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[ News Review and Archive ]
  News Archives: February 2017

The following news items were posted on Star Wars Book & Comics during February 2017:
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NEW RELEASE . . .

Tuesday 28th February
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[] Backstories: Darth Vader - Sith Lord
Children's Paperback Book & e-Book by Jason Fry
Scholastic Books ( [US] & [UK] )

Who is Darth Vader? How did the once great Jedi become a fearsome villain? Who are the allies and foes Darth Vader has faced? In this biography, complete with black-and-white illustrations, timelines, and character profiles, young readers will delight in learning the complete history of the Sith Lord.

 
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Thursday 23rd February
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[] Aftermath: Empire's End
Hardback Novel, e-Book & Unabridged Audio Book by Chuck Wendig
Century ( [UK] )

This story occurs approximately 5 years after Episode IV: A New Hope:
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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Wednesday 22nd February
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[] Star Wars Adventures Magazine #20
Children's Comic & Activity Magazine
Egmont ( [UK] )

Features short Legends comic story, Number Two in the Galaxy by Henry Gilroy, Todd Demong et al. (first published in Star Wars Tales #18 by Dark Horse Comics); plus puzzles, quizzes, pull-out poster, and free cover gifts.

 
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NEW RELEASE . . .

Tuesday 21st February
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[] Aftermath: Empire's End
Hardback Novel, e-Book & Unabridged Audio Book by Chuck Wendig
Del Rey ( [US] )

This story occurs approximately 5 years after Episode IV: A New Hope:
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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NEWS . . .

Monday 20th February
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[] A look inside IncrediBuilds' AT-ACT and Death Star books

Adding to last year's R2-D2, TIE Fighter, Millennium Falcon and X-Wing IncrediBuilds wooden model kits publisher Insight Editions are releasing two more Star Wars themed kits, both from Rogue One: an AT-ACT walker and the Death Star. Each kit requires no glue or tools and are made of Earth-friendly, FSC-certified wood, and include step-by-step instructions with colouring and crafting ideas. Included with each kit is a behind-the-scenes guidebook. Both titles are due for release in May. Here's a peek inside the accompanying guidebooks for these model kits...full story

 
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Friday 17th February
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[] Barnes & Noble reveal exclusive cover for Thrawn and poster

Barnes & Noble have revealed an exclusive cover for Timothy Zahn's upcoming Thrawn novel as well as an exclusive poster:

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Star Wars: Thrawn by Timothy Zahn is due for release in hardback in US on 11th April.

 
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Friday 17th February
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[] The Empire strikes back with Inferno Squad

As exclusively reported on StarWars.com, Del Rey will publish a post-Rogue One story, Inferno Squad. Penned by seasoned Star Wars author Christie Golden (Fate of the Jedi: Omen, Fate of the Jedi: Allies, Fate of the Jedi: Ascension, Dark Disciple) it details the Empire's response to the theft of the Death Star plans and its destruction shortly after at the Battle of Yavin:

The Rebellion may have heroes like Jyn Erso and Luke Skywalker. But the Empire has Inferno Squad.
After the humiliating theft of the Death Star plans and the resulting destruction of the battle station, the Empire is on the defensive...
read full story

 
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NEW RELEASE . . .

Wednesday 15th February
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[] Poe Dameron #11
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 and Threepio’s covert mission comes to an end!
• Can they escape with their informant intact?
• Or will Terex’s past come back to haunt them?

 
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REVIEWS . . .

Monday 13th February
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[ The Sho-torun War ] [] The Shu-torun War
By Kieron Gillen, Salvador Larroca et al.
Reviewed by Darth Kondorr, Poland

showcases the essence of Gillen's run [...] art is great [...] story itself was what I consider a filler [...] promises an interesting finale...read full review

 
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[ Vader Down ] [] Vader Down
By Jason Aaron, Kieron Gillen, Salvador Larroca et al.
Reviewed by Darth Kondorr, Poland

epic, bombastic and mad [...] an epic showdown, we got rid of some of the weaker characters, while others are set on new and unknown paths [...] a delight to witness Vader rather effortlessly slaughtering his way through the story [...] it works [...] truly fun...read full review

 
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Wednesday 8th February
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[] Marvel announce Screaming Citadel crossover story

As exclusively reported on StarWars.com, Marvel are to launch their second Star Wars crossover story: Screaming Citadel. Following on from 2015's Vader Down story which was a crossover of their successful Star Wars and Darth Vader series, Screaming Citadel will once again feature their ongoing Star Wars series but this time will crossover with their Doctor Aphra series. Written by Jason Aaron (Star Wars) and Kieren Gillen (Darth Vader, Doctor Aphra) is a five-issue story that "finds Luke reluctantly teaming with the shady-but-cool archaeologist, Doctor Aphra, to investigate the Screaming Citadel, an infamous castle located on the edge of space."...read full story

 
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Wednesday 8th February
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[] Doctor Aphra #4
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 father has led her straight into danger – of course.
Her business on Yavin 4 concluded, Aphra journeys off…
…in search of one of the most powerful weapons imaginable!

