THE KESSEL RUN! HAN, CHEWBACCA and QI’RA have one chance to keep DRYDEN VOS from killing them…teaming up with LANDO and L3 to pull off the impossible KESSEL RUN heist! But if they succeed, will ENFYS NEST once again take their stolen goods?
When I’m reading a comic I’m reviewing, I write notes. I usually write a whole page of notes down of things I’ve noticed, I want to comment on or just merely remind myself of something. In Issue three of Solo, there was a single note I wrote. Heck, even one I could remember. This comic, I didn’t even bother having my notebook ready. Reading the whole issue, I didn’t find myself reaching for it even once.
The premise of this series was that we would see things that we hadn’t seen in the movie. Let’s face it, it’s why we read the adaptations. Yet in this comic there doesn’t seem to be a single part that is extra, it’s a straight up copy of the film. I’ll be honest, it is such a disappointment. When the original adaptations of the Original Trilogy came out, there was a purpose to them. Fans needed to fill the gap between seeing them film and the home video release (and boy those could be some long waits!). There isn’t that need now. The film has been out for all for months, I don’t need to re-live a carbon copy of the film. Changing the perspective, adding things, well just about anything right about now would help this series, yet I don’t think it is going to come.
The one thing I did really appreciate was the artwork by Sliney. It is the one thing I look forward to in this series. The detail and the use of panels is excellent and I really enjoy admiring how he has laid the whole story out.
And with that, is there really anything left to say? Save yourself the time and money and let this series go. Thompson is not a bad writer, yet this is not the best showcase of his work. If you want to see what he can really do, and get those extra bits about Han Solo, then read his other series Imperial Cadet. It fills in the gap between Han’s life after Corellia but before he reaches Mimban perfectly and won’t lead to the frustration that this series continues to bring.
Solo: A Star War Story is a seven part series available from Marvel. This issue is available via the Marvel App and all good comic book stores. This issue retails at $3.99.