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  News Archives: November 2017

The following news items were posted on Star Wars Book & Comics during November 2017:
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NEW RELEASES . . .

Wednesday 29th November
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[] Rogue One
Paperback Graphic Novel by Jody Houser, Emilio Laiso, Phil Noto et al.
Marvel ( US & UK )

These stories occurs prior to and immediately before Episode IV: A New Hope:
The Rebellion is here! The Rogue One crew makes the leap from the big screen to the comic-book page in this action-packed adaptation! All looks lost for the galaxy when the Empire's new super-weapon is discovered. Any insurgency will quickly be thwarted by the devastating new Death Star! But maybe there's hope for the Rebel cause when Jyn Erso and Cassian Andor lead a crew of new heroes on a desperate mission to steal the plans to the planet-destroying threat! A crucial tale in the Star Wars saga is told at last!
Plus: In an all-new story, flash back to the ill-tempered first meeting between Cassian and scene-stealing droid K-2SO!

Collects Rogue One #1 - #6 and Rogue One: Cassian & K-2SO one-shot.

 
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[] Poe Dameron #21: Legend Found (Part 2)
Comic Book & e-Comic Book by Charles Soule, Angel Unzueta et al.
Marvel ( US & UK )

This story occurs approximately 34 years after Episode IV: A New Hope:
• Black Squadron is on a mission…
• Impossible? Not for Poe Dameron’s crew!
• It’s prison break time!

 
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[] Jedi of the Republic: Mace Windu #4 (Part 4)
Comic Book & e-Comic Book by Matt Owens, Denys Cowan et al.
Marvel ( [US] & [UK] )

This story occurs approximately 22 years before Episode IV: A New Hope:
• Mace’s faith in the Jedi path is tested when he is challenged – by one of his own!

 
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[] Star Wars Adventures #4
Children's Comic Book by Ben Acker, Ben Blacker, Eric Jones et al.
IDW Publishing ( US )

An exciting adventure set between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back!
A young Mattis Banz dreams of one day being like his heroes, Luke and Leia. Little does he know that in days past, the famous siblings once made a royal mess of an important mission with the easy-to-provoke Sarkans!!

Plus an exciting new Tales of Wild Space!

 
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Tuesday 28th November
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[] IncrediBuilds: Journey to The Last Jedi: BB-8
Hardback Book and Model
Insight Editions ( US )

Build and color your own 3D BB-8 model and learn all about this fan favorite Star Wars character in this deluxe IncrediBuilds book set.
Lovable astromech droid BB-8 takes center stage in this exciting Star Wars wood model set. The deluxe 32-page hardcover book is packed with information on BB-8—from his basic capabilities to his pivotal role in the Resistance—and is filled with stunning imagery and behind-the-scenes content from the Star Wars universe. The wood model is easy to assemble and snaps together to form a dynamic, displayable 3D version of BB-8 that fans will love.

 
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[] IncrediBuilds: Journey to The Last Jedi: A-Wing
Hardback Book and Model
Insight Editions ( US )

Build and color your own 3D A-wing model and learn all about this Star Wars starfighter in this deluxe IncrediBuilds book set.
The iconic A-wing Interceptor yours to build and personalize with this exciting Star Wars wood model set. The deluxe 32-page hardcover book is packed with information on A-wing—from basic capabilities to it’s pivotal role in both the Rebel Alliance and the Resistance—and is filled with stunning imagery and behind-the-scenes content from the Star Wars universe. The wood model is easy to assemble and snaps together to form a dynamic, displayable 3D version of the A-wing that fans will love.

 
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[] Star Wars Insider #177
Magazine
Titan Magazines ( US )

Features the very best interviews and articles about the greatest space adventure of all time. Discover amazing features you never knew! Insider is the ultimate guide to the timeless saga!

 
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[] A New Hope Cinestory Comic: 40th Anniversary Collector's Edition
Children's Hardback Comic Book
Joe Books ( US )

In celebration of the fortieth anniversary of the film that started it all, experience Star Wars: A New Hope in this captivating graphic novel companion to the original film. Featuring thrilling images from the movie, Star Wars: A New Hope Cinestory Comic will transport you back to the story that has thrilled and delighted audiences for decades...more

 
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REVIEWS . . .

