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  News Archives: April 2017

The following news items were posted on Star Wars Book & Comics during April 2017:
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REVIEWS . . .

Saturday 29th April
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[ Aftermath: Empire's End ] [] Aftermath: Empire's End
By Chuck Wendig
Reviewed by Darth Kondorr, Poland

I really got to like the new characters, they all were interesting and engaging, I liked their arcs in each book, but also spread across all three. What I did not really like is the overarching scheme, the overall arc, the plot divided across all three books. It was not bad, it just was a lot of fuss about something rather not thrilling [...] third book is as the two before it, neither better, nor worse. It is exciting, but when both sides of the conflict have a mutual goal, then no matter the outcome of said conflict, the end result will be kind off the same...read full review

 
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[ Aftermath: Life Debt ] [] Aftermath: Life Debt
By Chuck Wendig
Reviewed by Darth Kondorr, Poland

The first book in the Aftermath trilogy was relatively small scale, introducing a motley crew of characters, but not really bringing them together. It was more of a prelude, than a proper first part. With it, Wendig created the foundation for the emotional attachment, which he formed beautifully right at the very beginning of this second book. Still a band of individuals, but functioning as a unit, the characters have a surprising chemistry and it is a delight to witness them before it all falls apart again [...] threat is still something of a phantom, we know who the bad guys are, there is a lot of grey guys and some good guys, but the end game is not fast revealed, so the book makes good use of compelling characters and one obvious legacy character to keep the reader engaged...read full review

 
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[ Aftermath ] [] Aftermath
By Chuck Wendig
Reviewed by Darth Kondorr, Poland

I loved this book [...] I am not here to defend the supposed weak points, but to point out what I liked. And first and foremost it was the characters. All are quite distinctive, from a drunkard veteran to a minor almost-orphan, I was keeping my fingers crossed that they all make it through [...] The interludes were also interesting: offering a bigger picture, sometimes more personal, like a splintered family sitting on a dining table, sometimes of epic proportions, but always enriching the overall galaxy [...] biggest cons would be for one the lack of the big three, I do understand, that they were rather inconsequential here, but as everybody else, I too would like to know what they were doing at that time....read full review

 
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NEWS . . .

Friday 28th April
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[] A look inside Stormtroopers: Beyond the Armor

One of the most interesting books to be announced at this year's Star Wars Celebration Orlando was Journey to Star Wars The Last Jedi: Stormtroopers: Beyond the Armor from Harper Design. Penned by Star Wars stalwarts Ryder Windham and Adam Bray this "unique and beautifully designed compendium with removable features traces one of the franchise’s most iconic characters—the stormtrooper—from initial development through all nine Star Wars movies to their many iterations in TV, comics, videogames, novels, and pop-culture. Star Wars: A New Hope, the very first installment in the beloved science-fiction series, introduced the Imperial stormtroopers—the army of the fearsome and tyrannical Galactic Empire. Charged with establishing Imperial authority and suppressing resistance, these terrifying, faceless, well-disciplined soldiers in white have become a universal symbol of oppression... read full story

 
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NEW RELEASE . . .

Thursday 27th April
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[] Star Wars Insider #172
Magazine
Titan Magazines ( [UK] )

The amazing new-look issue of Star Wars Insider is here!
Don’t miss this exciting new chapter in the history of the official magazine of the Star Wars saga! This issue features amazing new features, an essential guide to the great Star Wars collectibles released this month, behind-the-scenes info on the latest Star Wars movie, Rogue One, plus some surprises you won’t want to miss!
This issue features the original short story Blade Squadron: Jakku written by Mark Williams & David Williams, with art by Chris Trevas. The story will tie-in with Aftermath: Empire's End.

 
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Wednesday 26th April
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[] Darth Maul #3 (Part 3 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:
An evil crime syndicate is auctioning off a Jedi Padawan…
…that Darth Maul plans to take — and kill — for his own.
Featuring: a band of bounty hunters including Cad Bane and Aurra Sing!

