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  News Archives: November 2016

The following news items were posted on Star Wars Book & Comics during December 2016:
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NEW RELEASE . . .

Thursday 29th December
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[] Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Hardback Novel by Alexander Freed
Century ( [UK] )

This story occurs prior to Episode IV: A New Hope:
As the shadows of the Empire loom ever larger across the galaxy, so do deeply troubling rumors. The Rebellion has learned of a sinister Imperial plot to bring entire worlds to their knees. Deep in Empire-dominated space, a machine of unimaginable destructive power is nearing completion. A weapon too terrifying to contemplate... and a threat that may be too great to overcome.
If the worlds at the Empire’s mercy stand any chance, it lies with an unlikely band of allies: Jyn Erso, a resourceful young woman seeking vengeance; Cassian Andor, a war-weary rebel commander; Bodhi Rook, a defector from the Empire’s military; Chirrut Îmwe, a blind holy man and his crack-shot companion, Baze Malbus; and K-2SO, a deadly Imperial droid turned against its former masters. In their hands rests the new hope that could turn the tide toward a crucial Rebellion victory—if only they can capture the plans to the Empire’s new weapon.
But even as they race toward their dangerous goal, the specter of their ultimate enemy—a monstrous world unto itself—darkens the skies. Waiting to herald the Empire’s brutal reign with a burst of annihilation worthy of its dreaded name: Death Star.

 
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NEW RELEASE . . .

Wednesday 28th December
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[] Star Wars #26: Yoda's Secret War (Part 1)
Comic Book & e-Comic Book by Jason Aaron, Salvador Larroca et al.
Marvel ( [US] & [UK] )

This story occurs between 6 to 12 months after Episode IV: A New Hope:
• With one of our rebel crew captured and imprisoned...
• ...we turn once more to the journals of Ben Kenobi...
• ...and a legendary adventure of Jedi Master…Yoda!

 
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[] Epic Collection: The Clone Wars Volume 1 (Star Wars Legends)
Paperback Graphic Novel by H. Blackman, J. Barlow, J. Ostrander & S. Allie et al.
Marvel ( [US] & [UK] )

These stories occur between 22 and 19 before The Battle of Yavin:
The Republic is rocked by war! As the galaxy descends into conflict, Separatists target the Republic’s crucial cloning facility – and only a squadron of Starfi ghters and a battalion of Jedi-led clone troopers stand in the way! Meanwhile, Naboo, home of Padmé Amidala, is the next Separatist target! How will General Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker react as the Clone Wars begin? And while the battle rages, Mace Windu struggles to reunite the divided Jedi! Peacemaker Shaak Ti goes on the off ensive! Aayla Secura heads undercover! Yoda holds the fate of a world in his hands! And Count Dooku pulls all the strings!

Collects Republic #49 - #54, Jedi: Mace Windu, Jedi: Shaak Ti, Jedi: Aayla Secura and Jedi: Count Dooku, originally published by Dark Horse Comics in 2003.

 
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NEW RELEASE . . .

Wednesday 21st December
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[] Doctor Aphra #2
Comic Book & e-Comic Book by Kieren Gillen, Kev Walker et al.
Marvel ( [US] & [UK] )

This story occurs between 6 to 12 months after Episode IV: A New Hope:
Aphra’s got debts to pay.
But can she can stay one step ahead of the Empire, some Bounty Hunters and just about everyone else in the galaxy!?

 
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NEW RELEASES . . .

Tuesday 20th December
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[] Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Hardback Novel by Alexander Freed
Del Rey ( [US] )

This story occurs prior to Episode IV: A New Hope:
As the shadows of the Empire loom ever larger across the galaxy, so do deeply troubling rumors. The Rebellion has learned of a sinister Imperial plot to bring entire worlds to their knees. Deep in Empire-dominated space, a machine of unimaginable destructive power is nearing completion. A weapon too terrifying to contemplate... and a threat that may be too great to overcome.
If the worlds at the Empire’s mercy stand any chance, it lies with an unlikely band of allies: Jyn Erso, a resourceful young woman seeking vengeance; Cassian Andor, a war-weary rebel commander; Bodhi Rook, a defector from the Empire’s military; Chirrut Îmwe, a blind holy man and his crack-shot companion, Baze Malbus; and K-2SO, a deadly Imperial droid turned against its former masters. In their hands rests the new hope that could turn the tide toward a crucial Rebellion victory—if only they can capture the plans to the Empire’s new weapon.
But even as they race toward their dangerous goal, the specter of their ultimate enemy—a monstrous world unto itself—darkens the skies. Waiting to herald the Empire’s brutal reign with a burst of annihilation worthy of its dreaded name: Death Star.

