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[ News Review and Archive ]
October 2013

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

Thursday 31st October
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[Available now...] Star Wars Insider #121
Magazine
Titan Magazines ( [UK] )

George Lucas and Alan Dean Foster discuss the story of what would become Splinter of the Mind's Eye - and thus reveal a fascinating glimpse into Lucas's creative mind many months before the huge success of Star Wars would change the world...; It's been 30 years since Darth Vader died aboard The Death Star. We asked some top Star Wars creators if the Sith Lord is as evil as he seems - or if Vader is, in fact, the true hero of the Star Wars saga...; plus all-new tale starring Alderaan's most famous daughter, Princess Leia, in Constant Spirit by Jennifer Heddle!

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Wednesday 30th October
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[ Available now... ] Dark Times: A Spark Remains #4 (part 4 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:
Darth Vader is on the trail of one Jedi—little does he know that even more Jedi are aware of his search and his impending arrival on their planet. The Jedi and their friends are waiting with a trap to end Vader for good. But this is a dark lord of the Sith they will be battling—and nothing is certain!...more

[This story occurs during The Rise of the Empire era.]
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Wednesday 30th October
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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 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 29th October
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[Available now...] 4-page preview for "The Star Wars" #3
Dark Horse Comics[External site - opens in a new window/tab] has posted a four-page preview for the third issue of The Star Wars due for release on 6th November. Adapted from George Lucas's 1974 rough-draft screenplay by J.W. Rinzler with art by Mike Mayhew, this 8-part comic book adaptation is released by Dark Horse Comics.
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Tuesday 29th October
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[Available now...] The Bounty Hunter Code: From the Files of Boba Fett
Hardback Book by Daniel Wallace, Ryder Windham, Jason Fry
47 North ( [US] & [UK] )

Around the time Boba Fett tumbled into the Great Pit of Carkoon, the Rebel Alliance discovered a secure, blast-proof bounty hunter’s case holding Boba Fett’s personal items...
Press the buttons, insert the data card, and the case opens with sounds and lights. Housed within is a text of great import. At some point in his career Boba Fett bound together the latest edition of the Bounty Hunters Guild Handbook and a manifesto from Death Watch, the secretive splinter group of Mandalorians. Together, these volumes make up The Bounty Hunter Code.

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[Available now...] The Old Republic: Annihilation
Paperback Novel by Drew Karpyshyn
Del Rey ( [US] )

Approximately 3,640 years before the Battle of Yavin:
The Sith Empire is in flux. The Emperor is missing, presumed dead, and an ambitious Sith lord’s attempt to seize the throne has ended fatally. Still, Darth Karrid, commander of the fearsome Imperial battle cruiser Ascendant Spear, continues her relentless efforts to achieve total Sith domination of the galaxy
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[This story occurs during The Old Republic era.]
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NEW RELEASE . . .

Wednesday 23rd October
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[Available now...] Legacy II #8: Outcasts of the Broken Ring (part 3)
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:
Ania Solo and Imperial Knight Jao’s search for Sith leads to the poisoned Mon Calamari homeworld of Dac—where their ship is boarded by pirates who have taken over the planet’s orbiting shipyards.
Jao senses the dark side at work—especially when he and Ania are marked for death!

[This story occurs during The Legacy of the Force era.]
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NEWS . . .

Wednesday 23rd October
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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 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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NEW RELEASE . . .

Tuesday 22nd October
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[Available now...] Star Wars Insider #145
Magazine
Titan Magazines ( [US] )

George Lucas and Alan Dean Foster discuss the story of what would become Splinter of the Mind's Eye - and thus reveal a fascinating glimpse into Lucas's creative mind many months before the huge success of Star Wars would change the world...; It's been 30 years since Darth Vader died aboard The Death Star. We asked some top Star Wars creators if the Sith Lord is as evil as he seems - or if Vader is, in fact, the true hero of the Star Wars saga...; plus all-new tale starring Alderaan's most famous daughter, Princess Leia, in Constant Spirit by Jennifer Heddle!

