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  News Archives: October 2016

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

Sunday 30th October
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[Dark Lord: The Rise of Darth Vader] [] Dark Lord: The Rise of Darth Vader
By James Luceno
Reviewed by Darth Kondorr, Poland

simply stellar [...] hits many high notes perfectly and it has as many epic battles as revealing character insights [...] we get to witness to rise of the empire, the ruthlessness with which it takes peoples liberties as well as lives and we get to see the birth of Vader's legend...read full review

 
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Wednesday 26th October
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[Tarkin] [] Tarkin and Mercy Mission
By James Luceno and by Melissa Scott
Reviews by Darth Kondorr, Poland

Tarkin:
mostly a competent book
[...] I never saw Tarkin as a fighter or pilot [...] he was rather an arrogant military mastermind and a strategist [...] Making Tarkin a non-combatant character in this universe would be much more interesting [...] it was a pleasant read.....read full review

Mercy Mission:
a pleasant read [...] confused with the amount of new characters, who did not really get proper introductions [...] a nice read if you have it and if you have read Lords of the Sith...read full review

 
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[A New Dawn] [] A New Dawn
By John Jackson Miller
Reviewed by Darth Kondorr, Poland

more than just some cheap set up for the TV Show [...] plot itself was interesting [...] obvious highlights were the cover characters [...] Vidian was a slightly inconsistent and unsurprising villain [...] been much more interesting, if they scrapped Vidian and put Tarkin in his place...read full review

 
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NEW RELEASES . . .

Wednesday 26th October
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[] Star Wars #24: The Last Flight of Harbinger (part 4)
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:
• Sergeant Kreel and SCAR Squad are on board the Harbinger…
• …and they specialize in taking down rebels — hard!
• Can Luke and company make it off the Star Destroyer alive?

 
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[] Poe Dameron #7: The Gathering Storm
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:
• Even Resistance soldier Poe Dameron deserves a day off to meet an old friend.
• But what happens when that old friend is the famed journalist Suralinda Javos with a secret story on the evil First Order?
• Mayhem ensues when Poe and Suralinda find themselves trapped with a giant First Order target on their backs!

 
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[] Epic Collection: The Original Marvel Years Volume 1 (Star Wars Legends)
Paperback Graphic Novel by A.Goodwin, C.Claremont, D.F.Glut, H.Chaykin et al.
Marvel ( [US] & [UK] )

These stories occurs during and just after Episode IV: A New Hope:
The original Star Wars comic-book series begins with Episode IV: A New Hope, then continues the story of Luke Skywalker and his rebel friends as they fight on against the Empire in the dark shadow of Darth Vader! New planets and new perils await – like the Cloud Riders, the Behemoth and the space pirate Crimson Jack. Han and Chewie need six allies to make eight against a world – and one of them will be cult hero Jaxxon! Luke and the droids end up trapped on a Doomworld! And the Big Game will pit rebel against rebel!
Collects Star Wars #1 – 23, material from Pizzazz #1 – 16, material from UK’s Star Wars Weekly #60.

 
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US RELEASES . . .

Tuesday 25th October
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[] Star Wars Propaganda: A History of Persuasive Art in the Galaxy
Hardback Reference Book by Pablo Hidalgo
Harper Collins ( [US] )

Whether it’s a Star Destroyer hovering over a planet or an X-wing delivering a message of resistance, propaganda images have become synonymous with life in the galaxy far, far away. This in-world art book explores the creation and stories behind these images of power and persuasion: where the images appeared, why particular planets were targeted, and who were the in-world artists behind the works.

 
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[] Star Wars Insider #169
Magazine
Titan Magazines ( [US] )

Star Wars Rebels returns! As the saga continues on TV with the latest season of Star Wars Rebels, the cast and crew report in with details on the new season! With Rogue One just weeks away from release, Star Wars Insider previews the new movie.
Plus this issue features the original short story Turning Point, written by Jason Hough. The story takes place immediately after Return of the Jedi and is an Aftermath era short story about a tracker named Gorlan living peacefully on the edge of the galaxy. But that all changes one fateful morning when the Empire comes calling, and wants to hire him to track down a group of escaped Rebels.

 
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US RELEASE . . .

Tuesday 18th October
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[] Star Wars Rebels Magazine #7
Children's Comic Book
Titan Magazines ( [US] )

Sabine and Ahsoka answer a distress call from a stricken ship and find themselves on an underwater mission to save one of Sabine’s old friends – to whom she owes her life. An encounter with rabid fang-toothed eels uses up valuable time. Will Sabine be able to repay the debt she owes her friend before the Imperial army arrives?
All this plus Jedi skill tests puzzles, awesome pin-ups, and an incredible give-away!

 
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NEW RELEASES . . .

Wednesday 12th October
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[] Darth Vader #25: End of Games #6 (part 6 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:
• It has all built up to this! Vader’s trials against Cylo’s creations!
• His machinations against the Emperor!
• His covert missions with Doctor Aphra and her murderous droids!

 
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[] Han Solo #4 (part 4 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 has a traitor to the Rebellion on board the Falcon!
• But can he figure out who it is before they get him killed?
• And more importantly…can he stay in the Dragon Void race?!?

