Published: April 24, 2019
Written by: Ethan Sacks
Artist: Will Sliney
Cover Artist: Rod Reis
A CALL TO ADVENTURE ON THE VERY EDGE OF THE GALAXY! THE COMIC TIE-IN TO THE THEME PARK! BLACK SPIRE OUTPOST has long been frequented by smugglers, merchants and travellers from every corner of the galaxy looking to make their score on the infamous black market – or experience the exotic thrills only the remote world of Batuu has to offer. Beings like the infamous DOK-ONDAR, a proprietor of rare and one-of-a-kind antiquities, thrive on the unique opportunities which abound on the lawless outpost at the very edge of Wild Space! But the evil FIRST ORDER has come to Batuu and the survival of the entire outpost is at stake! The road to Black Spire’s possible salvation might begin in the past…with a job HAN SOLO and his partner CHEWBACCA pulled for Dok-Ondar. The newest chapter of the growing Star Wars saga begins this April with ETHAN SACKS (OLD MAN HAWKEYE) AND WILL SLINEY’S (BEN REILLY: SCARLET SPIDER, SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY) GALAXY’S EDGE – the riveting comic adventure tie-in to the theme park.
Black Spire Outpost, Batuu. Now.
A droid offers a ronto wrap to a passer-by, he refuses but asks for a meiloorun juice instead. He asks for an extra for his friend. Behind Remex a young boy is trying to steal a wrap using him as cover. He stops him but offers him the juice. A First Order shuttle passes overhead looking for Resistance scum. On-board the shuttle commanded by Lieutenant Agnon vows the Red Fury will find them and change Batuu forever.
Remex removes his mask to reveal his human face. He meets with Kendoh and Wooro, his colleagues and they head to meet Dok-Ondar.
Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities.
Kendoh offers Dok-Ondar credits to procure the unprocurable from him. He suggests that the amount of credits is barely enough to catch his interest. Wooro moves over to a cabinet and taps the glass, waking an unseen baby Sarlaac inside. Kendoh asks how he obtain it and Dok-Ondar tells the story of the smuggler who brought it to him.
I’vorica Prime Preserve, Outer Rim. Then.
The Millennium Falcon approaches the planetary defences and slips by. The code given to them has worked and they make planet fall. They land at a plantation, but they need to be aware that there are natural predators on this planet.
Ooris, assistant to Dr. Genzhor welcomes Han and Chewie off their iconic ship, his compatriot is unimpressed by what he sees. Waxing lyrical about the Falcon, Ooris mistakenly claims the Kessel Run was completed in 14 parsecs and is quickly corrected by Solo. Ooris is taking the m meet with the doctor, the Empire left the planet in a mess after they stripped it of the resources they needed, but the exotic animal they are here for is close by.
From high on a walkway, Han looks down to see 2 adolescent and 2 infant Sarlacc’s. They are being studied by the doctor and Ooris. Solo can’t see the appeal, but Ooris claims he should take a closer look and pushes him into the enclosure. Guards surround Chewie and hit him with electro staffs to stop him attempting to get to Ooris and Han.
Solo gets to his feet and draws his weapon, shooting upwards he barely misses Ooris, but the jolt sends one of his guards tumbling to join Solo. One of the Sarlacc’s starts to move towards them, burrowing under the ground. Suddenly it reaches the guard and breaks through the surface attacking him. Solo was not aware they could do that, but it is only the immature ones who can, it was all in the notes the doctor had sent him, but he had only skimmed through them. Ooris turns and heads away as he is off to claim the Falcon as his
Fleeing for the cover of the nearby tent, he finds the skeleton of the late doctor. He grabs the electro staff next to it and thrusts it into the mouth of the pursuing Sarlaac. He calls to Chewie for help and the Wookiee reacts and manages to break free to attack his guard. Hurling over the barrier and straight into the maw of an older Sarlaac. Another guard shoots at him, but he manages to avoid the blaster fire and retrieve his bowcaster. He makes short work of the guard with his trusty weapon and heads back to the ship.
