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[ News Review and Archive ]
  News Archives: January 2018

The following news items were posted on Star Wars Book & Comics during January 2018:
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NEW RELEASES . . .

Wednesday 31st January
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[] Doctor Aphra #16: Remastered (Part 3)
Comic Book & e-Comic Book by Kieron Gillen, Simon Spurrier, Emilio Laiso et al.
Marvel ( US & UK )

This story occurs between six and twelve months after Episode IV: A New Hope:
Tensions are high in this galaxy far, far away for Doctor Aphra.
She’s got a new master holding her reins…and he’s a Triple-threat.
Also – Magna Tolvan. Friend or foe?!

 
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[] DJ: Most Wanted (One-shot)
Comic Book & e-Comic Book by Ben Acker, Ben Blacker, Kev Walker et al.
Marvel ( US & UK )

This story occurs approximately 34 years after Episode IV: A New Hope:
Who is DJ? This mystery man, and what put him in the path of our Resistance heroes?

Join DJ as he reveals a day in his life just before his appearance in The Last Jedi!

 
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[] Forces of Destiny: Rose & Paige
Comic Book by Delilah S. Dawson, Nicoletta Baldari et al.
IDW Publishing ( US )

The Star Wars Forces of Destiny initiative celebrates the inspiring stories of iconic heroes from a galaxy far, far away….
Star Wars Adventures has joined the festivities with an exciting weekly series of comic books that explores all corners of the Star Wars universe, showing how choices both big and small ultimately shape the destinies of beloved characters, such as Princess Leia, Rey, Padme, Ahsoka, and Hera along with your soon-to-be favorites from The Last Jedi, Rose and Paige!

 
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NEW RELEASE . . .

Tuesday 30th January
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[] Thrawn
Trade Paperback Novel by Timothy Zahn
Del Rey ( US )

This story begins approximately 12 years 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. As one promotion follows another in his rapid ascension to greater power, he schools his trusted aide, Ensign Eli Vanto, in the arts of combat and leadership, and the secrets of claiming victory. But even though Thrawn dominates the battlefield, he has much to learn in the arena of politics where ruthless administrator Arihnda Pryce holds the power to be a potent ally or a brutal enemy...more

 
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[] Best of Star Wars Insider Volume 7: Icons of the Galaxy
Magazine
Titan Magazines ( US )

The special collection includes interviews with Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford, a comprehensive look at the legendary Marvel comic-book adaptation of Star Wars, and much more.

 
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Wednesday 24th January
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[] Poe Dameron #23: Legend Found (Part 4)
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:
General Organa’s covert mission on Cato Neimoidia has hit a serious snag, and the mission to find Lor San Tekka is in jeopardy!
Can Black Squadron survive an attack from the least expected source?

 
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[] Forces of Destiny: Ahsoka & Padmé
Comic Book by Beth Revis, Valentina Pinto et al.
IDW Publishing ( US )

The Star Wars Forces of Destiny initiative celebrates the inspiring stories of iconic heroes from a galaxy far, far away….
Star Wars Adventures has joined the festivities with an exciting weekly series of comic books that explores all corners of the Star Wars universe, showing how choices both big and small ultimately shape the destinies of beloved characters, such as Princess Leia, Rey, Padme, Ahsoka, and Hera along with your soon-to-be favorites from The Last Jedi, Rose and Paige!

 
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REVIEWS . . .

Sunday 21st January
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[Screaming Citadel] [] Screaming Citadel
By Jason Aaron, Kieron Gillen, Marco Checchetto, Salvador Larroca et al.
Reviewed by Darth Kondorr, Poland

It started out interesting with spectacular art, but it degraded even below the level of the Harbinger disaster. Now we have achieved a new low for any sort of Star Wars material. Not only is this absolute blasphemy, it is an insult to the reader. Marvel's writing at this point is equally bad as EA’s approach to gaming.
To highlight just how bad it is, there is one scene, were Luke is faced with an overwhelming situation. He can come out on top of things, if he applies correct force techniques. And the dialogue explaining it to Luke goes like this: “Concentrate here, here and… >You guessed it< HERE”...
read full review

 
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[Yoda's Secret War] [] Yoda's Secret War
By Jason Aaron, Salvador Larroca et al.
Reviewed by Darth Kondorr, Poland

I did not dislike it, but merely few hours after reading it I actually forgot the ending twist, or whatever it was.
The art though.. the art is actually a big step up from Harbinger and the writing is decent at best, but levels above Harbinger. The story is so stand alone, that it does not influence anyone or anything. There is no character growth or story points relevant to anything besides the next major disappointing story arc in this way to long catastrophic ongoing title.
It actually barely is Star Wars… it is more a fantasy story with barbaric tribes and wizards…
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[Aphra] [] Doctor Aphra
By Kieron Gillen, Kev Walker et al.
Reviewed by Darth Kondorr, Poland

While not exactly a masterpiece, I thought the over the top comic-bookiness of Aphra suited her much more, than the core series with the much to overdone Harbinger storyline.
I really do not think that the core characters can veer too much into dramedy, but when you take over the top characters like Aphra, her insane droids and the psychopathic Wookie, it is another thing completely. I enjoyed the Indiana Jones and father jones dialogue, even if it was very on the nose and could be done more subtly.

 
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NEWS . . .

Thursday 18th January
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[] (Some) details for Solo: A Star Wars Story publishing programme

While Star Wars.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab] reveals the official blurb for the second standalone Star Wars film, Solo: A Star Wars Story, unofficial details of the film's accompanying publishing programme have been uncovered. Thanks to listings found on various online retailers it looks like at least a dozen books are planned to coincide with the film's theatrical release.

