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  News Archives: August 2020

The following news items were posted on Star Wars Book & Comics during August 2020:
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Thursday 27th August
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[] Heir to the Empire (Star Wars Legends)
Trade Paperback Novel by Timothy Zahn
Del Rey ( UK )

This story occurs approximately 9 years after The Battle of Yavin:
It's five years after Return of the Jedi: the Rebel Alliance has destroyed the Death Star, defeated Darth Vader and the Emperor, and driven out the remnants of the old Imperial Starfleet to a distant corner of the galaxy. Princess Leia and Han Solo are married and expecting Jedi Twins. And Luke Skywalker has become the first in a long-awaited line of Jedi Knights. But thousand of light-years away, the last of the emperor's warlords has taken command of the shattered Imperial Fleet, readied it for war, and pointed it at the fragile heart of the new Republic. For this dark warrior has made two vital discoveries that could destroy everything the courageous men and women of the Rebel Alliance fought so hard to build.

 
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[] Dark Force Rising (Star Wars Legends)
Trade Paperback Novel by Timothy Zahn
Del Rey ( UK )

This story occurs approximately 9 years after The Battle of Yavin:
The fragile Republic that was born with the defeat of Darth Vader, the Emperor, and the infamous Death Star stands threatened from within and without. The dying Empire's most cunning and ruthless warlord - Grand Admiral Thrawn - has taken command of the remnants of the Imperial fleet and launched a massive campaign aimed at the Republic's destruction. With the aid of unimaginable weapons Thrawn plans to overwhelm the New Republic, and impose his iron rule throughout the Galaxy.
Meanwhile, dissension and personal ambition threaten to tear the Republic apart. As Princess Leia - pregnant with Jedi twins - risks her life to bring a proud and lethal alien race into alliance with the Republic, Han and Lando Calrissian race against time to find proof of treason inside the highest Republic Council.
But the most dangerous of all is a new Dark Jedi, risen from the ashes of a shrouded past, consumed by bitterness, and thoroughly, utterly insane...

 
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[] The Last Command (Star Wars Legends)
Trade Paperback Novel by Timothy Zahn
Del Rey ( UK )

This story occurs approximately 9 years after The Battle of Yavin:
The fragile New Republic reels from the attacks of Grand Admiral Thrawn, who has not only rallied the remaining Imperial forces but has driven the rebels back with an abominable new technology : clone soldiers.
Hopes are dim as Thrawn mounts a final siege against the Republic. While Han and Chewbacca struggle to form a wary alliance of smugglers in a last-ditch attack against the Empire, Leia keeps the Alliance together and prepares for the birth of her Jedi twins. But the Empire has too many ships and too many clones to combat. The Republic's only hope lies in sending a small force, led by Luke, into the very stronghold that houses Thrawn's terrible cloning machines.
There a final danger awaits. The dark Jedi C'boath schemes in his secret fortress, directing the battle against the rebels, nursing his insanity, and building his strength to finish what he had already started - the destruction of Luke Skywalker.

 
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[] Resistance Reborn
Trade Paperback Novel by Rebecca Roanhorse
Del Rey ( UK )

This story occurs after Episode VIII: The Last Jedi:
The Resistance is in ruins. In the wake of their harrowing escape from Crait, what was once an army has been reduced to a handful of wounded heroes. Finn, Poe, Rey, Rose, Chewbacca, Leia Organa—their names are famous among the oppressed worlds they fight to liberate. But names can only get you so far, and Leia’s last desperate call for aid has gone unanswered.
From the jungles of Ryloth to the shipyards of Corellia, the shadow of the First Order looms large, and those with the bravery to face the darkness are scattered and isolated. If hope is to survive, the Resistance must journey throughout the galaxy, seeking out more leaders—including those who, in days gone by, helped a nascent rebellion topple an empire. Battles will be fought, alliances will be forged, and the Resistance will be reborn....
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Wednesday 26th August
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[] Doctor Aphra (2020) #3: Fortune and Fate (Part 3)
Comic Book by Alyssa Wong, Marika Cresta et al.
Marvel ( US )

This story occurs approximately 3 years after Episode IV: A New Hope:
• Separated from her crew, Doctor Aphra finds herself in peril at the hands of Ronen Tagge's mercenaries!
• Could there be a traitor in their midst?
• And can Aphra outwit them before the curse of the city swallows her and her new team whole?