Sunday 26th November
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[Rebel Rising] [] Rebel Rising
By Beth Revis
Reviewed by Darth Kondorr, Poland

While Catalyst is the beginning of the story, Rebel Rising is a direct sequel, refocusing from Galen Erso to his daughter and her substitute parent Saw. But we do not get a typical starwarsy training montage, but a really good look at how bad her situation became after Saw pulled her out that cave. After all we are talking about Saw Gerrera, someone, who was so hardcore, the Rebel alliance did not want to work with him. The same Alliance, that had no problems with Cassians way of handling things.
We get to see Saw through Jyn’s eyes, and together with her we first see him as a savior, then an awkward father figure, mentor, then growingly paranoid protector until finally we arrive at the unstable extremist we have seen in ROGUE ONE. Saw lost his sister a long time ago, then he lost his homeworld, his heart belonged to Jyn which fed his paranoia, but finally he sacrificed more and more of himself, of his soul and of his body for THE cause. Once he had only his own life left to sacrifice, he started sacrificing others. This is a pretty bleak version of Star Wars, perfectly in line with ROGUE ONE...
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[Rogue One] [] Rogue One
By Alexander Freed
Reviewed by Darth Kondorr, Poland

Freed does not disappoint. The parts we know from the movies are more than competently described, but Freed does not just show us the movie written in words, but brings us the emotions and motivations of all characters closer. There is lots of insight and surprisingly lot of connective tissue with CATALYST and REBEL RISING (in memories and flashbacks which are not in the film)...read full review

 
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NEW RELEASES . . .

Wednesday 22nd November
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[] Star Wars #39: The Ashes of Jedha (Part 2)
Comic Book & e-Comic Book by Kieron Gillen, Salvador Larroca et al.
Marvel ( [US] & [UK] )

This story occurs between six and twelve months after Episode IV: A New Hope:
The Rebel Alliance turns its attention to the shattered planet of Jedha! Once the site of great significance to the Jedi, Jedha was left in ruins when the Death Star annihilated the Holy City there.

 
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[] Darth Vader: Dark Lord of the Sith: Vol.1: Imperial Machine
Graphic Novel by Charles Soule, Guiseppe Camuncoli et al.
Marvel ( [US] & [UK] )

This story occurs 19 years before Episode IV: A New Hope:
When Anakin Skywalker fell, both to the pull of the dark side and to the blade of Obi-Wan Kenobi, he rose back up, more machine than man. Having lost everything that was once dear to him, the former chosen one must take his first steps into a darker world…as Darth Vader, Dark Lord of the Sith! Join Vader as he learns a new way: the way of Darth Sidious and his newly formed Empire and the way of the dark side.

 
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REVIEWS . . .

Sunday 19th November
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[Adventures in Wild Space: The Rescue] [] Adventures in Wild Space: The Rescue
By Tom Huddleston
Reviewed by Darth Kondorr, Poland

Finally we arrive at the finale of the journey. What most surprised me about it, was how the book series suitable for the youngest had a ROGUE ONE tie in element (the most adult of the movies). The story's ending is satisfying, even when the final confrontation (which makes the book 25% longer then it’s predecessors) is not that engaging.

Overall I liked this series very much. It is littered with tie in elements, but does not rely on those.

 
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[Adventures in Wild Space: The Cold] [] Adventures in Wild Space: The Cold
By Cavan Scott
Reviewed by Darth Kondorr, Poland

Scoring it as it is... a children’s book, it really deserves four stars. A book that is fast paced and tense but suitable for children: a fine line to walk.
The adventure at hand continues the quest to find and rescue the parents. As the stories before it, it is short but fun. Considering the length and title of the next one, we seem to be reaching the series climax. It was a fun ride, more fun than some of the more hyped about adult books and I am looking forward to seeing the finale.

 
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NEW RELEASES . . .