 
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[] The Force Awakens #5 (part 5)
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:
• Rey has been captured by the evil First Order!
• Meanwhile, Finn plans a mission with the Resistance in order to save Rey and destroy Starkiller Base!
• Only the vicious Kylo Ren stands in their way…

 
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[] Color Your Own Star Wars
Adult Coloring & Activity Book
Marvel ( [US] & [UK] )

Little is ever black and white in the age-old conflict between the Jedi and the Sith.... Now, it's up to you to bring the color to that war-torn galaxy far, far away! Faced with page after page of fantastic Star Wars artwork, it's your job to add hues to Luke, Leia, Han, Chewie, Artoo, Threepio, Vader and more!There's only one rule: Color, or color not, there is no try!

 
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US RELEASE . . .

Tuesday 11th October
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[] Ahsoka
Hardback YA Novel by Emily Kate Johnston
Disney-Lucasfilm Press ( [US] )

Following her experiences with the Jedi and the devastation of Order 66, Ahsoka Tano 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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NEWS . . .

Tuesday 4th October
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[] Sebastian Shaw: Memoirs and Recollections

To most Star Wars fans Sebastian Shaw is the actor who, in Return of the Jedi, was the face of Darth Vader when Luke removed Vader's helmet and saw the real face of his father. Prior to that iconic role in 1983 Sebastian's acting career had spanned over six decades: from a matinee idol in the 1930s, an associate artist of the Royal Shakespeare Company in the 1960s, to the man beneath the mask in 1983. Sebastian died on 23rd December 1994 - just over a decade after his iconic two-minutes and seven seconds performance in Episode VI. Now his extraordinary life memoirs are to be published in Sebastian Shaw: Memoirs and Recollections. The book, compiled by Shaw's cousin Isobel Montgomery Campbell, is published and available exclusively from specialist book publishers Shaw Press. It is published on 21st October, in a limited edition of 500 numbered hardback copies, with bookplate illustrations...more

 
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US RELEASE . . .

Tuesday 4th October
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[] The Amazing Book of Star Wars
Children's Reference Book by Elizabeth Dowsett
DK Publishing ( [US] )

Large pictures and short, simple sentences bring Star Wars to life for children aged 4 to 6 as they learn about the brave heroes, helpful droids, amazing aliens, and powerful foes from the saga. Favorite characters and fascinating vehicles are explored in a fun, age-appropriate way, from Yoda and Luke Skywalker to the Millennium Falcon and BB-8.
The Amazing Book of Star Wars is the ideal companion for children starting out on their lifelong Star Wars adventure and introduces a whole new generation to the a galaxy far, far away...

 
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UK RELEASES . . .

Monday 3rd October
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[ Star Wars Rebels: Complete Season Two ] [] Star Wars Rebels: Complete Season Two
Blu-Ray and DVD Boxset
Lucasfilm / Buena Vista Worldwide Home Entertainment ( [UK] )

Between 5 and 4 years before Episode IV: A New Hope:
The epic battle to defeat the evil Empire continues as Ezra Bridger continues his journey to become a Jedi under Kanan's guidance, the crew of the Ghost bands together with a secret rebel cell and ex soldiers from the Clone Wars to join a fledgling alliance to restore peace and freedom to the galaxy. But the dark side looms large as Darth Vader dispatches new Inquisitors, setting the stage for a climactic showdown in which terrible truths will be revealed and the lives of our heroes will be changed forever.
Contains all episodes from the second season with additional features...more

 
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[] Star Wars Complete Locations
Hardback Reference Book by Jason Fry, Hans Jenssen, Richard Chasemore et al.
Dorling Kindersley ( [UK] )

This updated edition features four new cross-section spreads and a behind-the scenes look at how the artwork is crafted. Packed with more than 50 full-color, intricate cross-section artwork and 3-D maps, it is an amazing visual guide into the incredible worlds and locations of a galaxy far, far away...

 
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[] The Amazing Book of Star Wars
Children's Reference Book by Elizabeth Dowsett
Dorling Kindersley ( [UK] )

Large pictures and short, simple sentences bring Star Wars to life for children aged 4 to 6 as they learn about the brave heroes, helpful droids, amazing aliens, and powerful foes from the saga. Favorite characters and fascinating vehicles are explored in a fun, age-appropriate way, from Yoda and Luke Skywalker to the Millennium Falcon and BB-8.
The Amazing Book of Star Wars is the ideal companion for children starting out on their lifelong Star Wars adventure and introduces a whole new generation to the a galaxy far, far away...

 
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NEWS . . .

Sunday 2nd October
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[] Ahsoka book tour details

To celebrate the release of Star Wars: Ahsoka by Emily Kate Johnston on Tuesday 11th October in the US, the voice of Ahsoka, Ashley Eckstein, will join its author at these locations...full story

 
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REVIEWS . . .

Sunday 2nd October
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[Lords of the Sith] [] Lords of the Sith and Orientation
By Paul S. Kemp and by John Jackson Miller
Reviews by Darth Kondorr, Poland

Lords of the Sith:
the focus is not really the inner workings of Vader's and the Emperor's relationship, although there is enough of that in here too. No, this book is rather about how Vader and the empire is perceived by those who oppose them, those who conspire against them and ultimately those who die by them.....
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Orientation:
The story of an aging navy teacher is mostly told through Vader's perspective and the offered insight into his mind is not only believable but also truly griping...read full review

 
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