FEATURING BACKSTORY AND SCENES NOT SEEN IN THEATERS! After leaving the IMPERIAL NAVY, a young HAN SOLO seeks adventure by joining a gang of galactic mercenaries – including a 196-year-old Wookiee named CHEWBACCA and a notorious gambler named LANDO CALRISSIAN. But there’s more to the story of the galaxy’s most beloved scoundrel than what you saw in theatres. Why does BECKETT trust him? And what is the connection between the woman who stole Han’s heart and one of Han’s closest friends?
It seems only right to begin by saying how I feel about the film Solo. Quite simply, I loved it. Although I had my doubts of anyone other than Harrison Ford playing Han, the film gripped me within a few minutes. The main reason for this was that it was fun. There was no worry about which characters were going to die or what was going to happen to the timeline. It was fun and relaxing. All I needed to do was sit back and enjoy the ride.
This brings us to the adaptation of Solo. After the adaptation of The Last Jedi, which set a very high standard, I was eager to see what extra bits we would see here. And the answer? Not much. I hate to say it, but after reading the first issue I was left feeling disappointed. I wanted more. This series is going to be seven issues, that’s one more than The Last Jedi got and that was a long film. So how, in the first issue can we not have been given more?
The comic opens with Han talking to Lady Proxima about the deal he is going to oversee. These extra scenes are good so we can a bit more back story to something that was glossed over in the film. It makes sense to do this in the film as it has to keep the pacing just right. Within a comic, Thompson has more freedom. He shows us that Han is treated quite poorly by Proxima, a theme that Thompson keeps revisiting in this issue. This doesn’t come over very well in the film and I like its addition here. Han always is the maverick and the people around him just don’t get him, whether it’s Proxima or the Imperials.
There is a tiny extra piece where we see Han and Qi’ra losing Moloch. This seemed very unnecessary and part of me wishes it had been missed in order to give some more time elsewhere in the issue.
The final added scene, was Han at the Imperial academy. It shows us a very brief glimpse of Han’s time at the academy and why he was thrown out. This was the part in the film that I wish had been given more time and focus; I was sure we’d see more in this issue. However, as soon as the scene begins, it’s over and I felt myself deflate just a bit more. Although I could criticise this part of the comic there is one fact that stops me; Imperial Cadet. Next month, Thompson is penning a new series that focuses on Han’s time at the academy, which I’m sure is the reason why not much is given away here. It does frustrate me but ultimately, Thompson knows where he is going in both series’.
One thing I did enjoy was the artwork. Sliney does a wonderful job of creating crisp, clear frames that allow the reader to follow the action with ease. His Han is not exactly Alden Ehrenreich, but someone slightly younger, which I think works brilliantly for the time period this story is set. I can’t wait to see the next issues based on this reason alone.
Issue one feels very restrained. I wanted to see a lot more extra scenes than we got and the story seemed to move along at a shockingly fast pace. With Imperial Cadet coming out next month, this part of the Solo adaptation has to be somewhat held back in order to let that series shine, but it is at the expense of this comic. The one thing that gives me pause is the fact that having raced through this much of the film already, there are still six issues to tell the rest of the story. What has Thompson got planned that requires so many issues? It gives me hope that the next issues will provide a lot more extra scenes, and between that and Imperial Cadet, I may get the adaptation that I was hoping for…
Solo 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 $4.99.