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[ News Review and Archive ]
August 2013

[ News Archive... ]
The following news items were posted on Star Wars Books & Comics during August 2013:
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NEWS . . .

Thursday 29th August
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[Razor's Edge] Preview for Razor's Edge
RandomHouse.com has updated their listings page[External site - opens in a new window/tab] for Martha Wells' upcoming novel, Razor's Edge, with a 50 page preview of the book:

Empire and Rebellion: Razor's Edge by Martha Wells is due for release in hardback, e-Book and unabridged Audio Book formats on 24th September in the US.
(Source: via Knights' Archive[External site - opens in a new window/tab])

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NEW RELEASE . . .

Wednesday 28th August
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[Available now...] Legacy II #6: Outcasts of the Broken Ring (part 1)
Comic Book & e-Comic Book by Corinna Bechko, Gabriel Hardman et al.
Dark Horse Comics ( [US] & [UK] [import])

Approximately 138 years after the Battle of Yavin:
When word comes that Sith are being sought out and murdered by another Sith, Ania Solo and Imperial Knight Jao want to find out why.
The only things standing in their way are the Empire, the Jedi, the Galactic Alliance, and the Imperial Knights!

[This story occurs during The Legacy of the Force era.]
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Wednesday 28th August
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[Dark Horse Digital] Digital e-comic releases this week
Dark Horse Comics has added the following Star Wars digital comic titles to their Dark Horse Digital[External site - opens in a new window/tab] e-comic store this week:
  • Legacy II: #6

Dark Horse Digital[External site - opens in a new window/tab] purchases can currently be viewed on iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, an Android enabled tablet or smartphone or any modern web browser.

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Tuesday 27th August
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[ Available now... ] Kenobi
Hardback Novel, e-Book & Unabridged Audio Book by John Jackson Miller
Del Rey ( [US] & [UK] [import])

Approximately 19 years before the Battle of Yavin:
Known to locals only as “Ben,” the bearded and robed offworlder is an enigmatic stranger who keeps to himself, shares nothing of his past, and goes to great pains to remain an outsider. But as tensions escalate between the farmers and a tribe of Sand People led by a ruthless war chief, Ben finds himself drawn into the fight, endangering the very mission that brought him to Tatooine...more

[This story occurs during The Rise of the Empire era.]
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[Jedi Academy] Jedi Academy
Children's Hardback Book by Jeffrey Brown
Scholastic Books ( [US] & [UK] )

Roan's one dream is to leave home and attend Pilot Academy like his older brother, father, and grandfather. But just as Roan is mysteriously denied entrance to Pilot School, he is invited to attend Jedi Academy--a school that he didn't apply to and only recruits children when they are just a few years old. That is, until now...more

 
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Saturday 24th August
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[Honor Among Thieves] First blurb for Empire and Rebellion: Honor Among Thieves
Following its cover reveal at the San Diego Comic-Con, Random House[External site - opens in a new window/tab] has now released the first blurb for the second Empire and Rebellion novel, Honor Among Thieves:

When a rebel spy needs extraction from under the nose of the Empire, who better to send than master smuggler, Han Solo? But rescuing a friendly spy is just the start of a wild adventure as the intel the spy uncovers leads Han and Leia to an ancient and deadly secret that threatens to be the Empire's ultimate-and likely successful-weapon against the Rebel Alliance. Add in the chance to lose Luke Skywalker to this horrific threat, and Han and Chewbacca may have finally met a trap even they can't escape...

Empire and Rebellion: Honor Among Thieves by James S. A. Corey (pen name for authors Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck) is scheduled for release in hardback in the US on the 4th March 2014.
(Source: Edelweiss[External site - opens in a new window/tab] via Knights' Archive[External site - opens in a new window/tab])

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Thursday 22nd August
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[The Clone Wars Comic #50] Star Wars: The Clone Wars Comic #50
Children's Comic Book
Titan Comics ( [UK] )

Between 22 and 19 years before the Battle of Yavin:
Featuring
original short comic story, The Runaway Ride, plus puzzles, games and free cover gift!

