Writer: Charles Soule
Artist: Jesus Saiz, Arif Prianto, and VC’s Clayton Cowles
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: January 29, 2020
I am a huge Star Wars fan, and the original trilogy is my jam, so having a book set between The Empire Strikes Back, and The Return of the Jedi is excellent for me! The first issue was good enough, but it was some stuff we’ve seen in the movies, so I was looking forward to this one as all-new material. Let’s jump in and see what Luke and the gang are up to…
The issue opens with Lando laying on the “just trust me” charm. He wants to borrow the Millennium Falcon and head off to Tatooine to check up on where they took Han. Leia aggrees as long as he takes Chewbacca along, and you can see the beginnings of the plan that opens Jedi.
While this is going on, we see Luke continuing to struggle with Vadar, and because of that, he hasn’t gone to get a hand replacement. It’s just a little scene taking up a few panels, but these are the things I’m here to see. Charles Soule is doing an excellent job with Luke so far in this series.
We jump forward and catch up with Lando and Chewie as they approach Tatooine. Any hopes of a noneventful arrival go out the window as Tie-Fighters attack them. While our two heroes argue over who’s to blame for their current troubles, another bunch of ships attacks the Tie-Fighters. Unfortunately, it looks like an out of the frying pan deal going down. That is until Lando uses his smarts and charm to turn an enemy into an escort! It seems that Soule does a good Lando as well!
Back with Leia, the Rebellion is still trying to figure out how to contact the rest of the fleet. Leia, being a tough cookie and not one to sit on her hands, comes up with a simple-sounding plan…let’s go and find the surviving fleet ourselves.
Back with Lando, it’s an easter egg lover’s dream. Bib Fortuna, C3PO’s predecessor, and Jabba the Hutt himself! However, it’s not so great for Lando who finds out very quickly that Jabba is a step ahead of him and news does find it’s way to the Outer Rim. In the end, the only thing that saves his skin is his knowledge of what happened to Han and his relationship with the Rebellion. Yea, it looks like Lando might be a bad guy after all. Of course, we know he’s not, but it did feel odd for Lando to get cozy with Jabba her when soon he’d be working undercover in the palace.
The issue ends with Lando asking Luke to take him back to Bespin so they can retrieve his Lightsaber, but the cliffhangers showed they might already be too late for that. I’ll admit, this issue felt like it was three or four pages too long, but that all went away seeing that last page!
This issue was a mixed bag for me. It looked fantastic, and there was a lot to like, but it did drag a bit. The pacing felt slightly off, and Lando hanging in Jabba’s Palace felt off this early and didn’t do much for the story anyway. Charles Soule can write these characters well, and that’s enough to get through a couple of rough patches, but I hope things pick up next issue.
Charles Soule continues his Star Wars Story, and while I love his take on the characters, this issue was a bit down compared to the first. However, it’s still a worthwhile buy and read for every Star Wars fan.