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[ News Review and Archive ]
  News Archives: January 2021

The following news items were posted on Star Wars Book & Comics during January 2021:
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NEWS . . .

Thursday 28th January
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[The High Republic Show] [] The High Republic Show: Episode 1

The premier episode of Star Wars: The High Republic Show has been released at StarWars.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab]:

In the first episode of Star Wars: The High Republic Show, Krystina brings you the latest and greatest news from The High Republic, finds out what it took to bring this new era into VR with ILMxLAB’s Star Wars: Tales from the Galaxy’s Edge, and sits down with Justina Ireland, Charles Soule, and Michael Siglain to talk new Jedi and how Marchion Ro haunts our dreams. Plus, we get an exclusive look at a brand new character from Claudia Grey’s upcoming book, Into the Dark, a first look at the cover of Marvel’s Star Wars: The High Republic issue #5, and more!

Have questions about Star Wars: The High Republic? Tweet them to us using the hashtag #THRSQuestions and your question might get answered on the next episode!

Watch the episode here[External site - opens in a new window/tab] or on YouTube[External site - opens in a new window/tab].

 
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Wednesday 27th January
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[The Nihil] [] StarWars.com: Character trailer: The Nihil

StarWars.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab] has posted the third video in a new series that introduces us to the the characters of The High Republic through a series of short animations. The latest video features one of the villians of The High Republic: the Nihil:

“The Nihil are brutal, savage marauders, based in the Outer Rim. They’re the stuff of nightmares, able to appear anywhere almost at will. They use bizarre, intimidating tactics — chemical weapons, poison — anything that might kill you, they’ll use.” - Charles Soule, Light of the Jedi

Watch the video here[External site - opens in a new window/tab].

 
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Wednesday 27th January
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[] Bounty Hunters #9: The Terminus Gauntlet (Part 2)
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:
• Trapped on a Rebel transport under attack by pirates, Valance must make a desperate gambit to survive.
• But little does the cyborg bounty hunter know he’s on a collision course with his old rival, Dengar!
• Plus, a familiar face makes a shocking return with a plan that will change the underworld forever.

 
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[] Doctor Aphra Volume 1: Fortune and Fate
Comic Book by Alyssa Wong, Marika Cresta et al.
Marvel ( US )

This story occurs approximately 3 years after Episode IV: A New Hope:
After a string of bad luck and near escapes, Doctor Aphra is back on the job – hunting the score of a lifetime that’s too good to pass up. 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!
Collates Doctor Aphra (2020) #1 - #5.

 
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[] Star Wars Adventures: Smuggler's Run #2 (Part 2 of 2)
Comic Book by Greg Rucka, Alec Worley, Ingo Römling et al.
IDW Publishing ( US )

Han Solo and Chewbacca intend to use their reward to settle their debts. But Princess Leia asks them to accept a secret mission for the Resistance. Mortal dangers, traitorous enemies, and thorny situations mark the path of these two heroes of the Battle of Yavin.
Comic adaptation of Smuggler's Run by Greg Pak.

 
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[] Star Wars Adventures Volume 11: Rise of the Wookiees
Paperback Graphic Novella by John Barber, Derek Charm, Michael Moreci et al.
IDW Publishing ( US )

With Kashyyk under siege from the evil First Order, can Chewbacca and the Wookies successfully defend their home world? Next, the droids must carry out a special undercover mission, but will C-3PO be able to adapt when the mission parameters change?

Collates Star Wars Adventures #27 - #32.

 
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[] Star Wars Adventures: Beware Vader's Castle
Hardback Graphic Novella by Cavan Scott, Francesco Francavilla, Megan Levens et al.
IDW Publishing ( US )

How do a band of rebels distract themselves when sneaking into the creepiest place in the galaxy? Tell scary stories of course! Follow Lina Graf, Crater, and friends as they sneak--and fight--their way into the terrifying castle of Darth Vader! Along the way, they'll trade spooky stories featuring the most terrifying villains and creatures in the universe! Your favorite characters, like Obi-Wan, Han and Chewie, Hera Syndulla, and the Ewoks, face classic creeps like ghosts, monsters, witches, and more... all with a signature Star Wars twist!
But the hidden corners of the Star Wars universe hold even more terrifying tales: more stories feature a wretched hive of scum and villainy including the likes of Darth Maul, Jabba the Hutt, Grand Moff Tarkin, and Asajj Ventress--all under the shadow of Vader himself!
This hardback graphic novella contains the following stories: Tales from Vader's Castle and Return to Vader's Castle.