[This story occurs during The Rise of the Empire era.]
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Wednesday 21st August
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[ Available now... ] Dark Times: A Spark Remains #2 (part 2 of 5)
Comic Book & e-Comic Book by Randy Stradley, Doug Wheatley et al.
Dark Horse Comics ( [US] & [UK] [import])

Approximately 19 years before the Battle of Yavin:
The crew of the Uhumele have a plan to strike at the heart of the newly formed Galactic Empire—Darth Vader himself! While they seek a certain Jedi to join their cause, secrets among the crew begin to form cracks in their alliance. Could their plan be over before it’s begun? Elsewhere, Vader trains an assassin for Jedi hunting!...more

[This story occurs during The Rise of the Empire era.]
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[Available now...] Darth Vader and the Ninth Assassin #5 (part 5 of 5)
Comic Book & e-Comic by Tim Seidell, Stephen Thompson, Mark Irwin, Michael Atiyeh et al.
Dark Horse Comics ( [US] & [UK] [import])

Approximately 19 years before the Battle of Yavin:
Having stalked Darth Vader, the assassin is now ready to strike... It seems Vader, distracted by threats to the Emperor, could be taken. But the assassin has made one mistake: believing that he has a chance against the most-feared man in the galaxy!...more

[This story occurs during The Rise of the Empire era.]
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[Omnibus - Knights of the Old Republic: Volume 1] Omnibus: Knights of the Old Repulic - Volume 1
Omnibus Graphic Novel by John Jackson Miller, Brian Ching, Travel Foreman, Dustin Weaver et al.
Dark Horse Books ( [US] )

Approximately 3,963 years before the Battle of Yavin:
Padawan Zayne Carrick is suddenly a fugitive framed for the murder of his fellow Jedi-in-training. Little does the galaxy know, Zayne’s own Masters are behind the massacre and dead set on recovering him before he can reveal the truth.
Collects Knights of the Old Republic issues #0 thru #18 (previously published as Volume 1 - Commencement; Volume 2 - Flashpoint; and Volume 3 - Days of Fear, Nights of Anger).

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Wednesday 21st August
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[Dark Horse Digital] Digital e-comic releases this week
Dark Horse Comics has added the following Star Wars digital comic titles to their Dark Horse Digital[External site - opens in a new window/tab] e-comic store this week:
  • Dark Times: A Spark Remains #2
  • Darth Vader and the Ninth Assassin #5

Dark Horse Digital[External site - opens in a new window/tab] purchases can currently be viewed on iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, an Android enabled tablet or smartphone or any modern web browser.

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Friday 16th August
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[Dark Horse Comics] Upcoming Graphic Novels
In their latest solicitations, Dark Horse Comics has announced the following Star Wars graphic novel titles planned for US release in January 2014.
[] [] Omnibus: Adventures
Graphic Novel by Chris Cerasi, Jeremy Barlow, Tom Taylor, Daxiong, Brian Koschak et al.
Star Wars headliners Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Darth Vader, and others feature in six tales of galaxy-shaking adventure for readers of all ages! Han and Chewie are caught between the Empire and the underworld in a quest to pay off a debt. Boba Fett is on a treasure hunt, racing two vengeful bounty-hunter brothers to the prize. Princess Leia becomes entangled in the kidnapping of the beautiful Princess Mi—and soon the Millennium Falcon is the target of kidnappers, bounty hunters, gangsters, and the Empire! And other tales of galactic proportion!
A galaxy of adventure at a value price!

Available: January 8th 2014 (US)
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[Omnibus: Dark Times Volume 1] [] Omnibus: Dark Times: Volume 1
Graphic Novel by Randy Stradley, Douglas Wheatley, Dave Ross, Lui Antonio et al.
Approximately 19 years before the Battle of Yavin
Master Dass Jennir will strive to find out what it means to be a Jedi in a changed galaxy now ruled by the Empire. Master K'Kruhk—suddenly responsible for a group of Jedi younglings—will sacrifice much for their safety. The struggles of the Jedi will intertwine with those of others now living in fear, including the diverse crew of a smuggling ship, the Uhumele, and a Nosaurian whose troubles begin when the Clone Wars end. Collects Star Wars: Republic #79–#80, Dark Times Volume 1—The Path to Nowhere, Dark Times Volume 2—Parallels, Dark Times Volume 3—Vector, and "Star Wars: Dark Times—Blue Harvest" Parts 1–2.
Available: January 1st 2014 (US)
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Release dates subject to change.

