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  News Archives: February 2015

The following news items were posted on Star Wars Book & Comics during February 2015:
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NEWS . . .

Friday 27th February
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[Marvel] Reprints for Darth Vader #1 & 2 plus fourth reprint for Star Wars #1
Marvel have announced reprints for the first two issues of their new Darth Vader series and a fourth reprint for the first issue of Star Wars. All three reprints will be available from 1st April.
[Source: BleedingCool.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab]]

[Darth Vader #1 (2nd printing)][] [Darth Vader #2 (2nd printing)][] [Star Wars #1 (4th printing)]
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Thursday 26th February
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[Heir to the Jedi] Heir to the Jedi
Hardback Novel and e-Book by Kevin Hearne
Century ( [UK] )

Shortly after Episode IV: A New Hope:
This is a key moment of personal growth for the young Luke Skywalker: the time between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back. As he struggles to gain a new appreciation for the Force, a mission for the Rebel Alliance leads Luke into more danger than he bargained for...

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[Servants of the Empire: Rebel in the Ranks] Servants of the Empire: Rebel in the Ranks
Children's Book by Jason Fry
Egmont ( [UK] )

This story occurs approximately 5 years before Episode IV: A New Hope:
As a new student at Lothal's Imperial Academy, Zare Leonis does everything it takes to pass as a model cadet. But secretly, he is a hidden enemy among Imperial loyalists, determined to discover the truth about his missing sister and to bring down the Empire. Now Zare must face down a dangerous foe: Lieutenant Curahee, who seems bent on pushing Zare to his breaking point...

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Draw Star Wars Rebels
Children's Activity Book
Egmont ( [UK] )

Learn to draw the newest heroes and villains from the Star Wars universe! Trace the rebels, colour in the Inquisitor and sketch some Stormtroopers in this step-by-step guide. Just follow the instructions, use the tracer guides for help and create your very own Star Wars Rebels masterpieces!

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Star Wars Rebels: Colouring Activity Book
Children's Activity Book
Egmont ( [UK] )

Join Kanan, Ezra, Hera, Zeb, Sabine and Chopper for some colouring fun in this Star Wars Rebels book. Includes pages to doodle your own starship, create your own rebel profile, and design your own droid. Plus puzzles, quizzes and posters of your favourite characters. Learn all about the world of Star Wars Rebels, and create your own rebel masterpieces!

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NEW RELEASES . . .

Wednesday 25th February
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[Available now...] Darth Vader #2
Comic Book & e-Comic Book by Kieron Gillen, Salvador Larroca et al.
Marvel ( [US] & [UK] [import])

Approximately two weeks after Episode IV: A New Hope:
Ever since Darth Vader made his first on-screen appearance, he became the one of the most popular villains to ever haunt an audience’s dreams! Now, follow Vader straight from the ending of A New Hope into his own series, showing the Empire’s war with the Rebel Alliance from the other side!
Variant covers available!

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[Star Wars Rebels Magazine #2] Star Wars Rebels Magazine #2
Children's Comic Book
Egmont ( [UK] )

Features exclusive short comic story, Learning Patience; puzzles, quizzes, super-sized double-sided pull-out poster and free cover gift!

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NEW RELEASE . . .

Tuesday 24th February
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[Available now...] Empire & Rebellion: Honor Among Thieves (Star Wars Legends)
Paperback Novel by James S. A. Corey
Del Rey ( [US] )

Approximately 1 year after the Battle of Yavin:
When the mission is to extract a high-level rebel spy from the very heart of the Empire, Leia Organa knows the best man for the job is Han Solo—something the princess and the smuggler can finally agree on. After all, for a guy who broke into an Imperial cell block and helped destroy the Death Star, the assignment sounds simple enough...more

Check out our original review of Empire & Rebellion: Honor Among Thieves

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

Wednesday 18th February
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[Marvel] Comic titles for May
In their latest solicitations, Marvel have announced the following Star Wars comic titles: Kanan - The Last Padawan #2, Princess Leia #4, Darth Vader #5 and Star Wars #5. These titles are due for release in May 2015...read full story

[Kanan - The Last Padawan #2][][Princess Leia #4][][Darth Vader #5][][Star Wars #5]
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NEW RELEASE . . .

Thursday 12th February
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[ Maul: Lockdown (Star Wars Legends) ] Maul: Lockdown (Star Wars Legends)
Paperback Novel by Joe Schreiber
Arrow Books ( [UK] )

Approximately 32 years before the Battle of Yavin:
It's kill or be killed in the space penitentiary that houses the galaxy’s worst criminals, where convicts face off in gladiatorial combat while an underworld gambling empire reaps the profits of the illicit blood sport. But the newest contender in this savage arena, as demonic to behold as he is deadly to challenge, is fighting for more than just survival...

