Hera Syndulla
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Hera Syndulla

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Hera Syndulla
"We have hope. Hope that things will get better. And they will.”

Hera Syndulla was born into chaos.

The Clone Wars left her homeworld devastated and broken. Growing up with a father who refused to let the Empire reign over his people, she learned what it meant to fight for what she believed in. But she also learned if she was going to change the galaxy, she was going to have to do it her own way.

Desperate to make the galaxy a better, safter place -- on her own terms, not under her father’s control -- she set out to transform her passion into a rebellion.

Her quest began with a jaded hidden Force-user named Kanan Jarrus. It didn’t take long for these two to form an unbreakable bond. Though they put their work before their feelings for as long as they could, their crew grew from two to six before their eyes. It was no longer just a crew; it became a family.

Together, the Ghost family risked their lives time and again to protect the innocent as well as each other. Eventually, one of them would give their life to save everything they loved -- but not before leaving Hera with someone else to continue to fight for.

Hera Syndulla has yet to appear in more than a few adult novels. But her presence in comics continues to grow, and the trend is sure to continue. Alexander Freed’s recent books have given us glimpses into her post-Rebels life. But it’s doubtful this is the end of her story.

While you rewatch her evolution through the animated series and reread the Alphabet Squadron books, you can also check out Hera Syndulla’s additional appearances in the Star Wars Expanded Universe -- including multiple Doctor Aphra comics.

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Canon
Canon
Junior Reader

The Secret Jedi: The Adventures of Kanan Jarrus: Rebel Leader

Written by
Ben Harper
Artwork by
If you’ve ever wanted someone to pick out the best Kanan moments from the first ten episodes of Star Wars Rebels, then this is the perfect book for you. The hardcover features a shiny holocron next to Kanan’s overly enthusiastic face and the book also includes instructions on how to access a secret Jedi website. What more could you possibly ask for?
This breakthrough new book is filled with amazing insights and high-action adventures of the Jedi knight Kanan Jarrus. Plus the foldable holocron provides a gateway to carefully guarded exclusive digital content. The holocron is an organic crystal-lattice device which stores phenomenal quantities of data and guarded secrets! Discover the history and secrets of Kanan Jarrus, the newest Jedi to emerge in the Star Wars universe! Who was his master? How strong is the Force within him? What are his fighting skills and what type of light-saber does he wield? This exciting storybook with exclusive links to rare online content, will reveal intriguing answers to many of these questions. Based on action and events from the first 10 episodes of Star Wars Rebels, this book features five tales from the perspective of Kanan Jarrus, the secret Jedi. Packed with action, adventure, great reading, humor, and bold visuals, The Secret Jedi provides a wonderful glimpse into the new world of Star Wars Rebels, and the Jedi leading the rebel team. But what makes this a truly unique package is … the holocron! Packaged with each book will be a “holocron” toy that when arranged properly, reveals a secret code to a gated website that includes a wide range of bonus content linked to the book and the broader Jedi world.
Canon
Canon
Graphic Novel

Star Wars Adventures: Tales From Vader's Castle

Written by
Cavan Scott
Artwork by
Various

Tales from Vader's Castle follows the story of Rebel commander Lina Graf and the rest of the crew of her ship, the Auric, as they crash land on Mustafar. With no way to communicate with the rest of the Rebellion and no way off of the lava planet, they are forced to venture towards the only sign of civilization they can find—a dark, eery castle off in the distance. As the small rebel band travels ever further into the bowels of the castle, they relate stories to one another about some of the horrors of the galaxy, including haunted ships, strange monsters, and cursed planets, all starring some of the most well-known heroes of the Rebellion. However, as the owner of the dark castle becomes aware that he has intruders, Lina and her crew realize that their very own horror story may be unfolding before them...

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!
Canon
Canon
Adult Novel

Alphabet Squadron: Shadow Fall

Written by
Alexander Freed
Artwork by
Following the success of his entry novel Alphabet Squadron, Alexander Freed is back and better than ever with the much-anticipated sequel, Shadow Fall. Set shortly after the victorious (albeit costly) battle at Pandem Nai, Yrica Quell's ragtag Alphabet Squadron continues their task of finding and eliminating the elite Imperial 204th Fighter Wing, better know as Shadow Wing. Working under the supervision of New Republic Intelligence Agent Caern Adan and General Hera Syndulla, Quell is faced with the challenge of managing her ill-fitting group of pilots while at the same time protecting a secret that could cause irreparable damage to not only Alphabet Squadron, but to the entire New Republic. Meanwhile, a familiar face with a new name has returned to Shadow Wing, and his mission is quite clear: revenge. Check out the second installment in this action packed trilogy!
After their narrow victory over Shadow Wing, Alphabet Squadron is on the attack, hunting their adversaries within the Imperial Remnant. Shadow Wing is desperate for direction and leadership—and they find both in the iron will of Major Keize, their former commander and Yrica Quell's one-time mentor. As battle lines blur, Alphabet Squadron finds itself not only fighting their resurgent foes, but their leader's own deadly shadow.
Canon
Canon
Children's Book

