You’re good kid, but you’re no Luke Skywalker.
He’s a pilot, a detective, and, *spoiler alert*, a Jedi!
But even more than that, of course, we all know that he’s the favorite character of Youtini founder Corey Helton!
Though he may fly an X-Wing and wield a lightsaber, Corran Horn is cut from quite a different cloth than his slightly more famous predecessor, Luke Skywalker.
Like Han Solo, Corran comes from Corellia and never wants you to tell him the odds! He doesn’t take well to being told what to do and often clashes with authority figures like Wedge Antilles, Tycho Celchu, and even Skywalker himself. From the early days of Legends, Corran’s story slowly unfolded throughout the 90s, and his legacy continues well into the New Jedi Order and beyond.
Throughout his history, Corran’s far from perfect attitude helped set him apart from the Skywalkers and the Solos. In the Legends timeline, Luke Skywalker becomes a larger-than-life Grand Master of the Jedi Order, seemingly incapable of misstepping. Corran Horn, on the other hand, is a less-than-perfect Jedi who almost dies four times in his debut novel, X-Wing: Rogue Squadron! He is incapable of performing Force telekinesis, and he is extremely hard-headed and self-absorbed despite his rich family lineage and history with the Jedi of old. However, this history serves as his anchor point and his drive to discover more about his past as he propels forward into Jedi training, even after he’s found a home within Rogue Squadron.
And that’s only scratching the surface. Love him or hate him, Corran’s character arc is one of the most well-developed in the early days of the EU, if the legends are to be believed, he may even be a stand-in for his original author, Michael Stackpole. For more on this historic character’s journey, check out these books!
In his first entry into the groundbreaking X-Wing Series, Michael Stackpole tells the story of Wedge Antilles reforming the legendary Rogue Squadron. This series was the first of the EU that did not feature the “Big Three” of Han, Luke, and Leia. Instead, we are introduced to original characters such as fan-favorites Tycho Celchu, Corran Horn, and Mirax Terrik. Taking place two years following the destruction of the second Death Star, this story focuses on Wedge as he takes on a mission with his newly constructed squadron during the midst of the Galactic Civil War. X-Wing: Rogue Squadron not only sets the stage for the rest series, but also lays major groundwork for the entire Legends EU that follows.
The second installment of the Rogue Squadron series of novels sees the mission to liberate Coruscant from Imperial control take shape. The Rogues first free dangerous members of the Black Sun criminal syndicate and plant them on the Imperial capital to sabotage the city from within—much to the displeasure of Corran Horan, who locked them up to begin with! While trying to infiltrate and take down the Empire from the underlevels, the Rogues learn of Isard’s deadly Krytos Virus which targets nonhumans—Isard’s diabolical plan to hand the planet over to the Rebels only to have a catastrophic plague on their hands. The Rebels have to find a way to not only free Coruscant, stop the virus, but sniff out the spy in their ranks as well!
Corran Horn is deep in enemy territory, imprisoned on the Super Star Destroyer Lusankya. The mission to liberate Coruscant, the symbolic hub world of the galaxy, is a ticking time bomb of disease and death. At the heart of The Krytos Trap is the trial of Imperial pilot-turned-Rogue Tycho Celchu. With fellow Rogue pilot and Twi’lek lawyer Nawara Ben in his defense, they must prove his innocence of betraying the New Republic. At stake are countless lives on the planet of Coruscant, as well as the honor of Rogue Squadron itself.
The Bacta War is the final installment in the initial story arc of X-Wing books focused on Rogue Squadron. The events move on from the liberation of Coruscant to the turf war for the planet Thyferra, the galaxy’s primary source of the healing agent bacta. Without bacta, millions will suffer. But Ysanne Isard has seized control of the planet and instilling suffering is her MO. Corran will have to recruit help from a pirate king he once imprisoned, Booster Terrik. Can the Rogues stand a chance against Isard’s Super Star Destroyer?
I, Jedi is the only novel written in a first-person point-of-view in the Legends universe, written from the perspective of Corellian security officer-turned-X-Wing-pilot-turned-Jedi-trainee Corran Horn. The novel divides into two main sections: Corran’s time training on Yavin IV at Luke’s Jedi Academy, and Corran’s pursuit of the pirates who have kidnapped his wife. In some ways, it retcons Kevin J. Anderson’s Jedi Academy Trilogy into including Corran, Mara Jade, and Kam Solusar, not shying away from being critical of Luke’s leadership. With help from Mara, Corran takes on the sprit of the ancient Sith Lord, Exar Kun. With some new Jedi skills under his belt, Corran goes full Dark Knight with his stealth mission to infiltrate the Invid pirates!
Picking up where Vector Prime leaves off, Dark Tide: Onslaught gives us our first glimpse into the fallout from the initial Yuuzhan Vong incursion. In an effort to learn more about this foreign race, and with little assistance from the New Republic, Luke Skywalker takes it upon himself to dispatch a number of small teams on various missions across the galaxy involving recon, rescue, and recovery. As is often the case, these missions end up being much more than meets the eye, as the heroes of this New Jedi Order find themselves pushed to their limits...
The second installment in the Dark Tide duology sees various attempts to stop the Yuuzhan Vong: Caamasi Senator Elegos A’Kla seeks peace through diplomatic negotiations, Corran Horn investigates a spore native to the planet of Ithor capable of weakening the Vong’s crab armor, while Jaina Solo makes a military alliance with Jagged Fel and the Chiss Defense Force, as well as Gilad Pellaeon and the Imperial Remnant. The Vong unleash a planet-annihilating force of destruction upon the peaceful planet of Ithor. To save it, Corran Horn must challenge Shedao Shai into an honor-duel upon which the fate of an entire planet hinges.
The third volume of Rogue Squadron comics bridges the gap to the novels we all know and love. The storytelling builds from foundation laid in the earlier issues for a very strong comics collection. These issues feature fan-favorite characters such as Baron Soontir Fel, the infamous Corran Horn, even Grand Admiral Thrawn himself!