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  News Archives: March 2020

The following news items were posted on Star Wars Book & Comics during March 2020:
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Tuesday 31st March
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[] The Rise of Skywalker
Blu-ray & DVD home video
Disney ( [US] )

This story occurs approximately 35 years after Episode IV: A New Hope:
Experience the motion picture event of a generation in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. Plus Deleted Scenes and other spectacular bonus content...more

 
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[] Thrawn: Treason
Trade Paperback Novel by Timothy Zahn
Del Rey ( US )

This story occurs occurs approximately 1 year before Episode IV: A New Hope:
“If I were to serve the Empire, you would command my allegiance.”

Such was the promise Grand Admiral Thrawn made to Emperor Palpatine at their first meeting. Since then, Thrawn has been one of the Empire’s most effective instruments, pursuing its enemies to the very edges of the known galaxy. But as keen a weapon as Thrawn has become, the Emperor dreams of something far more destructive.
Now, as Thrawn’s TIE defender program is halted in favor of Director Krennic’s secret Death Star project, he realizes that the balance of power in the Empire is measured by more than just military acumen or tactical efficiency. Even the greatest intellect can hardly compete with the power to annihilate entire planets...
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[] The Art of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
Hardback Reference Book by Phil Szostak
Abrams Books ( US & UK )

The official behind-the-scenes concept, production, and post-production art for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. Go inside the creative process behind the most anticipated film of the century. The latest trilogy in the Star Wars film series brings the Skywalker Saga to a close and The Art of The Rise of Skywalker will take readers into the creative process behind visualizing the epic worlds, creatures, characters, costumes, weapons and vehicles of the landmark conclusion more than 40 years in the making.

 
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Wednesday 25th March
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[] Bounty Hunters #2: Galaxy's Deadliest (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:
• Cyborg bounty hunter Valance will stop at nothing to find his old mentor, Nakano Lash, after her stinging betrayal years earlier.
• But other bounty hunters have taken the job after a vicious crime lord put out the hit. Everyone’s got a reason to go after the traitorous Nautolan.
• Bossk, Boba Fett and a slew of new killers are hot on Lash’s trail. Can Valance get to her first? And what could have possibly made Lash break her word and betray her fellow hunters? The truth could shake the foundations of the criminal underworld in the galaxy!

 
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[] Star Wars Adventures: Return to Vader's Castle
Graphic Novella by Cavan Scott, Kelley Jones & Francesco Francavilla et al.
IDW Publishing ( US )

Return to Vader's Castle for a spooky spin on your favorite villains from a galaxy far, far away...
Explore the hidden corners of the Star Wars universe with a wretched hive of scum and villainy: including Darth Maul, Jabba the Hutt, Grand Moff Tarkin, Asaji Ventress; all under the shadow of Darth Vader!

 
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[] Epic Collection: The Clone Wars - Volume 3 (Star Wars Legends)
Paperback Graphic Novel
Marvel ( US & UK )

These stories occur between 22 and 19 years before the Battle of Yavin:
Tales of the legendary Clone Wars!
Renegade Jedi Quinlan Vos has crept closer than ever to the dark side of the Force — and now he must not only confront his former student Aayla Secura and his old friend Obi-Wan Kenobi, but place his fate in the hands of the Jedi Council itself!
Meanwhile, the newly knighted Anakin Skywalker and the evil Sith apprentice Ventress have become obsessed with defeating one another. Could this be their final battle at last?
And discover the origin of the murderous villain General Grievous!


Collects: Star Wars Republic #68 - #73, General Grievous, Obsession, material from Star Wars Tales #17, and material from Star Wars Visionaries.

 
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Thursday 19th March
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[] The Rise of Skywalker (Expanded Edition)
Hardback Novel, e-Book & Audio Book by Rae Carson
Century ( [UK] )

This story occurs approximately 35 years after Episode IV: A New Hope:
The Resistance has been reborn. But although Rey and her fellow heroes are back in the fight, the war against the First Order, now led by Supreme Leader Kylo Ren, is far from over. Just as the spark of rebellion is rekindling, a mysterious signal broadcasts throughout the galaxy, with a chilling message: Emperor Palpatine, long thought defeated and destroyed, is back from the dead.
Has the ancient Lord of the Sith truly returned? Kylo Ren cuts a swath of destruction across the stars, determined to discover any challenge to his control over the First Order and his destiny to rule over the galaxy—and crush it completely. Meanwhile, to discover the truth, Rey, Finn, Poe, and the Resistance must embark on the most perilous adventure they have ever faced.

 
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Wednesday 18th March
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[] Star Wars (2020) #4: The Destiny Path (Part 4)
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:
The end of the Galactic Civil War and the final defeat of the Rebel Alliance are inevitable as the cunning Imperial Commander Zahra unleashes her fury against the splintered and scattered survivors...

 
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[] Star Wars Adventures #31
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 Rey!

