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[ News Review and Archive ]
  News Archives: July 2020

The following news items were posted on Star Wars Book & Comics during July 2020:
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NEW RELEASES . . .

Wednesday 29th July
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[] The Rise of Kylo Ren
Paperback Graphic Novel by Charles Soule, Will Sliney et al.
Marvel ( US & UK )

This story occurs approximately 28 years after Episode IV: A New Hope:
With Ben Solo’s fall…comes Kylo Ren’s rise! As the son of Rebel Alliance heroes Leia Organa and Han Solo, as well as Jedi knight Luke Skywalker’s own nephew and protégé, Ben Solo has the potential to be a great force for light in the galaxy. But the Skywalker legacy casts a long shadow, the currents of the dark side run deep…and Darth Vader’s blood runs in Ben’s veins. Voices call from both his past and his future, telling him who he must be. He will shatter, he will be reforged, and his destiny will be revealed. Snoke awaits. The Knights of Ren await. Ben Solo’s path to his true self begins here…

 
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[] Darth Vader (2020) #3: Dark Heart of the Sith (Part 3)
Comic Book & e-Comic Book by Greg Pak, Raffaele Ienco et al.
Marvel ( US & UK )

This story occurs approximately 3 years after Episode IV: A New Hope:
• In his quest to destroy everyone who hid the existence of his son, Luke Skywalker, from him, Darth Vader has formed an unlikely partnership with an eerie shadow from his previous life.
• Now they return to Naboo where a powerful new host of vengeful ghosts awaits them.

 
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Tuesday 28th July
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[] Dark Legends
Hardback Book by Geroge Mann
Disney-Lucasfilm Press ( [US] )

This unique in-world collection hallows the spooky tales and ghost stories that would have kept young Luke and Leia up at night. These six frightful fables have been carefully woven from the expansive fabric that is the Star Wars galaxy, and beautifully painted in a lush illustrative style that feels intergalactic yet innately archetypal and timeless.

 
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[] William Shakespeare's The Merry Rise of Skywalker
Reference Hardback Book by Ian Doescher
Quirk Books ( US & [UK] )

Complete your collection of the William Shakespeare’s Star Wars series and experience the blockbuster finale to the Star Wars saga in a brand-new way, here reimagined as though it had been penned by the Bard of Avon.
As our story opens, a sea of troubles threatens the valiant Resistance, who are pursued by the sound and fury of the vile First Order. Can Rey, Poe, Finn, Rose, BB-8, Chewbacca, and their allies overcome such toil and trouble? Shall Kylo Ren be proven fortune’s fool or master of his fate? What will become of the House of Skywalker? And is all well that ends well?
Authentic meter, stage directions, reimagined movie scenes and dialogue, and hidden Easter eggs will entertain and impress fans of Star Wars and Shakespeare alike. Every scene and character from the film appears in the book, along with twenty woodcut-style illustrations that depict an Elizabethan version of the Star Wars galaxy.

 
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Thursday 23rd July
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[The High Republic] [] StarWars.com: Meet the characters of The High Republic (Part 2)

StarWars.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab] has posted an article "Inside Star Wars: The High Republic: Meet the Jedi Knights and Masters (Part 2)" where we are introduced to some of the key characters from this forthcoming era:

"Star Wars: The High Republic, Lucasfilm’s multi-platform, cross-publisher epic launching in January 2021, will introduce the world to Sskeer: a tough Jedi Master that doesn’t quite fit the mold. As such, he sounds very, very fun.
“Sskeer plays a major role in the Marvel Comics ongoing and is an absolute joy to write,”
says Cavan Scott, one of the writers behind The High Republic. “He’s a gruff, opinionated Trandoshan who has been around the block more times than he cares to remember. Loyal, but brutally honest, you can always be sure Sskeer will tell you exactly what’s on his mind…or so Avar Kriss and his fellow Jedi think. That’s all about to change. This is a Jedi Master with a secret that is tearing him apart.” Still, The High Republic is set at a time when the Jedi are at their peak. And none exemplify that more than Avar Kriss.”"

Read the full article here[External site - opens in a new window/tab].

 
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NEW RELEASE . . .

