Chewbacca
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Chewbacca
"Raarrwwrararrrrrrrrr!" - Chewbacca

Warrior. Husband. Father. Best friend. These are just a few of the hats that Chewbacca wears (although, technically speaking, he doesn’t wear anything but that bandolier).

Ever since his first appearance in A New Hope, Chewbacca has captured the imagination of fans. In fact, there are very few characters who are as widely adored. Whether it’s his warm, gentle, benevolent side, his teeth-baring, arm-tearing, kickass warrior side, or both, Chewie always seems to find a way into our hearts. After all, the half-gorilla, half-family dog is kind of hard not to love.

Unfortunately, Chewie often takes a back seat in the novels, likely because it's quite difficult to write dialogue for him. However, while Chewbacca has been described as a “big walking carpet,” that doesn’t mean he deserves to get walked all over! This collection gives Chewbacca the hero treatment he deserves by placing him in the spotlight and laying out all of the must-read Chewie material the Expanded Universe has to offer.

Despite their many differences, one major theme becomes apparent through all of those stories: it’s much less “let the Wookie win,” and much more “the Wookie will win, and there’s nothing you can do about it!”

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Legends
Legends
Adult Novel

The Han Solo Adventures

Written by
Brian Daley
Artwork by

Hailing from a time before anything like the Extended Universe was even conceived, Brian Daley's Han Solo Adventures combines three tales of our favorite smuggler as he travels the corporate sector with Chewbacca in a constant search for the next big score.

Han Solo At Star's End puts the fearsome duo inside one of most bizarre and diabolical prisons they could ever imagine. Han Solo's Revenge takes Han across the galaxy in search of vengeance that is owed upon someone who thought they could cheat this fierce Corellian during a cargo shipment. Han Solo and the Lost Legacy throws assassins and murderous robots at Han and Chewie as they attempt to find a long fabled treasure of indescribable value.

This collection puts all of Han's original adventures in one easy package that is essential for any fan of the scoundrel with a heart of gold.

Han Solo's extraordinary exploits continue in this awesome trilogy.

HAN SOLO AT STARS’ END 

Han Solo trusts no one, and does no favors. But when the best illegal ship rebuilder in the galaxy disappears, Han and Chewbacca agree to go after him—after all, the Millennium Falcon needs some very special repairs. Their search pits them against powerful and ruthless enemies out to destroy them, and finally leads them to an airless speck of desolate asteroid—the Authority prison planet known as Stars’ End. 

HAN SOLO’S REVENGE 

For a cool ten thousand credits, Han and Chewbacca will do just about anything—except transport slaves. For one thing, it means an instant death sentence. So when a high-paying cargo shipment turns out to be a consignment of slaves, Han and Chewie have to think fast. But Han forms a plan to turn the tables on the slavers and free the captives. Then, good deed accomplished, he scours the skies for the nasty joker who set him up—because revenge can be so sweet. 

HAN SOLO AND THE LOST LEGACY 

There’s a fabled treasure at stake and a price on Han’s head. So he and Chewbacca head for a planet rumored to hide undreamedof riches. But once they get there, Han’s beloved spacecraft, the Millennium Falcon, is hijacked by a band of assassins and killer robots. Their chances for survival are so slim, they might as well risk it all.

Legends
Legends
Adult Novel

The Hutt Gambit

Written by
A.C. Crispin
Artwork by
Part of the
Han Solo Trilogy

The Hutt Gambit continues AC Crispin’s masterful addition to the Star Wars catalogue by bringing Han face to face with some of the most colorful characters in a galaxy far, far away. Within the second novel of Crispin’s trilogy, Han meets a Wookiee named Chewbacca, a gambler named Lando Calrissian, and he begins to work directly with one of the most vile factions imaginable: the Hutts.

However, when the Galactic Empire threatens not only Han’s business dealings, but possible the first home he’s ever known, he has to decide how far he’ll go to protect these new alliances - dare he call them friendships? And, of course, he’s being hunted by the notorious Boba Fett, because it couldn’t be too easy, right?

Here is the second novel in the blockbuster trilogy that reveals the never-before-told story of the young Han Solo. Set before the Star Wars movie adventures, these books chronicle the coming-of-age of the galaxy's most famous con man, smuggler, and thief.

Solo is now a fugitive from the Imperial Navy. But he has made a valuable friend in a former Wookiee slave named Chewbacca, who has sworn Han a life debt. Han will need all the help he can get. For the Ylesian Hutts have dispatched the dreaded bounty hunter Boba Fett to track down the man who already outsmarted them once.

