Star Wars: Han Solo

Rogue race

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re­leased OUT NOW! Pub­lisher Mar­vel

Writer Mar­jorie liu Artist Mark Brooks

There are few sci­ence fic­tion char­ac­ters as iconic as Han Solo, and even his fate in The Force Awak­ens hasn’t dented his im­mense pop­u­lar­ity. Now, for those fans get­ting im­pa­tient for 2018’s Solo-cen­tric spin-off film, there’s a new five-is­sue Mar­vel minis­eries in which ev­ery­one’s favourite in­ter­ga­lac­tic scoundrel gets up to more ac­tion-packed shenani­gans.

The story fol­lows Han as he’s given a mis­sion by the Re­bel­lion to res­cue some im­por­tant in­for­mants un­der the cover of fly­ing the Mil­len­nium Fal­con in the Dragon Void Run, a no­to­ri­ous rac­ing com­pe­ti­tion. For Han, the idea of ac­tu­ally win­ning the race is too tempt­ing to miss, but bal­anc­ing the de­mands of the mis­sion with his own self-in­ter­est isn’t easy, and the stakes are soon get­ting deadly…

We’re cur­rently three is­sues in, and writer Mar­jorie Liu has crafted a pulpy, fast-paced thrill-ride that show­cases strong world-build­ing and en­joy­able set­pieces. The Dragon Void race is de­picted as an imag­i­na­tive gaunt­let of lethal dan­gers, while Liu gives en­ter­tain­ing di­men­sions to the cast of rogues and rac­ers that Han is com­pet­ing against.

Most im­por­tantly, her por­trayal of Han cap­tures the right blend of hero­ism and rogu­ish charm. Mean­while, artist Mark Brooks de­liv­ers stylish, ex­pan­sive vi­su­als. Brooks gives us eye-catch­ing char­ac­ter de­signs and a cou­ple of vis­ually in­ter­est­ing new aliens, while also switch­ing eas­ily be­tween quiet di­a­logue se­quences and vivid space bat­tles. Lurid and en­er­getic, this is a rous­ing ad­ven­ture comic that main­tains the high stan­dard al­ready seen across Mar­vel’s other Star Wars ti­tles. Saxon Bul­lock

Ge­orge Lu­cas ap­par­ently liked Mark Brooks’s work so much that he’s buy­ing all the orig­i­nal art from is­sues one and two.

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