 
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[] Star Wars: Galactic Maps
Hardback Children's Reference Book by Tim McDonagh
Disney-Lucasfilm Press ( [US] )

Learn about all of the various planets of the Star Wars universe with Star Wars Galactic Maps! With detailed maps showing the different worlds and characters, this is the perfect book for any avid Star Wars reader. Fans will be delighted to find a spread introducing them to the planet and characters featured in Rogue One!

 
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[] Star Wars Insider #170
Magazine
Titan Magazines ( [US] )

Behind-the-scenes special on the latest movie, Rogue One! Cast and crew interviews! And don't miss the latest news on Star Wars comics, books, toys and collectibles!
Choice of two newsstand covers plus exclusive Topps trading card depicting Jyn Erso surveying the rebel fleet! This card is only available with this issue of Star Wars Insider!
Features exclusive short story fiction The Voice of the Empire by Mur Lafferty.

 
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[] Star Wars Rebels Magazine #8
Children's Comic Magazine
Titan Magazines ( [US] )

Young Padawan, join the Rebels in two exhilarating comic adventures in this action-packed issue of Star Wars Rebels Magazine! The Star Wars galaxy’s heroes and villains are at unrest, and heart-pounding life and death battles are seldom hard to find. Learn from Hera, Ezra and the team as they venture and strive for good.
Plus, get stuck into the awesome puzzles, activities, posters, and much, much more!

 
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NEWS . . .

Monday 19th December
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[Aftermath: Empire's End] [] Publisher's blurb for Aftermath: Empire's End
Publisher Del Rey have updated their online listings page with a blurb for the final installment in Chuck Wendig's Aftermath trilogy, Empire's End (contains minor spoilers):

As the final showdown between the New Republic and the Empire draws near, all eyes turn to a once-isolated planet: Jakku.
The Battle of Endor shattered the Empire, scattering its remaining forces across the galaxy. But the months following the Rebellion’s victory have not been easy. The fledgling New Republic has suffered a devastating attack from the Imperial remnant, forcing the new democracy to escalate their hunt for the hidden enemy...
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NEW RELEASES . . .

Friday 16th December
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[] Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
e-Book & Unabridged Digital Audio Book by Alexander Freed
Del Rey / Cornerstone Digital ( [US] & [UK] )

This story occurs prior to Episode IV: A New Hope:
As the shadows of the Empire loom ever larger across the galaxy, so do deeply troubling rumors. The Rebellion has learned of a sinister Imperial plot to bring entire worlds to their knees. Deep in Empire-dominated space, a machine of unimaginable destructive power is nearing completion. A weapon too terrifying to contemplate... and a threat that may be too great to overcome.
If the worlds at the Empire’s mercy stand any chance, it lies with an unlikely band of allies: Jyn Erso, a resourceful young woman seeking vengeance; Cassian Andor, a war-weary rebel commander; Bodhi Rook, a defector from the Empire’s military; Chirrut Îmwe, a blind holy man and his crack-shot companion, Baze Malbus; and K-2SO, a deadly Imperial droid turned against its former masters. In their hands rests the new hope that could turn the tide toward a crucial Rebellion victory—if only they can capture the plans to the Empire’s new weapon.
But even as they race toward their dangerous goal, the specter of their ultimate enemy—a monstrous world unto itself—darkens the skies. Waiting to herald the Empire’s brutal reign with a burst of annihilation worthy of its dreaded name: Death Star.