But Han and Chewie find themselves in even bigger trouble when they agree to lend their services to the crime lords Jiliac and Jabba the Hutt. Suddenly the two smugglers are thrust into the middle of a battle between the might of the Empire and the treachery of their outlaw allies - a battle where even victory means death!

Legends
Legends
Adult Novel

Rebel Dawn

Written by
A.C. Crispin
Artwork by
Part of the
Han Solo Trilogy

In the third installment of AC Crispin’s Han Solo trilogy, the final threads of Han’s backstory are expertly weaved together. After coming into possession of the Millennium Falcon, Han is looking for smuggling jobs. When he accidentally reunites with Bria Tharen, he is pulled into a mission with the Rebellion. However, not everything is as it seems, and Han soon finds himself on the wrong side of the Hutts, the Empire, and even supposed friends.


With Rebel Dawn, Crispin once again delivers a phenomenal story that not only serves as a perfect ending for her own trilogy, but a seamless springboard for the events of the Original Trilogy. Readers are in for an absolute treat as this fantastic trilogy comes to a close.

The Millennium Falcon is "the fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy." So when Han Solo wins it in a game of sabacc, he and Chewbacca become kings of the smugglers--uncatchable, unstoppable. But with the Empire clamping down, Han knows his luck can't last. Still, when an old girlfriend who is now the leader of an insurgent Rebel group offers him a shot at an incredible fortune, Han can't resist. The plan seems a sure thing. The resistance will be light and the take enormous. Han and his friends will divide it equally with the Rebels. Too bad for Han that the planet of Ylesia is far from a pushover, that the Rebels have an agenda of their own, and that smuggler friends can often turn into enemies...quicker than lightspeed.

Legends
Legends
Adult Novel

Vector Prime

Written by
R.A. Salvatore
Artwork by

This novel serves as the springboard for the rest of the New Jedi Order series by introducing the Yuuzhan Vong, an invading alien race bent on conquering the galaxy. Luke, Mara Jade, Han, Leia, Chewie, and the Solo children must familiarize themselves with their new adversaries and their strange technology. However, everything comes to a cataclysmic conclusion when the Yuuzhan Vong threaten to demonstrate their very own planet-destroying capabilities.

This novel is required reading for those looking to learn about the most important stories in the EU. It is the start of a long series, and for fans of the EU, Luke, or the Solo family, Vector Prime and the rest of the NJO series are highly recommended.

Twenty-one years have passed since the heroes of the Rebel Alliance destroyed the Death Star, breaking the power of the Emperor. Since then, the New Republic has valiantly struggled to maintain peace and prosperity among the peoples of the galaxy. But unrest has begun to spread; tensions erupt in outbreaks of rebellion that, if unchecked, threaten to destroy the Republic's tenuous reign.

Into this volatile atmosphere comes Nom Anor, a charismatic firebrand who heats passions to the boiling point, sowing seeds of dissent for his own dark motives. In an effort to avert a catastrophic civil war, Leia travels with her daughter Jaina, her sister-in-law Mara Jade, and the loyal protocol droid C-3PO, to conduct face-to-face diplomatic negotiations with Nom Anor. But he proves resistant to Leia's entreaties--and, far more inexplicably, within the Force, where a being should be, was . . . blank space.

Meanwhile, Luke is plagued by reports of rogue Jedi Knights who are taking the law into their own hands. And so he wrestles with a dilemma: Should he attempt, in this climate of mistrust, to reestablish the legendary Jedi Council?

As the Jedi and the Republic focus on internal struggles, a new threat surfaces, unnoticed, beyond the farthest reaches of the Outer Rim. An enemy appears from outside known space, bearing weapons and technology unlike anything New Republic scientists have ever seen. Suddenly Luke, Mara, Leia, Han Solo, and Chewbacca--along with the Solo children--are thrust again into battle, to defend the freedom so many have fought and died for. But this time, all their courage, sacrifice, and even the power of the Force itself may not be enough. . . .

Legends
Legends
Graphic Novel

Chewbacca (2000) (Trade Paperback)

Written by
Darko Macan
Artwork by
Dusty Abell

This comic picks up right after the sobering events of Vector Prime by RA Salvatore, so it should absolutely only be read afterwards. The plot follows C-3PO’s search for stories about Chewbacca’s past to add to his memory banks. As he meets with characters from Han Solo to Princess Leia to Mallatobuck, each chapter offers a previously untold story about Chewie. Despite a slightly melancholy tone, readers will rejoice at the opportunity to learn more about the mighty Chewbacca’s heroics and, perhaps more importantly, his heart.

