Jaxxon
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Star Wars books you should read if you like
Jaxxon

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Jaxxon
“I love that green rabbit.” - Cavan Scott in an interview with The Living Force
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nly the strongest, most legendary of characters had a hope of bridging the space between Canon and Legends. Grand Admiral Thrawn, for example. More recently, Durge from Tartakovsky’s Clone Wars survived the purge and made his Canon debut in Marvel’s War of the Bounty Hunters

Ultimately, it takes tremendous staying power for a character to make such a comeback. And a creator who truly believes. Such is the case with Jaxxon the rabbit Lepi.

Perhaps the most memorable and yet divisive original character in the original Marvel Star Wars comics, Jaxxon made his debut in issue #8, “Eight for Aduba-3,” a comical tribute to Kirosawa’s Seven Samurai

Originally conceived of by Roy Thomas and Howard Chaykin, the creation of the pilot of the Rabbit’s Foot was one of the very first original Expanded Universe characters to originate outside of the films themselves! Perhaps he was too similar to a certain wascally wabbit of Warner Brothers’ fame. 

Even his homeworld, Coachelle Prime, is a nod to a 1953 Buggs Bunny story!  But for much of the Expanded Universe’s history, Jaxxon was simply the stuff of legends. 

He never reappeared in Legends continuity after 1994, and even then his last Legends appearance was in an article in Gamer Magazine. But that was far from the end of the story for our lovable, long-eared Lepi.

When Star Wars comics made their return to Marvel at long last in 2015, Jaxxon received a head-nod in the form of not one but two variant covers for Star Wars #1 from artists John Tyler Christopher and Phil Noto, what seemed like certainly nothing more than Easter Eggs at the time. . . or were they? 

The wannabe scoundrel even made his journey from a joke to the three-dimensional world, receiving his own Hasbro Black Series action figure, coming soon to the shelves near you! 

But he didn’t get shelvable status all on his own—far from it, in fact. Star Wars Adventures writer Cavan Scott (lauded winner of  Youtini’s Social Butterfly award in 2020) started spotlighting the smuggler in 2018, starting with Star Wars Adventures Annual’s backup story! “The Lost Eggs of Livorno” at first appeared to be a joke—with Lucasfilm Publishing’s Creative Director debuting the news on April Fool’s Day! 

With Jaxxon, the legend looms large; perhaps even derided by George Lucas himself.

From his original reintegration into Canon with the Adventures Annual, the IDW annual has become since made it a yearly tradition to feature a Jaxxon tale—“The Lost Eggs of Livorno” was followed by “Hare Brained Heist” in 2019 and “Rabbit Hunt” in 2020

In true Easter fashion, Jaxxon made his return to the land of the living in an animated short as part of an episode of Jedi Temple Challenge, even though his corpse can be seen in the aftermath of a crashed cruiser in the 2012 The Clone Wars episode "A Sunny Day in the Void.” 

With Jaxxon, one thing’s for sure: although his past is dicey, his future looms large! Recently receiving his most substantial story yet, with Cavan’s Scott’s story, “Fake it Till You Make It,” in From a Certain Point of View: The Empire Strikes Back

Scott has gone on record with our very own podcast, The Living Force, in saying that with Jaxxon, the metanarrative is part of the appeal—he’s a beacon of the unlovable, neglected characters struggling to find their place in the galaxy. 

What’s next, you might ask? While he says Jaxxon is about 200+ years too young  to appear in the High Republic, Scott says he’d love to write “Old Man Jaxxon,” in which a crusty, weathered friend of Lando’s helps out Rey, Poe, and Finn. We agree! In the meantime, here’s an eclectic assortment of Jaxxon-centric stories to tide you over, starting all the way back in 1977.

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Legends
Legends
Single Issue Comic

Star Wars (1977) #08: Eight for Aduba-3

Written by
Roy Thomas, Howard Chaykin
Artwork by
Howard Chaykin
A colorful riff on Kirosawa’s Seven Samurai, one of the first original stories in the Expanded Universe pits Han and Chewie with the ever-divisive Jaxxon and his crew of Cloud Riders in an effort to defend a moisture farm from a band of raiders.
Han and Chewie take a new job defending a moisture farmer from a local gang known as the Cloud-Riders.
Legends
Legends
Single Issue Comic

Star Wars (1977) #09: Showdown on a Wasteland World!

