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[ News Review and Archive ]
  News Archives: August 2017

The following news items were posted on Star Wars Book & Comics during August 2017:
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Wednesday 30th August
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[] Star Wars #35: The Hutt Run
Comic Book & e-Comic Book by Jason Aaron, Salvador Larroca et al.
Marvel ( [US] & [UK] )

This story occurs between six and twelve months after Episode IV: A New Hope:
Han and Chewie go back to smuggling…for a Hutt?!

 
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[] Jedi of the Republic: Mace Windu #1 (Part 1)
Comic Book & e-Comic Book by Matt Owens, Denys Cowan et al.
Marvel ( [US] & [UK] )

This story occurs approximately 22 years before Episode IV: A New Hope:
For over a thousand generations, the Jedi have been the peacekeepers of the galaxy…but now, at the dawn of the Clone Wars, they find themselves in a new role: generals in the Army of the Republic. As Mace Windu, one of the Jedi’s greatest warriors, leads a small unit of Jedi into battle shortly after the war begins, the Jedi must make peace with their new role, or be lost to the violence around them!

 
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Tuesday 29th August
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[] Aftermath: Empire's End
Trade Paperback Novel 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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[] The Force Awakens
Children's Graphic Novella by Alessandro Ferrari, Eric Jones et al.
IDW Publishing ( [US] )

This story occurs approximately 34 years after Episode IV: A New Hope:
Prepare for Episode VIII: The Last Jedi, with this children's comic adaptation of The Force Awakens, published in the US for the first time! Faithfully capturing the galaxy-spanning action of The Force Awakens, join Rey, Finn, BB-8, Kylo Ren, and all your favorite characters, new and old, on the adventure of a lifetime!

 
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[ Star Wars Rebels: Complete Season Three ] [] Star Wars Rebels: Complete Season Three
Blu-Ray and DVD Boxset
Lucasfilm / Buena Vista Worldwide Home Entertainment ( [US] )

Approximately 2 years before Episode IV: A New Hope:
The story of the Ghost crew is far from over. While Sabine confronts new challenges on her home world of Mandalore, Ezra's growing power as both a Jedi and a rebel leader helps the rebellion acquire new resources and recruits for the fight ahead. However, the Imperial effort to eliminate the rebellion is now being led by the coldly analytical Grand Admiral Thrawn, whose strategic, tactical and cultural insights make him a threat unlike any they have faced before.
Contains all episodes from the third season with additional features...more

 
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Thursday 24th August
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[] First excerpt from Phasma

StarWars.com has published an excerpt from Phasma by Delilah S. Dawson:

Phasma and her warriors began making preparations the moment they saw the explosion high overhead. As the ship’s remains streaked across the sky, Phasma tracked it with her quadnocs, taking careful note of the direction in which it fell. At the very least, ships like this could be pillaged; at most, there was always a hope that they could be salvaged and used to get offplanet. No one alive had seen such ships do anything but fall and crash, but they were evidence of the larger galaxy beyond Parnassos, of a future that had been denied them. It was painful, living on such a treacherous planet with so many re­minders of the ease and technology that had once been taken for granted. At the very least, there would be metal, tech, clothes, medi­cines, food, and possibly working blasters scattered around what was left of the ship...continue reading excerpt

Star Wars: Phasma by Delilah S. Dawson will be released in hardback, e-Book and audio book on 1st September in the US.

 
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Thursday 24th August
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[] Aftermath: Empire's End
Trade Paperback Novel by Chuck Wendig
Arrow ( 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 23rd August
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[] Doctor Aphra Annual #1
Comic Book & e-Comic Book by Kieron Gillen, Marc Laming et al.
Marvel ( [US] & [UK] )

This story occurs between six and twelve months after Episode IV: A New Hope:
• Doctor Aphra has a troubled past full of parental drama and war.
• But what about her Wookiee shadow, Black Krrsantan?
• Find out just how this Wookiee warrior is as frightening as they say and then some!

 
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Friday 18th August
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[] Star Wars: On the Front Lines
Hardback Reference Book by Daniel Wallace & Brian Rood
Titan Books ( [UK] )

From the Clone Wars and the Rebellion to the clashes with the First Order, the galaxy is defined by war. Star Wars: On the Front Lines chronicles the tactics, weapons, and armor used in pivotal battles along with acts of valor achieved during the campaign. By focusing on elements of the battles that occurred off screen, this collection brings the struggles faced by ground soldiers and starfighter pilots to life like never before, placing the reader on the battlelines.
With full-spread, classic illustrations that capture the sweeping scale of these historical battles, On the Front Lines brings a fresh look at the forces who fought on the front lines.

 
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Wednesday 16th August
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[] Star Wars #34: The Thirteen Crates
Comic Book & e-Comic Book by Jason Aaron, Salvador Larroca et al.
Marvel ( [US] & [UK] )

This story occurs between six and twelve months after Episode IV: A New Hope:
Sana and Lando join forces on Coruscant to swindle some credits!

 
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[] Poe Dameron #18: War Stories (Part 2)
Comic Book & e-Comic Book by Charles Soule, Angel Unzueta et al.
Marvel ( [US] & [UK] )

This story occurs approximately 34 years after Episode IV: A New Hope:
• Jess Pava and Kare Kun are on a mission to expose the First Order to the rest of the galaxy!
• Meanwhile, Poe Dameron and Snap Wexley are tracking down Oddy Muva – the traitor!
• Black Squadron divided!