When the Star Wars galaxy's greatest Wookiee met his heroic end in the New Jedi Order novel Vector Prime, shock waves ran through the ranks of Star Wars devotees everywhere. And now Dark Horse presents a commemorative collection detailing, for the first time ever, the history of the mighty Chewbacca! Written by longtime Star Wars writer Darko Macan, Chewbacca features a series of tales narrated by the characters who knew him best including Lando Calrissian, Princess Leia, Han Solo, and Luke Skywalker that reveal special glimpses not only of Chewbacca's heroic history, but of the mysterious and fascinating culture of his noble species. Don't miss the opportunity to say goodbye and farewell to this beloved character!

Legends
Legends
Short Story

A Forest Apart

Written by
Troy Denning
Artwork by
Part of the

While on a trip to Coruscant, Chewbacca’s son, Lumpawarump (AKA Lumpy), catches a thief attempting to steal sensitive data from the New Republic. Like his father, he hurries to intervene, but is quickly captured and taken away to one of Palpatine’s old undercity detention centers. Chewbacca and Mallatobuck must lead a rescue mission to free their son and recapture the stolen data.

Troy Denning once again showcases Chewbacca’s level of dedication to his family, but also reveals the lengths to which any Wookie is willing to go to when one of their own is threatened.

Growing up in the shadow of his heroic father, Lumpawarrump, son of Chewbacca, feels tremendous pressure to match his father’s daring exploits. Chewie’s life-debt to Han Solo keeps him from returning home, and without the steadying influence of his father, Lumpy is unfocused and out of control. So Chewie’s wife decides that a visit to Coruscant is in order. It’s the perfect opportunity for the family to bond—and for Chewbacca to teach his son some much-needed life-lessons.

But when Lumpy’s eagerness to impress his father leads to direct disobedience, Chewie is forced into an extreme pursuit that will lead him into Coruscant’s dangerous underlevels–and to a secret as shocking as it is deadly. . . .

Legends
Legends
Adult Novel

Scoundrels

Written by
Timothy Zahn
Artwork by

Scoundrels is a classic heist story involving none other than Han Solo, Chewbacca, and Lando Calrissian.

After Han’s reward for helping the Rebellion at the Battle of Yavin is stolen, he finds himself in desperate need of credits. So, when he is approached about a job stealing back hundreds of millions of credits from a crime lord on the planet Wukkar, he jumps at the chance. However, more than a few twists and turns along the way threaten to derail the entire operation and leave Han wondering which of the people standing by his side can be trusted…

Han Solo should be basking in his moment of glory. After all, the cocky smuggler and captain of the Millennium Falcon just played a key role in the daring raid that destroyed the Death Star and landed the first serious blow to the Empire in its war against the Rebel Alliance. But after losing the reward his heroics earned him, Han’s got nothing to celebrate. Especially since he’s deep in debt to the ruthless crime lord Jabba the Hutt. There’s a bounty on Han’s head—and if he can’t cough up the credits, he’ll surely pay with his hide. The only thing that can save him is a king’s ransom. Or maybe a gangster’s fortune? That’s what a mysterious stranger is offering in exchange for Han’s less-than-legal help with a riskier-than-usual caper. The payoff will be more than enough for Han to settle up with Jabba—and ensure he never has to haggle with the Hutts again.

All he has to do is infiltrate the ultra-fortified stronghold of a Black Sun crime syndicate underboss and crack the galaxy’s most notoriously impregnable safe. It sounds like a job for miracle workers . . . or madmen. So Han assembles a gallery of rogues who are a little of both—including his indispensable sidekick Chewbacca and the cunning Lando Calrissian. If anyone can dodge, deceive, and defeat heavily armed thugs, killer droids, and Imperial agents alike—and pull off the heist of the century—it’s Solo’s scoundrels. But will their crime really pay, or will it cost them the ultimate price?

Canon
Canon
Graphic Novel

Chewbacca (2015) (Trade Paperback)

Written by
Gerry Duggan
Artwork by
Phil Noto

After crash landing a loaned spacecraft on Andelm IV, Chewbacca is forced to gamble in a local casino for the credits he needs to fix up the craft. However, while in the casino, he finds and befriends a young girl by the name of Zarro who is on the run from local thugs who have enslaved her and her father due to her father’s gambling debts. Chewbacca, being sympathetic to the plight of slaves after suffering the same fate at the hands of the Empire, decides he must intervene.

This five-issue miniseries firmly places Chewbacca in the spotlight where he belongs and proves that he’s capable of heroics without Han, Luke, and Leia.

