I kill the enemy so someone, somewhere—probably someone I've never met and never will meet—will be happy."
Wedge Antilles is one of the unsung heroes of Star Wars. Overshadowed by the daring heroics of Han Solo, the Force-driven abilities of Luke Skywalker, and the strong leadership of Leia Organa, Wedge remains a crucial backbone of the Rebellion. In his X-Wing, Wedge leads the Rebels fearlessly into a number of battles across the Original Trilogy and beoynd. While Wedge is not among those that received a medal at the end of A New Hope, he deserved one just as much.
Wedge is an important part of most on-screen battles, from Yavin to Hoth to Endor, but his character really shines in the Expanded Universe. In the Legends universe, his bravery and fearless leadership shines through the excellent X-Wing series of novels, and in more recent Canon, Wedge plays an important part in building the Resistance and training the next generation of heroes.
Wedge might not get the recognition that some more-prominent characters get, but, as we see in the films and books, he wouldn’t mind. Wedge is the type of hero that puts others first, does whatever is necessary to advance his cause, and constantly puts himself on the front lines of the battle against the Empire. Wedge is fearless, and exploring his character through the Expanded Universe can inspire us all to be a little more selfless and brave.
Resistance Reborn is a striking initial entry from author Rebecca Roanhorse that is a crucial prequel to Episode IX and a beautiful love letter to the Canon. Featuring the main protagonists from the Sequel Trilogy alongside some of our favorites from the latest books and comics, Roanhorse follows the broken Resistance as they attempt to regroup after their decimation during the Battle of Crait.
General Leia Organa knows that the Resistance needs leaders and strategists if they have any chance of winning the war, and it's time for everyone to call in some favors. Leia enlists the help of allies new and old from every corner of the Star Wars Canon in an attempt to create the fearsome fighting force that will finally burn the First Order down.
What many still don't know about the Empire is that it did not instantly crumble with the destruction of the second Death Star. For a long time, those who remained loyal to the Emperor held on, refusing to surrender and accept defeat. In the aftermath of the Battle of Endor, there is still a war to be won. And it's not just up to the high-profile heroes we know and love to get the job done.
Follow an unlikely team of rebel heroes as they struggle against what remains of Palpatine's forces and try to save the galaxy from coming undone again.
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. The book also stars fan favorite characters, including Wedge Antilles, Han Solo, and Chewbacca.
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.
You may be familiar with the events of Star Wars’ Original Trilogy, but Lost Stars manages to re-explore its major plot points through the eyes of brand new characters Ciena Ree and Thane Kyrell. Along the way, it tells a love story that rivals that of Anakin and Padme.
Claudia Gray is among the elite Star Wars authors when it comes to crafting compelling stories. This books excels by giving a fresh take on the Star Wars story fans already know and love.
A truly unique and heroic feat in Star Wars publishing, From a Certain Point of View is a compilation of forty short stories by more than forty incredible authors to retell the story of A New Hope in celebration of its fortieth anniversary. Not only did Del Rey assemble a massive team consisting of their catalog of regular Star Wars writers such as Chuck Wendig, John Jackson Miller, and Claudia Gray, they managed to rope in many award-winning authors to pen their first stories in a galaxy far, far away. Such authors include Ken Liu, Sabaa Tahir, Zoraida Córdova, and Rae Carson. All of the book’s authors donated their pay to First Book, a nonprofit dedicated to improving literacy.
The stories represent the points of view of many of the notable side characters from A New Hope, such as Wedge Antilles, Greedo, and Grand Moff Tarkin. But they don’t stop there. The book benefits from forty years of expanding the Star Wars universe, and as such many characters not originally in the original film provide perspective in creative ways–Lando Calrissian, Yoda, Breha Organa, and even Qui-Gon Jinn! It is a compilation not only of characters and authors, but also styles and tones. At times heartbreaking, hilarious, and head-scratching. Some stories will connect differently with different readers. It certainly has something for everyone and is a remarkable read.
Star Wars Volume 8: Mutiny At Mon Cala collects issues 44-49 in Marvel's Star Wars comic series. It takes place after the Battle of Yavin, and continues to follow the adventures of the Rebel Alliance. Featured are fan favorite characters, including Leia, Luke, and Wedge.
Star Wars Volume 9: Hope Dies collects Star Wars issues 50-55. Following on the events of the previous volume, the Rebel Alliance continues to build its campaign against the Empire, even as Darth Vader learns some secrets of the Rebellion. The volume also includes references to Rogue One and familiar characters like Wedge Antilles.
A suspenseful and essential Legends story, The Truce at Bakura centers around an impending alien invasion, while the Imperials are not even aware of the Emperor's demise. The story is set directly after the events of ROTJ with the Rebels intercepting an Imperial distress call. Luke volunteers to lead a force in defense of Bakura in place of the Empire. Accompanied by Han and Chewie, Leia attempts to secure a truce between Bakura and the Rebels.
Luke is recovering from his battle with Palpatine and facing his own internal struggles, while Leia struggles to come to terms with being the daughter of Darth Vader.
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.