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[ News Review and Archive ]
November 2014

[ News Archive... ]
The following news items were posted on Star Wars Book & Comics during November 2014:
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STAFF REVIEW . . .

Monday 24th November
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Tarkin
By James Luceno
Reviewed by Ewan, Star Wars Books & Comics
Following the success of Darth Plagueis, James Luceno returns with another character study: that of Grand Moff Wilhuff Tarkin. Whereas his Plagueis novel was almost a complete biography of a character that only had the briefest of mentions in one of the six films, in this book Luceno focuses on a character we are more familiar with and explores his motives, drive and reasoning. In short, this is an explanation why this character was so ruthless in Episode IV when he ordered the destruction of a planet and the deaths of millions of beings without even batting an eyelid...read full review
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NEW RELEASES . . .

Tuesday 18th November
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[Available now...] Star Wars Rebels: Droids in Distress
Paperback Children's Book by Micheal Kogge
Disney Lucasfilm Press ( [US] )

The heroes of Star Wars Rebels are back with more action-packed adventures! Follow them on their journey to save Wookiees as they narrowly escape a terrible Imperial trap. They also meet beloved droids R2-D2 and C-3PO - who are on a mysterious mission to help the Empire! Chopper proves that even a clunky old droid can play a big role in saving the galaxy. But one mission leads to the next for our rebel heroes, and they must ultimately face their biggest enemy yet - the Inquisitor!

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Dark Times: The Path to Nowhere Gallery Edition
Hardback Book by Doug Wheatley, Randy Stradley et al.
Dark Horse Books ( [US] )

Dark Times: The Path to Nowhere Gallery Edition presents raw scans of Doug Wheatley's penciled art, at the size he drew it alongside Randy Stradley's script pages! Wheatley's awesome art is sure to be an eye opener for many. Drawing at printed comics size, Wheatley packed in more detail per page than most artists include in an entire issue. Plus, a feature not seen in other "artist's editions": the complete scripts from which Wheatley worked, allowing readers to see where the artist chose to stick to the script, or revise the art to better suit the story.

[This story occurs during Rise of the Empire era.]
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STAFF REVIEWS . . .

Friday 14th November
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The Adventures of Luke Skywalker, Jedi Knight
By Tony Diterlizzi (art by Ralph McQuarrie)
Reviewed by Ewan, Star Wars Books & Comics
While many of us will be familiar with many of McQuarrie's images, especially those iconic ones that have been seen over and over again, this 12" x 9" book presents more than seventy of his pictures in a layout chosen to both compliment Diterlizzi's writing style and maximise their presentation on the reader's eyes. And this is one of the many delights of this book: being able to view McQuarrie's art in chronlogical order...read full review
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[ R2-D2's Droid Workshop: Make Your Own R2-D2 ] R2-D2's Droid Workshop: Make Your Own R2-D2
By Katrina Pallant, Richie Hull, Szpkolai Gergely, Neal Manning
Reviewed by Ewan, Star Wars Books & Comics
While the activities in the attached story book primarily consist of puzzles, wordsearches, spot-the-difference etc, may feel like filler in what appears to be a rather expensive children's book, it is the enjoyment of the construction of the paper kit, especially when shared with your child [...] that makes the price tag more appealing. Witnessing their delight during and after construction is sheer pleasure. And it should be noted that while this may be described as a "paper kit", it is actually formed from several millimetre thick card. So when R2 is completed, the 26cm high kit is of a sturdy construction....read full review
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NEW RELEASE . . .

Thursday 13th November
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[Star Wars Comic #12] Star Wars Comic #12
Children's Comic Book
Titan Comics ( [UK] )

Princess Leia has some tough choices to make in this issue's all-new comic strip! Find out how far bravery and resourcefulness can take you in the Rebel Alliance and see what it takes to become a Bounty Hunter!
Also, get your head around some Wookiee-filled puzzles! Plus free cover gifts!

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NEW RELEASES . . .

Tuesday 11th November
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[Available now...] Star Wars Insider 2015 Special Edition
Magazine
Titan Magazines ( [US] & [UK] )

A look back of some of the greatest features and interviews from the pages of Insider: from the classic movies to the Expanded Universe. This special edition includes a new interview with Dee Bradley Baker, the actor who voiced the clone army in The Clone Wars; a talk with the supporting players from A New Hope about their time on the set of the very first Star Wars movie; and an in-depth chat with Return of the Jedi creature consultant Chris Walas.

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[ Available now... ] The Clone Wars: The Lost Missions
Blu-ray & DVD Boxset by Lucasfilm Animation
Buena Vista Home Entertainment ( [US] )

Approximately 20 years before A New Hope:
Complete your collection and experience all the wonder, intrigue, action and suspense of The Clone Wars: The Lost Missions in 13 must-own episodes, plus a 16-minute Behind-The-Scenes Documentary!

