Lando Calrissian
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Lando Calrissian

The Maker's gift to the galaxy... Or so he believes. Lando Calrissian is the suavest swindler in the known universe.

Lando catapulted from a traitorous smuggler to a hero in his own right in the blink of an eye. Having lost the Millennium Falcon in a card game and lost Cloud City to the Empire, Lando became a General in the Rebellion and a favorite character for Star Wars fans. And for good reason. His story arc is one of the most powerful in all of Star Wars and his charm is unparalleled in all of fiction. Lando's introduction in The Empire Strikes Back is certainly unforgettable. His greeting on Cloud City's landing platform at once unsettles us as viewers as we see Han's uneasiness at being reunited with his old frienemy, and also surprisingly captivated as he shares a comaraderie with Chewbacca and kisses the hand of Princess Leia. Whether he’s playing sabacc, flying the Falcon, smooth-talking the ladies, or saving the galaxy, Lando makes it look easy—and looks great doing it!

"The Calrissian Chronicles, chapter five, continued: Personally I wasn't all that impressed with the Sharu—no sense of humor, or style. Nevertheless, there L3 and I were, deep in their sacred temple. And that's when we saw it, the. . ."

This tease from Solo: A Star Wars Story of Lando's lauded adventures is just a glimpse of stories you'll find in the Expanded Universe! In this collection you’ll find nearly as many great Lando stories as you’ll find capes in Calrissian’s closet. Some of the earliest stories in Legends are the Lando Calrissian Adventures (Lando Calrissian and the Mindharp of Sharu, Lando Calrissian and the Flamewind of Oseon, Lando Calrissian and the Starcave of Thonboka) by L. Neil Smith. If the titles didn’t give it away, these are definitely among the craziest Star Wars books you’ll ever read—and Lando wouldn’t have it any other way.

From there, Lando goes on to be a staple in the Expanded Universe, playing a key role in Timothy Zahn’s acclaimed Thrawn Trilogy and even going on to manufacture Yuuzahn Vong hunter droids in the New Jedi Order! Another standout Lando story is Scoundrels, an Oceans 11-esque heist story starring Han and Lando alongside Legends stars such as Winter and the Falleen crime syndicate, Black Sun.  

Lando’s not confined to Legends, however. He’s had a wealth of great stories in recent storytelling with Solo tie-in material: Solo: The Expanded Edition, Last Shot, and Lando’s Luck all capture his roguish charm, the heart of gold, and the love for adventure. Marvel has given Lando is due in the comics as well. Charles Soule made his mark on the franchise with a delightfully dark miniseries in 2015, complete with a spotlight on Lobot and an Ugnaught! Soule has carried the Lando torch in the relaunch of the flagship Marvel series, seeing Lando retaking Cloud City after The Empire Strikes Back.

Reading these stories will have you reimagining your wardrobe to beef up your cape collection, saying “What have we here” over and over in your best Billy Dee Williams impression, and practicing your slight of hand with your Sabaac cards.

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Solo: A Star Wars Story: Expanded Editionamazon button
Adult Novel
Canon

Solo: A Star Wars Story: Expanded Edition

Mur Lafferty
13 BBY - 10 BBY

More than just a novelization, in her Expanded Edition Mur Lafferty offers us glimpses of scenes cut from the film and gives further development to some of the other characters. We learn more about what happened to Qi’Ra after the spaceport and get more insight into Tobias Beckett and his relationship with Val. Lafferty gives us a new insight into L3’s fate and ends with a wonderful epilogue that nicely links the movie to yet more parts of the Star Wars lore.

From a prologue that nicely captures young Han’s personality, to looks into the White Worms den that are somehow even more cringe-inducing than seeing it on screen, to Han’s time in the military and that wonderful epilogue, Lafferty’s adaptation is what we imagine reading a director’s cut would be like!

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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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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: Empire's End

Chuck Wendig
5 ABY

In this, the final volume of Chuck Wendig’s Aftermath trilogy, we find the epic conclusion to the journey of Nora, Temmin, Mr. Bones, Jas, Jom, and Sinjir, in the events following the destruction of the second Death Star. The book focuses on the Battle of Jakku one year after Return of the Jedi. It deals with the master plan of Gallius Rax, the trilogy’s mysterious villain, and the future of the galaxy. This book also tells the story of the birth of Ben Solo and the early days of Han and Leia’s family. Wendig weaves a complex plot to its culmination through a diverse cast of compelling and mostly original characters.

