 
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[] Star Wars Insider #164
Magazine
Titan Magazines ( [US] )

From Darth Vader to Kylo Ren to Boba Fett, what makes a Star Wars villain? Insider asks a panel of experts what the key ingredients of a Star Wars bad guy are! Plus: The making of the stunning Naboo Royal starship from The Phantom Menace. Plus, Alan Dean Foster discusses his novelization of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Due to a printing error in the Blaster section of the magazine, some issues contain pages originally published in issue #163. Titan have made a PDF available with the correct pages for download.

 
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[] Star Wars Jedi Master Magazine #3
Children's Activity & Comic Magazine
Titan Magazines ( [US] )

Take your journey to becoming a Jedi Knight to the next level. Have fun extending your knowledge and learning the ways of the force within these very pages! Learn about planets and battles, alien species and famous Jedi Knights! Enjoy amazing posters and awesome giveaways. Plus, test your skills in our brain-busting quiz and receive your Jedi Training Certificate! Becoming a Jedi Knight starts here!

 
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NEWS . . .

Monday 14th March
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[] A look inside Star Wars Propaganda: A History of Persuasive Art

edelweiss, the online publishers catalogue, has updated its listings for the upcoming Star Wars Propaganda: A History of Persuasive Art in the Galaxy with some excerpts and an enlarged blurb:

"A Star Destroyer hovering over a planet, symbolizing Imperial domination.
An X-wing delivering a message of resistance and hope on behalf of the Rebellion.
A line of armed, faceless First Order stormtroopers promoting unity.
These are all examples of propaganda used by the Empire to advocate strength and maintain fear, and by the Rebel Alliance to inspire hope and win support for the fight. Star Wars Propaganda takes fans into the beloved epic story as never before, bringing the battle between these two sides to life in a fresh and brilliant way."...
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NEWS . . .

Friday 4th March
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[] Star Wars: Han Solo comic starts in June

EW.com has the exclusive news that Marvel will publish a five-issue Han Solo mini-series  beginning in June. Penned by Marjorie Liu (Astonishing X-Men, Monstress) with art by Mark Brooks (Amazing Spider- Man, Uncanny X-Force):

"The story involves a starship race known as the Dragon Void Run. “Han’s been dreaming of entering this thing for his entire life,” Liu says. “He finally gets the chance, except there’s a catch: Leia thinks there are spies in the Rebellion, and she doesn’t dare send anyone else to retrieve these vital informants who are on various planets in the system.”
As Han and Chewie start sheltering these Rebel contacts aboard the
Millennium Falcon, the Corellian pilot fights the pull of his own ego’s tractor beam: If he ditches the mission, maybe he can actually win this thing."

Read the full story at EW.com.

 
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UK RELEASE . . .

Thursday 3rd March
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[] Adventures in Wild Space #0: The Escape
Children's Book by Cavan Scott
Egmont ( [UK] )

This story occurs between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope:
When their parents are captured by the evil Galactic Empire, brother and sister Milo and Lina Graf must set out on an epic quest to free them. Menaced by Imperial agents, bounty hunters, and gangsters, they will have to travel across the galaxy uncovering clues to rescue their parents and aid the Rebellion in the fight against the Empire…
A prelude story to a new children's series, Adventures in Wild Space, this title is available as part of World Book Day.

 
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NEW RELEASE . . .

Wednesday 2nd March
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[] Darth Vader #17: The Shu-torun War #2 (part 2 of 4)
Comic Book & e-Comic Book by Kieron Gillen, Salvador Larroca et al.
Marvel ( [US] & [UK] )

This story occurs between 6 to 12 months after Episode IV: A New Hope:
• Would you follow Darth Vader into war?
• Better that than to be against him.
• A lesson the Ore Barons are about to learn...

 
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US RELEASES . . .

Tuesday 1st March
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[Avavilable now...] [] Dark Disciple
Trade paperback Novel by Christie Golden
Del Rey ( [US] )

Approximately 19 years before Episode IV: A New Hope:
When Count 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.
But the ever-elusive Dooku is dangerous prey for even the most skilled hunter. So the Council makes the bold decision to bring both sides of the Force’s power to bear—pairing brash Jedi Knight Quinlan Vos with infamous one-time Sith acolyte Asajj Ventress. Though Jedi distrust for the cunning killer who once served at Dooku’s side still runs deep, Ventress’s hatred for her former master runs deeper. She’s more than willing to lend her copious talents as a bounty hunter—and assassin—to Vos’s quest.
Includes short story Kindred Spirits by Christie Golden, first published in Star Wars Insider #159.

 
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[] The Original Trilogy - A Graphic Novel
Hardback Graphic Novel by A. Ferrari, A. Pastrovicchio, M. Piana et al.
Disney Lucasfilm Press ( [US] )

Everyone’s favorite tale of good versus evil takes on a whole new look in this graphic novel! Join Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Princess Leia, Darth Vader, and the rest of the heroes and villains from a galaxy far, far away in this graphic novel collection that retells the original trilogy. You’ll experience the saga in a way you never have before!
Collates re-imaginings of the Original Trilogy first published in Brazil.

 
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