 
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[] Darth Vader: Volume 2
Hardback Graphic Novel by Jason Aaron, Kieron Gillen, Salvador Larroca et al.
Marvel ( [US] & [UK] )

These stories occur between 6 to 12 months after Episode IV: A New Hope:
Vader's down...but not out! When a Rebel encounter sends the Sith Lord crashing onto a nearby planet, two of the biggest titles in comics collide in the first crossover of the new Marvel age of Star Wars! Will the Alliance heroes seize this opportunity to put an end to one of their greatest enemies - or will they be made to feel the full power of the Dark Side? Darth Vader has been secretly pursuing his own agenda, but now the time has come for the end of games. He will either find favor in the eyes of the Emperor, or his schemes will prove his undoing! The imperial march of Darth Vader hits full stride!

Collects Vader Down, The Shu-torun War and End of Games.

 
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[] Epic Collection: The Empire Volume 3 (Star Wars Legends)
Paperback Graphic Novel by Haden Blackman, Randy Stradley, Tim Siedell et al.
Marvel ( [US] & [UK] )

These stories occur approximately 19 years before The Battle of Yavin:
Dark times for the galaxy! But will the Empire's rise be forestalled when Emperor Palpatine is left at death's door? Or will Darth Vader find a way to save him in the ominous Ghost Prison? As the Dark Lord takes a killer under his wing, it could be grave news for a group of Jedi youths - but when Master Dass Jennir reunites with the Uhumele's ragtag crew, Vader himself will be the target! But the Empire's enforcer does not go down easily - just ask the eight assassins who try and fail. The man who hired them will risk everything on the ninth...

Collects stories originally published by Dark Horse Comics : Darth Vader and the Ghost Prison, Fire Carrier, A Spark Remains and Darth Vader and the Ninth Assassin.

 
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US RELEASE . . .

Tuesday 7th February
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[Available now...] [] Attack of the Clones: Read-A-Long Storybook & CD
Children's Story Book & CD by Elizabeth Schaefer, Brian Rood
Disney-Lucasfilm Press ( [US] )

Relive all of the excitement of Attack of the Clones in this illustrated storybook-and-CD set.

 
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REVIEWS . . .

Friday 3rd February
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[ Shadows and Secrets ] [] Shadows and Secrets
By Kieron Gillen, Salvador Larroca, Adi Granov et al.
Reviewed by Darth Kondorr, Poland

a careful extension of what we know from the movies [...] epic moments and interesting twists [...] could imagine the Vader book to function alongside the movies [...] the one true achievement for Marvel's Star Wars comic books...read full review

 
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[ Vader ] [] Vader
By Kieron Gillen, Salvador Larroca, Adi Granov et al.
Reviewed by Darth Kondorr, Poland

truly loved this book [...] best depiction of Vader outside of the movies [...] first half of this book is pretty much perfect [...] second half is still great but curious [...] relationships shared between Vader and others is interesting yet surprisingly civil, almost casual [...] dialogue and the art are an awesome constant [...] curious how this story will progress...read full review

 
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NEW RELEASES . . .

Wednesday 1st February
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[] Star Wars #28: Yoda's Secret War (Part 3)
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:
• Master Yoda finds himself overpowered and captured!
• Imprisoned within the caves, the master must become a student once more.
• Plus…Ben and Luke feel the ripples of the Jedi Master’s tale!

 
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[] Darth Maul #1 (Part 1 of 5)
Comic Book & e-Comic Book by Cullen Bunn, Luke Ross et al.
Marvel ( [US] & [UK] )

This story occurs before Episode I: The Phantom Menace:
Darth Maul is an untested warrior who, told not to engage with the Jedi by his master, hunts down the worst in the cosmic underworld to vent his frustration. After learning that a young Padawan has fallen into the hands of a crime lord, Maul seizes an opportunity to test his skills against a real Jedi but also maybe turn someone else to the dark side.

 
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