Wednesday 15th November
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[] Darth Vader #8: The Dying Light (Part 2)
Comic Book & e-Comic Book by Charles Soule, Guiseppe Camuncoli et al.
Marvel ( US & UK )

This story occurs 19 years before Episode IV: A New Hope:
As Vader takes his place in command of the Emperor’s secret Inquisitorius Program, he sets his sights on one of the most dangerous Jedi remaining alive…and it’s not who you'd expect.

 
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[] Doctor Aphra #14: Remastered (Part 1)
Comic Book & e-Comic Book by Kieron Gillen, Simon Spurrier, Emilio Laiso et al.
Marvel ( US & UK )

This story occurs between six and twelve months after Episode IV: A New Hope:
Doctor Aphra’s antics are causing mayhem once again…
But is she really the one calling the shots?

 
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[] Captain Phasma
Paperback Graphic Novel by Kelly Thompson, Marco Checchetto et al.
Marvel ( US & UK )

This story occurs approximately 34 years after Episode IV: A New Hope:
Learn the fate of Captain Phasma! Captured by the Resistance and thrown into a garbage masher, follow the chrome-adorned warrior from the site of the First Order’s biggest defeat to the doorstep of The Last Jedi.

 
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[] Poe Dameron Volume 3: Legend Lost
Paperback Graphic Novel by Charles Soule, Angel Unzueta 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, and she has a secret story about the evil First Order? Mayhem ensues, that's what! Then, it's a sad day for the members of the Resistance as they mourn the loss of a fallen comrade. But their fight is far from over - the First Order must be stopped! And Captain Phasma knows just how to get Terex to toe the line. But who is Malarus - and what does she want? Meanwhile, the Resistance is running dangerously low on supplies. Poe and Black Squadron are on the case! But maybe they could do with some new recruits?

 
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[] Epic Collection: Rise of the Sith Volume 2 (Star Wars Legends)
Paperback Graphic Novel by various
Marvel ( [US] & [UK] )

These stories occur approximately 32 years before The Battle of Yavin:
An Empire on the rise – a Rebellion on the horizon! The conflict that will grip the galaxy for generations begins here, with an adaptation of Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace and tales starring its major players! Anakin Skywalker is a young boy with a dark destiny! Jedi Padawan Obi-Wan Kenobi has much to learn from his master, Qui-Gon Jinn! Teenage Queen Amidala faces exile! And Sith Lord Darth Maul must strike down the biggest obstacle in his Master’s way! Plus: Mace Windu, Yoda, Jar Jar Binks and more!
Collects: Star Wars #0 - #3; Darth Maul #1 - #4, The Phantom Menace #1/2, #1 - #4, Episode I: Anakin Skywalker, Queen Amidala, Qui-Gon Jinn, Obi-Wan Kenobi, plus material from Star Wars Tales #3, #5, #7, #14, and #20.

 
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US RELEASE . . .

Tuesday 14th November
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[] Star Wars Rebels: Cinestory Comic: Path of the Jedi
Children's Paperback Graphic Novella
Joe Books ( US )

As the Ghost crew fights to escape the Inquisitor, Ezra is tempted by the lure of the dark side when he learns something about his past that makes him question everything. And when Ezra encounters one of the greatest Jedi the galaxy has ever known, he must learn to embrace his fear in his quest to reconcile his past and master the Force.

Follow Ezra’s journey toward becoming a Jedi in Path of the Jedi: A Star Wars Rebels Cinestory Comic, featuring five episodes from Star Wars Rebels.

 
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NEW RELEASES . . .

Wednesday 8th November
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[] Star Wars #38: The Ashes of Jedha (Part 1)
Comic Book & e-Comic Book by Kieron Gillen, Salvador Larroca et al.
Marvel ( [US] & [UK] )

This story occurs between six and twelve months after Episode IV: A New Hope:
The Rebel Alliance turns its attention to the shattered planet of Jedha! Once the site of great significance to the Jedi, Jedha was left in ruins when the Death Star annihilated the Holy City there.

