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  News Archives: July 2016

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

Thursday 28th July
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[] Thrawn trilogy to be reprinted with new covers

Jedi-Bibliothek.de discovered that the entry on the online publishers catalogue edelweiss for Timothy Zahn's new Thrawn novel, as announced at Celebration Europe, contained a sidebar showing that Del Rey are planning to reprint paperback editions of Zahn's original Thrawn trilogy novels, Heir to the Empire, Dark Force Rising and The Last Command with new cover art on 27th September. The sidebar entry has now been removed but Jedi-Bibliothek managed to grab a screenshot of the description...full story

 
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UK RELEASES . . .

Thursday 28th July
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[] Battlefront: Twilight Company
Trade Paperback Novel by Alexander Freed
Arrow ( [UK] )

This story occurs approximately 3 years after Episode IV: A New Hope:
The Galactic Empire endures. Despite the destruction of its terrifying Death Star by the Rebel Alliance, its oppression spreads undiminished across the stars. Under the direction of the Emperor and Darth Vader, an army of highly trained, single-minded stormtroopers quashes dissent and destroys resistance. But on worlds like Sullust, Coyerti, Haidoral Prime and untold others, Rebel forces fight in the trenches, determined to maintain hope against the unrelenting Imperial war machine...

Paperback edition includes short story Inbrief by Janine K. Spendlove.

 
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[] Star Wars Insider #167
Magazine
Titan Magazines ( [UK] )

Star Wars Insider #167 presents its dazzling new look issue! With all-new features, amazing interviews, and a few new surprises, this unmissable issue features: New Star Wars heroes Finn and Rey profiled! Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Doug Chiang on creating designs for the Star Wars galaxy! Set Decorator Roger Christian reveals secrets of the saga as he offers a tour of the Millennium Falcon!

Cover tbc.

 
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[] The Force Awakens: Rey meets BB-8 (Young Readers Level 1)
Children's Paperback Book by Elizabeth Schaefer, Brian Rood
Egmont ( [UK] )

Rey’s life is turned upside down when she meets a little droid named BB-8.

 
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[] The Force Awakens: Finn and The First Order (Young Readers Level 2)
Children's Paperback Book by Elizabeth Schaefer, Brian Rood
Egmont ( [UK] )

Desperate to escape his past, Finn is plunged into adventure as he journeys down a heroic, but dangerous, path.

 
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[] Death Star Battle (Young Readers Level 2)
Children's Paperback Book by Calliope Glass
Egmont ( [UK] )

Luke Skywalker does some fast flying as he protects Hoth's rebel base from the Empire. This level 1 early reader retells classic scenes from The Empire Strikes Back as the rebels face off against the Empires dreaded mechanical AT-ATs. Featuring beautiful full-color illustrations, this World of Reading book is perfect for little Star Wars fans who are ready to read on their own.

 
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[] Death Star Battle (Young Readers Level 2)
Children's Paperback Book
Egmont ( [UK] )

It's a race against time as the rebels fight to destroy the Empire's greatest weapon--the Death Star. This level 2 early reader retells classic scenes from A New Hope as the Luke Skywalker flies his X-Wing in a battle with Darth Vader. Featuring beautiful full-color illustrations, this World of Reading book is perfect for little Star Wars fans who are ready to read on their own.

 
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NEW RELEASE . . .

Wednesday 27th July
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[] The Force Awakens #2 (part 2)
Comic Book & e-Comic Book by Chuck Wendig, Luke Ross et al.
Marvel ( [US] & [UK] )

This story occurs approximately 34 years after Episode IV: A New Hope:
• Desert scavenger Rey and ex-stormtrooper Finn are being pursued by the evil First Order!
• But can they escape Jakku in an old “hunk of junk” YT-1300 freighter?
• And what new threats will they find in a galaxy far, far away?

 
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US RELEASES . . .

Tuesday 26th July
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[] Star Wars Insider #167
Magazine
Titan Magazines ( [US] )

Star Wars Insider #167 presents its dazzling new look issue! With all-new features, amazing interviews, and a few new surprises, this unmissable issue features: New Star Wars heroes Finn and Rey profiled! Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Doug Chiang on creating designs for the Star Wars galaxy! Set Decorator Roger Christian reveals secrets of the saga as he offers a tour of the Millennium Falcon!

Cover tbc.

