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Before its release, some folks wondered if a Han Solo movie was really what we “needed.” Some people worried about a “stand-alone” movie touching one of the Big Three from the Original Trilogy. Others were concerned about the upheaval in the director’s chair and what that might mean.
But, come May 2018, we were treated to an immensely enjoyable adventure. With Imperials and, of course, Wookiees (to say nothing of that one cameo at the end), the movie was firmly rooted in the Star Wars universe. At the same time, with its Western-style heist theme and the fate of the galaxy not at stake, the movie is undeniably unique among all the other cinematic installments from a galaxy far, far away.
Seeing Han’s roots lent more weight to all of his appearances in the original trilogy, and especially to his coda in The Force Awakens. Even some Star Wars fans who weren’t necessarily Han “people” before were completely won over. And many of us were fascinated by new characters like Qi’Ra and Enfys Nest.
And of course, being Star Wars fans, we wanted more. Fortunately, the Expanded Universe has always been there. From older novels that offer a fascinating alternate look at how the galaxy’s most famous smuggler got started to new works released concurrent with the film, there’s plenty more to enjoy from the feats of Han Solo.
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!
Set before Solo: A Star Wars Story, Rae Carson gives us a glimpse into how Han and Qi’Ra’s relationship began. In a story that gives us a glimpse into life with the White Worms and on the streets of Corellia, we see the pair start out as rivals pitted against each other by Lady Proxima and evolve into the duo we see at the beginning of the film, getting help along the way from intriguing new characters after their job takes a messy turn.
Don’t let the ‘young adult’ tag deter you: Most Wanted is a fast-paced heist adventure with just enough twists to keep you guessing while it keeps you turning pages. The extra depth and gravitas it lends to Han and Qi’Ra’s relationship may well change the way you see that spaceport scene and Qi’Ra’s fateful decision aboard Dryden Vos’s yacht.
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.
The Paradise Snare offers a glimpse into some of the most formative years of Han Solo’s life. After getting away from a rough upbringing on Corellia, Han looks to make his way in the galaxy as a pilot. Being new to the scene, he takes up a less than desirable job running cargo for priests in a religious colony on the planet Ylesia. However, dark secrets about the true nature of the colony soon emerge and force Han to make the toughest decision of his young life: stay and help the colonists or save his own skin.
AC Crispin pens a beautiful story with this novel that offers a rich, rewarding insight into Han’s earliest years. It’s one of the deepest dives you can take into the history of Solo. As the book progresses, readers will note more and more familiar characteristics of the galaxy’s scruffiest nerf herder.
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?
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.
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.