 
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[] Star Wars Adventures: The Clone Wars - Battle Tales #4
Comic Book by Michael Moreci, Derek Charm et al.
IDW Publishing ( US )

This exciting series explores a time of great upheaval in the galaxy - The Clone Wars! While Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker, and other Jedi Knights confront Count Dooku, two Republic squadrons must hold their position against an encroaching droid army of the Separatists. Pinned down for the duration, Commander Cody, Captain Rex, and other clones swap war stories that feature your favorite characters from The Clone Wars animated series, such as Padmé Amidala, General Grievous, and many more!

 
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Tuesday 25th August
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[] The Clone Wars: Stories of Light and Dark
Hardback Book by Lou Anders, Tom Angleberger, Zoraida Córdova, Jason Fry et al.
Disney-Lucasfilm Press ( US )

These stories occur during The Clone Wars:
An epic clash between the forces of light and dark, between the Galactic Republic and the Separatists, between brave heroes and brilliant villains, the fate of the galaxy is at stake in Star Wars: The Clone Wars. In this exciting anthology, eleven authors who are also fans of the series bring stories from their favorite show to life. Gathered here are memorable moments and stunning adventures, from attempted assassinations to stolen bounties, from lessons learned to loves lost. All of your favorite characters from The Clone Wars are here: Anakin Skywalker, Yoda, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Ahsoka Tano, Captain Rex, Darth Maul, Count Dooku and more...more

 
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[] Resistance Reborn
Trade Paperback Novel by Rebecca Roanhorse
Del Rey ( US )

This story occurs after Episode VIII: The Last Jedi:
The Resistance is in ruins. In the wake of their harrowing escape from Crait, what was once an army has been reduced to a handful of wounded heroes. Finn, Poe, Rey, Rose, Chewbacca, Leia Organa—their names are famous among the oppressed worlds they fight to liberate. But names can only get you so far, and Leia’s last desperate call for aid has gone unanswered.
From the jungles of Ryloth to the shipyards of Corellia, the shadow of the First Order looms large, and those with the bravery to face the darkness are scattered and isolated. If hope is to survive, the Resistance must journey throughout the galaxy, seeking out more leaders—including those who, in days gone by, helped a nascent rebellion topple an empire. Battles will be fought, alliances will be forged, and the Resistance will be reborn....
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Wednesday 19th August
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[Heir to the Empire] [] Rich Kelly's Thrawn trilogy covers come to UK

Back in 2016, Timothy Zahn's original Thrawn trilogy (Heir to the Empire, Dark Force Rising and The Last Command) was reprinted in paperback in the US by Del Rey featuring new cover art by Rich Kelly which formed a striking motif. Now UK fans have a chance to get their own edition as UK publisher Arrow Books will re-release in paperback all three titles featuring Kelly's cover art on 27th August.

Unlike the US reprints from 2016, it appears that the UK re-releases have all been issued new ISBNs making it easier to find.
Pre-order available from AmazonUK:

 
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Wednesday 19th August
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[] Bounty Hunters #4: Galaxy's Deadliest (Part 4)
Comic Book & e-Comic Book by Ethan Sacks, Paolo Villanelli et al.
Marvel ( US & UK )

This story occurs approximately 3 years after Episode IV: A New Hope:
• With a blaster aimed at this back, cyborg bounty hunter Valance closes in on Nakano Lash, the mentor who abandoned him many years ago.
• But what is the secret that Lash has been hiding ever since that fateful, doomed mission — one that led her to betray her entire crew?
• Those answers may die with her if a vengeful Boba Fett gets to her first.

 
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[] Epic Collection: The Rebellion Volume 4 (Star Wars Legends)
Paperback Graphic Novel by Brandon Badeaux, Jeremy Barlow, Thomas Andrews et al.
Marvel ( [US] & [UK] )

These stories occur shortly after the Battle of Yavin:
The war against the Empire continues! Months after the Death Star’s destruction, the Rebel Alliance has begun the fight to take apart the Empire piece by piece. Rebel strategist Jorin Sol has been rescued from the enemy’s clutches – but is he now friend or foe? And Luke Skywalker’s childhood friend, Imperial Lieutenant Janek “Tank” Sunber, claims he wants to join the Rebellion – but Princess Leia thinks it’s a trap. Can Luke still trust his old friend? Plus: The cross-time “Vector” saga continues! Bounty hunter Boba Fett takes on a series of deadly assignments! Lando Calrissian moves to Cloud City – and much more!