Forces of Destiny: Daring Adventures: Volume 2

Written by
Emma Carlson Berne
Artwork by
Forces of Destiny: Daring Adventures Volume 2 adapts three episodes of the Star Wars: Forces of Destiny series: The Padawan Path, Beasts of Echo Base, and The Stranger, while adding new scenes and introductions. The Padawan Path revolves around an adventure of Ahsoka Tano, while Beasts of Echo Base focuses on Leia and The Stranger primarily features Jyn Erso.
Based on the all-new animated micro-series spotlighting some of Star Wars' greatest heroes! Three exciting adventures featuring rebel leader Princess Leia, Rogue One's Jyn Erso, and Jedi apprentice Ahsoka Tano! Includes introductions by Maz Kanata and art from the series.
Canon
Canon
Children's Book

Forces of Destiny: Daring Adventures: Volume 1

Written by
Emma Carlson Berne
Artwork by
The animated micro-series Forces of Destiny has since been adapted into several chapter books featuring the same art and characters from several of the renowned video shorts. The chapter book adapts four separate episodes of the series: Star Wars: Forces of Destiny: Sands of Jakku, BB-8 Bandits, Newest Recruit and The Imposter Inside, and features beloved characters such as Rey, Sabine Wren, and Padme Amidala.
Based on the all-new animated micro-series spotlighting some of Star Wars' greatest heroes! Three exciting adventures featuring the heroic Rey, Sabine Wren of Star Wars Rebels, and Senator Padmé Amidala! Includes introductions by Maz Kanata and art from the series.
Canon
Canon
Graphic Novel

Rebels: Spark Of Rebellion (cinestory comic)

Written by
Dave Filoni
Artwork by
Spark of Rebellion: A Star Wars Rebels Cinestory Comic brings the characters and story you know and love into comic book form, featuring the early beginnings of the adventures featuring Ezra Bridger, Kanan Jarrus, and the remaining crew of The Ghost. This graphic novel adapts the first five episodes of the series: Spark of Rebellion, Droids in Distress, Fighter Flight, Rise of the Old Masters and Breaking Ranks. Stills from the series are used to recreate key moments from each episode.
Imperial oppression on Lothal grows stronger and the rebels must seek out new allies and resources to sustain their fight against the evil Empire. The crew of the Ghost joins forces with another rebel cell: ex-clone troopers who fought in the Clone Wars. As the rebels grow in number, so will their enemies. Through dangerous rescue missions, thrilling space chases, and spectacular lightsaber duels – the bond of our rebel crew will be put to the test like never before.
Canon
Canon
Graphic Novel

Doctor Aphra (2016) Vol. 4: The Catastraphe Con (Trade Paperback)

Written by
Simon Spurrier
Artwork by
Kev Walker

Rogue archaeologist Chelle Aphra is in hot water—an Imperial prison ship where she is close supervised at all times by guard droids. Despite her sketchy past, she might prove to be the Rebels' only hope. She teams up with a delightful crew consisting of a colorful and exesiential destroyer droid, a wimpy shapeshifter named Lopset, and ex-lovers Sana Starros and Imperial Inspector Tolvan. They’re on the run from Imperial authorities, a self-righteous lawman, the bloodthirsty droid Triple Zero, and even the psychotic ghost of a long-dead Jedi trapped in a fungus trapped in the hull of a crashed ship!

The characters of Doctor Aphra, Triple Zero, and BT-1 are first introduced in Kieron Gillen’s run on Darth Vader. When that series concluded, Aphra received her own solo series. This series is Si Spurrier’s run on these dark, twisted, and never boring characters.

