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[ News Review and Archive ]
November 2013

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

Wednesday 27th November
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[Available now...] Legacy II #9: Outcasts of the Broken Ring (part 4)
Comic Book & e-Comic Book by Corinna Bechko, Gabriel Hardman, Brian Thies et al.
Dark Horse Comics ( [US] & [UK] [import])

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!

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

Wednesday 27th November
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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 26th November
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[Scoundrels] Scoundrels
Paperback Novel by Timothy Zahn
Del Rey ( [US] )

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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NEW RELEASES . . .

Thursday 21st November
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[ Available now... ] Kenobi
Hardback Novel by John Jackson Miller
Century ( [UK] )

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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[Available now...] The Old Republic: Annihilation
Paperback Novel by Drew Karpyshyn
Arrow Books ( [UK] )

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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REVIEWS . . .

Thursday 21st November
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[ Available now... ] Kenobi
By John Jackson Miller
Reviewed by Ewan, Star Wars Books & Comics
Billed as a Star Wars western [...] Miller takes this established genre and flips it as he examines [...] the essence of Miller's story: the split persona of Obi-Wan, former Jedi Master and hero of The Clone Wars, and Ben, an outsider come to live as a hermit [...] Miller chooses to examine Kenobi's personality conflict through the eyes of those he is forced to come into contact with [...] here we have a small but strong cadre of characters [...] Miller takes certain preconceptions of protagonist/antagonist roles and twists them so that we are unclear of role definitions ...read full review
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[Available now...] The Old Republic: Annihilation
By Drew Karpyshyn
Reviewed by Ewan, Star Wars Books & Comics
An interesting twist for author Karpyshyn - the main protagonist in this story is neither Sith nor Jedi [...] makes for a more believable story in a universe where our heroes tend to be super-human Force sensitives [..] In many ways this is Star Wars meets Mission Impossible [...] beneath this tale of espionage lies a deeper story of personal conflicts and Karpyshyn weaves these throughout the story [...] more than just an espionage story [...] Karpyshyn at his best...read full review
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NEW RELEASES . . .

Wednesday 20th November
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[ Available now... ] Dawn of the Jedi: Force War #1 (part 1 of 5)
Comic Book and e-Comic Book by John Ostrander, Jan Duursema et al.
Dark Horse Comics ( [US] & [UK] [import])

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!...more

[This story occurs during Before the Republic era.]
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[Available now...] Legacy II Book 1: Prisoner of the Floating World
Graphic Novel by Corinna Bechko, Gabriel Hardman et al.
Dark Horse Books ( [US] )

Approximately 138 years after the Battle of Yavin:
Despite her famous heritage, Ania Solo is just a girl trying to make her way in a galaxy gone bad. But it all gets worse when she comes into possession of a lightsaber and an Imperial communications droid—and discovers she has been targeted for death!...more

[This story occurs during The Legacy of the Force era.]
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[Darth Vader and the Ninth Assassin] Darth Vader and the Ninth Assassin
Hardback Graphic Novel by Tim Seidell, Stephen Thompson, Mark Irwin, Michael Atiyeh et al.
Dark Horse Books ( [US] )

Approximately 19 years before the Battle of Yavin:
A ninth assassin—more deadly than the eight who came before—has been hired to murder Darth Vader. Elsewhere, another threat to the Empire has made itself known, and will take Vader on a hunt for an ancient evil . . . All the while, the ninth assassin lurks, waiting for the perfect moment to strike!...more

[This story occurs during The Rise of the Empire era.]
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NEWS . . .

Wednesday 20th November
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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 19th November
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[ The Clone Wars Magazine: issue 21] Star Wars: The Clone Wars Magazine #21
Children's Magazine
Titan Magazines ( [US] )

Between 22 and 19 years before the Battle of Yavin:
Featuring
two comic stories, The Runaway Ride and Paradise Lost, plus puzzles, games and competitions.

[This story occurs during The Rise of the Empire era.]
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NEWS . . .

Saturday 16th November
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[Dark Horse Comics] Comics for February 2014
In their latest solicitations, Dark Horse Comics has announced the following Star Wars comic titles due for release in February 2014 plus graphic novels due April.
[The Star Wars #5] [] The Star Wars #5
Comic Book by J. W. Rinzler, Mike Mayhew, Rain Beredo, Nick Runge et al.
Remember the scene in Star Wars where the Sith Knight traps General Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Annikin Starkiller, and the alien Han Solo—and they have to fight their way free and steal an Imperial starship? No? That’s because this is The Star Wars—based on George Lucas’s original rough-draft screenplay! Experience a Star Wars that never was!
• Official eight-issue adaptation of George Lucas’s original rough-draft screenplay for Star Wars
Available: February 5th 2014
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[Star Wars #14] [] Star Wars #14 (ongoing)
Comic Book by Brian Wood, Facundo Percio, Dan Parsons, Gabe Eltaeb, Sean Cooke et al.
Shortly after the Battle of Yavin
Ben Kenobi haunts Darth Vader’s dreams, even as the name Skywalker occupies his waking thoughts. The Rebel victory over his former flagship has exposed spies and incompetence within the Empire, and Vader has decided an off-the-record mission of vengeance is needed to clear his head—and restore his reputation!
• Artist Facundo Percio from Warren Ellis’s Anna Mercury!
Available: February 12th 2014
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[Darth Vader and the Cry of Shadows #3] [] Darth Vader and the Cry of Shadows #3 (of 5)
Comic Book by Tim Siedell, Gabriel Guzman, Michael Atiyeh and Felipe Massafera et al.
Approximately 19 years before the Battle of Yavin
Stormtrooper Hock is exactly where he wants to be—under the command of the greatest warrior in the galaxy, Darth Vader! When a mission to assimilate some remnant Separatists becomes a military disaster, Hock has an opportunity to be something more than a soldier in the ranks to Darth Vader . . . if he’s willing to take a life-risking chance!
Available: February 19th 2014
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[Dawn of the Jedi: Force War #4] [] Dawn of the Jedi: Force War #4 (of 5)
Comic Book by John Ostrander, Jan Duursema, Dan Parsons, Wes Dzioba et al.
Approximately 25,793 years before the Battle of Yavin
Xesh and his Rakatan master are leading their ravening army to the temple of Anil Kesh and the chasm below—hoping to find a gateway to the galaxy at the bottom! But Je’daii Shae Koda dogs Xesh’s steps, hoping to bring her lover back to the light side of the Force!
• The dark side invasion comes to a Je’daii temple!
• War comes to the Je’daii’s doorstep!