Collates Rebellion #1 thru #16, Boba Fett: Overkill, Boba Fett 1/2: Salvage, material from Knights of the Old Republic/Rebellion #0, and from Star Wars Tales #3, #15, #17, and #21; first published by Dark Horse Comics.

 
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Wednesday 12th August
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[] Darth Vader (2020) #4: Dark Heart of the Sith (Part 4)
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:
• Vader continues his terrifying quest for vengeance against everyone who hid the existence of his son from him.
• But on Naboo, he faces a deadly new challenge as his focus turns from Luke to Padme, the wife of the man Vader used to be.
• And what secrets lie in the tomb of Padme Amidala?

 
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[] Darth Vader: Dark Lord of the Sith: Volume 2
Hardback Graphic Novel by Charles Soule, Giuseppe Camuncoli et al.
Marvel ( US & UK )

These stories occur approximately 18 years before Episode IV: A New Hope:
Darth Vader’s imperious rise continues! As the Empire’s grip on the galaxy tightens, the stirrings of a rebellion begin in the Mon Cala system. The fearsome Darth Vader knows that order must be maintained at all costs – but bringing Mon Cala to heel means finding the surviving Jedi that foment this unrest. As Vader, Tarkin and their Inquisitors hunt their targets, the seas will weep! Meanwhile, Vader discovers a theft – and when the thief faces the consequences, Emperor Palpatine rewards his disciple with a chilling gift! Seeking the path to destiny, Vader returns to the place of his greatest defeat. Darkness rises above Mustafar as Vader’s brutal design begins to take shape – but will the planet’s inhabitants stand for this desecration? And what can they do against the Dark Lord?

Collates Darth Vader (2017) #13 - #25 & Darth Vader Annual #2 (2018).

 
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Tuesday 11th August
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[The High Republic] [] StarWars.com: Exclusive excerpt from A Test of Courage

StarWars.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab] has posted an exclusive excerpt from Justina Ireland's upcoming middle grade novel Star Wars: The High Republic: A Test of Courage:

Coming January 5, 2021, Ireland’s A Test of Courage is one of the tentpole releases in the Star Wars: The High Republic publishing epic, which will take readers back to the peak of the Jedi Order, centuries prior to the events of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. The novel follows a ragtag group of young adventurers — newly-minted teen Jedi Vernestra Rwoh, a young Padawan, audacious tech-kid Avon Starros, and the son of an ambassador – after a galaxy-wide disaster leaves them stranded on a jungle moon.

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

 
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Wednesday 5th August
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[] Star Wars (2020) #5: The Destiny Path (Part 5)
Comic Book & e-Comic Book by Charles Soule, Jesús Saiz et al.
Marvel ( US & UK )

This story occurs approximately 3 years after Episode IV: A New Hope:
• Following a mysterious vision he received on Cloud City, Luke travels to a lost planet looking for a woman he believes may hold the key to his Jedi future and that of the entire Rebellion.
• But will he arrive at his destination in time to learn what he needs... or will the evil Darth Vader get there first?

 
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[] Star Wars Adventures: The Clone Wars - Battle Tales #3
Comic Book by Michael Moreci, Derek Charm et al.
IDW Publishing ( US )

This exciting series explores a time of great upheaval in the galaxy - The Clone Wars! While Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker, and other Jedi Knights confront Count Dooku, two Republic squadrons must hold their position against an encroaching droid army of the Separatists. Pinned down for the duration, Commander Cody, Captain Rex, and other clones swap war stories that feature your favorite characters from The Clone Wars animated series, such as Padmé Amidala, General Grievous, and many more!

 
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NEW RELEASE . . .

Tuesday 4th August
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[] Poe Dameron: Free Fall
Hardback YA Novel by Alex Segura
Disney-Lucasfilm Press ( [US] )

This story occurs approximately 18 years after Episode IV: A New Hope:
It’s been a few years since Poe’s mother, who was a pilot for the Rebellion, passed away, and Poe and his father have had more and more trouble connecting. Not sure what he wants to do with his life, teenage Poe runs away from home to find adventure, and to figure out what kind of man he is meant to be.

 
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