Wednesday 22nd July
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[] Doctor Aphra (2020) #2: Fortune and Fate (Part 2)
Comic Book by Alyssa Wong, Marika Cresta et al.
Marvel ( US )

This story occurs approximately 3 years after Episode IV: A New Hope:
To find the cursed Rings of Vaale, Aphra will need a crew of treasure hunters the likes of which the galaxy has never seen before! But Ronen Tagge, heir to the powerful Tagge family, also has his eyes on the prize. Do Aphra and her team stand a chance at fortune and glory?

 
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Tuesday 21st July
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[] Doctor Aphra
Digital Audio Book by Sarah Kuhn, performed by full cast
Random House Audio ( [US] & [UK] )

This story occurs between 6 and 12 months after Episode IV: A New Hope:
Doctor Chelli Lona Aphra, rogue archaeologist, is in trouble again.
A pioneer in the field of criminal xenoarchaeology, Aphra recognizes no law, has no fear, and possesses no impulse control. To her, the true worth of the galactic relics she discovers isn’t found in a museum but in an arsenal. This viewpoint has led to a lot of misunderstandings. After her latest plan goes horribly wrong, her roguish ways are on the verge of catching up to her, when suddenly Darth Vader, terror of the galaxy, swoops in with his lightsaber ignited and...saves her life?...
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[] Star Wars Galaxy's Edge: Traveler's Guide to Batuu
Reference Book by Cole Horton
becker&mayer! ( US )

Welcome to Batuu, a trading post at the edge of the galaxy where smugglers, bounty hunters, and rogue adventurers swap stories, food, and goods. Like any good tourist, you’re going to need a guide book to lead you through your visit. Here is your official guide...more

 
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NEW RELEASE . . .

Wednesday 15th July
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[] Star Wars Adventures #32
Comic Book by Michael Moreci, Cavan Scott et al.
IDW Publishing ( US )

Learn more about the heroes and villains of The Rise of Skywalker! In this issue, the spotlight falls on Finn!

Plus a special installment of Tales from Wild Space, where the crew of the Star Herald swing into action themselves!

 
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NEW RELEASE . . .

Wednesday 8th July
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[] Epic Collection: Legacy Volume 3 (Star Wars Legends)
Paperback Graphic Novel by John Ostrander, Jan Duursema et al.
Marvel ( [US] & [UK] )

These stories occur approximately 137 years after the Battle of Yavin:
Cade Skywalker and his crew are back to their old pirating ways, but they soon find themselves stranded on Tatooine — with a trio of Black Sun assassins on their trail! Elsewhere, Imperial deep-cover agent Morrigan Corde has plans of her own. She’ll stop at nothing to find Cade — but the ghost of Luke Skywalker just might find him first! Meanwhile, with Darth Krayt missing, the evil Sith Darth Wyyrlok has proclaimed himself the new emperor of the galaxy. But the other Sith have their own ideas! And when the overthrown Empire-in-exile prepares to take back control of the galaxy with its own Force users, will the Jedi join them to defeat a common enemy?

Collates Legacy #37 thru #40, #42 thru #50 and Legacy: War #1 thru #6, first published by Dark Horse Comics.

 
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NEW RELEASE . . .

Thursday 2nd July
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[] Galaxy's Edge: Black Spire
Trade Paperback Novel by Delilah S. Dawson
Arrow ( [UK] )

This story occurs approximately 34 years after Episode IV: A New Hope:
After devastating losses at the hands of the First Order, General Leia Organa has dispatched her agents across the galaxy in search of allies, sanctuary, and firepower—and her top spy, Vi Moradi, may have just found all three, on a secluded world at the galaxy’s edge.
A planet of lush forests, precarious mountains, and towering, petrified trees, Batuu is on the furthest possible frontier of the galactic map, the last settled world before the mysterious expanse of Wild Space. The rogues, smugglers, and adventurers who eke out a living on the largest settlement on the planet, Black Spire Outpost, are here to avoid prying eyes and unnecessary complications. Vi, a Resistance spy on the run from the First Order, is hardly a welcome guest. And when a shuttle full of stormtroopers lands in her wake, determined to root her out, she has no idea where to find help.
To survive, Vi will have to seek out the good-hearted heroes hiding in a world that redefines scum and villainy. With the help of a traitorous trooper and her acerbic droid, she begins to gather a colorful band of outcasts and misfits, and embarks on a mission to spark the fire of resistance on Batuu—before the First Order snuffs it out entirely.

Trade paperback edition contains exclusive short story Black Spire: Return to a Shattered Planet.

 
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