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  News Archives: August 2015

The following news items were posted on Star Wars Book & Comics during August 2015:
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UK RELEASES . . .

Thursday 27th August
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[ Star Wars Rebels Annual 2016 ] [] Star Wars Rebels Annual 2016
Hardback Children's Activity Book
Egmont ( [UK] )

In the exciting new Star Wars Rebels Annual 2016 you will join Ezra, Hera, Kanan, Zeb, Sabine and their grumpy droid, Chopper, as they soar into adventure aboard their custom starship, Ghost. The small band of rebels welcome newcomer Ezra, before setting off on a mission to save some Wookiees from the evil Empire.
Includes all new activities, posters and stories from the latest addition to the Star Wars universe.

 
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[Available now...] [] Starfighter Workshop: Build your own X-Wing & TIE Fighter
Hardback Children's Activity Book
Egmont ( [US] )

Luke and Obi-Wan set out on a mission to Alderaan to rescue Princess Leia. On the way they encounter new friends, old enemies and no small amount of danger!
Complete mazes, codewords and puzzles in the uniquely illustrated, full colour activity book. Then press out the pieces to create your very own X-Wing and TIE fighter models, perfect for recreating the famous Trench Run scene from Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.

 
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US & UK RELEASES . . .

Wednesday 26th August
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[] Lando #3 (part 3 of 5)
Comic Book & e-Comic Book by Charles Soule, Alex Maleev et al.
Marvel ( [US] & [UK] )

Between Episode IV: A New Hope and Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back:
You know him...you love him...now, join him for his biggest caper as master of charm Lando Calrissian gets his very own comic book!
Lando has made off with one of the most expensive ships in the galaxy. But now, one of the most deadly, effective trackers around is on his tail! Get swindled by the smoothest talker in space!

 
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[] Epic Collection: Rise of the Sith: Volume 1 (Star Wars Legends)
Paperback Graphic Novel by S.Allie, M.Kennedy, R.Winham, R.Stradley et al.
Marvel ( [US] & [UK] [import])

The road to The Phantom Menace begins here!
While trying to prevent a war, young Jedi Qui-Gon Jinn has a close encounter with the Dark Side! Years later, Qui-Gon and his apprentice, Obi-Wan Kenobi, face danger again: an out-of-control cloud cruiser and the lawless world of Ord Mantell, where everyone holds a grudge - and a blaster! And Mace Windu's Jedi Knights clash with the Yinchorri - a race more deadly than they ever imagined!
Reprints stories first published by Dark Horse Comics: Jedi: The Dark Side, Qui-Gon & Obi-wan: Last Stand on Ord Mantell, Qui-Gon & Obi-wan: The Aurorient Express, Jedi Council: Acts of War and others.

 
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NEWS . . .

Wednesday 19th August
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[ Marvel ] [] Comic titles for November

In their latest comic solicitations, Marvel have announced the following Star Wars comic titles due for release in November 2015...full story

 
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NEW RELEASES . . .

Wednesday 19th August
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[] Star Wars #8: Showdown on the Smuggler's Moon (part 1)
Comic Book & e-Comic Book by Jason Aaron, Stuart Immonen et al.
Marvel ( [US] & [UK] [import])

This story occurs shortly after Episode IV: A New Hope:
Luke Skywalker knows he has a long way to go if he ever hopes to become a true Jedi. Seeking clues to his destiny, he recently returned to his home world of Tatooine, where he discovered a secret journal left for him by Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi.
Meanwhile Princess Leia and Han Solo have encountered some surprises of their own. While searching the galaxy for a suitable site for the new Rebel base, they ran afoul of Imperial patrol ships. Now hiding out on a remote planet, they find themselves facing a far more shocking encounter. Her name is Sana and she claims to be Han's...

First issue of new story arc!