Check out our original review of Maul: Lockdown

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NEW RELEASE . . .

Wednesday 11th February
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[Available now...] Darth Vader #1
Comic Book & e-Comic Book by Kieron Gillen, Salvador Larroca et al.
Marvel ( [US] & [UK] [import])

Approximately two weeks after Episode IV: A New Hope:
Ever since Darth Vader made his first on-screen appearance, he became the one of the most popular villains to ever haunt an audience’s dreams! Now, follow Vader straight from the ending of A New Hope into his own series, showing the Empire’s war with the Rebel Alliance from the other side!
Variant covers available!

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NEW RELEASE . . .

Tuesday 10th February
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[Episode IV: A New Hope - Read-Along Storybook & CD] Episode IV: A New Hope - Read-Along Storybook & CD
Paperback Children's Book & CD by Randy Thornton and Brian Rood
Disney Lucasfilm Press ( [US] )

Experience Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope like never before! Fully illustrated with gorgeous images by Star Wars artist Brian Rood, this epic storybook also includes a CD with word-for-word narration, music, and character voices. Follow along as Luke Skywalker meets Obi-Wan Kenobi, rescues Princess Leia, and faces Darth Vader for the first time.

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NEWS . . .

Wednesday 4th February
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[Heir to the Jedi] Preview for Heir to the Jedi
RandomHouse.com have updated their listings page[External site - opens in a new window/tab] for Kevin Hearne's forthcoming Heir to the Jedi novel with a 50-page preview:

Heir to the Jedi by Kevin Hearne is due for release in hardback, e-Book and unabridged Audio Book formats on 3rd March in the US.

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NEW RELEASES . . .

Wednesday 4th February
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[Available now...] Star Wars #2: Skywalker Strikes (part 2)
Comic Book & e-Comic Book by Jason Aaron, John Cassaday et al.
Marvel ( [US] & [UK] [import])

Approximately two weeks after Episode IV: A New Hope:
Princess Leia has successfully led a covert team consisting of Luke, Han, Chewbacca and the droids, into the Imperial weapons factory on Cymoon 1. However, they soon discover the factory's secret: slave labour. Rushing to complete their mission and rescue the slaves, the team run into trouble. No more than Darth Vader himself!

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[Available now...] Star Wars #1: Skywalker Strikes (part 1) (2nd printing)
Comic Book by Jason Aaron, John Cassaday et al.
Marvel ( [US] & [UK] [import])

Approximately two weeks after Episode IV: A New Hope:
Luke Skywalker and the band of rebels are fresh off their biggest victory yet: destroying the Death Star. Join Luke, Princess Leia, Han Solo, Chewbacca, C-3PO and R2-D2 and the rest of the Rebel Alliance as they strike out for freedom against the evil forces of Darth Vader and the Emperor.
Best-selling Star Wars comic gets second printing and another variant cover!

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NEWS . . .

Wednesday 4th February
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[Marvel Digital] Digital e-comic releases this week
Marvel has added the following Star Wars digital comic title(s) to their Digital Comics Shop.
Title(s) are also available from ComiXology (both US and UK).

Marvel have also added the following Legends titles, originally published by Dark Horse Comics, to their digital catalogue (and to ComiXology's catalogue):

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NEW RELEASES . . .

Tuesday 3rd February
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[Available now...] Star Wars Rebels: The Secret Jedi: The Adventures of Kanan Jarrus
Hardback Children's Book by Benjamin Harper
Readers Digest ( [US] & [UK] [import])

This breakthrough new book is filled with amazing insights and high-action adventures of the Jedi knight Kanan Jarrus. Plus the foldable holocron provides a gateway to carefully-guarded exclusive digital content. Find out the thoughts and secrets behind the action in episodes from season one of Star Wars Rebels.

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[Available now...] Star Wars Rebels: Sabine: My Rebel Sketchbook
Hardback Children's Book by Daniel Wallace
Readers Digest ( [US] & [UK] [import])

Get to know Sabine through her own words and artistic expression in this replica journal filled with sketches, photos of her best work, stories, doodles and her observations of her fellow rebels. In Sabine's own writing, relive events that occur during the first 10 episodes of Star Wars Rebels, plus discover details about Sabine’s life and the rebel team.

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Monday 2nd February
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Star Wars: What is a Wookiee?
Paperback Children's Book by Laura Buller
Dorling Kindersley ( [UK] )

Join C-3P0 as he introduces young readers to some of the strange aliens he has met in his travels, including R2-D2, Yoda, Jar Jar Binks, the ewoks, and, of course, Chewbacca the Wookiee!

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Star Wars: Journey through Space
Paperback Children's Book by Ryder Windham
Dorling Kindersley ( [UK] )

Go on an imaginary journey through the Star Wars galaxy, touching down on lots of wonderful planets from Revenge of the Sith and meeting some unusual characters along the way.

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