 
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Tuesday 15th August
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[] Adventures in Wild Space #4: The Darkness
Children's Paperback Book by Tom Huddleston
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 find themselves adrift in a starship that is spiralling towards disaster. A dangerous criminal is on the loose, the Empire is closing in – and something even deadlier awaits them in the darkness...

 
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Monday 14th August
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[] Full blurb for Phasma

PenguinRandomHouse.com has published the full blurb for Phasma by Delilah S. Dawson:

One of the most cunning and merciless officers of the First Order, Captain Phasma commands the favor of her superiors, the respect of her peers, and the terror of her enemies. But for all her renown, Phasma remains as virtually unknown as the impassive expression on her gleaming chrome helmet. Now, an adversary is bent on unearthing her mysterious origins—and exposing a secret she guards as zealously and ruthlessly as she serves her masters.
Deep inside the Battlecruiser
Absolution, a captured Resistance spy endures brutal interrogation at the hands of a crimson-armored stormtrooper—Cardinal. But the information he desires has nothing to do with the Resistance or its covert operations against the First Order.
What the mysterious stormtrooper wants is Phasma’s past—and with it whatever long-buried scandal, treachery, or private demons he can wield against the hated rival who threatens his own power and privilege in the ranks of the First Order. His prisoner has what Cardinal so desperately seeks, but she won’t surrender it easily. As she wages a painstaking war of wills with her captor, bargaining for her life in exchange for every precious revelation, the spellbinding chronicle of the inscrutable Phasma unfolds. But this knowledge may prove more than just dangerous once Cardinal possesses it—and once his adversary unleashes the full measure of her fury.

Star Wars: Phasma by Delilah S. Dawson will be released in hardback, e-Book and audio book on 1st September in the US.

 
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Wednesday 9th August
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[] Doctor Aphra #11: Doctor Aphra and the Enormous Profit (Part 3)
Comic Book & e-Comic Book by Kieron Gillen, Kev Walker et al.
Marvel ( [US] & [UK] )

This story occurs between six and twelve months after Episode IV: A New Hope:
• Aphra’s mission to make quick credits by auctioning off an ancient Jedi artifact is going to plan...
• That is, until it isn’t.
• Meanwhile, a dark figure from Aphra’s past decides to make an appearance...

 
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[] Cassian & K-2SO (One-shot)
Comic Book & e-Comic Book by Duane Swierczynski, Fernando Blanco et al.
Marvel ( [US] & [UK] )

This story occurs before Episode IV: A New Hope:
Cassian Andor is one of the top intelligence agents in the ranks of the Rebel Alliance, ably assisted by his reprogrammed Imperial security droid, K-2SO.
But naturally, the two weren’t always on the same side of the Galactic Civil War.
Now, for the first time, read the story of the pair’s first contentious meeting! It is very likely not to go well.

 
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Wednesday 2nd August
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[] Darth Vader #4: The Chosen One (Part 4)
Comic Book & e-Comic Book by Charles Soule, Guiseppe Camuncoli et al.
Marvel ( [US] & [UK] )

This story occurs 19 years before Episode IV: A New Hope:
• Vader’s first mission isn’t going well.
• The dark side is the way of power.
• But no one said it would be easy.

 
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[] Rogue One #5 (Part 5 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:
• Rogue One, the small rebel crew comprising Jyn Erso and friends, has arrived on Scarif!
• But much danger lays in the path between the rebels and the Death Star plans...

 
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Tuesday 1st August
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[] Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Trade Paperback Novel by Alexander Freed
Del Rey ( [US] )

This story occurs just before 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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[] Lost Stars
Paperback YA Novel by Claudia Gray
Disney-Lucasfilm Press ( [US] )

This story begins approximtely 11 years before Episode IV: A New Hope:
The reign of the Galactic Empire has reached the Outer Rim planet of Jelucan, where aristocratic Thane Kyrell and rural villager Ciena Ree bond over their love of flying. Enrolling at the Imperial Academy together to become fighter pilots for the glorious Empire is nothing less than a dream come true for the both of them. But Thane sours on the dream when he sees firsthand the horrific tactics the Empire uses to maintain its ironclad rule.
Bitter and disillusioned, Thane joins the fledgling Rebellion, putting Ciena in an unbearable position to choose between her loyalty to the Empire and her love for the man she’s known since childhood.
Now on opposite sides of the war, will these friends turned foes find a way to be together, or will duty tear them and the galaxy apart?

 
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[] Forces of Destiny: Daring Adventures Volume 1
Children's Book & e-Book by Emma Carlson Berne
Disney-Lucasfilm Press ( [US] )

Based on the all-new animated micro-series spotlighting some of Star Wars' greatest heroes! Three exciting adventures featuring the heroic Rey, Sabine Wren, and Senator Padmé Amidala!
Includes introductions by Maz Kanata and art from the series.

 
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[] Forces of Destiny: Meet the Heroes (World of Reading Level 2)
Children's Book & e-Book
Disney-Lucasfilm Press ( [US] )

Based on the all-new animated micro-series spotlighting some of Star Wars' greatest heroes! Get to know some of the heroes of the Star Wars universe: Rey, Leia, Jyn, Padmé, Sabine, Ahsoka, and Hera!

 
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