 
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[] Kanan #5: The Last Padawan (part 5)
Comic Book by Greg Weisman, Pepe Larraz, Mark Brooks et al.
Marvel ( [US] & [UK] )

This story occurs approximately 19 years before Episode IV: A New Hope:
Kanan Jarrus may appear to be a cocky, sarcastic renegade fighting against the Galactic Empire alongside the rag-tag crew of the Ghost. But years before, at the height of The Clone Wars, he was known as Caleb Dume, Jedi Padawan under the instruction of Jedi Master Depa Billaba. Neither master nor apprentice ever suspected that the Clone Troopers they commanded would turn on them upon the issuing of Order 66—the order to execute all Jedi.
• Caleb has been captured by Clone Troopers Grey & Styles!
• Can he turn his back on his Jedi training completely?
• The final chapter of the secret origin of Star Wars Rebels’ Kanan Jarrus!

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

Features Top 10 Best Jedi, Darth Vader factfile, R2-D2's Database: X-Wing starfighter, and Head-to-Head: Boba Fett vs. General Grievous; and puzzles, games, pull-out double-sided poster, competition and fantastic free cover gift.
Plus Obi-Wan arrives on Kamino to uncover a plot to steal the genetic code of the clone troopers in the first part of comic tale One of a Kind by Jason Hall and Ethen Beavers (first published by Dark Horse Comics in Clone Wars Adventure Volume 8).

 
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US RELEASES . . .

Tuesday 18th August
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[Avavilable now...] [] Star Wars Rebels: Super Solve It
Paperback Children's Activity Book
Studio Fun International
( [US] )

Put your Jedi skills to the test!
Navigate the streets of Lothal, find subtle differences between similar images, unscramble hidden words, and try your abilities of concentration in challenges ranging from Apprentice to Jedi Master. Loaded with puzzle power, Star Wars Rebels: Find It, Solve It, Match It will prove your Jedi powers.
May the Force be with you!

 
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[Available now...] [] Star Wars Mania
Paperback Children's Activity Book
Readers Digest ( [US] )

Part craft book, part activity book, with over 40 projects to make in each book, the Mania series offers hours of creative fun for boys and girls of all ages!
Want to make Wookiee finger puppets? How about lightsaber party favors? Star Wars Mania shows fans of all ages how to turn ordinary objects into amazing intergalactic creations. This amazing book is filled with craft projects, trivia, experiments, party ideas, recipes, and more. Packed with fascinating fun, Star Wars Mania is sure to make a Star Wars maniac out of you!

 
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NEWS . . .

Sunday 16th August
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[ Marvel ] [] Shattered Empire #1 pushed back, previews for Star Wars #8 & Kanan #5

Comic news roundup for week ending 15th August:

  • Release of the first issue of Shattered Empire has been pushed back by one week from Wednesday 2nd September to Wednesday 9th September.

  • ComicBook.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab] has an exclusive preview of Star Wars #8 by Jason Aaron and art by new artist Stuart Immonen due for release on Wednesday 19th August. This is the first issue of a new arc Showdown on the Smuggler's Moon.

  • StarWars.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab] has a preview of Kanan: The Last Padawan #5 by Greg Weisman with art by Pepe Larraz also due for release on Wednesday 19th August. This is the last issue of the current arc.

 
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NEWS . . .

Wednesday 12th August
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[ Battlefront: Twilight Company ] [] Full solicitation blurb for Battlefront novel

Random House[External site - opens in a new window/tab] has updated its online catalogue listing for Alexander Freed's Battlefront: Twilight Company novel with the full solicitation blurb:

The bravest soldiers. The toughest warriors. The ultimate survivors.
Among the stars and across the vast expanses of space, the Galactic Civil War rages. On the battlefields of multiple worlds in the Mid Rim, legions of ruthless stormtroopers—bent on crushing resistance to the Empire wherever it arises—are waging close and brutal combat against an armada of freedom fighters. In the streets and alleys of ravaged cities, the front-line forces of the Rebel Alliance are taking the fight to the enemy, pushing deeper into Imperial territory and grappling with the savage flesh-and-blood realities of war on the ground
...read full story

 
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US & UK RELEASES . . .

