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Yrica Quell
“You're a freak." "I'm also your commanding officer." "Still a freak." ―Chass na Chadic and Yrica Quell

Yrica Quell did not want to go to therapy.

She did not want to acknowledge her demons, remember her past, or continue fighting a war.

But in a galaxy divided, she had no other choice.

Broken both in body and in spirit, she sat across from a repurposed interrogation droid tasked with helping her recover from her trauma.

Perhaps, deep down, she knew the droid would someday learn her secret - and then, subsequently, the whole universe would know it, too.

Then there would be consequences -- ones she wouldn’t be able to outfly in a starship.

In 2019, Alexander Freed welcomed an entirely new cast of characters into Star Wars Canon. Alphabet Squadron began with a group of mismatched individuals assigned to a variety of starfighters who would need to learn to act as a team to accomplish their collective mission.

Alphabet Squadron, the unlikeliest of galaxy-changers, did just that.

As a key member of this group of underestimated New Republic heroes, Yrica Quell led her team from the cockpit of an X-wing fighter. She flew to serve her new government. She flew to drive what remained of the Empire out of the skies.

She flew to escape the worst thing she had ever done.

Having served as a member of Shadow Wing, she was now tasked with leading the charge to eliminating it. This was a task Hera Syndulla and Yrica’s fellow pilots believed she could achieve despite her history with the pilots she had once considered her lifeline.

Perhaps one of Yrica’s greatest faults was that she did not herself believe she could.

Wedged between the end of an era and a short-lived time of peace across the galaxy, the members of Alphabet Squadron wanted nothing more than to see the official end to the war -- the end of uncertainty; of fighting; of hopelessness.

Yrica Quell simply wanted to forget all that had come before.

In a hopeful act of spontaneity, Yrica had Alphabet Squadron’s insignia painted onto their ships - a surprise, to be sure, but one that gave the pilots a sense of community, of purpose. A reason to keep fighting.

She also tattooed the insignia onto her skin to show them her loyalty. As if to prove to them that her commitment to their cause would never waiver. As if to prove to herself that she was, once and for all, doing the right thing.

The final pages of Shadow Fall left readers devastated as they watched Yrica return to the Imperials she had supposedly left behind.

She could not quiet her demons. So she returned to the place where they were born.

And there is where she faced the most trying mission of all.

In the end, Yrica Quell had to face the consequences of her actions.

But she also learned the most important lesson of all - that forgiving ourselves, in the end, is the most challenging task we will ever endure.

Though Freed first introduced Yrica and the rest of Alphabet Squadron in a short trilogy of books, it’s our hope that this is not the last we see of these beloved characters.

They’ve told us many stories already. It would surprise us if they didn’t have even more to share.

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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

Alphabet Squadron: Shadow Fall

Written by
Alexander Freed
Artwork by
Incredible
8.7
8.7
8.7
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
Adult Novel

Alphabet Squadron: Victory's Price

Written by
Alexander Freed
Artwork by
Masterpiece
9.0
9.0
9.0
Devastated and torn apart by the events in Shadow Fall, Alphabet Squadron attempts to piece together their next steps forward in a galaxy on the edge of complete destruction. Soran Keize, the former leader of Shadow Wing, long thought dead, has returned to the ruthless TIE squadron making them stronger and more dangerous than ever. With our heroes at their absolute worst, they must pull together to overcome their renewed rivals at their very best. The only question lies in what it will cost. Alexander Freed’s Victory’s Price is the epic conclusion to the Alphabet Squadron trilogy we have long waited for. Known for mixing the right amount of airborne conflict, character development, and surprising twists, Freed is sure to leave everyone talking with this one!
In the wake of Yrica Quell’s shocking decision—and one of the fiercest battles of their lives—the remnants of Alphabet Squadron seek answers and closure across a galaxy whose old war scars are threatening to reopen. Soran Keize has returned to the tip of Shadow Wing’s spear. Operation Cinder, the terrifying protocol of planetary extermination which began in the twilight of the Imperial era, burns throughout the galaxy. Shadow Wing is no longer wounded prey fleeing the hunters of the New Republic. With its leader, its strength has returned, and its Star Destroyers and TIE squadrons lurk in the darkness between stars, carrying out the fallen Emperor’s final edict of destruction—as well as another, stranger mission, one Keize has championed not for the dying Empire, but for its loyal soldiers. Alphabet Squadron’s ships are as ramshackle and damaged as their spirits, but they’ve always had each other. Now, as they face the might of Keize’s reborn juggernaut, they aren’t even sure they have that. How do you catch a shadow? How do you kill it? And when you’re finally victorious, who pays the price?