 
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[] Star Wars Adventures: The Clone Wars - Battle Tales
Paperback Graphic Novella by Michael Moreci, Derek Charm et al.
IDW Publishing ( US )

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!
Collates Star Wars Adventures: The Clone Wars - Battle Tales #1 - #5.

 
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Friday 22nd January
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[Avar Kriss] [] StarWars.com: The High Republic character trailer: Avara Kriss

StarWars.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab] has posted the second video in a new series that introduces us to the the characters of The High Republic through a series of short animations. The second character to be featured is Jedi Master Avar Kriss who features in Charles Soule's Light of the Jedi novel:

“Avar is the brightest, most noble example of Jedi-hood. She always tries to see the good in people and situations, and never puts herself first. She is invigorated about life on the frontier and the challenges it brings, and is an inspiration for those who work with her. She is compassionate, not dogmatic, and always ready to sacrifice herself over others. Avar Kriss is the best of the best.” - Star Wars Databank

Watch the video here[External site - opens in a new window/tab].

 
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Wednesday 20th January
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[] Doctor Aphra (2020) #7: The Engine Job (Part 2)
Comic Book by Alyssa Wong, Ray-Anthony Height, Robert Gill et al.
Marvel ( US & UK )

This story occurs approximately 3 years after Episode IV: A New Hope:
• Hired by Domina Tagge, Aphra sets her sights on a mysterious piece of tech that could shift the balance of the galactic civil war.
• Her hunt takes her to Corellia... and to Sana Starros’ doorstep!
• But Aphra’s not the only one on Corellia with an eye on the tech...!

 
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Tuesday 19th January
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[Vernestra Rwoh] [] StarWars.com: The High Republic character trailer: Vernestra Rwoh

StarWars.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab] has posted the first video in a new series that introduces us to the the characters of The High Republic through a series of short animations. The first character to be featured is Jedi  Knight Vernestra Rwoh who features in Justina Ireland's A Test of Courage book:

“Vernestra’s 16, so she's probably on the older end for middle-grade — most of middle grade characters tend to be between like 12, 13, 14. But Vernestra has a challenge, in that she is a full Jedi. She’s very young: most 16-year-olds in the Jedi Order are padawans still. She took her testing early, so she’s a bit of a prodigy. She doesn’t know anybody else who is as young as she is so she kind of sticks out, and that gives her her own set of of sort of challenges to deal with. So how is she a Jedi Knight in this order that is being led by amazing Jedi?” - Justina Ireland

Watch the video here[External site - opens in a new window/tab].

 
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Tuesday 19th January
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[The High Republic] [] StarWars.com: Excerpt from The High Republic: Into the Dark

StarWars.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab] has posted an exclusive excerpt from Claudia Gray's upcoming The High Republic YA novel Into the Dark:

"Jedi Orla Jareni, Cohmac Vitus, Reath Silas, and Dez Rydan are about to start a new mission. First, however, they must rendezvous with the ship and its crew that will provide transport — and they’re not at all what our heroes expect..."

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

 
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Sunday 17th January
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[The High Republic] [] The High Republic books enter bestsellers lists

StarWars.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab] Charles Soule's debut Star Wars novel, and the first The High Republic novel, Light of the Jedi, has entered both the New York Times Best Sellers[External site - opens in a new window/tab] and Publishers Weekly Bestsellers[External site - opens in a new window/tab] list at #1 (Hardcover Fiction); while on USA Today Best-Selling Books[External site - opens in a new window/tab] it entered at #2.

Justina Ireland's middle-grade book, A Test of Courage, has entered the New York Times Best Sellers[External site - opens in a new window/tab] at #2 (Children's Middle-Grade Hardcover); #8 on Publishers Weekly[External site - opens in a new window/tab] (Children's Frontlist Fiction); and #82 on USA Today[External site - opens in a new window/tab].

