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[ News Review and Archive ]
  News Archives: February 2021

The following news items were posted on Star Wars Book & Comics during February 2021:
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NEW RELEASE . . .

Tuesday 23rd February
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[] Alphabet Squadron: Shadow Fall
Paperback Novel by Alexander Freed
Del Rey ( [US] )

This story occurs approximately 4 years after Episode IV: A New Hope:
News of the New Republic’s victory still reverberates through the galaxy. In its wake, the capital ships of the newly legitimized galactic government journey to the farthest stars, seeking out and crushing the remnants of imperial tyranny. But some old ghosts are harder to banish than others. And none are more dangerous than Shadow Wing.
Yrica Quell’s ragtag Alphabet Squadron still leads the search for Shadow Wing, but they’re no closer to their goal—and the pressure to find their quarry before it’s too late has begun to shake them apart. Determined to finish the fight once and for all, Quell works with New Republic Intelligence’s contentious Caern Adan and the legendary General Hera Syndulla to prepare the riskiest gambit of her starfighting career—a trap for Shadow Wing that could finish the chase once and for all.
But in the darkness, their enemy has evolved. Soran Keize, last of the Imperial aces, has stepped into the power vacuum at the head of Shadow Wing, reinvigorating the faltering unit in their hour of need. Once adrift in the aftershocks of the war, Keize has found meaning again, leading the lost soldiers of his unit through to safety. The only thing standing in his way? The most mismatched squadron in the New Republic Navy, led by his former mentee: the traitor Yrica Quell.

 
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Thursday 18th February
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[] The High Republic: Into the Dark
Hardback YA Novel by Claudia Gray
Disney-Lucasfilm Press ( UK )

This story occurs approximately 200 years before Episode I: The Phantom Menace:
Padawan Reath Silas is being sent from the cosmopolitan galactic capital of Coruscant to the undeveloped frontier-and he couldn't be less happy about it. He'd rather stay at the Jedi Temple, studying the archives. But when the ship he's traveling on is knocked out of hyperspace in a galactic-wide disaster, Reath finds himself at the center of the action. The Jedi and their traveling companions find refuge on what appears to be an abandoned space station. But then strange things start happening, leading the Jedi to investigate the truth behind the mysterious station, a truth that could end in tragedy...

 
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[] The High Republic: A Test of Courage
Children's Hardback Book by Justina Ireland
Disney-Lucasfilm Press ( UK )

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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Tuesday 16th February
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[Sskeer] [] StarWars.com: Character trailer: Sskeer

StarWars.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab] has posted the next video in a series that introduces us to the the characters of The High Republic through a series of short animations. The latest character to be featured is Trandoshan Jedi Master Sskeer who features in Charles Soule's Light of the Jedi novel, and children's books A Test of Courage by Justina Ireland and The Great Jedi Rescue by Cavan Scott:

“A Jedi Master of the High Republic, Sskeer is a gruff, opinionated Trandoshan who has been around the block more times than he cares to remember. Sskeer is loyal, but brutally honest, and you can always be sure he will tell you exactly what’s on his mind…or so his fellow Jedi think; he hides a devastating secret that is tearing him apart.” - Star Wars Databank

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

 
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Tuesday 16th February
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[War of the Bounty Hunters] [] War of the Bounty Hunters - new Boba Fett comic mini-series

As announced on StarWars.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab] Marvel will publish a new mini-series featuring Boba Fett titled War of the Bounty Hunters and penned by Star Wars comics stalwart Charles Soule. Set after the events of The Empire Strikes Back, War of the Bounty Hunters will reveal what Fett experienced on his journey to deliver Han Solo to Jabba the Hutt.

“The mini-series is planned to run from May through October, beginning with with War of the Bounty Hunters Alpha #1 from Soule and artist Steve McNiven on May 5, but will then spin out into Marvel’s entire post-The Empire Strikes Back line, including Star Wars, Bounty Hunters, Darth Vader, and Doctor Aphra.
The five-issue
War of the Bounty Hunters mini-series from Soule and Luke Ross, which will anchor the story, begins in June.”

Read the full announcement plus a preview of War of the Bounty Hunters Alpha #1 here[External site - opens in a new window/tab].