 
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[] Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (A Junior Novel)
Children's e-Book by Matt Forbeck
Disney-Lucasfilm Press ( [US] )

This story occurs prior to Episode IV: A New Hope:
As the shadows of the Empire loom ever larger across the galaxy, so do deeply troubling rumors. The Rebellion has learned of a sinister Imperial plot to bring entire worlds to their knees. Deep in Empire-dominated space, a machine of unimaginable destructive power is nearing completion. A weapon too terrifying to contemplate... and a threat that may be too great to overcome.
If the worlds at the Empire’s mercy stand any chance, it lies with an unlikely band of allies: Jyn Erso, a resourceful young woman seeking vengeance; Cassian Andor, a war-weary rebel commander; Bodhi Rook, a defector from the Empire’s military; Chirrut Îmwe, a blind holy man and his crack-shot companion, Baze Malbus; and K-2SO, a deadly Imperial droid turned against its former masters. In their hands rests the new hope that could turn the tide toward a crucial Rebellion victory—if only they can capture the plans to the Empire’s new weapon.
But even as they race toward their dangerous goal, the specter of their ultimate enemy—a monstrous world unto itself—darkens the skies. Waiting to herald the Empire’s brutal reign with a burst of annihilation worthy of its dreaded name: Death Star.

 
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[] The Art of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Hardback Reference Book by Josh Kushins
Abrams ( [US] & [UK] )

This book is a visual chronicle of the Lucasfilm art department’s creation of new worlds, unforgettable characters, and newly imagined droids, vehicles, and weapons for the first movie in the Star Wars Story series: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. In the same format and style as Abrams’ The Art of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the book gives readers unprecedented access to hundreds of concept paintings, sketches, storyboards, matte paintings, and character, costume, and vehicle designs. The Art of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will stand as the definitive guide to the artwork and imagination behind the newest chapter in the Star Wars franchise and will delight Star Wars fans and cineastes for decades to come.

 
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[] Rogue One: The Ultimate Visual Guide
Hardback Reference Book by Pablo Hidalgo
DK Publishing ( [US] & [UK] )

This beautifully detailed title features in-depth character profiles, plus 6 newly commissioned and fully annotated cross-sections of vehicles and mapped-out locations. With clear and authoritative text, this book is packed with essential information—and presented alongside stunning stills from the movie.

 
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[] Rogue One: Ultimate Sticker Encyclopedia
Children's Activity Book
DK Publishing ( [US] & [UK] )

A fact-packed new sticker book with more than 1,000 fantastic stickers and informative, reference-based captions.
Combining fun and informative captions with a range of innovative and engrossing sticker activities, the Ultimate Sticker Encyclopedia: Star Wars Rogue One is a must-have for all Star Wars movie fans. It showcases a full range of exciting Star Wars characters, alongside vehicles and locations, with plenty out-of-this-world of adventure. With more than 1,000 full-color stickers, this book will appeal to any Star Wars fan.

 
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[] Rogue One: Rebel Dossier (Published in UK as Mission Files)
Children's Book by Jason Fry
Disney-Lucasfilm Press / Egmont ( [US] & [UK] )

Top-secret files about the characters from the new movie, Rogue One, including in-depth profiles, mission briefings, and more.

 
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[] Rogue One: Secret Mission (A Level 4 Reader)
Children's Book by Jason Fry
DK Publishing ( [US] & [UK] )

DK Reader L4: Star Wars Rogue One combines DK's four-level reading scheme with the exciting box office record-breaking Star Wars movies. DK Readers help kids learn to love reading.
Perfect for 9–11 year olds reading independently, reading becomes a fact-discovering adventure with these Level 4 readers. Supporting and encouraging a lifetime love of reading, nonfiction subjects are clearly explained, described vividly, and brought to life with true encounters, fascinating statistics, and dramatic photographic images. Additional information spreads are full of extra fun facts, developing the topics through a range of nonfiction presentation styles, such as articles, journals, and timelines.
Trusted by parents, teachers, and librarians, and loved by kids, DK's leveled reading series is now revised and updated. With new jackets and brand new nonfiction narrative content on the topics kids love, each book is written and reviewed by literacy experts, and contains a glossary and index making them the perfect choice for helping develop strong reading habits for kids ages 3–11.