Written by
Roy Thomas
Artwork by
Howard Chaykin
A continuation of the Eight for Aduba-3 story arc, issue number nine is more of a classic Star Wars monster tale as Han, Chewie, Jaxxon, and the Cloud Riders take on the Behemoth from the World Below!
When the High-hounds attack, a mythical monster is summoned that may mean the end for a village as well as Han and Chewie!
Legends
Legends
Single Issue Comic

Star Wars (1977) #10: Behemoth from the World Below

Written by
Donald F. Glut, Howard Chaykin, Roy Thomas
Artwork by
Howard Chaykin, Tom Palmer, Alan Kupperberg
This is the final entry in the Aduba-3 story arc, which began in issue eight. It’s got Jaxxon the space rabbit, a massive monster, a shaman, and even a wannabe Jedi!
The Behemoth, a giant reptilian monster, is on the rampage and Han Solo may be a small village's only hope.
Legends
Legends
Single Issue Comic

Star Wars (1977) #16: The Hunter

Written by
Archie Goodwin
Artwork by
Walt Simonson
Issue 16 has aged in an incredibly interesting way, far beyond the scope of its original creators. It introduce Bielert Valance, the bounty hunter who has since been recanonized and headlines Marvel’s Bounty Hunters, Target Vader, and War of the Bounty Hunters series. Not only that, but his initial appearance features a battle against another Legendary character—Jaxxon!
When a bounty hunter mistakes another teenager for Skywalker, a battle ensues!
Legends
Legends
Single Issue Comic

Star Wars (1977) #108: Forever Crimson

Written by
Matthew Rosenberg
Artwork by
Giuseppe Camuncoli, Andrea Broccardo, Kerry Gammill, Ze Carlos, Jan Duursema, Stefano Landini, Luke Ross, Leonard Kirk
In a rare exception to recent publication trends, Marvel’s original Legends comics run received one final issue decades after its original run ended. Not only that, but issue 108 is in fact a sequel to issue 50, not 107! Gotta love Star Wars, right? The victory lap of an issue continues the story of the bounty hunter, Valance, who finally faces off against Darth Vader and prepares the soil for his reintroduction into Canon.
Star Wars 108: Forever Crimson is a special one-hundred eighth issue of the Legends comic book series Star Wars, published in celebration of Marvel Comics' eightieth anniversary. It was written by Matthew Rosenberg, illustrated by several artists, and published by Marvel on May 29, 2019. The issue is set after the formation of the New Republic, and it serves as a sequel to Archie Goodwin's Star Wars 50: The Crimson Forever. THE ALL-NEW NEXT ISSUE TO THE ORIGINAL MARVEL STAR WARS SERIES! A long time ago on a spinner rack far, far away-STAR WARS comics were a LOT different than they are now! With wild and intricately plotted storylines, MARVEL's historic original run introduced an array of unique heroes and villains to play alongside GEORGE LUCAS's incredibly popular science-fantasy characters. In celebration of MARVEL'S 80TH ANNIVERSARY, this Legends-era sequel to legendary comic book writer Archie Goodwin's "Crimson Forever" reunites HAN SOLO, LUKE SKYWALKER, PRINCESS LEIA, CHEWBACCA, C-3PO and R2-D2 with JAXXON, AMAIZA FOXTRAIN, DOMINA TAGGE and VALANCE THE HUNTER in a galaxy-threatening, nostalgic roller coaster! STRAP YOURSELVES IN! "Thanks to the good people at Lucasfilm, we were given the opportunity to take an unprecedented trip down memory lane in celebration of Marvel's 80th anniversary and the special relationship Marvel has had with the epic space fantasy that started over four decades ago." ―Mark Paniccia
Canon
Canon
Single Issue Comic

Star Wars Adventures Annual 2019

Written by
Cavan Scott
Artwork by
Alain Mauricet, Stan Sakai
Following in the trend established in the 2018 annual, Cavan Scott returns to tell another tale of Jaxxon the old-school space rabbit. He’s paired up with Lando Calrissian, whose style serves in stark contrast to Jaxxon’s absurdity. And yet somehow the duo just works! Also featuring a backup story, “So Much More,” about Leia’s heritage.
A daring rescue mission leads Lando—and his new friend Jaxxon—to the seat of Imperial power, where they must recover an important artifact that will inspire a planet to drive the Empire from their home.
Canon
Canon
Single Issue Comic

Star Wars Adventures Annual 2020

Written by
Cavan Scott, Nick Brokenshire
Artwork by
Nick Brokenshire, Franchesco Gaston
The third entry in Jaxxon-centric stories in the IDW Adventure annuals, the 2020 annual spins a tall tale of the buffoonish smuggler on the run from Dengar and IG-88!
Framed for a crime he didn't commit, Jaxxon finds himself at odds with the Empire, the Rebellion, and his ex-partner Amaiza Foxtrain! Co-starring Luke, Leia, Han, and Chewie in the days leading up to The Empire Strikes Back! Plus, an all-new tale of everyone's favorite droid bounty hunter from The Empire Strikes Back-IG-88! (With apologies to 4-LOM.)