Comic Review: Solo: A Star Wars Story #3

Published: December 19, 2018
Rating: Rated T
Writer: Robbie Thompson
Penciler: Will Sliney
Cover Artist: Phil Noto

The Synopsis;

THE FASTEST SHIP IN THE GALAXY! QI’RA is alive! But she’s working for the ruthless gangster DRYDEN VOS, who forces HAN, BECKETT and QI’RA into an impossible heist. But where will this trio find the fastest ship in the galaxy to make the dreaded KESSEL RUN? Enter LANDO CALRISSIAN and the MILLENIUM FALCON!

The Review;

The last two issues of the Solo adaptation have been disappointing to say the least. One only needs to look at the adaptation of The Last Jedi to see exactly how a comic adaptation should be done. The whole perspective of that story was changed, providing readers with a new and engaging experience. I have commented in my previous reviews that with so many issues still left, that there must be something really amazing coming in the future issues. I might be wrong.

Issue three opens with a few panels showing the backstory of Qi’ra after her and Han were separated. It was a pleasant surprise to have it placed in and it was just the right length. Although I want to see additional scenes, it’s really Han I want to be focused on. This felt like a promising start.

The issue then followed the movie, seemingly word for word, scene by scene. There were no additional scenes, no extra bits, nothing.

With nothing else to really engage me, the one thing that came out loud and clear was the work by Sliney, it is fantastic. The artwork has lots of detail and the flow he provides to the story is flawless. He is able to help emphasis points in the story, I’m particularly thinking of when Han is discussing going to Kessel, and the faces of the other characters can really be felt. It allows the story to move at a quick pace, which it needs to with the amount that is being covered.

That sums up the issue for me. There isn’t a huge amount here that really justifies buying the issue. Yes the art is very well done, and as a straight up adaptation, it ticks all the boxes. But I want something more, I want to pay for something that is going to be of value to me as a reader who has seen the film several times already. This isn’t it. This is going to be seven issues (yes seven!) of reading what I’ve already seen on screen and I’m not sure it wouldn’t take less time and effort just to sit and watch the film!


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.