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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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Books in this Collection

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Adult Novel
Legends

The Hutt Gambit

A.C. Crispin
5-4 BBY

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?

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Adult Novel
Legends

The Han Solo Adventures

Brian Daley
2-1 BBY

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.

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Adult Novel
Legends

A Forest Apart

Troy Denning
8 ABY

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.

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Adult Novel
Legends

Vector Prime

R.A. Salvatore
25 ABY

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.

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Adult Novel
Legends

Scoundrels

Timothy Zahn
0 ABY

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…

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Adult Novel
Canon

Aftermath: Life Debt

Chuck Wendig
5 ABY

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.

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Young Adult Novel
Canon

Smuggler's Run: A Han Solo & Chewbacca Adventure

Greg Rucka
0 ABY

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.

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Adult Novel
Canon

Last Shot

Daniel José Older
10 BBY - 7 ABY

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.

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Graphic Novel
Legends

Chewbacca

Darko Macan
25 ABY

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.

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Graphic Novel
Canon

Chewbacca

Gerry Duggan
0 ABY

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.

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