Available: February 19th 2014
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[Legacy II #12] [] Legacy II #12
Comic Book by Corinna Bechko, Gabriel Hardman, Rachelle Rosenberg, Agustin Alessio et al.
Approximately 138 years after the Battle of Yavin
A meeting with an old friend lands Ania Solo in handcuffs! Now that she’s a wanted criminal, even her pals Sauk and Imperial Knight Jao are wary of her. Held captive by one bounty hunter and pursued by another, Ania is one blaster shot away from a life sentence—or death!
• Ania’s past is revealed . . . or is it?

Available: February 26th 2014
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[Star Wars Volume 2: From the Ruins of Alderaan] [] Star Wars Volume 2: From the Ruins of Alderaan
Graphic Novel by Brian Wood, Carlos D’Anda, Ryan Kelly, Dan Parsons, Gabe Eltaeb et al.
Shortly after the Battle of Yavin
The Rebels’ covert ops go on the offensive as Princess Leia sends two of her top pilots—Wedge Antilles and Luke Skywalker—to be "captured" by the Empire! Meanwhile, Leia takes off on her own to locate a safe haven. But Darth Vader is on the alert!
Collects issues #7 thru #12 of the ongoing series.
Available: April 16th 2014
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[Omnibus: Knights of the Old Republic Volume 3] [] Omnibus: Knights of the Old Republic - Volume 3
Omnibus Graphic Novel by John Jackson Miller, Ron Chan, Brian Ching, Bong Dazo et al.
Approximately 138 years after the Battle of Yavin
AFree from the false charges against him, former Padawan Zayne Carrick discovers that one of his allies, Jarael, has been running from her past. Soon Zayne is caught in a web of sport dueling, slavery, an evil twin, an ancient society, and finally, the frontline of the Mandalorian Wars.
Collects Knights of the Old Republic #38 thru #50 and Knights of the Old Republic: War #1 thru #5.
Available: April 20th 2014
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Release dates subject to change.

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NEW RELEASE . . .

Thursday 14th November
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[The Clone Wars Comic #53] Star Wars: The Clone Wars Comic #53
Children's Comic Book
Titan Comics ( [UK] )

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

[This story occurs during The Rise of the Empire era.]
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NEW RELEASE . . .

Wednesday 13th November
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[Available now...] Star Wars #11
Comic Book & e-Comic Book by Brian Wood, Carlos D’Anda, Gabe Eltaeb, Sean Cooke et al.
Dark Horse Comics ( [US] & [UK] [import])

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...more

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

Wednesday 13th November
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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 12th November
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[Ewoks: Shadows of Emdor] Ewoks: Shadows of Endor
Graphic Novella by Zack Giallongo, Braden Lamb  et al.
Titan Books ( [UK] )

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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NEW RELEASE . . .

Wednesday 6th November
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[Available now...] The Star Wars #3
Comic Book & e-Comic Book by J. W. Rinzler, Mike Mayhew, Nick Runge et al.
Dark Horse Comics ( [US] & [UK] [import])

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!
Check our Reader's Guide to this adaptation of an alternative Star Wars!

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NEWS . . .

Wednesday 6th November
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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 . . .

Tuesday 5th November
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[Available now...] Owner's Technical Manual: Death Star - Imperial DS-1 Orbital Battle Station
Hardback Reference Book by Ryder Windham, Chris Reiff, Chris Trevas
Haynes ( [US] & [UK] )

This Haynes Manual traces the origins of the Death Star, from concept to a top-secret project that begins before the foundation of the Empire, which draws design inspiration from the Trade Federation’s spherical warships. In this manual, the Death Star’s onboard systems and controls are explained in detail, and are illustrated with an astonishing range of computer-generated artwork, floor plans, cutaways, and exploded diagrams...more

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[Available now...] Star Wars Insider 2014 Special Edition
Magazine
Titan Magazines ( [US] & [UK] )

This incredible 148-page special edition magazine is the perfect way to immerse yourself into the Star Wars galaxy.
We’ve looked back and chosen some of the greatest features and interviews from the pages of Insider, from the classic movies to the Expanded Universe. We’ve got interviews with the talented folk from in front of and behind the camera, and some incredible features exploring everything from the mysterious truth behind the Force to a look at the prototype toys that never made it into stores.

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