 
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Thursday 20th April
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[] Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Trade Paperback Novel
Arrow Books ( [UK] )

This story occurs immediately 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...
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Wednesday 19th April
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[] Poe Dameron #13
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:
• It’s Terex’s army versus Black Squadron and Black Squadron is outnumbered!
• Plus, Poe is stranded with only a battle-reluctant commando droid between him and his enemies.
• Snap Wexley may have a trick or two up his sleeve to help Black Leader fight!

 
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NEW RELEASE . . .

Tuesday 18th April
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[Avavilable now...] [] The Best of Star Wars Insider: Volume 5: Lords of the Sith
Magazine
Titan Magazines
( [US] )

The making of the Star Wars saga, as told by the cast and crew. The very best features and interviews from Star Wars Insider, the official magazine of the Star Wars saga! Adam Driver discusses the making of The Force Awakens and his performance as Kylo Ren. Joel Aron, the lighting and effects supervisor on Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels shares some tricks of the trade and Harrison Ford talks about playing Han Solo for the last time."

 
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REVIEW . . .

Sunday 16th April
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[] [] Thrawn
By Timothy Zahn
Reviewed by Ewan, Star Wars Books & Comics

probably the most iconic Star Wars character never to have appeared on screen. A fan favourite for more than a quarter of a century, Thrawn has epitomised for a whole generation of fans a villain who does not fit the classic Star Wars dichotomy of good and evil: Thrawn was a man of honour, imbued with a sense of nobility [...] a book that will appeal to old and new fans alike. Older fans will once again smile as they recognise that this is the same Thrawn that they admired a quarter of a century ago, while newer fans will gawk as he explains to Vanto (and anybody else who will listen) how he was able to outmanoeuvre not only his foes but also, in some cases, his friends. In short, Thrawn is back!....read full review

 
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NEWS . . .

Saturday 15th April
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[] Star Wars Celebration Orlando: literature news

Capturing all the literature news from Star Wars Celebration Orlando 2017... read full story

 
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NEW RELEASE . . .

Wednesday 12th April
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[] Doctor Aphra #6
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 Jr. and Sr. have stumbled upon an ancient Jedi citadel…
…but it appears that some form of life has survived…
…and they are NOT happy to be disturbed.

 
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NEW RELEASES . . .

Tuesday 11th April
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[Available now...] [] Thrawn
Hardback Novel, e-Book & Unabridged Audio Book by Timothy Zahn
Del Rey / Century ( [US] & [UK] )

This story occurs before Episode IV: A New Hope:
After Thrawn is rescued from exile by Imperial soldiers, his deadly ingenuity and keen tactical abilities swiftly capture the attention of Emperor Palpatine. And just as quickly, Thrawn proves to be as indispensable to the Empire as he is ambitious; as devoted as its most loyal servant, Darth Vader; and a brilliant warrior never to be underestimated. On missions to rout smugglers, snare spies, and defeat pirates, he triumphs time and again—even as his renegade methods infuriate superiors while inspiring ever greater admiration from the Empire...more

 
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[] Adventures in Wild Space #3: The Heist
Children's Paperback 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…
Milo and Lina arrive on the planet Lothal, source of a mysterious transmission promising help against the Empire. With a bounty hunter on their tail, and a ruthless crime boss to contend with, can they pull off a daring heist?

 
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[] Star Wars Insider #172
Magazine
Titan Magazines ( [US] )

The amazing new-look issue of Star Wars Insider is here!
Don’t miss this exciting new chapter in the history of the official magazine of the Star Wars saga! This issue features amazing new features, an essential guide to the great Star Wars collectibles released this month, behind-the-scenes info on the latest Star Wars movie, Rogue One, plus some surprises you won’t want to miss!
This issue features the original short story Blade Squadron: Jakku written by Mark Williams & David Williams, with art by Chris Trevas. The story will tie-in with Aftermath: Empire's End.

 
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[Available now...] [] Rogue One: A Star Wars Story - The Official Mission Debrief
Hardback Magazine
Titan ( [US] & [UK] )

As Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is released on DVD worldwide, The Official Mission Debrief presents an all-encompassing guide to the hugely successful movie, with unprecedented access to the making of the film, its stars, its crew and its stunning landscapes. Relive the latest movie in the world's biggest franchise over and over again. A must for any fan of Star Wars.