 
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[] Rogue One: Art of Coloring
Activity Book
Disney-Lucasfilm Press / Egmont ( [US] & [UK] )

Color the heroes, villains and vehicles of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story with 100 images to inspire your creativity!

 
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[] Rogue One: Book & Model - Make Your Own U-Wing
Children's Activity Book
Egmont ( [UK] )

Press out the pieces to build your own model of the brand new ship from Rogue One. Comes with mini book full of facts about the ships and characters from the new movie.

 
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[] Rogue One: Profiles and Poster Book
Children's Activity Book
Egmont ( [UK] )

A bumper poster book featuring the heroes and villains of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, packed with posters and stickers.

 
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NEW RELEASE . . .

Wednesday 14th December
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[] Poe Dameron #9
Comic Book & e-Comic Book by Charles Soule, Phil Noto et al.
Marvel ( [US] & [UK] )

This story occurs approximately 34 years after Episode IV: A New Hope:
• Poe Dameron is on a secret mission from General Organa herself…
• …to escort none other than C-3PO on a dangerous mission to the planet Kaddak!
• Also: a sneak peek into Terex’s past…

 
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REVIEW . . .

Tuesday 12th December
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[Catalyst] [] Catalyst
By James Luceno
Reviewed by Darth Kondorr, Poland

the book was not very exiting, at least the first half [...] the book was not very exiting, at least the first half [...] book simplifies the plot essentially down to 3 people and some guest appearances [...] I still love Luceno's writing, I just don't seem to enjoy his subjects so much as before [...] Still the book is a worthy read, but not in expensive hard cover...read full review

 
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NEW RELEASES . . .

Wednesday 7th December
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[] Doctor Aphra #1
Comic Book & e-Comic Book by Kieren Gillen, Kev Walker et al.
Marvel ( [US] & [UK] )

This story occurs between 6 to 12 months after Episode IV: A New Hope:
Doctor Aphra has barely escaped with her life from the clutches of Vader. Now it’s time for a return to what she does best. With the droids 0-0-0 and BT-1 in tow, she’s off in search of rare artifacts from the galactic center to the Outer Rim. Just as long as she can stay one step ahead of the Empire, some Bounty Hunters and just about everyone else in the galaxy!

 
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[] Poe Dameron: Book I: Black Squadron
Paperback Graphic Novel by Charles Soule, Phil Noto et al.
Marvel ( [US] & [UK] )

This story occurs approximately 34 years after Episode IV: A New Hope:
Poe Dameron, former Republic flyer turned Resistance fighter, is the best pilot in the galaxy. Hand-picked for the resistance by General Leia Organa to lead a squadron on a top secret and vital mission. Poe sets off investigating sites of historical importance to the Force.

Collects Star Wars: Poe Dameron #1 thru #6.

 
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[] The Force Awakens
Hardback Graphic Novel by Chuck Wendig, Luke Ross et al.
Marvel ( [US] & [UK] )

This story occurs approximately 34 years after Episode IV: A New Hope:
Darth Vader may have been redeemed and the Emperor vanquished, but peace can be fleeting, and evil does not easily relent. Yet the simple belief in good can still empower ordinary individuals to rise and meet the greatest challenges.
It's been three decades since the Rebel Alliance destroyed the Death Star and toppled the Galactic Empire... but now, on the remote planet of Jakku... there is a stirring in the Force. A young scavenger named Rey... a deserting Stormtrooper named Finn... an ace pilot name Poe... and a dark apprentice named Kylo Ren... their lives are about to collide as the awakening begins.

Collects Star Wars: The Force Awakens #1 thru #6.

 
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[] Kanan
Hardback Graphic Novel by Greg Weisman, Andrea Broccardo, Pepe Larraz et al.
Marvel ( [US] & [UK] )

These stories occur prior to, during and immediately after Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, and approximately 5 years before Episode IV: A New Hope:
How did Caleb Dume, aka Kanan from Star Wars Rebels, escape the Jedi purge? Then, journey even further back and experience Caleb’s very first adventure as a Padawan, protecting the Jedi Temple.

