Comic Review: Lando – Double or Nothing #5

Published: September 19, 2018
Rating: Rated T
Writer: Rodney Barnes
Penciler: Paolo Villanelli
Cover Artist: William Forbes
Cover Variant Artist: Brian Stelfreeze

The synopsis;

LANDO’S made his way to an ambivalent Petrusian slave force. But can he convince them to stand up against the STORMTROOPERS who now are lower in number? Will ELLTHREE temper her passions in the face of massive droid abuses? Will Lando find a good card game and say, “to hell with it all”?

The story;

Lando and Ellthree rally the oppressed Kullgroonian people to revolt against their Imperial persecutors. Stormtrooper numbers are low due to a shift change and they take the advantage. Despite this, the tide of the battle is in favour the Imperial forces, but the droids that have been through the repair facility have been programmed to respond to the workers commands. When reactivated they join forces with them to attack the Imperials. This pleases Ellthree as she joins them to lead their droid legion. During the battle the Millennium Falcon is captured by the Imperials and removed from where it is hidden. The battle continues, and the droid legion turn the tide and the Kullgroon people come out on top. Lando is without his ship, but a stolen Imperial shuttle is his way off planet. Ellthree discovers the Falcon is being impounded on Vandor. Lando is paid his money for the job and decides he is to retire and play a few hands of Sabacc when he gets the Falcon back. On Vandor he finds the impound and searches out a card game.

The review;

2 covers available for this issue which is the last in the series. Ever since the solicitations list release for September I was immediately taken by the direct edition cover. The illustration of Lando with his Sabacc cards and the Falcon schematic is brilliant. The variant edition is another suave Lando illustration showing him in all his refinery with a smoking blaster and Sabacc cards.

The twist of the Imperial’s ‘impounding’ the Falcon was something that I didn’t see coming. For me that makes the storyline a bit more credible and helps tie-in to the Solo adaptation that is out very soon. Also, the reprogramming of the droids to help attack the Imperial’s is clever. This brings Ellthree into the forefront of the story, which also showcases her thirst for ‘Droids Rights’.

I’ve always loved the artwork and must say this is as good as any other issue in the series. The accuracy of the Stormtroopers when there are large groups impressed me. Some artists tend to get ‘lazy’ for want of a better phrase, and the art becomes rough. This isn’t the case here and all the frames seem to have been etched with care. This is complimented by the selection of colours used. Bright colours can sometimes over power a frame, like I assume Lando’s aftershave may do, but the colours used are in keeping with the story and its art.

Overall, a solid story arc that is there to tie-in to the Solo: A Star Wars Story storyline. Rodney Barnes has delivered a good conclusion to the story. As I’ve said before I haven’t been a great fan of this series, but in saying that, it is not a bad story. There are just some things that I’m not keen on, but I have enjoyed reading it.

Availability;

This is the last issue in a 5-part mini-series. This issue was released on 19th September 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’.