 
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REVIEWS . . .

Sunday 9th April
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[ Shadows of the Empire ] [] Shadows of the Empire
By Steve Perry
Reviewed by Darth Kondorr, Poland

this book is full of everything that is Star Wars that one can easily forgive the relative minor missteps. Thrawn was a great vilian, put he could never hold the candle to Vader in tandem with Palpatine, we also got the Empire at its full might, we could also learn more of Luke’s quest of becoming a Jedi, his conflicting feelings towards both: Vader and Leia, we got lots of old school adventure that never got to strange or “un-star-wars’y”....read full review

 
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[ Moving Target ] [] Moving Target
By Cecil Castellucci & Jason Fry
Reviewed by Darth Kondorr, Poland

This might be the best new canon depiction of Princess Leia to date. The others were barely resembling the on-screen heroine and in worst cases were doing her a massvie dishonor. So, this being Leia's book, is a major advantage. The story itself is pretty solid, even when the second part is not very exciting and the third part got very preachy. The first chapter is, where the book strikes gold and that chapter earned this book the fourth star...read full review

 
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NEWS . . .

Thursday 7th April
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[] Del Rey announce Star Wars 40th Anniversary anthology

As reported on StarWars.com, to celebrate Star Wars' 40th Anniversary this year Del Rey will release in October a hardback anthology of 40 short stories written by over 40 authors. Based on the background characters seen in Episode IV (and more often than not, never heard from) this tome will "shine the spotlight on those unsung weirdos, heroes, and villains".

Each [story] will be told from the perspective of background characters of A New Hope — from X-wing pilots who helped Luke destroy the Death Star to the stormtroopers who never quite could find the droids they were looking for. There’s never been a Star Wars book like it, and you can get a first look at the cover below!... read full story

 
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UK RELEASES . . .

Thursday 6th April
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[Available now...] [] Rogue One - A Junior Novel
Children's Paperback Book by Matt Forbeck
Egmont ( [UK] )

Relive the excitement of Rogue One with this junior novelization that retells the film! Features eight pages of color photos.

 
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[] Finn and Poe Team Up! (Young Readers Level 2)
Children's Paperback Book
Egmont ( [UK] )

Level 2 early reader retelling scenes from Star Wars: The Force Awakens with all-new illustrations.

This Level 2 early reader retells favorite scenes from the film. Featuring beautiful full-color illustrations, this Young Readers book is perfect for little Star Wars fans who are ready to read on their own.

 
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[] Chaos at the Castle (Young Readers Level 2)
Children's Paperback Book
Egmont ( [UK] )

This level 2 early reader retells a favorite scene from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Featuring beautiful full-color illustrations, this Young Readers book is perfect for little Star Wars fans who are ready to read on their own.

 
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NEW RELEASES . . .

Wednesday 5th April
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[] Star Wars: 40th Anniversary Collectors Boxset
Hardback Graphic Novel Boxset
Marvel ( [US] & [UK] )

Celebrate Star Wars with a box set that you’ll need to be Force strong to lift! Enjoy adaptations of every film in the series so far, plus a special prelude to Episode VII-The Force Awakens. Follow Luke Skywalker and the Rebels into all new adventures with the first collection of Marvel’s best-selling new Star Wars series, and turn to the Dark Side with Darth Vader’s own debut volume! Then savor a stunning gallery of Star Wars covers by Marvel’s greatest artists. It’s the ultimate celebration of cinema’s greatest sci-fi epic in comic book form!

Slipcase set of twelve premiere hardcover volumes incorporates the following comic stories: The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones, Revenge of the Sith, A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, The Force Awakens, Shattered Empire, Skywalker Strikes, Showdown on the Smuggler's Moon, Vader, Shadows and Secrets, Princess Leia, Lando, Chewbacca. Also included is The Marvel Covers Volume 1.

Available from comic stores, on general release from 18th April.