 
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Tuesday 16th February
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[The Drengir] [] StarWars.com: Character trailer: The Drengir

StarWars.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab] has posted the next video in a 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 Drengir:

“Chock full of tentacles, teeth, and thorns, the Drengir are horrific, sentient plant-like creatures that have once again been released upon the galaxy. Carnivorous, amorphous, and unsettling, the Drengir aim to reap a terrible harvest across the galactic frontier.” - Star Wars Databank

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

 
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Wednesday 10th February
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[] Darth Vader (2020) #10: Into the Fire (Part 5)
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:
• After passing the test of The Eye of Webbish Bogg, Vader has learned the route to the hidden location of the Emperor's greatest secrets!
• But in The Red Nebula along the way, can Vader survive the onslaught of the greatest predator in the galaxy? Especially if the monster’s most brutal attack transcends the physical?

 
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NEW RELEASE . . .

Tuesday 9th February
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[] Star Wars Insider #200
Magazine
Titan Magazines ( US )

Celebrate 200 issues of Star Wars Insider!
Features: 200 Reasons We All Love Star Wars; interview with Ian McDiarmid; Anthony Daniels pens a special Wonder Column; remembering Carrie Fisher with those who have voiced Leia in Star Wars animated adventures; find out more about Star Wars: The High Republic with author Charles Soule.
Plus second part of exclusive The High Republic short fiction story by Charles Soule.

 
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Wednesday 3rd February
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[] The High Republic #2: There Is No Fear (Part 2)
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 Nihil strike! A ship found adrift in space, the crew brutally slaughtered and cargo stolen.
• What terror awaits the the Jedi of
Starlight Beacon as they explore the wreck?
• Newly knighted Keeve Trennis must overcome her insecurity in the face of new teammates, but can she trust her closest ally?

 
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[] Star Wars (2020) #11: Operation Starlight (Part 3)
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 mission to reunite the Rebel Fleet is countered by a deadly trap sprung by the cunning Commander Zahra!
• How will Wedge, Shara and the other elite pilots of Starlight Squadron survive?
• And then there’s Lando... forced to choose between the Rebellion and one of his oldest friends!

 
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[] The High Republic Adventures #1
Comic Book by Daniel José Older, Harvey Tolibao et al.
IDW Publishing ( US )

A team of inexperienced Padawans race to Trymant IV to aid its citizens after an attack by the Nihil, a band of dangerous marauders, leaves the city on fire. Padawans Lula, Farzal, and Qort do their best to help as many people as they can. Meanwhile, Zeen and Kriz, part of a group that resents and fears the Jedi, must decide whether they can accept their help or try to save the day on their own.

 
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[] Star Wars Adventures (2020) #3
Comic Book by Michael Moreci, Sam Maggs, Davide Tinto, Ray-Anthony Height et al.
IDW Publishing ( US )

Join the Wookiees of Kashyyyk for part one of a special Life Day celebration! Then, follow Kylo Ren as he learns what it means to be the Supreme Leader of the First Order.

 
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Tuesday 2nd February
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[Bell Zettifar] [] StarWars.com: Character trailer: Bell Zetifar

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

“Bell Zettifar is a Padawan apprenticed to the legendary Loden Greatstorm. Deep in the Outer Rim, Bell and his Master are stationed at a Jedi Outpost on the oreworld of Elphrona. Though conditions are harsh, Bell is guided by the light and determined to keep the peace, and while he spends most of his time training, the Jedi Knight-to-be finds enjoyment wandering the iron hills of the planet with his faithful charhound named Ember.” - Star Wars Databank

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

 
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NEW RELEASE . . .

Tuesday 2nd February
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[] The High Republic: Into the Dark
Hardback YA Novel by Claudia Gray
Disney-Lucasfilm Press ( US )

This story occurs approximately 200 years before Episode I: The Phantom Menace:
Padawan Reath Silas is being sent from the cosmopolitan galactic capital of Coruscant to the undeveloped frontier-and he couldn't be less happy about it. He'd rather stay at the Jedi Temple, studying the archives. But when the ship he's traveling on is knocked out of hyperspace in a galactic-wide disaster, Reath finds himself at the center of the action. The Jedi and their traveling companions find refuge on what appears to be an abandoned space station. But then strange things start happening, leading the Jedi to investigate the truth behind the mysterious station, a truth that could end in tragedy...

 
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