Review by: Josh Vermillion
Everyone loves Han Solo. How can you not love Han Solo?? Sure, maybe Marvel should’ve waited until the Han Solo movie comes out for this series, but they’re clearly riding the Star Wars hype train into this one. After two great first issues, I was ready to jump right into this one. Let’s see how this one held up.
This issue starts off right where the last one left off, with the Dragon Void on hold and Han Solo being detained by Stormtroopers. We get some nice inner monologue from Han about how he is worried about more than just himself for once. You get the idea that he’s talking about not just Leia, but the rebellion, the race, and even Loo Re Anno. Han even steps in to save the little lights that follow Anno around that are apparently alive.
The race committee finally convinces the Empire to release the racers, and the race is back on. Back on the Millennium Falcon, Chewie has already picked up the first informant. The informant explains more of the situation to Han. Apparently the one going around killing informants is one of them because they’re the only ones who know who the informants are. One of them holds a complete list of all the information, and the traitor obviously wants that list before it gets back to Leia.
After jumping to the next portion of the race, it’s time to dive into the toughest section of the Dragon Void. The racers have to navigate an ever-shifting field of debris for a full twelve hours before landing on the next stop of the race. Han considers dropping speed so he can still continue on to the three planets and not have to worry about the race, but that’s not the way Han Solo operates. He goes all out through the debris field and makes it out with minimal damage to the Falcon.
He picks up the second informant and brings him back to the ship. This is obviously a character that has a history with Chewie, because he says it’s time to settle an old debt. Now, I’m not that well-versed in the Star Wars universe, so this character didn’t really mean much to me, but I’m hoping it gets panned out more in the next issue.
Not a lot of stuff happens in this issue, but we get some information about the side characters and it’s some cool lead-up into the rest of the story. Mark Brooks’ art looks incredible, especially the scenes in space. He and Marjorie Liu seem to work really well together as her story plays out.
Bits and Pieces:
This issue takes the smallest of steps back from the first two, but it’s still great! Liu and Brooks have Han Solo as a character down, and I can’t wait to see where they go from here.