Known as the skilled co-pilot of the infamous Millennium Falcon, the legendary Wookiee warrior CHEWBACCA stars in his very own adventure! After the battle of Yavin, Chewbacca is on his own when he crash lands his ship on an Imperial occupied planet. Now stranded, Chewie finds himself caught in the middle of trying to return to the rebellion and helping a young and feisty girl in need. Writer Gerry Duggan (DEADPOOL, 1872, HULK) and artist Phil Noto (BLACK WIDOW, X-23, UNCANNY X-FORCE) bring us a never-before-seen tale of the heroic Wookiee we all know and love.

Canon
Canon
Omnibus

Star Wars (2015): Omnibus Collection

Written by
Jason Aaron
Artwork by
Various

When Star Wars returned to Marvel, Jason Aaron was the ideal candidate to steer the rebels into all-new adventures! Now Aaron's entire saga is collected in full! The Death Star has been destroyed - but the Empire isn't toppled yet! Join Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Han Solo, Chewbacca, C-3PO and R2-D2 as they continue the fight for freedom against Darth Vader! Luke battles Boba Fett! A woman from Han Solo's past returns! The Dark Lord crash-lands - but you can't keep Vader down for long! And the roguish Doctor Aphra lures Luke to the Screaming Citadel!

Marvel Comics; US hardcover, first printing, March 2019: ISBN 9781302915377

Marvel Comics; US hardcover, second printing, April 2022: ISBN 9781302934095

     
Canon
Canon
YA Novel

Smuggler's Run: A Han Solo & Chewbacca Adventure

Written by
Greg Rucka
Artwork by

After the destruction of the Death Star, Han & Chewie are more than happy to take their promised reward and head off to pay back Jabba the Hutt, but Princess Leia Organa has something else in mind for the duo. A quick rescue mission to help the burgeoning Rebellion - what harm could it do?

Bounty hunters and Imperials, alike, repeatedly chase the pair across the planet Cyrkon, and by the time it’s all over, Han finds himself deeper than he ever thought possible in a cause he tried so long to avoid.

It is a period of civil war. The heroic freedom fighters of the REBEL ALLIANCE have won their most important victory thus far with the destruction of the Empire's ultimate weapon, the DEATH STAR.

But the Rebellion has no time to savor its victory. The evil Galactic Empire has recognized the threat the rebels pose, and is now searching the galaxy for any and all information that will lead to the final destruction of the freedom fighters.

For the MILLENNIUM FALCON's crew, who saved the life of Luke Skywalker during the Battle of Yavin, their involvement with the rebels is at an end. Now HAN SOLO and CHEWBACCA hope to take their reward and settle some old debts. . . .

Canon
Canon
Adult Novel

Aftermath: Life Debt

Written by
Chuck Wendig
Artwork by

While the Emperor and Vader have been defeated, Imperial strongholds still prevail throughout the galaxy. One such stronghold is none other than Chewie’s homeworld of Kashyyyk, which has been transformed by the Empire into a world-wide labor camp. After a failed attempt to free the Wookies from slavery, Chewbacca is imprisoned in Ashmead’s Lock. Han Solo, Norra Wexley, and a handful of other rebels must undertake the mission to free not only Chewbacca, but all of Kashyyyk.

Chuck Wendig continues the post-ROTJ storyline with this, the thrilling middle chapter of his Aftermath trilogy. The book also stars fan favorite characters, including Wedge Antilles, Han Solo, and Chewbacca.

The galaxy is changing, and with peace now a possibility, some dare to imagine new beginnings and new destinies. For Han Solo, that means settling his last outstanding debt, by helping Chewbacca liberate the Wookiee's home world of Kashyyyk.

Meanwhile, Norra Wexley and her band of rebels pursue Admiral Rae Sloane and the remaining Imperial leadership across the galaxy. Sloane, increasingly wary of the mysterious fleet admiral, desperately searches for a means to save the crumbling Empire from oblivion. Even as Imperial forces fight to regain lost ground, Princess Leia and the New Republic seek to broker a lasting peace.

But the rebel's hunt for Admiral Sloane is cut short after the disappearance of Han Solo and Chewbacca. Desperate to save them, Leia conscripts Norra, Sinjir, Jas, and the rest of their team to find the missing smugglers and help them in their fight for freedom.

Canon
Canon
Adult Novel

Last Shot

Written by
Daniel José Older
Artwork by

When a common foe from Han and Lando's past shows up on the latter's doorstep, the recent hero of the Rebellion and new father to Ben Solo must rush off once more to save both his friend and possibly, the entire galaxy.