 
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[] Darth Maul: Son of Dathomir
Paperback Graphic Novel by Jeremy Barlow, Juan Frigeri, Mauro Vargas et al.
Marvel ( [US] & [UK] )

This story occurs approximately 20 years before Episode IV: A New Hope:
Getting cut in half by Obi-Wan Kenobi and being rejected by his former Sith master Darth Sidious isn't going to defeat Darth Maul. In fact, it only makes him mad enough to take on the galaxy: with an army of Mandalorians!
With his Shadow Collective army stalled, Darth Maul calls on Mother Talzin for help and is sent reinforcements: the deadly Nightbrothers! Maul is ready again to take on the Separatist droid army, Count Dooku, and General Grievous - in a trio of simultaneous battles...
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Collects Darth Maul: Son of Dathomir #1 - #4 (2014) plus Legends material from Star Wars Tales # 7, #8 & #9 (2001), all first published by Dark Horse Comics.

 
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[] The Force Awakens
Paperback Graphic Novel by Chuck Wendig, Luke Ross et al.
Marvel ( [US] & [UK] )

This story occurs approximately 34 years after Episode IV: A New Hope:
It's been three decades since the Rebel Alliance toppled the Galactic Empire. But now, on the remote planet of Jakku, there is a stirring in the Force. A young scavenger named Rey., a deserting storm trooper named Finn, an ace pilot name Poe, and a dark apprentice named Kylo Ren. Their lives are about to collide as the awakening begins!

Collects The Force Awakens comic adaptation #1 - #6.

 
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REVIEWS . . .

Friday 5th November
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[Thrawn] [] Thrawn
By Timothy Zahn
Reviewed by Darth Kondorr, Poland

While this is definitely not one of Zahn's masterpieces, it still is a proper, if extremely uneven read. This is one of the long running series of books named after its titular character on which it is focused. While there were great books, like Kenobi or Dark Lord, there were also the pretty average ones like Tarkin.
What seems to be the problem, is that the NEW CANON seems to restrict epic writers like Zahn and Luceno, to a degree, that lets the reader feel, how less fun they have writing in the new ruleset. Both Luceno's Tarkin (and Catalyst for that matter) and Zahn's
Thrawn have great, amazing even, elements, that are too few among really boring and uninspired "coming of age/rising in the ranks" elements...read full review

 
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[Darth Maul] [] Darth Maul
By Cullin Bunn, Luke Ross et al.
Reviewed by Darth Kondorr, Poland

I really liked the old comic book Darth Maul by Marz and Dursema. The story was simply but sharp. The art was… well, it was art. Sharp, precise & perfect. Like Maul.
Maybe I did not like that book, I might have loved it, even. But this Maul, much more conflicted, yet equally precise, with a story slightly more complex and art less precise, but equally impressive, really had everything I loved about great Star Wars comics. Maul was a killer machine in the first prequel, but thanks to Filoni he became a character, and comparing Marz's great work with Bunn's, the same can be said. A great story with amazing art, which sadly is not a standard in recent Marvel Star Wars books.
One of the few recent must-buys!

 
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NEW RELEASE . . .

Thursday 2nd November
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[] Stormtroopers: Beyond the Armor (Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi)
Hardback Reference Book by Ryder Windham, Adam Bray
Harper Design ( UK )

Star Wars: A New Hope, the very first installment in the beloved science-fiction series, introduced the Imperial stormtroopers—the army of the fearsome and tyrannical Galactic Empire. Charged with establishing Imperial authority and suppressing resistance, these terrifying, faceless, well-disciplined soldiers in white have become a universal symbol of oppression.
Star Wars Stormtroopers explores these striking warriors and their evolution in depth for the first time. Ryder Windham and Adam Bray trace the roots of their creation and design, and explore how these elite troops from a galaxy far, far away have been depicted in movies, cartoons, comics, novels, and merchandizing.

 
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NEW RELEASE . . .

Wednesday 1st November
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[] Darth Vader #7: The Dying Light (Part 1)
Comic Book & e-Comic Book by Charles Soule, Guiseppe Camuncoli et al.
Marvel ( US & UK )

This story occurs 19 years before Episode IV: A New Hope:
As Vader takes his place in command of the Emperor’s secret Inquisitorius Program, he sets his sights on one of the most dangerous Jedi remaining alive…and it’s not who you’d expect.

 
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