Han Solo #2
Han Solo #2
Writer: Marjorie Liu
Penciller: Mark Brooks
Inker: Dexter Vines
Colorist: Sonia Oback
Letterer: Joe Caramagna
Cover Artist: Lee Bermejo
Straight into the fray, Han Solo #2 kicks off like a showdown in The Hunger Games. Pilots get taken out left and right as mines invade the race course. But Han’s luck holds, at least until he meets the Empire. Meanwhile, Chewie takes care of business and finds the rebel spy. With one thing after another, it’s quite the race.
The issue dumps readers in the middle of chaos as mines attack the race ships. The panels blitz by with different racers pulling off tricks to escape the mines while an announcer narrates the action. Between the seeming life and death action of the competition and the detached amusement of the narrator, the Hunger Game vibe is hard to escape. Yet it does pull out of that trope. On top of that, it shows off Han’s skills as a pilot and gives readers an idea of who he’s up against in this race. It works out well making the whole race story a lot of fun.
The action transitions to groundside as the pilots take a break. There’s a hiccup in Han’s mission as he runs into the Empire, however Chewbacca pulls up the slack by completing the mission. Yet Marjorie Liu goes above and beyond the major plot points to weave in some extra story elements. Han’s near brawl with a fellow racer turns into a point of honor in his favor. Slowly but surely, more is revealed about the Dragon Void Race. We see spectators rooting for the Falcon, thus beginning to cement the legend of Han Solo. And there’s some interesting plot seeds. What are the glowing lights that follow Loo Re Anno and show an interest in Han? Who is the lady who shoots at Chewie? While small details, they’re intriguing. Liu certainly did a top notch job with the story in this issue.
On the other hand, Mark Brooks, Dexter Vines and Sonia Oback continue to pour out excellent visuals. The layouts work perfectly with the flow of the story. The colors are bright and eye catching. The details make each panel worthy of your attention, something many artists cut corners on. Plus there’s some crafty blurring tricks to direct the reader’s eye. While it does obscure the artwork, it does so to add to the flow of the story. It creates some very natural transitions and keeps panels from being too busy. Beyond just drawing good looking images, this art team creates well crafted panels that go a long way in facilitating the story.
With excellent visuals and writing, I give Han Solo #2 a five out of five metal bikinis. It not only keeps the momentum of the series going, but amps it up with action and depth. I can’t wait to see where it goes next.
Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.