Cavan Scott's 8x8 children's storybook, The Great Jedi Rescue, reached #20 on Publishers Weekly[External site - opens in a new window/tab] (Children's Frontlist Fiction).

 
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NEW RELEASE . . .

Wednesday 13th January
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[] Darth Vader (2020) #9: Into the Fire (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:
• In his search for vengeance in the depths of Mustafar, Vader has seized the mysterious key to the Eemperor's greatest secret.
• But the key itself needs a key — which only the deadly assassin Ochi of Bestoon seems to have. Vader and Ochi are in for the fight of their lives with the fate of the Emperor in the balance — but how much of this is all Palpatine's plan?

 
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Wednesday 6th January
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[] The High Republic #1: There Is No Fear (Part 1)
Comic Book & e-Comic Book by Cavan Scott, Ario Anindito et al.
Marvel ( US & UK )

This story occurs approximately 200 years before Episode I: The Phantom Menace:
The Jedi are at their height, protecting the galaxy as Republic pioneers push out into new territories. As the Frontier prepares for the dedication of majestic Starlight Beacon, Padawan Keeve Trennis faces the ultimate choice — will she complete her Jedi Trials or rescue the innocent from disaster?

 
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[] Star Wars (2020) #10: Operation Starlight (Part 2)
Comic Book & e-Comic Book by Charles Soule, Jan Bazaldua et al.
Marvel ( US & UK )

This story occurs approximately 3 years after Episode IV: A New Hope:
• The Rebels attempt to create a new communications code that the Empire will never be able to crack, in hopes that they might be able to safely reunite their scattered fleet and rejoin the fight.
• However, the code has a cost, one that Lando Calrissian is not willing to pay!

 
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Tuesday 5th January
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[] The High Republic: Light of the Jedi
Hardback Novel, e-Book & Audio Book by Charles Soule
Del Rey ( US & UK )

This story occurs approximately 200 years before Episode I: The Phantom Menace:
It is a golden age. Intrepid hyperspace scouts expand the reach of the Repubic to the farthest stars, worlds flourish under the benevolent leadership of the Senate, and peace reigns, enforced by the wisdom and strength of the renowned order of Force users known as the Jedi. With the Jedi at the height of their power, the free citizens of the galaxy are confident in their ability to weather any storm But even the brightest light can cast a shadow, and some storms defy any preparation.
When a shocking catastrophe in hyperspace tears a ship to pieces, the flurry of shrapnel emerging from the disaster threatens an entire system. No sooner does the call for help go out than the Jedi race to the scene...
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[] The High Republic: A Test of Courage
Children's Hardback Book by Justina Ireland
Disney-Lucasfilm Press ( US )

This story occurs approximately 200 years before Episode I: The Phantom Menace:
Vernestra Rwoh is a new Jedi Knight at age sixteen, but her first real assignment feels an awful lot like babysitting. She's been charged with supervising twelve-year old aspiring inventor Avon Starros on a cruiser headed to the dedication of a wondrous new space station called
Starlight Beacon.
But soon into their journey, bombs go off aboard the cruiser. While the adult Jedi try to save the ship, Vernestra, Avon, Avon's droid J-6, a Jedi Padawan, and an ambassador's son make it to an escape shuttle, but communications are out and supplies are low. They decide to land on a nearby moon, which offers shelter but not much more. And unbeknownst to them, danger lurks in the forest...
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[] The High Republic: The Great Jedi Rescue
Children's Book by Cavan Scott
Disney-Lucasfilm Press ( US )

This story occurs approximately 200 years before Episode I: The Phantom Menace:
Meet the noble and wise Jedi of the High Republic!
When a disaster strikes in hyperspace, putting the people of Hetzal Prime in grave danger, only the Jedi of the High Republic can save the day!

 
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[] The Mandalorian (Junior Novel)
Children's Paperback Book by Joe Schreiber
Disney-Lucasfilm Press ( US )

This story occurs approximately 5 years after Episode IV: A New Hope:
After the fall of the Empire but before the emergence of the First Order, a lone bounty hunter known as The Mandalorian travels the outer reaches of the galaxy. When his newest bounty hunting target turns out to be a small Child, the Mandalorian decides the Child must be protected at all costs.

Relive all the excitement of the first season of the smash-hit streaming series in this action-packed junior novelization.

 
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