Solo is off again pursued by 2 Sarlacc’s this time. He gets to cliffs edge and is cornered.
Ooris is trying to start the Falcon and trying to lift off as large furry form approaches him from behind.
A Sarlaac launches itself at Solo, but he uses the electro staff to vault over it. The Sarlaac disappears over the cliff. 1left and it confronts him. The Falcon appears behind him with the familiar form of Ooris hanging by a rope from the underside of the ship, pleading his innocence.
On-board Han promises never to take another animal wrangling job. But they now need to know how get Ooris and the Sarlaac attached to him inside the ship.
Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities.
Solo and Chewie hand over their prize. Dok-Ondar is disappointed there was only 1 Sarlaac.
Kendoh claims to be after something more exotic. She holds up a datapad to show what they are after. He refuses and says there are things even he won’t traffic ad orders them out. They leave, but they are confident he has taken their bait.
Dok-Ondar and his advisor talk alone. They cannot let a weapon of such a nature fall into the wrong hands.
With the launch of the Galaxy’s Edge series, we have a few variants to kick us off. I was a little surprised to see that the cover for this issue that was solicited isn’t the direct edition cover, but one of the variants.
The replacement direct edition is from Rod Reis and I really like it. Showing Han and Chewie with the Falcon in the background walking through Black Spire, it gives a little hint as to what is inside. Then there’s the solicitation cover featuring Dok-Ondar. I love this illustration, it is so full of detail and Karl Lindberg and Ian McCaig have done an amazing job. Frederico Blee and Patch Zircher have brought us another excellent cover. Han and Chewie faced from within the maw of a sarlacc. A great and well executed cover. Completing the cover list is my favourite and I must admit this version went home with me from the comic book store. Richard Lim’s illustration shows what Galaxy’s Edge will look like seconds before the gates open on the very first day, void of tourists and visitors! It is such an exciting prospect to know that one day soon we can all visit this part of the galaxy for ourselves.
With the pending opening of the Galaxy’s Edge areas within Disney theme parks, there was always a need for there to be something to bring us up to speed with Batuu and in particular Black Spire Outpost. We’ve had Thrawn and Anakin Skywalker venture there and everyone’s favourite pirate, Hondo Ohnaka, has passed through with Bazine Netal unsurprisingly. I like the story within a story format. This could have just been a series of one-shots, but in this format, it allows past events to be explored while giving us a current event to build up to the big reveal later this year.
As for the main story we get to see Kendoh, Remex and Rooro meet up and lay the bait with Dok-Ondar for the rest of their mission. A super weapon in the wrong hands is never good, we’ve been there before, but I’m not sure if this is post or pre The Force Awakens currently. I am sure that will become clearer over the course of the series.
The First Order being in such prominent attendance is an interesting addition. It gives the outpost an air of Mos Eisley during A New Hope to me.
The main story is about our favourite smuggling duo, Han and Chewie. Always a good place to start and this story feels right for them. It shows Han’s ‘fly by the seat of his pants’ attitude regarding the sarlacc notes and Chewie’s unprecedented resilience and strength. Caught in the midst of yet another double cross, I did think that Ooris trying to steal the Falcon was a good addition. In a round about way, the Flight of the Falcon series of comics and books from IDW all revolve around this theme and heavily concentrate on Batuu. Whether this is a nod to those stories or just a coincidence, I’m not sure, but I do hope it’s the former. It all pans out well for our heroes, but not so well for Ooris. From his experience in this issue, I bet Solo was happy that he was virtually blind while being prepared by Jabba’s henchmen for the great pit of Carkoon all those years later.
The artwork is really good. Will Sliney who has recently been artist for the 2 Solo series has done another great job. His stock as a Star Wars artist is increasing rapidly in my eyes.
Ethan Sacks and co. have done a great job for issue 1, which I am sure he was under immense pressure to get this story right. Let’s see what issue 2 has in store for us all!
This issue was released on 24th April 2019 and is available via the Marvel App and all good comic book stores. This issue retails at $3.99.