Comic Review: Solo: A Star Wars Story #5

Published: February 20, 2019
Rating: Rated T
Writer: Robbie Thompson
Penciler: Will Sliney
Cover Artist: Phil Noto

The Synopsis;

THE KESSEL RUN! HAN and his crew pulled off an impossible heist…but will the EMPIRE stop them before their stolen unrefined coaxium explodes? Or will a monster waiting in the Maw prevent them making the Kessel Run in under twelve parsecs?!

The Review;

You know when the needle gets stuck in a record and the same thing repeats over and over again? I think the same could be said for this issue’s review of Solo. I have not been impressed with the adaptation so far. Apart from a few one off extra pieces, there is nothing new here from the film, and to be honest, I’d rather watch the film! I don’t mean to be critical, Thompson is a fantastic writer, one only needs to look to his other Star Wars series (Imperial Cadet) to know that he is skilled and gets the Han Solo character. But in this modern age, with films out on home release so soon, I need something more from my comic adaptation.

This issue follows the film almost perfectly with the addition of a single joke. Now I have to say, whether because I wasn’t expecting it, or my expectations were low, but I found myself having a big grin on my face. It was well written but that infuriates me somewhat as I want to see more of what Thompson is capable of, not retelling a script I already know. When Thompson does his own thing, it works and it works well.

This comic was all action and I enjoyed it more than the last issue, mainly because it was the art that drew me in and moved the story forward. Sliney’s work in this part is fantastic and the way he is able to show the movement of the falcon is incredible. I found myself staring at single panels for minutes at a time, admiring the way Sliney had utilised his art to show motion. His take on Han I also like, as it’s not just a perfect likeness of young Han, but has a mix of Harrison Ford thrown in. The look of the comic gives it a certain quality and it helps to make up for the lack of extra scenes and detail in the writing.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, save your money. Better yet, go buy and read Imperial Cadet! It shows just what a great writer Thompson can be and might show Marvel that this adaptation could have been five issues and Cadet seven. There is no real need for this comic in your collection, unless you’re reading for the art, in which case sit back and enjoy the ride Sliney so beautifully lays out.


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.