Wednesday 12th August
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[] Lando #2 (part 2 of 5)
Comic Book & e-Comic Book by Charles Soule, Alex Maleev et al.
Marvel ( [US] & [UK] )

You know him...you love him...now, join him for his biggest caper as master of charm Lando Calrissian gets his very own comic book!
Before he joined the rebellion, before he ran Cloud City, Lando made his way in the galaxy getting by on some swindles, some swagger, and a smile.
Lobot at his side, Lando has a plan to steal a very valuable ship...but has he bitten off more than he can chew?

 
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[] The Empire Strikes Back: Remastered Edition
Hardback Graphic Novel by Archie Goodwin, Al Williamson, Chris Sotomayor et al.
Marvel ( [US] & [UK] [import])

The original comic adaptations of the greatest space-fantasy film saga of all are remastered for the modern age with all-new coloring by Chris Sotomayor!
As the Imperial Forces regroup from their Death Star setback, they target the new Rebel Alliance base on the ice planet Hoth. Will Darth Vader's AT-ATs find Luke Skywalker, or will a wampa get Luke first? Meanwhile, feelings run high in the galaxy's greatest love triangle, bounty hunters target Han Solo's Millennium Falcon, and bloated Jabba the Hutt lies in wait. Luke seeks out the great Jedi Master Yoda on swampy Dagobah, but the Emperor has designs on turning the young Rebel hero. As the battle begins for Skywalker's soul, will his fear lead to anger, hate and the Dark Side?

 
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UK RELEASE . . .

Wednesday 12th August
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[] Star Wars Rebels Magazine #8
Children's Comic Book
Egmont ( [UK] )

Features exclusive short comic story, Ezra's Vision; puzzles, quizzes, pull-out poster and free cover gift!

 
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US RELEASE . . .

Tuesday 11th August
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[Imperial Handbook: A Commander's Guide] [] Imperial Handbook: A Commander's Guide (Star Wars Legends)
Hardback Reference Book by Daniel Wallace
Chronicle Books ( [US] )

The Empire has taken hold of the galaxy. Soon, with the completion of the Death Star, its control will be absolute. To prepare for the influx of military personnel required to complete this phase of the Emperor s plan, elite Imperial officers have outlined the processes, protocols, and hierarchy each newly-promoted Imperial Commander must carry out to fulfill the Emperor's vision. Imperial Handbook: A Commander's Guide is written by top Imperial officers from the Imperial Army, Navy, and Stormtrooper Corps. It provides a comprehensive overview of the Imperial war machine from coordination between the various military branches to Imperial battle tactics, mission reports, and equipment supply chains and its role within the Emperor s long-term plan for galactic domination...more

 
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Monday 10th August
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[The Rise of the Empire] [] The Rise of the Empire shorts unveiled

StarWars.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab] has revealed details of the three short stories that will be included in The Rise of the Empire, Del Rey's upcoming reprint of A New Dawn and Tarkin:

  • Mercy Mission by Melissa Scott
    This story occurs after Lords of the Sith.
    Years before she led the crew of the
    Ghost, Hera Syndulla was a young pilot looking to make a difference in the galaxy. Hera sets out with Goll — a close ally of her father, Cham Syndulla — on a dangerous mission to help the citizens of her homeworld, Ryloth, now languishing under the might of the Empire.
  • Bottleneck by John Jackson Miller
    This story occurs between Tarkin and A New Dawn.
    When Grand Moff Tarkin is tasked by Emperor Palpatine to investigate a dispute slowing Imperial production on a backwater planet, he expects an easy mission. Instead, Tarkin must forge a tense alliance with Count Vidian, the Empire’s newest rising star and a most capable rival. Matching wits and risking betrayal at every turn, the two powerful Imperials duel to gain the upper hand…and elude, at all costs, the price of failure.
  • The Levers of Power by Jason Fry
    This story occurs during the Battle of Endor.
    As Imperial and Rebel forces clash on and above the Forest Moon of Endor, Admiral Rae Sloane commands from the bridge of the Star Destroyer Vigilance. At a time where the stakes could not be higher, Sloane works to protect the Death Star and ensure Imperial victory, all too aware of the uncertain future for the Empire that may lie in the aftermath of the battle.

