Published: July 25, 2018
Rating: Rated T
Writer: Rodney Barnes
Penciler: Paolo Villanelli
Cover Artist: William Forbes

The synopsis;

LANDO’s luck ran out when he was captures by BATALLA. Batalla’s in luck with a big payoff if he turns Lando over to his enemies. And there’s a lot of them. Will a galaxy of bad guys finally get their due against the ultimate thorn in their side?

The story;

Wastelands of Kullgroon.

Lando has been captured in the wastelands of Kullgroon. His captor is Batalla who is familiar to him. They’ve crossed paths before at the Calladus Festival, where Lando swindled those in attendance. He claims to be on vacation, but Batalla does not believe him. Batalla states that Lando would fetch a king’s ransom if offered to other groups.

Kullgroon’s Imperial Droid Facility.

Ellthree is spotted by a stormtrooper, the lights go out, and she flees under the confusion of darkness.

Kristiss is ordered to join the assembly line, she moves in next to her father and greets him by touching his hand.

Lando is escorted to his cell, talking all the time talking to his guides. If they’d walked much further they’d have cut his tongue and they throw him in to his cell.

Back on the assembly line, Kristiss and her father discuss how she got back on to Kullgroon and who she is working with.  The change of guards is due to happen soon, this is there chance to strike. All hopes lie with Lando completing his side of the mission.

Calrissian sits in his cell bemoaning what Batalla has planned for him. A droid approaches bringing him food. Lando feigns illness and the concerned droid move towards him, with a start he removes a part from the droid’s neck and it collapses to the floor. He flees through the open door and hails Ellthree on the stolen commlink. She asks of his whereabouts and he explains the situation, and she is not happy that Lando has hurt another droid. Ellthree is annoyed but realises that Lando needs help and she is his only friend, she heads off to help him.

Lando’s exit is blocked by Batalla and his thugs. They make a grab for him and have him restrained. Batalla has new plans for Calrissian and he is going to be a meal for Crimson Dawn’s finest.

In the dormitory of the factory, Kristiss, her father and the other workers meet to discuss their plan. It is meeting with opposition, most of them would prefer to stay alive doing what they do rather than risk dying trying to escape and the workers all file out.

High in the arena Batalla looks on as Lando poses in the centre with a sword.  Lando is confident that he will win, but he is up against four others from the Zakku Rain Cartel. They go in for their attack and Lando is quick and nimble in the arena. He is taking blows but seems to somehow have the advantage.

Laser cannon fire reigns down on Batalla and the onlookers, as the Millennium Falcon swoops down from high. Lando takes the chance to land a crucial blow to his opponent that will buy him time to board the Falcon. He makes a break for it hurdling rocks and makes it to the access ramp. Ellthree takes the Falcon up and away from their pursuers just in time. As Lando takes the pilot’s seat, two creatures rise from the ground below to attack the Falcon, their mouths motioning after it. Some smart flying gets them away from danger and they escape.

Another shift has started and Kristiss is back to work. Her commlink sounds and Lando is contacting her to ask if they’re ready.

Ellthree warns of a new danger, four TIE fighters are heading straight for them.

The Review;

While the cover is simple, the colours really make it prominent. I still struggle with the smooth exterior of the Falcon. That isn’t an issue with the artwork, but what it does do is it reminds me of the early ‘smooth’ Falcon in the comics from the late 70’s and early 80’s. It’s just the fact that the Falcon has always been a bucket of bolts and Lando’s version is still new to us all. This time around there are no variants available.

At times the plot line is predictable, especially with Lando being caught and escaping all too regularly and easily. I know he is the master smooth talker and operator, but it would be nice to see him in a truly perilous situation for a change.

The fight sequence in the arena was too short for me. I was hoping to see more of Lando in action, something that we don’t see in the films, but we all perceive him to be capable of. May be this would have taken it to be a 6-book series instead of the 5, but I would have been happy with that.

The artwork and colouring throughout are consistent and to a very high quality. I really enjoy the bright colours that really do make the panels stand out.

Well, I was critical of the last issue and a little bit this time around, but I must say I found this issue to be an improvement. I felt that the character of Lando wasn’t as brash as earlier on the story and his character is more like the one we know. But, in saying all that, I’m still looking forward to the next issue, maybe it’s me getting used to Lando in his early years.

Let’s see what the impending TIE Fighters bring to the party in issue 4!

Availability;

This is a mini-series consisting of 5 issues. This issue was released on 25th July 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’.









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