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Graphic Novel
Canon

Lando

Charles Soule
2 ABY

What have we here? From creators Charles Soule and Alex Maleev, Lando is a Marvel miniseries from 2015, set before The Empire Strikes Back. At the time, the only stories centered around Lando were the Neil L Smith books from the 80s, which were certainly some of the weirder SW books. This story is also the best Lobot story you didn’t know you needed. Soule wove together an incredible cast of both new and familiar characters. It’s at its core a heist story, but is also perfectly spooky. It’s got romance. It’s got rogues. It’s got betrayal. It’s got bounty hunters. It’s about smugglers and it’s also about Sith. It’ll surprise you, delight you, and break your heart.

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Junior Reader
Canon

Lando's Luck

Justina Ireland
12 BBY

Part of the Flight of the Falcon publishing program, tying into both Solo and Galaxy's Edge, Lando's Luck is a fun story about Lando caught in a moral dilemma. He's tasked with delivering the Solstice Globe—a renewable energy source—to the Empire, but a stowaway princes pleads with him to save her people instead.

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Graphic Novel
Canon

Lando: Double Or Nothing

Rodney Barnes
11 BBY

A young Lando accompanied by the eccentric droid L3, new owners of the Millennium Falcon, find themselves in the middle of a messy job involving a crime lord and a beautiful woman—and L3 throws herself into the middle of a droid rebellion!

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Single Issue Comic
Canon

Age Of Rebellion: Lando Calrissian

Greg Pak
2 ABY

This one-shot shows Lando in his element on Cloud City—overconfident, talking his way out of any situation, and rolling the dice of fortune. But running a city in the clouds isn't as easy as wearing a winning smile. . .

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The Lando Calrissian Adventuresamazon button
Adult Novel
Legends

The Lando Calrissian Adventures

L. Neil Smith
4-3 BBY

Hello, what have we here? Why, it’s a collection of novels specifically about Lando Calrissian! If you just can’t resist the smooth-as-silk gambler, smuggler, and entrepreneur, don’t even try to pass up The Lando Calrissian Adventures. This book includes Lando’s best shenanigans in the time before he lost the Millennium Falcon to Han Solo.

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Single Issue Comic
Canon

Star Wars (2020) #01

Charles Soule
3 ABY

Marvel’s relaunch of their flagship ongoing Star Wars series takes place in between The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. Luke deals with the loss of his hand and the crushing news that Darth Vader is his father. Leia looks for a way to rescue Han. Lando tries to fill Solo’s shoes and navigate the team dynamics of having just betrayed Han to the Empire—while also looking for a way to get even and reclaim Cloud City! A spectacular start to a great series.

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Adult Novel
Legends

Rebel Dawn

A.C. Crispin
Starts in 2 BBY

In the third installment of AC Crispin’s Han Solo trilogy, the final threads of Han’s backstory are expertly weaved together. After coming into possession of the Millennium Falcon, Han is looking for smuggling jobs. When he accidentally reunites with Bria Tharen, he is pulled into a mission with the Rebellion. However, not everything is as it seems, and Han soon finds himself on the wrong side of the Hutts, the Empire, and even supposed friends.

With Rebel Dawn, Crispin once again delivers a phenomenal story that not only serves as a perfect ending for her own trilogy, but a seamless springboard for the events of the Original Trilogy. Readers are in for an absolute treat as this fantastic trilogy comes to a close.

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Adult Novel
Legends

Heir to the Empire

Timothy Zahn
9 ABY

After destroying the second Death Star and freeing the galaxy from the Emperor’s clutches, Luke, Han, and Leia find themselves trying to lead the fledgling New Republic into a new age. However, in the far reaches of space, a new threat rises from the ashes of the Empire in the form of Grand Admiral Thrawn. Despite only having the remains of the Imperial military at his disposal, Thrawn’s intellectual prowess promises to push our heroes to their absolute limits.

Timothy Zahn changed Star Wars forever when he released Heir to the Empire in 1991, and it continues to have a profound impact on the fandom to this day. It proved that Star Wars could not only live beyond the story of the original films, but that it could thrive. All Expanded Universe books were born out of the spirit of this novel, making it essential reading for all fans.

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Reference Book
Canon

Be More Lando

Christian Blauvelt

This colorful collection of advice takes a page from Lando’s playbook of how to be the smoothest talking debonair in the galaxy. You’ll find quips such as “know when to back away,” “look good to feel good,” and “the hardest part will be trying to make it look easy.” Part of the “Be More Wisdom” series, it fits right alongside Be More Yoda, Be More Leia, and Be More Vader as a quirky blend of real-world advice and in-universe personality that would make a good gift or find its place in the novelty shelf in your Star Wars collection.

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