 
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[] Jedi Academy: A New Class
Children's Story Book by Jarrett J. Krasoczka
Scholastic ( [US] )

Victor Starspeeder is psyched to be starting school at the Jedi Academy. His sister, Christina does not share an enthusiasm for Victor's newfound educational path. She's horrified that her annoying baby brother will be there to cramp her style.
While Victor means well, his excess energy leads him to spend a lot of time in detention with the little, green sage, Yoda. Yoda wants to channel Victor's talents, so he makes the young Padawan join the drama club. Victor is not pleased. "Learn to control your anger, you must! Successfully manage their emotions, a good Jedi can. Box step and jazz hands ... hee hee ... young Padawan will!"
Victor will have to make new friends, get on his sister's good side, learn to use the force, and hope the year's drama club performance ("Wookie Side Story"? "Annie Get Your Lightsaber"?) goes off without a hitch!

 
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[] The Force Awakens: Mask Book
Children's Activity Book
Studio Fun ( [US] )

Experience Star Wars a whole new way with this storybook that includes four press-out three-dimensional masks of Chewbacca, Poe Dameron, a stormtrooper, and Kylo Ren!
Reenact exciting adventures and play along with your favorite characters! Featuring highlights from The Force Awakens, this engaging, interactive storybook includes press-out three-dimensional masks for hours of creative playtime fun.

 
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NEWS . . .

Wednesday 20th July
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[] Marvel announce 2017 first quarter Star Wars graphic novel titles

Marvel have published online their Book Previews catalogue (Jan-April 2017) which details their line-up of Star Wars graphic novel titles planned for release in the first four months of 2017.

UPDATE: (23rd July) updated with cover images and full contents of Star Wars Box Set Slipcase (thanks to Florian at Jedi-Bibliothek.de)...full story

 
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NEWS . . .

Friday 22nd July
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[] Aftermath: Life Debt enters best sellers

Chuck Wendig's second Star Wars novel, Aftermath: Life Debt, has joined his first Star Wars novel, Aftermath, in becoming a best seller too. Life Debt will debut at #9 on The New York Times Best Sellers (Hardcover Fiction); at #7 on Publishers Weekly's Bestseller (Hardcover Fiction); and at #27 on USA Today's Best-selling Books.

 
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NEW RELEASES . . .

Wednesday 20th July
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[] Darth Vader #23: End of Games #4 (part 4 of 6)
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:
• Vader vs. Morit on the shell of the Executor!
• DO YOU NEED MORE THAN THAT???
• Fine: Cylo’s secret revealed!

 
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[] Star Wars #21: The Last Flight of Harbinger (part 1)
Comic Book & e-Comic Book by Jason Aaron, Jorge Molina, David Aja et al.
Marvel ( [US] & [UK] )

This story occurs between 6 to 12 months after Episode IV: A New Hope:
• Sgt. Kreel is back with an all-new squad of stormtroopers!
• Go inside the minds of an elite group of Imperial soldiers!

 
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[] Obi-Wan & Anakin
Graphic Novel 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 young Padawan, Anakin Skywalker. Now join them a few years into the „chosen one“ Anakin’s training. Teacher and student have grown closer over time, but it’s been a difficult road. And things aren’t about to get any easier. In fact, when they are called to a remote planet for assistance, the pair may be pushed to breaking point. As they find themselves stranded on a strange world of primitive technology and deadly natives, will they be able to save themselves? First they must learn who called for help…and why!
Collects Obi-Wan & Anakin #1 thru #5.

 
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US RELEASE . . .

Tuesday 19th July
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[] Star Wars Jedi Master Magazine #5
Children's Activity & Comic Magazine
Titan Magazines ( [US] )

In this issue find out everything you ever wanted to know about The Empire Strikes Back. Start your Jedi training within these very pages tackling the amazing puzzles and learning about planets, battles, alien species, and famous Jedi Knights. Don't miss the incredible wall art and fantastic giveaways. You'll even receive your very own Jedi Training Certificate!

Cover subject to change.

 
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[] Celebration Europe: latest book and comic news...

Sunday 17th July | The Star Wars Show Live:
Matthew Ruddle, marketing manager for Penguin Random House UK, announced on The Star Wars Show Live that Alexander Freed (Battlefront: Twilight Company) would be writing the novelisation for Rogue One...full story

Saturday 16th July | Star Wars Rebels Season 3 panel:
As well as appearing in season 3 of Star Wars Rebels, Thrawn is also getting his own canon novel by Timothy Zahn...full story

Saturday 16th July | Star Wars publishing panel:
Publishing line up for Rogue One revealed plus author named for Rogue One: Catalyst novel, James Luceno; and short story titles to feature in forthcoming issues of Star wars Insider Magazine...full story

Friday 15th July | Ahsoka: The Untold Tales panel:
Finalised cover for Emily Kate Johnston's upcoming YA Ahsoka novel was revealed...full story

 

 
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NEW RELEASE . . .