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Monday 21st October
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[Dark Horse Comics] Comics for January 2014
In their latest solicitations, Dark Horse Comics has announced the following Star Wars comic titles due for release in January 2014.
[The Star Wars #0] [] The Star Wars #0
Comic Book by J. W. Rinzler, Randy Stradley, Mike Mayhew, Sean Cooke, Kilian Plunkett, Stéphane Roux, Scott Kolins, Nick Runge et al.
A companion to the eight-issue adaptation of The Star Wars, this is an exclusive peek behind the scenes at the designs that have brought a new—yet incredibly familiar—galaxy to life.
Included in this volume are the never-before-seen comics sequences that were used in Dark Horse’s pitch to George Lucas!
• Previously unpublished designs and comics pages!
• Companion to the official eight-issue adaptation of George Lucas’s original rough-draft screenplay for Star Wars!
Available: January 1st 2014
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[Star Wars #13] [] Star Wars #13 (ongoing)
Comic Book by Brian Wood, Facundo Percio, Dan Parsons, Gabe Eltaeb, Hugh Fleming et al.
Shortly after the Battle of Yavin
After a defeat by Rebel forces and the escape of prisoner Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader decides to clean house. From one end of the galaxy to the other, Vader’s “new broom”—a squad of elite stormtroopers backed by the Dark Lord’s own lightsaber—is sweeping the ranks of the Empire!
Available: January 8th 2014
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[Darth Vader and the Cry of Shadows #2] [] Darth Vader and the Cry of Shadows #2 (of 5)
Comic Book by Tim Siedell, Gabriel Guzman, Michael Atiyeh and Felipe Massafera et al.
Approximately 19 years before the Battle of Yavin
Clone trooper Hock has been through much since being left for dead by his Jedi leaders in the Clone Wars. Now, Hock believes he has found a truly great warrior who deserves loyalty and commands respect—Darth Vader! If Hock can impress the Dark Lord as a stormtrooper, he will have earned respect of his own from the leader he admires most.
Available: January 15th 2014
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[Dawn of the Jedi: Force War #3] [] Dawn of the Jedi: Force War #3 (of 5)
Comic Book by John Ostrander, Jan Duursema, Dan Parsons, Wes Dzioba et al.
Approximately 25,793 years before the Battle of Yavin
Je’daii generals Daegen Lok and Xesh are captured by Xesh’s former Rakatan masters, and Xesh learns the truth behind his arrival on Tython. Half-mad with regret, he is forced to give the invaders the knowledge they need to defeat Xesh’s Je’daii friends—and enslave the entire planet!
Available: January 15th 2014
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[Legacy II #11] [] Legacy II #11
Comic Book by Corinna Bechko, Gabriel Hardman, Rachelle Rosenberg, Agustin Alessio et al.
Approximately 138 years after the Battle of Yavin
Just who is Ania Solo? Is she a lowly salvage dealer from a backwater planet, as she says, or is she an escaped prisoner and the murderer of an Imperial Knight, as the authorities claim?
• Gabriel Hardman returns as artist!

Available: January 22nd 2014
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Release dates subject to change.

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NEW RELEASE . . .

Friday 18th October
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[Omnibus: Wild Space - Volume 2] Omnibus: Wild Space - Volume 2
Omnibus Graphic Novel by various
Titan Books ( [UK] )

A second omnibus filled with rare Star Wars gems! Get your adventure on with Jabba the Hutt, Han Solo, and Lando Calrissian, and stomp on Star Wars with Mark Evanier and Sergio Aragonés! Plus, unreal tales from the concept artists behind Episode III, and podracing fun with young Anakin Skywalker!

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Thursday 17th October
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[The Clone Wars Comic #52] Star Wars: The Clone Wars Comic #52
Children's Comic Book
Titan Comics ( [UK] )

Between 22 and 19 years before the Battle of Yavin:
It's Scare Wars in this Hallowe'en spooktacular issue! Featuring
the Galaxy's scariest locations, revolting Hallowe'en recipes and trick-or-treat face masks. Plus original short comic story, Paradise Lost, plus puzzles, games and free cover gifts!

[This story occurs during The Rise of the Empire era.]
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Tuesday 15th October
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[ The Clone Wars Seasons 1-5 Collector's Edition] Star Wars: The Clone Wars Seasons 1-5 Collector's Edition
Blu-Ray and DVD Box Sets
Lucasfilm Animation / Warner Bros. Home Ent. ( [US] & [UK] )

Between 22 and 19 years before the Battle of Yavin:
Collecting all five seasons of The Clone Wars animated TV series.

