Published: November 21, 2018
Rating: Rated T
Writer: Robbie Thompson
Penciler: Will Sliney
Cover Artist: Phil Noto

The Synopsis;

THE GREAT TRAIN ROBBERY! HAN SOLO and CHEWBACCA throw down but ultimately unite to escape the Empire and join BECKETT’s crew! But will this ragtag group of thieves be able to pull off the train heist of their lives? And what happens when ENFYS NEST arrives to take the stolen coaxium out from under them? Featuring scenes not seen in theatres!

The Review;

Issue one was a bit of a disappointment for me. There were very few extra scenes and after that, what remained was a carbon copy of the film. My one glimmer of hope, was that so much of the story had been told in issue one that I thought this might free up Thompson to add more parts in the following issues. As I look down at my notes, to find only two points actually written down, you may understand my further disappointment with this comic.

Part two of this adaptation follows the film almost perfectly, with the exception of a very brief exchange between Han and Rio after they leave the planet of Mimban. Now don’t get me wrong, this extra bit was fantastic. I really liked the character of Rio and wish we could have seen more of him in the film. The few extra lines here are very welcome. However, nothing more is made of him before he exits the story. It seems like such a missed opportunity. Could we have gleamed more about this character as he told a tale around the campfire? At all the points where I want to see this comic fill in some blanks, it lets me down.

One thing that I will come back to from my first review is the artwork by Sliney. The more of his work I see, the more I enjoy it. The clear panels are very well done and allow you to follow the action (and there’s a lot) very easily. There is a restrain by him to not go over the top with detail, which works very well in this issue.

If this had been thirty years ago, this adaptation may have been perfect. Waiting so long for films to be released onto VHS or find their way onto television, a comic like this would have filled the void for fans waiting for these releases. However, this is not thirty years ago and we do not have to wait too long before we are able to relive movies. The film is on general release and as such, this comic needs something more, or at the very least something different. There is just not enough here to make it warrant buying. It is such a waste. Solo is a fun ride where a lot happens. It leaves little room to slow down to focus on certain moments. This is the void this series should fill and yet it falls flat. At the end of issue one, I tried to remain optimistic about what might be in future issues, now, I’m not so sure. This series needs to drastically improve to show why it is even needed, particularly when it is seven issues long. The promise of extra scenes, particularly in this issue, seems like wishful thinking rather than delivered reality. I hope the next issue proves me wrong…

Availability;

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 $3.99.

Mark 'Spooked Hippie' Alders
Mark’s day job is a primary school teacher, where in his classroom you will find life size cut outs of Darth Vader and Chewbacca, trying his best to educate the youth of today in the ways of the force.



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