Tuesday 12th July
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[] Aftermath: Life Debt
Hardback Novel, e-Book & Audio Book by Chuck Wendig
Del Rey ( [US] ) / Century ( [UK] )

This story occurs between 4 and 5 years after Episode IV: A New Hope:
The galaxy is changing, and with peace now a possibility, some dare to imagine new beginnings and new destinies. For Han Solo, that means settling his last outstanding debt, by helping Chewbacca liberate the Wookiee’s home world of Kashyyyk.
Meanwhile, Norra Wexley and her band of rebels pursue Admiral Rae Sloane and the remaining Imperial leadership across the galaxy. Sloane, increasingly wary of the mysterious fleet admiral, desperately searches for a means to save the crumbling Empire from oblivion. Even as Imperial forces fight to regain lost ground, Princess Leia and the New Republic seek to broker a lasting peace.
But the rebel’s hunt for Admiral Sloane is cut short after the disappearance of Han Solo and Chewbacca. Desperate to save them, Leia conscripts Norra, Sinjir, Jas, and the rest of their team to find the missing smugglers and help them in their fight for freedom.

 
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NEW RELEASES . . .

Wednesday 6th July
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[] Han Solo #2 (part 2 of 5)
Comic Book & e-Comic Book by Marjorie Liu, Mark Brooks et al.
Marvel ( [US] & [UK] )

This story occurs between Episode IV: A New Hope and Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back:
• Han Solo has entered the space race of his dreams – the Dragon Void!
• But he’s on an undercover mission – to find a traitor within the Rebellion.
• Teamed with Wookiee warrior Chewbacca, will they be able to find the mole before trouble finds them?

 
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[] Poe Dameron #4: Lockdown #1
Comic Book & e-Comic Book by Charles Soule, Phil Noto et al.
Marvel ( [US] & [UK] )

This story occurs approximately 34 years after Episode IV: A New Hope:
• The next stop on Poe’s mission is Grakkus the Hutt…
• But Grakkus has been in Republic Prison for years.
• You know what that means—POE DIRECTLY TO JAIL!

 
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[] Darth Vader: Volume 1
Hardback Graphic Novel by Kieron Gillen, Salvador Larroca et al.
Marvel ( [US] & [UK] )

This story occurs approximately 6 months after Episode IV: A New Hope:
Fresh from a stinging defeat at the hands of the Rebel Alliance, Darth Vader must rise again to reassert the Empire’s iron grip on the galaxy. But will his personal desire for vengeance against the young Jedi who destroyed the Death Star distract from Vader’s duty to the Emperor? As a fateful quest begins, the Dark Lord of the Sith will face a fresh threat to his power. And as other villains old and new play their parts — from Boba Fett and Jabba the Hutt to diabolical debutant Aphra, as well as the killer droids Triple Zero and BeeTee — how long until Vader’s dangerous alliances blow up in his face? Join Darth Vader and feel the power of the dark side!
Collates Darth Vader Book I: Vader and Book II: Shadows and Secrets.

 
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US RELEASE . . .

Tuesday 5th July
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[] Star Wars Rebels: Darth Vader, Rebel Hunter! (DK Reader Level 2)
Children's Story Book
DK Publishing ( [US] )

Prepare to meet the rebels' greatest enemy yet!
Learn all about one of the most terrifying figures in the Empire, Darth Vader, in DK Reader Level 2: Star Wars Rebels: Darth Vader, Rebel Hunter! Discover how the evil Sith Lord plans to defeat the rebels once and for all.
Level 2 titles contain carefully selected photographic images to complement the text, providing strong visual clues to build vocabulary and confidence for kids who are beginning to read fluently with support. Additional information spreads provide fun facts that help develop the topics through a range of nonfiction presentation styles, such as diagrams and activities.

 
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NEWS . . .

Sunday 3rd July
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[] A look inside Star Wars Complete Locations

Amazon.com has published excerpts from the upcoming updated edition of Star Wars Complete Locations...full story

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[] A look inside Star Wars Year By Year: A Visual History, Updated Edition

edelweiss, the online publishers catalogue, has updated its listings for the recently announced Star Wars Year By Year: A Visual History, Updated Edition with some excerpts and a full blurb...full story

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