The Rise of the Empire is scheduled for release in trade paperback and e-book formats in the US on 6th October.

 
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NEWS . . .

Friday 7th August
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[Shattered Empire] [] Shattered Empire writer Greg Rucka talks with StarWars.com

StarWars.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab] has posted an interview with Greg Rucka, author of the upcoming comic story Shattered Empire. Set post-Return of the Jedi, it is a period of galactic history when, even though the Emperor and Dath Vader are dead and the second Death Star has been destroyed, Imperial forces still dominate the galaxy and the Rebellion continues its struggle against tyranny.
Shattered Empire is a four-issue comic series that tells of the struggle for freedom as witenessed by husband and wife Rebel team Kes and Shara Bey. The first issue is scheduled for release on Wednesday 2nd September.

 
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UK RELEASE . . .

Friday 7th August
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[Imperial Handbook: A Commander's Guide] [] Imperial Handbook: A Commander's Guide (Star Wars Legends)
Hardback Reference Book by Daniel Wallace
Titan Books ( [UK] )

The Empire has taken hold of the galaxy. Soon, with the completion of the Death Star, its control will be absolute. To prepare for the influx of military personnel required to complete this phase of the Emperor s plan, elite Imperial officers have outlined the processes, protocols, and hierarchy each newly-promoted Imperial Commander must carry out to fulfill the Emperor's vision. Imperial Handbook: A Commander's Guide is written by top Imperial officers from the Imperial Army, Navy, and Stormtrooper Corps. It provides a comprehensive overview of the Imperial war machine from coordination between the various military branches to Imperial battle tactics, mission reports, and equipment supply chains and its role within the Emperor s long-term plan for galactic domination...more

 
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UK RELEASE . . .

Thursday 6th August
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[] Jedi Academy: The Phantom Bully
Hardback Children's Book by Jeffrey Brown
Scholastic ( [UK] )

It's hard to believe this is Roan's last year at Jedi Academy. He's been busier than ever learning to fly (and wash) starships, swimming in the Lake Country on Naboo, studying for the Jedi obstacle course exam, and tracking down dozens of vorpak clones - don't ask. But now, someone is setting him up to get in trouble with everyone at school, including Yoda. If he doesn't find out who it is, and fast, he may get kicked out of school! Why can't middle school just be easy...

 
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NEW RELEASE . . .

Wednesday 5th August
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[] Darth Vader #8: Book II: Shadows and Secrets (part 2)
Comic Book & e-Comic Book by Kieron Gillen, Salvador Larroca et al.
Marvel ( [US] & [UK] )

This story occurs shortly after Episode IV: A New Hope:
Bounty Hunters on the attack - against the Empire!
Darth Vader and Aphra continue their alliance - but how long will it last?
Plus: Who is Tagge’s mysterious new agent?

 
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US RELEASES . . .

Tuesday 4th August
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[Avavilable now...] [] Star Wars Rebels: Kanan's Jedi Training (World of Reading: Level 2)
Paperback Children's Book
Disney Lucasfilm Press
( [US] )

Meet Kanan - the rebels' leader and a skilled Jedi. Kanan has never taught anyone else in the ways of the Force. But after meeting a promising young boy named Ezra, Kanan decides to train him as a new Jedi.
This Level 2 early reader follows Kanan and Ezra as they learn what it means to be a Jedi, together.

 
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[Available now...] [] Star Wars: Ewoks Join the Fight (World of Reading Level 1)
Paperback Children's Book
Disney Lucasfilm Press ( [US] )

Luke, Han, and Princess Leia make unlikely friends with the furry Ewoks of Endor.
This Level 1 early reader retells classic scenes from Star Wars: Return of the Jedi as the Ewoks join the rebellion against the evil Galactic Empire.
Featuring beautiful full-color illustrations, this World of Reading book is perfect for little Star Wars fans who are ready to read on their own.

 
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