Our thanks to FanthaTracks.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab] for this information...read full story

 
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NEW RELEASES . . .

Wednesday 17th January
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[] Star Wars #42: The Ashes of Jedha (Part 5)
Comic Book & e-Comic Book by Kieron Gillen, Salvador Larroca et al.
Marvel ( [US] & [UK] )

This story occurs between six and twelve months after Episode IV: A New Hope:
The Leviathan is heading for the remains of Jedha, prepared to pick the carcass of the once-holy planet clean. But with Luke Skywalker torn between his allegiance to the Rebellion and pursuing the path of a Jedi, who will lead the charge against the Empire?

 
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[] Epic Collection: Legacy Volume 2 (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:
With the Sith Empire and the Galactic Alliance locked in war, Admiral Gar Stazi steers his flagship the Indomitable into all-out space combat! Emperor Krayt sets out to teach the galaxy a lesson in obedience! And bounty hunter Cade Skywalker and his ragtag group settle scores!

Collates Legacy #20 thru #36, #40 and #0½ (Updated Handbook) first published by Dark Horse Comics.

 
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[] Forces of Destiny: Hera
Comic Book by Devin Grayson, Eva Widermann, Monica Kubina et al.
IDW Publishing ( US )

The Star Wars Forces of Destiny initiative celebrates the inspiring stories of iconic heroes from a galaxy far, far away….
Star Wars Adventures has joined the festivities with an exciting weekly series of comic books that explores all corners of the Star Wars universe, showing how choices both big and small ultimately shape the destinies of beloved characters, such as Princess Leia, Rey, Padme, Ahsoka, and Hera along with your soon-to-be favorites from The Last Jedi, Rose and Paige!

 
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[] Star Wars Adventures #6
Children's Comic Book by Delilah S. Dawson, Derek Charn, Shaun Manning et al.
IDW Publishing ( US )

The biggest new character from The Last Jedi, Rose Tico, makes her Star Wars Adventures debut in this special one-shot story! Rose prefers to solve problems from behind the scenes, but the threat of the First Order has put her front and center…

Plus an exciting new Tales of Wild Space.

 
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NEW RELEASES . . .

Wednesday 10th January
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[] Darth Vader #10: The Dying Light (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 showdown with Jocasta Nu comes to a startling conclusion!
What secret information has the Jedi librarian risked her life to protect?
And can she stop Vader from getting it?

 
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[] Forces of Destiny: Rey
Comic Book by Jody Houser, Arianna Florean et al.
IDW Publishing ( US )

The Star Wars Forces of Destiny initiative celebrates the inspiring stories of iconic heroes from a galaxy far, far away….
Star Wars Adventures has joined the festivities with an exciting weekly series of comic books that explores all corners of the Star Wars universe, showing how choices both big and small ultimately shape the destinies of beloved characters, such as Princess Leia, Rey, Padme, Ahsoka, and Hera along with your soon-to-be favorites from The Last Jedi, Rose and Paige!

 
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NEW RELEASES . . .

Wednesday 3rd January
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[] Star Wars #41: The Ashes of Jedha (Part 4)
Comic Book & e-Comic Book by Kieron Gillen, Salvador Larroca et al.
Marvel ( [US] & [UK] )

This story occurs between six and twelve months after Episode IV: A New Hope:
The Leviathan is heading for the remains of Jedha, prepared to pick the carcass of the once-holy planet clean. But with Luke Skywalker torn between his allegiance to the Rebellion and pursuing the path of a Jedi, who will lead the charge against the Empire?

 
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[] Forces of Destiny: Leia
Comic Book by Elsa Charretier, Pierrick Colinet et al.
IDW Publishing ( US )

The Star Wars Forces of Destiny initiative celebrates the inspiring stories of iconic heroes from a galaxy far, far away….
Star Wars Adventures has joined the festivities with an exciting weekly series of comic books that explores all corners of the Star Wars universe, showing how choices both big and small ultimately shape the destinies of beloved characters, such as Princess Leia, Rey, Padme, Ahsoka, and Hera along with your soon-to-be favorites from The Last Jedi, Rose and Paige!

 
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NEW RELEASES . . .

Tuesday 2nd January
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[] Forces of Destiny: The Leia Chronicles
Children's Paperback Book & e-Book
Disney-Lucasfilm Press ( US )

The choices we make, the actions we take, the moments-both big and small-shape us into Forces of Destiny!

This chapter book, based on the all-new animated micro-series spotlighting some of Star Wars' greatest heroes, features three exciting stories about rebel leader, Princess Leia!

 
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[] Lightsaber Battles (DK Reader Level 2)
Children's Book by Lauren Nesworthy
DK Publishing ( US & UK )

Find out about the mysterious Force that powers lightsabers, meet the Jedi and Sith who wield them, and discover the tactics needed to win in a deadly lightsaber duel.

This book features amazing lightsaber clashes from across the entire movie saga as well as the popular animated TV series Star Wars Rebels. It explores the adventures of Rey and Kylo Ren, Ezra and Kanan, Obi-Wan, Darth Vader, and more as they use their lightsabers in fierce battles. Take a closer look at lightsabers and their incredible powers in this fantastic Level 2 Reader.

 
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[] What is a Droid? (DK Reader Level 1)
Children's Book by Lisa Stock
DK Publishing ( US & UK )

Featuring high-quality images from the smash-hit movies and TV series, this Level 1 Reader takes a close look at the coolest droids in the Star Wars galaxy, from new favorites BB-8 (Star Wars: The Force Awakens), K-2SO (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story), and Chopper (Star Wars Rebels) to treasured old friends from the classic saga C-3PO and R2-D2.

 
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