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

 
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[] Star Wars Volume 13: Rogues and Rebels
Paperback Graphic Novel by Greg Pak, Phil Noto et al.
Marvel ( [US] & [UK] )

These stories occur approximately 3 years after Episode IV: A New Hope:
Who exactly is Dar Champion, and how far can Leia trust him when Han’s life is on the line? What shocking lesson will Luke learn when Warba finally reveals her true self? When faced with his lost past, can C-3PO seize control of his destiny — and be the hero of his own story? And Chewbacca takes on Darth Vader in vicious hand-to-hand combat! Meanwhile, the Rebellion’s search for a new home — a base safe from the reach of the Empire — leads them to the planet Hoth! Doctor Aphra and Beilert Valance lend a hand as the Rebellion’s fate is set…and the Empire ascends!

Collates Star Wars #73 – #75, and Empire Ascendant #1.

 
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NEW RELEASES . . .

Tuesday 17th March
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[] The Rise of Skywalker (Expanded Edition)
Hardback Novel, e-Book & Audio Book by Rae Carson
Del Rey ( [US] )

This story occurs approximately 35 years after Episode IV: A New Hope:
The Resistance has been reborn. But although Rey and her fellow heroes are back in the fight, the war against the First Order, now led by Supreme Leader Kylo Ren, is far from over. Just as the spark of rebellion is rekindling, a mysterious signal broadcasts throughout the galaxy, with a chilling message: Emperor Palpatine, long thought defeated and destroyed, is back from the dead.
Has the ancient Lord of the Sith truly returned? Kylo Ren cuts a swath of destruction across the stars, determined to discover any challenge to his control over the First Order and his destiny to rule over the galaxy—and crush it completely. Meanwhile, to discover the truth, Rey, Finn, Poe, and the Resistance must embark on the most perilous adventure they have ever faced.

 
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[] Star Wars Insider #196
Magazine
Titan Magazines ( US )

Fascinating features, exclusive interviews, and the very latest news. Star Wars Insider has sections that detail updates in the Star Wars universe: news about events, fan fiction, exclusive previews, articles that explore the Star Wars universe, questions and answers, excerpts from comics and books, and interviews.
In this issue:
Go behind-the-scenes of the latest Star Wars film installment: The Rise of Skywalker!
Featuring:
• Interviews with screenwriter Chris Terrio and producer Michelle Rejwan about crafting the movie’s story.
• A rare behind the scenes look inside the Lucasfilm Archive
• Discussions with makeup and creature effects legend Stuart Freeborn
• Actor Andy Secombe reveals what it was like to play Toydarian trader Watto in the prequel trilogy.

 
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Wednesday 11th March
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[] The Rise of Kylo Ren #4
Comic Book & e-Comic Book by Charles Soule, Will Sliney et al.
Marvel ( US & UK )

This story occurs approximately 28 years after Episode IV: A New Hope:
• Ben Solo, once the Jedi's greatest hope, is swallowed by the Dark Side.
• It is his destiny - and if there was ever another path, Snoke and the Knights of Ren made certain he could not see it.
• From Ben, to Ren... and now he is lost.

 
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[] Darth Vader (2020) #2: Dark Heart of the Sith (Part 2)
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 the wake of the shocking revelations of The Empire Strikes Back, Vader continues his quest for revenge against everyone who hid his son Luke from him.
• But when his search takes him deep into his past, he uncovers a hauntingly familiar face that will challenge everything he knows.

 
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[] Bounty Hunters #1: Galaxy's Deadliest (Part 1)
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:
Years ago, fallen Imperial Officer Beilert Valance and fellow bounty hunters Bossk and Boba Fett took on a mission that went sideways in a bad way after Valance’s mentor, Nakano Lash, violently betrayed them. Valance’s team barely escaped with their lives. He never thought he’d face his old mentor ever again…until Lash finally resurfaces under mysterious circumstances. Every bounty hunter in the galaxy wants a piece and Valance is hell-bent on getting to the prize first. He has score to settle—but so does Boba Fett!

 
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Tuesday 10th March
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[] Queen's Shadow
Paperback YA Novel by E. K. Johnston
Disney-Lucasfilm Press ( [US] )

This story begins approximately 28 years before Episode IV: A New Hope:
When Padmé Naberrie, Queen Amidala of Naboo, steps down from her position, she is asked by the newly-elected queen to become Naboo's representative in the Galactic Senate. Padmé is unsure about taking on the new role, but cannot turn down the request to serve her people. Together with her most loyal handmaidens, Padmé must figure out how to navigate the treacherous waters of politics and forge a new identity beyond the queen's shadow.

 
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Thursday 5th March
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[] Star Wars Insider #195
Magazine
Titan Magazines ( UK )

Fascinating features, exclusive interviews, and the very latest news. Star Wars Insider has sections that detail updates in the Star Wars universe: news about events, fan fiction, exclusive previews, articles that explore the Star Wars universe, questions and answers, excerpts from comics and books, and interviews.
In this issue:
The Mandalorian Speaks: Pedro Pascal, Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni speak to Star Wars Insider!
The Comeback Clones!: Get ready for all-new Star Wars: The Clone Wars with our Season Seven primer
Going Greedo: Meet the actors who played Star Wars’ least fortunate bounty hunter
Enfys Nesy and the Cloud-riders!: Everything you need to know about the rebel band of Solo: A Star Wars Story.

 
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