Han Solo #1
Han Solo #1
Writer: Marjorie Liu
Artist: Mark Brooks
Colorist: Sonia Oback
Letterer: Joe Caramagna
Cover Artist: Lee Bermejo
Han Solo #1 is an interesting setup for a little kernel put in place by The Force Awakens. We’ve seen Han Solo the smuggler and freedom fighter, but what about Han Solo the racer? This issue sets the stage for Han Solo’s racing career as well as his skill as a pilot. Not to mention it’s a great opportunity to see Mark Brooks tackle the interior art of a Star Wars comic for a change. It does not disappoint.
As can be expected, the story starts in a cantina. The interesting thing however is not the awesome looking aliens illustrated by Mark Brooks, but the internal dialog from Han. The cocky Han Solo slowly reveals to the reader that he’s lost his nerve, even if he’s not bold enough to admit it to himself. After turning away a Trandoshan with an easy job, Han gets spooked by a familiar face. Then he gets kidnapped. Then it gets even deeper down the rabbit hole as we find out who was in on it and why. Without spoiler anything, it leads to a race and Han’s entry. It’s called the Dragon Void Run, the most dangerous race in the galaxy. As can be expected, Han is in.
The comic doesn’t get to the point of the race, but it does give readers a glimpse of Han’s situation. He’s a smugger, but he has no reputation among professional racers. Sure, he did the Kessel Run in 12 parsecs, but to the top tier of the racing community, he’s a nobody. Worse than that, he’s a smuggler. Thus Han goes into this story as the underdog. While winning the race isn’t the mission, he has the motivation to do it. Will he succeed? Will this be the kernel that leads to his eventual racing career mentioned in The Force Awakens? That’s all left to be seen, but Marjorie Liu does a good job of setting the stage and getting readers ready.
Complementing the intriguing story is Mark Brooks’ gorgeous artwork. Star Wars comic readers will be familiar with his work on comic covers, but this is his first time tacking the interior artwork. Mark shows an impressive ability to capture both detail and action. While Han isn’t a spitting image of Harrison Ford, the rest of the characters look great. The aliens are superb, Chewbacca is top notch, and the backgrounds and ships are excellent. Leia is a little closer to Carrier Fisher than Han is to Ford, but there’s still some leeway with the likeness. Even still, the portrayals are good and recognizable. The coloring does a great job of changing things up and rotating the color palette. Overall, the artwork is very high caliber.
With an intriguing story, lots of attention on Han’s character, and top notch artwork, Han Solo #1 is off to a great start. Hopefully the creators behind the series can keep it up. As is, I give this issue a five out of five metal bikinis.
Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.