This is the Way.
We had all dreamed about what a live-action Star Wars TV show could be. "How great would it be," we said, "to have scoundrels, monstrous creatures, space battles, bounty hunters, maybe even a chase with a sandcrawler?!"
Well, maybe we couldn't have imagined the sandcrawler chase sequence, but one thing is for sure—The Mandalorian delivered on our childhood imaginations in some big, bad ways. And it left us wanting more. More Mandos. More personal Star Wars stories that capture the feel of space westerns, old-school adventure, and stories of bounty hunters getting the job done—no matter who they have to double-cross to do so.
The Expanded Universe is loaded with stories such as these ... although you won’t find any more Baby Yoda just yet.
In fact, on Disney Gallery: Star Wars: The Mandalorian, John Favreau and Dave Filoni described their show as being inspired by their experiences playing with their Star Wars action figures as children. The conceit is this, as Filoni put it: "Our older brother took all of the cool toys and we got left with Ugnaughts and Jawas and other pegwarmers. But somehow we got a Boba Fett figure—but then we painted him silver and made him cooler, because sometimes you make it your own."
And that's exactly what makes The Mandalorian great. It's an odd assortment of characters, to be sure: a Mandalorian bounty hunter, an Ugnaught, an IG droid, brought to life with a tremendous dose of love and passion, all alongside new standout characters like Rebel shock trooper Cara Dune and Bounty Hunter Guild chief Greef Karga. They come together in a spectacular way that elevates the misfits to A-list status in Star Wars storytelling.
Darth Maul: Son of Dathomir is perhaps the most consequential Canon story to expand on Mandalorian mythology, filling in the gaps in Maul's relationship with the Mandalorians in the Clone Wars. Beyond that, here you’ll find books that hit the tone of The Mandalorian: stories that thrill, inspire, and immerse the reader in a galaxy far, far away. Such books include Kenobi by John Jackson Miller, Ahsoka by E. K. Johnston, and Scoundrels by Timothy Zahn. Some explore the legendary history of the Mandalorians—from the Old Republic to long after its demise (in Legends, that is). The backstabbing camaraderie between bounty hunters is another fun thread to follow up on with The Bounty Hunter Wars and Tales of the Bounty Hunters.
We at Youtini can’t wait to see what future seasons of The Mandalorian have in store for us. What Expanded Universe characters will join the ranks with Mando? What more will we learn about the culture of the Mandalorians, and how will Mando’s clan of two save his people from the brink of extinction?
There’s so much to occupy us in the meantime, however. We now have the announcement of a full publishing tie-in program, complete with an adult novel, Marvel comics, reference books—even a Little Golden Book! It certainly feels like we're all aboard the Razor Crest with Mando and Baby Yoda, blasting off into a galaxy full of possibilities.
This is the way.
Our team is hard at work building out this collection. Stay tuned!
Books in this Collection
Tales of the Jedi: The Sith War
Tales of the Bounty Hunters
Since their debut in Empire Strikes Back, bounty hunters have taken the Star Wars fandom by storm with costumes and figurines expressing their love for the popular space profession. If you fit in with those fans and your favorite characters include Boba Fett, Bossk, IG-88, or dare I say, Dengar, then you will find plenty of joy in this timeless classic.
The Mandalorian Armor
Jango Fett: Open Seasons
Republic Commando: Hard Contact
A tie-in novel to the Republic Commandos video game, Hard Contact is the first in a five book series. This novel introduces a squad of clone troopers as they take on a precarious mission to destroy a nanovirus production facility on the Separatist-controlled planet of Qiilura. When the clones find themselves split up behind enemy lines, their chances of success seem slim. If they’re to be successful and make it out alive, each trooper will have to rely on his clone brothers to have his back.
Karen Traviss’ Republic Commando series is one of the most celebrated and dearly loved Legends series out there. Hard Contact, its first installment, is responsible for laying the foundation for fans’ staunch dedication.