[This story occurs during The Rise of the Empire era.]
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[ The Clone Wars Season 5] Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season 5
Blu-Ray and DVD Box Sets
Lucasfilm Animation / Warner Bros. Home Ent. ( [US] & [UK] )

Between 22 and 19 years before the Battle of Yavin:
Collecting all 20 episodes from the fifth and final season of The Clone Wars animated TV series.

[This story occurs during The Rise of the Empire era.]
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Sunday 13th October
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A look inside Death Star Technical Manual
RandomHouse.com has updated their listings page[External site - opens in a new window/tab] for Ryder Windham's Death Star Owner's Technical Manual with a 24 page preview:

Owner's Technical Manual: Death Star - Imperial DS-1 Orbital Battle Station by Ryder Windham, with art by Chris Reiff and Chris Trevas is due for release in hardback on 5th November in the US & UK.

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NEW RELEASES . . .

Wednesday 9th October
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[Omnibus: Wild Space - Volume 2] Omnibus: Wild Space - Volume 2
Omnibus Graphic Novel by various
Dark Horse Books ( [US] )

A second omnibus filled with rare Star Wars gems! Get your adventure on with Jabba the Hutt, Han Solo, and Lando Calrissian, and stomp on Star Wars with Mark Evanier and Sergio Aragonés! Plus, unreal tales from the concept artists behind Episode III, and podracing fun with young Anakin Skywalker!

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[Ewoks: Shadows of Emdor] Ewoks: Shadows of Endor
Graphic Novella by Zack Giallongo, Braden Lamb  et al.
Dark Horse Books ( [US] )

Approximately 4 years after the Battle of Yavin:
Until now, the Ewoks had been able to ignore the arrival of the Empire’s stormtroopers on Endor. But when they discover their rivals, the Duloks, have been enslaved and a legendary beast has been awakened, the Ewoks realize they may have to prepare for war—as soon as they figure out how to survive the beast!...
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[Available now...] Star Wars #10
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 have infiltrated an Imperial Destroyer. But now nine thousand stormtroopers are searching for them, and Darth Vader is aware of their presence. Completing their mission and escaping with their lives may be an either/or proposition!
Meanwhile, the Rebel fleet prepares for an Imperial assault!...
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[This story occurs during The Rebellion era.]
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NEWS . . .

Wednesday 9th October
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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 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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NEW RELEASES . . .

Wednesday 2nd October
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[Available now...] The Star Wars #2 (Nick Runge regular cover)
Comic Book & e-Comic Book by J. W. Rinzler, Mike Mayhew et al.
Dark Horse Comics ( [US] & [UK] [import])

The Empire is poised for an attack on the peaceful world of Aquilae, and only Jedi General Luke Skywalker seems concerned. When King Kayos is killed, Jedi in training Annikin Starkiller is ordered to find Princess Leia, while Skywalker sends his only squadron against the Empire’s powerful new battle station!...more

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[Available now...] The Star Wars #2 (Ralph McQuarrie variant cover)
Comic Book & e-Comic Book by J. W. Rinzler, Mike Mayhew et al.
Dark Horse Comics ( [US] & [UK] [import])

The Empire is poised for an attack on the peaceful world of Aquilae, and only Jedi General Luke Skywalker seems concerned. When King Kayos is killed, Jedi in training Annikin Starkiller is ordered to find Princess Leia, while Skywalker sends his only squadron against the Empire’s powerful new battle station!...more

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[Available now...] #1 for $1: Star Wars #1
Comic Book by Brian Wood, Carlos D'Anda, Gabe Eltaeb, Alex Ross et al.
Dark Horse Comics ( [US] & [UK] [import])

Shortly after the Battle of Yavin:
This is Star Wars as you remember it and as you have never seen it before! We’re taking you back to those heady, adventure-filled days following the destruction of the Death Star, when the Empire ruled, the Rebels were on the run, and the galaxy was a dangerous place where anything might happen!...more

[This story occurs during The Rebellion era.]
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NEWS . . .

Wednesday 2nd October
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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 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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NEW RELEASE . . .

Tuesday 1st October
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[Available now...] The Making of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi
Hardback Reference Book by J. W. Rinzler
Del Rey ( [US] ); Aurum Press ( [UK] )

Just as Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi completed the most successful cinematic trilogy of its generation, perhaps of all time, this splendid thirtieth-anniversary tribute completes New York Times bestselling author J. W. Rinzler’s trio of fascinating behind-the-scenes books celebrating George Lucas’s classic films...more

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