Collects Star Wars: Kanan: The Last Padawan #1 thru #7 and Star Wars: Kanan #8 thru #12.

 
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[] Episode IV: A New Hope (Remastered)
Paperback Graphic Novel by R. Thomas, C. Sotomayor, H. Chaykin et al.
Marvel ( [US] & [UK] )

This story occurs tells the story of the Battle of Yavin:
The original comic adaptation of the greatest space-fantasy film of all is remastered for the modern age with all-new coloring by Chris Sotomayor!

Originally published in hardback in 2015.

 
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US RELEASES . . .

Tuesday 6th December
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[] Star Wars Propaganda: A History of Persuasive Art in the Galaxy
e-Book by Pablo Hidalgo
Harper Collins ( [US] )

Whether it’s a Star Destroyer hovering over a planet or an X-wing delivering a message of resistance, propaganda images have become synonymous with life in the galaxy far, far away. This in-world art book explores the creation and stories behind these images of power and persuasion: where the images appeared, why particular planets were targeted, and who were the in-world artists behind the works.

 
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[] Adventures in Wild Space: Prelude - The Escape
Children's e-Book by Cavan Scott
Disney-Lucasfilm Press ( [US] )

This story occurs approximately 15 years before Episode IV: A New Hope:
When their parents are captured by the evil Galactic Empire, brother and sister Milo and Lina Graf must set out on an epic quest to free them. Menaced by Imperial agents, bounty hunters, and gangsters, they will have to travel across the galaxy uncovering clues to rescue their parents and aid the Rebellion in the fight against the Empire…

A prelude story to the children's series, Adventures in Wild Space, available in e-book format.

 
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[] Leia and the Great Island Escape
Children's 8x8 Storybook by Jason Fry
Disney-Lucasfilm Press ( [US] )

Leia and her team of rebels must outwit the Empire, avoid perilous pirates, and escape from a volcanic island planet before it's too late!

This 8x8 storybook is an adaptation of Moving Target.

 
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REVIEWS . . .

Sunday 4th December
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[Servants of the Empire] [] Servants of the Empire series
By Jason Fry
Reviewed by Darth Kondorr, Poland

#1: Edge of the Galaxy:
a fantastic job at showing how our youngsters uncover the truth behind the imperial propaganda and how oppressive and evil this new tyranny truly is
[...] more impressive than the sadistic actions of over the top villain Count Vidian from the "A New Dawn" book.....read full review

#2: Rebel in the Ranks:
the writing is engaging, the story is interesting and I am still very eager to see young Zare in action...read full review

#3: Imperial Justice:
covers dark ground and shows how much dirt you get on your self trying to fight the empire in secret
[...] Can one fight evil from within and not be tainted with it? [...] Heavy stuff for a children's book...read full review

#4: The Secret Academy:
WOW... Did I just witness the origin of the First order? [...] Fry has it really down to write exciting stuff [...] cannot find much to criticize [...] A true must read...read full review

 
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UK RELEASE . . .

Thursday 1st December
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[] Bloodline
Trade Paperback Novel by Claudia Gray
Arrow Books ( [UK] )

This story occurs approximately 28 years after Episode IV: A New Hope:
With the Endor fireworks a distant memory, Leia Organa has put up with decades of partisan squabbling as a member of the New Republic Senate. Leia finds herself grappling with dangers from within and without, each with the power to cripple the fledgling democracy and dash every hope for a prosperous future.
To make things worse, the Senate has begun to call for the election of a First Senator: an influential and charismatic figure to bring order to the divided government. As the daughter of Darth Vader, Leia knows all too well the price to be paid if the New Republic hands power to a single individual.
Unfortunately, a new enemy represents a threat on such a scale that New Republic may be left with no other choice.
As Leia contemplates starting a second Rebellion, evil takes root at the edges of the galaxy. The First Order is growing, and it will not stay silent
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Our review of Bloodline by Claudia Gray here.

 
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