Last Shot uniquely employs a number of different eras throughout the novel, and while jumping between time periods, we get to experience Han, Lando, L3-37 and more at various points in time, allowing us to witness the maturation and evolution of our favorite characters right before our eyes.

With a host of new characters right alongside the classics, including a villain that can't help but terrify all those who encounter him, Last Shot is an essential addition to the Han Solo story.

THEN:

It’s one of the galaxy’s most dangerous secrets: a mysterious transmitter with unknown power and a reward for its discovery that most could only dream of claiming. But those who fly the Millennium Falcon throughout its infamous history aren’t your average scoundrels. Not once, but twice, the crew of the Falcon tries to claim the elusive prize—first, Lando Calrissian and the droid L3-37 at the dawn of an ambitious career, and later, a young and hungry Han Solo with the help of his copilot, Chewbacca. But the device’s creator, the volatile criminal Fyzen Gor, isn’t interested in sharing. And Gor knows how to hold a grudge. . . .

 

NOW:

It’s been ten years since the rebel hero Han Solo last encountered Fyzen Gor. After mounting a successful rebellion against the Empire and starting a family with an Alderaanian princess, Han hasn’t given much thought to the mad inventor. But when Lando turns up at Han’s doorstep in the middle of the night, it’s Fyzen’s assassins that he’s running from. And without Han’s help, Lando—and all life on Cloud City—will be annihilated.

With the assistance of a young hotshot pilot, an Ewok slicer prodigy, the woman who might be the love of Lando’s life, and Han’s best and furriest friend, the two most notorious scoundrels in the New Republic are working together once more. They’ll have to journey across the stars—and into the past—before Gor uses the device’s power to reshape the galaxy.


Canon
Canon
Graphic Novel

Star Wars (2020) Vol. 01: The Destiny Path (Trade Paperback)

Written by
Charles Soule
Artwork by
Jesús Saiz
Marvel’s relaunch of their flagship ongoing Star Wars series takes place in between The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. Luke deals with the loss of his hand and the crushing news that Darth Vader is his father. Leia looks for a way to rescue Han. Lando tries to fill Solo’s shoes and navigate the team dynamics of having just betrayed Han to the Empire—while also looking for a way to get even and reclaim Cloud City! A spectacular start to a great series.

Star Wars Vol. 1: The Destiny Path

A trade paperback compilation of Marvel Comics Star Wars (2020), collecting issues 1–6 from the ongoing series.

"No…I am your father."

In the wake of the events following The Empire Strikes Back, it is a dark time for the heroes of the Rebellion. The Rebel fleet…scattered following a disastrous defeat at the Battle of Hoth. Han Solo…lost to the bounty hunter Boba Fett after being frozen in carbonite. And after being lured into a trap on Cloud City and bested in a vicious lightsaber duel against the evil Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker…learned the horrible truth about his past. Vader did not kill Luke's father, Anakin - Vader is Luke's father! Now, after narrowly escaping the dark lord's clutches, and wounded and reeling from the revelation, Luke, Princess Leia, Lando Calrissian, the Wookiee Chewbacca and the droids C-3PO and R2-D2 must fight their way back to the Rebel Alliance - for the fate of the entire galaxy is at stake! After so many losses, is victory still possible? But, what Leia, Luke and their ragtag band of freedom fighters do not realize is that they have only traded one Imperial trap for another! Enter the cunning and vengeful Imperial Commander Zahra, at the helm of the Tarkin's Will! Writer Charles Soule (DARTH VADER) and artist Jesús Saiz (DOCTOR STRANGE) are taking us all to the galaxy far, far away!

COLLECTING: STAR WARS (2020) 1-6

Canon
Canon
Graphic Novel

Han Solo & Chewbacca Vol 1: The Crystal Run (Trade Paperback)

Written by
Marc Guggenheim
Artwork by
David Messina
Star Wars: Han Solo & Chewbacca Vol. 1: The Crystal Run

A Trade Paperback compilation of the Marvel Comics Han Solo & Chewbacca Series

The galaxy's best buddies star in a hair-raising adventure from the days before they joined the Rebellion! Loveable rogue Han Solo and his Wookiee partner-in-smuggling, Chewbacca, set off on a heist for none other than Jabba the Hutt — and this time, the Rodian bounty hunter named Greedo is working alongside them! It's supposed to be a nice, straightforward job. What could possibly go wrong? Well, for starters, how about a reunion with the very last person Han expected to see? When the target safe is cracked, you won't believe what's inside! Plus, celebrate the galaxy's favorite holiday with a collection of festive tales from all across the saga of Star Wars. Happy Life Day!