Star Wars: Chewbacca is a series of comics featuring reminiscences from the title Wookiee Chewbacca's friends after his death on Sernpidal in 25 ABY. The series is composed of four issues released in January through April 2000, with the trade paperback edition being released in January 2001.
When the Star Wars galaxy's greatest Wookiee met his heroic end in the New Jedi Order novel The New Jedi Order: Vector Prime, shockwaves ran through the ranks of Star Wars devotees everywhere. And now Dark Horse presents a commemorative collection detailing, for the first time ever, the history of the mighty Chewbacca! Written by longtime Star Wars writer Darko Macan, Chewbacca features a series of tales narrated by the characters who knew him best—including Lando Calrissian, Princess Leia, Han Solo, and Luke Skywalker—that reveals special glimpses not only of Chewbacca's heroic history, but of the mysterious and fascinating culture of his noble species. Don't miss the opportunity to say goodbye and farewell to this beloved character!
Still reeling from Chewbacca's death, R2-D2 and C-3PO decide to scout around and find out more about the mighty wookiee warrior. They get accounts from such characters; as Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Leia Organa-Solo, Lando Calrissian, Wedge Antilles, Attichitcuk, Mallatobuck, a bounty hunter, and a Trandoshan slaver. Includes an insight into Han Solo's time as an Imperial Lieutenant!
Behind the scenes
Following Dark Horse's introduction of Nom Anor in Crimson Empire II, they had planned to do a massive comics arc (in similar style to their later Clone Wars arc in Star Wars: Republic) detailing a Galactic invasion by a species (rumored to be either beings made of liquid or energy) from the Unknown Regions, of which Nom Anor was an advanced scout. The death of Chewbacca was planned to occur early on, but other than that, nothing was known for sure.
Lucasfilm, while impressed by the idea, gradually decided to turn it over to their book division, where it eventually became the New Jedi Order series. When they saw what little involvement they would have in the series that they had developed, Dark Horse opted out almost altogether, retaining only the Chewbacca death story—which, after being transferred to Vector Prime, became this tribute comic.
|Color code key:|
|Collected (TPB) issue||Released issue||Future issue|
|Issue||Title||Publication date||Trade paperback|
|1||Chewbacca (2000) 1||January 19, 2000|
January 10, 2001
|2||Chewbacca (2000) 2||February 16, 2000|
|3||Chewbacca (2000) 3||March 15, 2000|
|4||Chewbacca (2000) 4||April 19, 2000|