Comic Review: Lando – Double or Nothing #4

Published: August 29, 2018
Rating: Rated T
Writer: Rodney Barnes
Penciler: Paolo Villanelli
Cover Artist: William Forbes

Synopsis;

THE GALAXY’S MOST DEBONAIR ROGUE! Having been freed from BATALLA and his warrior clan, LANDO now faces a host of new obstacles. Will he get past the STORMTROOPERS, find RYTHUS and get the arms to him and his people? Is all of this possible while wearing a cape? Will his moustache start a grooming trend? All will be answered in this issue!

The story;

Imperial TIE fighters pursue the Millennium Falcon, in the heat of the battle Lando has an idea, to make it look like the Falcon has crashed. Diving for a ravine and with expert timing, he executes an explosion to hide their getaway and fools the pilots. Lando needs to meet with Krisstiss and his only way in is via a sewerage outlet. Deep in the outlet, its own residents attack Calrissian. They are crystal like spiders which shatter when hit by blaster fire, but they rebuild themselves each time they are destroyed. Lando gets to the mess room and meets with Krisstiss. She asks him to raise belief in her people who are a passive race. He needs no second asking as he proceeds to speak to the masses in front of him and they unite under Lando’s call to arms. It is change over time for the stormtroopers assigned to the planet, their numbers are at their lowest. Now is the time to attack!

The review;

Another issue without a variant, but the direct edition cover is very simple and eye catching at the same time. I think it is the use of different shades of yellow that does this, but it is also helped by the title and Star Wars logo being in red.

The opening chase sequence is cleverly put together, the fake crash being a typical Lando or dare I say Han Solo move, to fool the TIE pilots into thinking they’ve crashed. I do like the way that he is portrayed to be thinking ‘on his feet’ in this sequence.

The relationship between Lando and Ellthree is great in this issue. There is that hint of something else going on that goes beyond droid and master that has been intimated to in the press surrounding Solo: A Star Wars Story. For me, this is the first time we have seen it in this format.

Lando being used to rally the oppressed people of Kullgroon to rebel against their Imperial imprisoners is a good twist. It’s never been obvious that they are a passive race, but Lando stirs them enough to take up arms. His speech did make me smile, there were a few little bits in there that you need to imagine the voice of Billy Dee-Williams or Donald Glover and its inflections when you read it to yourself.

This is a story line that has took a bit to get going for me, but this issue is by far the best we have had so far in this series. I feel the character of Lando is a more balanced and true to the person we have seen in the movies. A reluctant hero, but one that is cool under pressure when he actually commits to a cause.

The artwork has been consistent for all 4 issues and I have been really impressed with the drawing of Ellthree. Droids can easily be made to look quite obscure in some comic book versions, but not here.

I’m sure we are in for a bumpy ride in the last issue of the series.

Availability;

This is a mini-series consisting of 5 issues. This issue was released on 29th August 2018 and is available via the Marvel App and all good comic book stores. This issue retails at $3.99.

Steve Galloway
Steve was 5 years old when he saw Star Wars for the first time during its first UK cinema release. He considers himself a first generation Star Wars fan and in his own words is a ‘Child of 77’.