Republic Commando: Triple Zero
Boba Fett: A Practical Man
Republic Commando: True Colors
Order 66: A Republic Commando Novel
The job of the clone troopers is simple: destroy the enemy at all costs. But as the war wages on and its atrocities add up, some clones start question their purpose and plan to lay down their arms altogether. Suddenly, a seemingly simple command from Chancellor Palpatine ruins those plans and also leaves them wondering exactly who the enemy is that they’re supposed to destroy.
Karen Traviss—who has proved more than capable of placing the reader inside the helmet of a trooper—is once again successful with this novel. The pain and suspense of the Order 66 scene in Revenge of the Sith is somehow stretched the entire length of the novel. Readers who have followed the Republic Commandos series can’t miss this part of the story!
Imperial Commando: 501st
Order 66 may have unified the galaxy under the Empire’s control, but it split members of the clone army. Just weeks after the order was carried out, former brothers-in-arms now find themselves on opposite sides. Will they ultimately choose to serve their Emperor or their ex-comrades, the Jedi? And just how far are they willing to go in the process?
While the Jedi may have gotten the worst of it, Karen Traviss manages to brilliantly portray the struggle of the clones following Order 66. This book serves as a fitting end to her run with the Republic Commandos.
The Old Republic: Revan
Being a Jedi turned Sith and finding redemption, Revan has become one of the most powerful Force users by practicing balance between the light and dark sides. Learning how he broke free of the dark side but continuing to draw on its power of his own will puts powerful Force use into perspective.
This novel takes place after the Knights of the Old Republic video game, starting with Revan and Bastilla contemplating their future together. But a threat to the galaxy begins to reveal itself, forcing Revan to leave his wife and unborn child behind to make sure the world is a safe place for his family in the years to come. On the way he encounters Scourge, a Sith strong in the dark side of the Force who intends to break his willpower.
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…
Following Order 66, General Obi Wan Kenobi vanished from the galaxy along with all the other Jedi. Years later, he re-emerged as a crazy old hermit by the name of Ben to play a hand in the fate of the galaxy. However, much more happened in the preceding years than one might expect. Even on a backwater planet like Tatooine, there is conflict, and soon Ben finds himself wrapped up in a decades-long feud between the moisture farmers and their arch nemeses, the Tusken Raiders. Ben must find a way to get to the bottom of an ever-deepening mystery that lies beneath the conflict while also keeping his identity—and his true purpose on Tatooine—a secret.
Kenobi is hands down one of the best books in the Expanded Universe. John Jackson Miller crafted a well-written, easy-to-read piece that not only focuses on one of the most beloved characters in all of Star Wars, but also manages to fill in a crucial gap in the story between movie trilogies. It takes the Western influences in Star Wars and runs with them to create not only an engaging story, but an essential one.
The Bounty Hunter Code: From the Files of Boba Fett
Legends Epic Collection: The Old Republic Vol. 1
After the events of Order 66, survivors of the Jedi Purge must navigate the galaxy undetected. It's been a year since Ahsoka Tano watched the Galactic Republic fall, and she's leaving yet another planet to dodge Imperial suspicion and start over. Again. Something strange is happening, however, and she can't help but let her curiosity get her into serious trouble.
E.K. Johnston's young adult novel builds an important bridge between the Ahsoka we knew from The Clone Wars and the Fulcrum we meet in Star Wars Rebels. It's in this story that our hero must come to terms with her past and discover the role she is meant to play in her darkened galaxy's future.
Darth Maul: Son of Dathomir (Trade Paperback)
Age Of Rebellion Special
This issue is a compilation of three separate stories about IG-88, Yoda, and X-Wing pilots Biggs and Porkins, written by Simon Spurrier, Marc Guggenheim, and Jon Adams, respectively.
IG-88’s story, “The Long Game,” is a rare chance to get a closer look at one of the iconic bounty hunters from The Empire Strikes Back. We see him in action like never before, but we also get a chance to learn what makes him tick. Art by Caspar Wijngaard.
Yoda takes the spotlight in “The Trial of Dagobah.” We check in with the Jedi Master after Order 66 has forced him into seclusion.
“Stolen Valor” focuses specifically on Red Squadron pilots Biggs Darklighter and Jek Porkins as they attempt to take a day off from fighting the Galactic Empire. Art by Andrea Broccardo.