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Friday 16th August
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[Dark Horse Comics] Comics for November 2013
In their latest solicitations, Dark Horse Comics has announced the following Star Wars comic titles due for release in November.
[The Star Wars #3] [] The Star Wars #3 (of 8)
Comic Book by J. W. Rinzler, Mike Mayhew, Rain Beredo, Brad Anderson et al.
A Queen steps down! The Hidden Fortress destroyed! The Imperial army on the march!
Annikin Starkiller and Princess Leia rescue two wayward droids in the desert, Darth Vader recruits a famous Knight of the Sith to his army, and a squad of lazersword-wielding Stormtroopers attempt to arrest Jedi General Luke Skywalker!
• The adaptation of George Lucas's original rough-draft screenplay for Star Wars!
• The Star Wars you thought you'd never see!

Available: November 6th 2013
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[Star Wars #11] [] Star Wars #11 (ongoing)
Comic Book by Brian Wood, Carlos D'Anda, Gabe Eltaeb, Sean Cooke et al.
Shortly after the Battle of Yavin
Princess Leia's stealth squadron is together again, just in time to fight for their lives. The Star Destroyer Devastator launches an all-out attack on the Rebel fleet! Meanwhile, Vader's secret agent realizes what it could mean to fail the Dark Lord. And, on Coruscant, Han Solo's luck may be changing—unless . . . well, unless it isn't . . .
• Artist Carlos D'Anda returns!

Available: November 13th 2013
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[Dark Times: A Spark Remains #5] [] Dark Times: A Spark Remains #5 (of 5)
Comic Book by Randy Stradley, Doug Wheatley, Dan Jackson, Benjamin Carré et al.
Approximately 19 years before the Battle of Yavin
The fight is on! Darth Vader and his numerous forces are besieged with death traps. A showdown with the Jedi who lured Vader to this doom is inevitable—and now Darth Vader is angry. Do not underestimate the power of an angry Sith!
• Vader enraged, Jedi unleashed—the end is nigh!
• Artist Doug Wheatley returns!

Available: November 20th 2013
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[Dawn of the Jedi: Force War #1] [] Dawn of the Jedi: Force War #1 (of 5)
Comic Book by John Ostrander, Jan Duursema, Dan Parsons, Wes Dzioba et al.
Approximately 25,793 years before the Battle of Yavin
The fearsome Rakata have invaded the Tython system, and war rages on every world. With Forcesabers in hand, the Je'daii have aligned themselves with unlikely generals: Daegen Lok, the mad Je'daii, and the stranger, the Force Hound Xesh—one the devil they know, the other the wild card they don't!
• The battle that will decide the future of the Jedi!
• John Ostrander and Jan Duursema pull out all the stops!

Available: November 20th 2013
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[Legacy #9] [] Legacy II #9: Outcasts of the Broken Ring (part 4)
Comic Book by Corinna Bechko, Gabriel Hardman, Brian Thies, Livio Ramondelli et al.
Approximately 138 years after the Battle of Yavin
Ania Solo is in over her head—literally! With their escape pod sunk in an ocean of poison, she and Imperial Knight Jao wait for rescue. But even if it comes, they still have to free the slaves in the orbiting docks—with an army of pirates standing in their way!
• The incredible future of the Star Wars galaxy!

Available: November 27th 2013
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Release dates subject to change.

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Friday 16th August
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[Available now...] Agent of the Empire: Volume 2 - Hard Targets
Graphic Novel by John Ostrander, Stéphane Roux, Julien Hugonnard-Bert et al.
Titan Books ( [UK] )

Approximately 3 years before the Battle of Yavin:
When the current Count Dooku is assassinated—and Boba Fett is framed for the deed—the Count’s young heir becomes a political pawn. Agent Cross has his orders, but when the boy’s fate is left to a murderous uncle, an angry bounty hunter, and two lethal ladies, Cross changes his mission!...more

[This story occurs during The Rise of the Empire era.]
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Thursday 15th August
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[Available now...] Crucible
Hardback Novel, e-Book and Audio Book by Troy Denning
Century Books ( [UK] )

Approximately 45 years after the Battle of Yavin:
When Han and Leia Solo arrive at Lando Calrissian’s Outer Rim mining operation to help him thwart a hostile takeover, their aim is just to even up the odds and lay down the law. Then monstrous aliens arrive with a message, and mere threats escalate into violent sabotage with mass fatalities. When the dust settles, what began as corporate warfare becomes a battle with much higher stakes and far deadlier consequences...more

[This story occurs during The Legacy of the Force era]
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Wednesday 14th August
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[Available now...] Star Wars #8
Comic Book & e-Comic Book by Brian Wood, Ryan Kelly, Dan Parsons et al.
Dark Horse Comics ( [US] & [UK] [import])

Shortly after the Battle of Yavin:
Luke Skywalker and Wedge Antilles intentionally allow themselves to be captured by the Empire to discover how Colonel Bircher is tracking the Rebels’ movements. Meanwhile, Darth Vader sends a spy into his own ranks to find out the same thing. And Han and Chewie go blaster to blaster against Boba Fett!