Simon Spurrier takes the reins as rogue archaeologist Doctor Aphra jumps to light speed and accelerates into the next chapter of her life! Aphra is used to being in way over her head - but this time she's not alone! Who else is caught up in her latest misadventure? Let's hope they're friendly...otherwise Aphra may have finally bitten off more than she can chew!
Canon
Canon
Omnibus

Kanan: Hardcover Omnibus Collection

Written by
Greg Weisman, Pepe Larraz
Artwork by
Jacopo Camagn, Andrea Broccardo[
Kanan Jarrus wasn’t always his name. Former Jedi Padawan Caleb Dume was on a remote mission with his master when their clone troopers turned on them. This comic series tells the story of how Caleb survived countless obstacles to become the Jedi we meet in Star Wars: Rebels. The hardcover omnibus combines all 12 issues of Kanan’s story into one volume so you can easily read from start to finish.

Discover how Jedi Padawan Caleb Dume became Kanan Jarrus, the cocky, sarcastic renegade hero of Star Wars: Rebels! As Caleb trained under Master Depa Billaba, neither one of them ever suspected that their "loyal" Clone Troopers would turn on them upon the issuing of Order 66 - the Emperor's directive to execute all Jedi. How did Caleb Dume escape the Jedi purge? Then, journey even further back and experience Caleb's very first adventure as a Padawan, protecting the Jedi Temple alongside his new Master. As they head towards the furious Battle of Mygeeto, they'll face one of the deadliest threats in the entire galaxy - General Grievous! Bridge the gap between the Clone Wars and Star Wars: Rebels!

Canon
Canon
Adult Novel

Alphabet Squadron

Written by
Alexander Freed
Artwork by

The Emperor is dead. But the Empire is still clinging to what remains of its resources to survive. It’s up to a mismatched team of pilots to finish chipping away at what remains of one of the worst threats the recent galaxy has ever known.

If you’re a fan of the X-Wing books on the legends timeline, you will love the debut novel in this trilogy set just after the events of Return of the Jedi. With so little known about the events leading up to The Force Awakens, this is the perfect book to introduce you to the Galactic Empire’s final end.

The first novel in a new trilogy starring veteran New Republic pilots.

On the verge of victory in a brutal war, five New Republic pilots transform from hunted to hunters in this epic STAR WARS adventure. Set after Return of the Jedi, Alphabet Squadron follows a unique team, each flying a different class of starfighter as they struggle to end their war once and for all.
 
The Emperor is dead. His final weapon has been destroyed. The Imperial Army is in disarray. In the aftermath, Yrica Quell is just one of thousands of defectors from her former cause living in a deserters’ shantytown—until she is selected to join Alphabet Squadron.
 
Cobbled together from an eclectic assortment of pilots and starfighters, the five members of Alphabet are tasked by New Republic general Hera Syndulla herself. Like Yrica, each is a talented pilot struggling to find their place in a changing galaxy. Their mission: to track down and destroy the mysterious Shadow Wing, a lethal force of TIE fighters exacting bloody, reckless vengeance in the twilight of their reign.
 
The newly formed unit embodies the heart and soul of the Rebellion: ragtag, resourceful, scrappy, and emboldened by their most audacious victory in decades. But going from underdog rebels to celebrated heroes isn’t as easy as it seems, and their inner demons threaten them as much as their enemies among the stars. The wayward warriors of Alphabet Squad will have to learn to fly together if they want to protect the new era of peace they’ve fought so hard to achieve.

Canon
Canon
Adult Novel

A New Dawn

Written by
John Jackson Miller
Artwork by

Star Wars Rebels tugged on the heartstrings of countless fans, and this story is where it all began. Taking place before the beloved show, A New Dawn shows us how Kanan and Hera were destined to cross paths and fight together in the Galactic Civil War.

Being the first novel released in the new Canon era of Star Wars books, John Jackson Miller leaves a lasting first impression on what’s to come.

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. . . .

“The war is over. The Separatists have been defeated, and the Jedi rebellion has been foiled. We stand on the threshold of a new beginning.”—Emperor Palpatine

For a thousand generations, the Jedi Knights brought peace and order to the Galactic Republic, aided by their connection to the mystical energy field known as the Force. But they were betrayed—and the entire galaxy has paid the price. It is the Age of the Empire.

Now Emperor Palpatine, once Chancellor of the Republic and secretly a Sith follower of the dark side of the Force, has brought his own peace and order to the galaxy. Peace through brutal repression, and order through increasing control of his subjects’ lives.

But even as the Emperor tightens his iron grip, others have begun to question his means and motives. And still others, whose lives were destroyed by Palpatine’s machinations, lay scattered about the galaxy like unexploded bombs, waiting to go off. . . .