 
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[Available now...] [] A New Hope: Special Edition
Hardback Graphic Novel by Bruce Jones, Al Williamson, Carlos Garzon et al.
Marvel ( [US] & [UK] )

Revisit the original space opera in a comic book adaptation of the special edition of Star Wars: Episode IV- A New Hope, the ultimate realization of George Lucas‘ creative vision! Meet once again young Luke Skywalker, whose destiny lies in the stars! And join him as he finds himself at the center of a Rebellion against the imposing Empire and its ruthless enforcer, Darth Vader! But what hope do the freedom fighters have of defeating the planet-destroying Imperial Death Star? With new scenes, including Han Solo’s early encounter with Jabba the Hutt, alongside classic moments with Leia, Chewbacca, C-3PO, R2-D2, Obi-Wan Kenobi and more, it’s everything you could want from Star Wars between two covers!

Available from comic stores, on general release from 18th April.

 
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[] Rogue One #1 (Part 1 of 6)
Comic Book & e-Comic Book by Jody Houser, Emilio Laiso et al.
Marvel ( [US] & [UK] )

This story occurs immediately before Episode IV: A New Hope:
The Rebellion is here! The biggest movie of the year jumps from the big screen to the comic book page! All looks lost for the Rebellion against the Empire as they learn of the existence of a new super-weapon — the Death Star. New heroes Jyn Erso and Cassian Andor set out on a desperate mission to steal the plans to destroy the new super-weapon.

 
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[] Star Wars #30: Yoda's Secret War (Part 5)
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:
• It seems a battle from Yoda’s past has come to Luke’s present!
• Luke has stumbled upon the last native on the planet…
• …and the stonepower is strong with this one!

 
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Tuesday 4th April
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[] Star Wars: The Visual Encyclopedia
Hardback Reference Book by Adam Bray, Tricia Barr, Cole Horton
DK Publishing ( [US] )

The saga in more than 3000 characters, vehicles, droids and objects.
With a galaxy of information on every page,
Star Wars: The Visual Encyclopedia is the perfect illustrated guide to everything Star Wars. This beautiful visual tour of the Star Wars universe includes gallery upon gallery of stunning images and fascinating facts. The object-themed spreads focus down onto hundreds of topics, from Star Wars fashion and food, to vehicles and creatures. Explore a range of droids, from medical to spy droid, or discover the different snacks you can eat in the Star Wars universe.
A virtual museum in a book, DK’s
Star Wars: The Visual Encyclopedia is the perfect pictorial companion to that galaxy far, far away...

 
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[Available now...] [] The Prequel Trilogy - A Graphic Novel
Children's Book by Alessandro Ferrari, Davide Turotti, Igor Chimisso et al.
Disney-Lucasfilm Press ( [US] )

Relive the beginnings of the ultimate tale of good versus evil! Join Obi-Wan Kenobi, Padmé Amidala, Yoda, Darth Maul, and the rest of the heroes and villains from the Star Wars universe in this graphic novel collection that retells the prequel trilogy: The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones, and Revenge of the Sith.
Experience the saga as you never have before!

 
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REVIEWS . . .

Sunday 2nd April
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[ Battlefront: Twilight Company ] [] Battlefront: Twilight Company
By Alexander Freed
Reviewed by Darth Kondorr, Poland

loved how this was not a black or white scenario [...] a great story, that could work very well as a spiritual sequel to Rogue One [...] managed to use cross-over elements with the movies, not as cheap exploits, but actually build upon them [...] like Band of Brothers, a war book right inside the trenches [...] one of the most unique books in all of Star Wars fiction....read full review

 
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[ Last Flight of the Harbinger ] [] Last Flight of the Harbinger
By Jason Aaron, Mike Mayhew, Jorge Molina et al.
Reviewed by Darth Kondorr, Poland

this book loses the Star Wars feel completely in favour of naive and cheap pulp [...] it is childish, cheap & brainless [...] we are treated to a shallow, empty, forgettable disaster adventure, that neither provides fun, nor deepens the insight into the rebellion, the empire or any part of the galaxy [...] the Star Wars element to this series is completely gone [...] marks the all time low for the new canon across all media....read full review

 
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