[This story occurs during The Rebellion era.]
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Wednesday 14th August
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[Dark Horse Digital] Digital e-comic releases this week
Dark Horse Comics has added the following Star Wars digital comic titles to their Dark Horse Digital[External site - opens in a new window/tab] e-comic store this week:
  • Star Wars #8

Dark Horse Digital[External site - opens in a new window/tab] purchases can currently be viewed on iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, an Android enabled tablet or smartphone or any modern web browser.

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Friday 9th August
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[The Star Wars] 7-page preview for The Star Wars
Dark Horse Comics have published a 7-page preview[External site - opens in a new window/tab] for the first issue of The Star Wars - J. W. Rinzler's eight-issue adaptation of George Lucas's original 1974 draft. With art by Mike Mayhew, issue #1 is due for release on 4th September.

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Friday 9th August
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[ Available now... ] Dawn of the Jedi: Volume 2 - Prisoner of Bogan
Graphic Novel by John Ostrander, Jan Duursema et al.
Titan Books ( [UK] )

Approximately 25,793 years before the Battle of Yavin:
Xesh, a mysterious alien warrior, is enthralled with the madman Daegen Lok and his obsession with conquering known space. Hunter teams are dispatched by the Je’daii to stop Lok and save the misguided Xesh, but they’re not alone. Xesh’s former masters have sent their own hunter—with orders to kill!...more

[This story occurs during Before the Republic era.]
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Wednesday 7th August
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[Empire and Rebellion: Razor's Edge]] Razor's Edge teaser exceprt #1
On Monday 5th August Del Rey[External site - opens in a new window/tab] published the first teaser excerpt from Martha Wells' upcoming Empire and Rebellion: Razor's Edge novel:

Han took two long strides to catch up with her, shouldered past Jerell, and said, “I know what you’re doing.”
“I know what I’m doing, too,” Leia said, and congratulated herself on her even tone. She stopped at the first pod hatch and opened the control pad to initiate the automatic systems check. The pods were meant for the larger crew complement of the Gamble’s pre-conversion state; each one had room for five large passengers.
“Yeah, you’ll either talk them out of this, or die trying.” Han leaned
against the bulkhead beside her, his voice low and grim. “Or make sure they die trying.”
Leia’s hand froze on the control pad. It was odd that, in this moment, it was Han of all people who seemed to understand what this meant to her.

Empire and Rebellion: Razor's Edge by Martha Wells is due for release in hardback, e-Book and unabridged Audio Book formats on 24th September in the US.

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Tuesday 6th August
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[ The Clone Wars Magazine: issue 19] Star Wars: The Clone Wars Magazine #19
Children's Magazine
Titan Magazines ( [US] )

Between 22 and 19 years before the Battle of Yavin:
Featuring
two comic stories, Lockdown and Colony Crisis; plus puzzles, games and competitions.

Cover subject to change.

[This story occurs during The Rise of the Empire era.]
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Thursday 1st August
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[Scoundrels] Scoundrels
Hardback Novel by Timothy Zahn
Century ( [UK] )

Shortly after the Battle of Yavin:
Han Solo should be basking in his moment of glory. After all, the cocky smuggler and captain of the
Millennium Falcon just played a key role in the daring raid that destroyed the Death Star and landed the first serious blow to the Empire in its war against the Rebel Alliance. But after losing the reward his heroics earned him, Han’s got nothing to celebrate...more

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[Available now...] Star Wars Insider #119
Magazine
Titan Magazines ( [UK] )

Featuring exclusive short story, Incognito, by John Jackson Miller.

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[Available now...] Star Wars: Complete Vehicles
Hardback Reference Book by Kerrie Dougherty, Curtis Saxton, David West Reynolds, Ryder Windham et al.
DK Publishing ( [US] ) / Dorling Kindersley ( [UK] )

Star Wars: Complete Vehicles is the complete guide to the spacecraft and vehicles of the Star Wars six-film saga. It features 55 giant cross-section pictures and hundreds of smaller pieces of artwork and photographs that highlight engine details, weapons and lots more. Discover four brand new cross-sections inside, as well as sneak-peek looks at how the artists create these amazing pictures...more

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