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

Thursday 6th November
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[Lords of the Sith] Expanded blurb for Lords of the Sith
RandomHouse.com have updated their listings page[External site - opens in a new window/tab] for Paul S. Kemp's forthcoming Lords of the Sith novel with a full blurb:

When the Emperor and his notorious apprentice, Darth Vader, find themselves stranded in the middle of insurgent action on an inhospitable planet, they must rely on each other, the Force, and their own ruthlessness to prevail.
“It appears things are as you suspected, Lord Vader. We are indeed hunted.”
Anakin Skywalker, Jedi Knight, is just a memory. Darth Vader, newly anointed Sith Lord, is ascendant. The Emperor’s chosen apprentice has swiftly proven his loyalty to the dark side. Still, the history of the Sith Order is one of duplicity, betrayal, and acolytes violently usurping their Masters—and the truest measure of Vader’s allegiance has yet to be taken. Until now.
On Ryloth, a planet crucial to the growing Empire as a source of slave labor and the narcotic known as “spice,” an aggressive resistance movement has arisen, led by Cham Syndulla, an idealistic freedom fighter, and Isval, a vengeful former slave. But Emperor Palpatine means to control the embattled world and its precious resources—by political power or firepower—and he will be neither intimidated nor denied. Accompanied by his merciless disciple, Darth Vader, he sets out on a rare personal mission to ensure his will is done.
For Syndulla and Isval, it’s the opportunity to strike at the very heart of the ruthless dictatorship sweeping the galaxy. And for the Emperor and Darth Vader, Ryloth becomes more than just a matter of putting down an insurrection: When an ambush sends them crashing to the planet’s surface, where inhospitable terrain and an army of resistance fighters await them, they will find their relationship tested as never before. With only their lightsabers, the dark side of the Force, and each other to depend on, the two Sith must decide if the brutal bond they share will make them victorious allies or lethal adversaries.

Lords of the Sith by Paul S. Kemp is due for release in hardback, e-Book and digital unabridged Audio Book formats on 28th April 2015 in the US and early March in the UK.
[Source: via Eddie van der Heijden[External site - opens in a new window/tab]]

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NEW RELEASES . . .

Thursday 6th November
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[ Available now... ] Tarkin
Hardback Novel by James Luceno
Century ( [UK] )

Approximately 14 years before Episode IV: A New Hope:
Grand Moff Tarkin-the man who controlled the Death Star and ordered the destruction of Alderaan. The man who even the dreaded Darth Vader obeyed. At long last, as the true story of the Star Wars galaxy continues to unfold, Tarkin's tale now comes to light!...more

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[Available now...] The Adventures of Luke Skywalker, Jedi Knight
Hardback Children's Book
Egmont Books [UK] )

The classic tale of good versus evil set in a galaxy far, far away, quickly became a cultural phenomenon during its time, inspiring a generation of story lovers and storytellers. Now, the original trilogy of Star Wars shines anew with the vibrant concept art of Ralph McQuarrie, the legendary conceptual designer behind the original trilogy.

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[Available now...] Star Wars Rebels: Droids in Distress
Paperback Children's Book by Micheal Kogge
Egmont Books ( [UK] )

Based on the premiere and the first two episodes of Star Wars Rebels, featuring Ezra's introduction to the crew and his first assignments with them - including risky adventures aboard the trusty Ghost and escaping from Imperial TIE fighters.

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[Available now...] R2-D2's Droid Workshop: Make Your Own R2-D2
Hardback Children's Activity Book
Egmont Books ( [UK] & [US] [import])

R2-D2 has a mission to get Princess Leia's distress message to Alderaan. Join him as he escapes a starship, hurtles through space, navigates a desert, gets kidnapped by Jawas and much more.
Features a book with fun activities including mazes, word games, puzzles and lots of creative fun. Also includes press-out pieces which slot together to make a R2-D2 model perfect for recreating scenes, playing games and displaying to all your friends.

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NEW RELEASE . . .

Tuesday 4th November
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[ Available now... ] Tarkin
Hardback Novel, e-Book & unabridged Audio Book by James Luceno
Del Rey ( [US] )

Approximately 14 years before Episode IV: A New Hope:
Grand Moff Tarkin-the man who controlled the Death Star and ordered the destruction of Alderaan. The man who even the dreaded Darth Vader obeyed. At long last, as the true story of the Star Wars galaxy continues to unfold, Tarkin's tale now comes to light!...more

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NEW RELEASE . . .

Saturday 1st November
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[ Available now... ] William Shakespeare's Star Wars Trilogy: The Royal Boxset
Hardcover Boxset by Ian Doescher
Quirk Books ( [UK] )

May the verse be with you! Return once more to a galaxy far, far away with this retelling of George Lucas’s Star Wars Trilogy in the style of the immortal William Shakespeare. This Royal Boxset includes all three volumes in the original trilogy: Verily, A New Hope; The Empire Striketh Back; and The Jedi Doth Return. Also included is an 8-by-34-inch full-color poster illustrating the complete cast and company of this glorious production.

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