Han Solo #3
Han Solo #3
Writer: Marjorie Liu
Penciller: Mark Brooks
Inker: Dexter Vines
Colorist: Sonia Oback
Letterer: Joe Caramagna
Cover Artist: Lee Bermejo
Han Solo #3 keeps up the pace as the race kicks back into action and Han comes across another old, familiar face. While getting back into the race might prove easy enough, staying in it could prove a challenge. But the real threat is that one of three Rebel agents he’s picking up is a murderer. The question is, who will it be?
Mark Brooks, Dexter Vines and Sonia Oback really did an outstanding job with the artwork in this issue. The depictions of the characters are good, the colors and lighting is pleasing, yet the layouts is what puts it over the top. The design of the page layouts adds an extra bit of action to the otherwise static images, helping the artwork come alive. From the layers and positioning, to the impressive two page starburst, the panels stay dynamic and keep the story moving. Plus there is a lot of panels crammed into this issue. Yet the art team doesn’t skimp on all those extra panels, instead they go the extra mile and put all the detail and love they can muster into each one. It makes for some excellent visual storytelling.
As for the story itself. Marjorie Liu continues to do a great job with good dialog and an interesting story. There’s a little bit of Leia seeping into this issue, reminding readers of the overall mission at stake, there’s the run in with the Imperials, some smart, sensible maneuvering to get everyone back in the race, and the dialog is lively and intelligent. There some plot seeds thrown in, again with the light orbs, but also with some more backstory insight on Loo Re Anno, some character development for Delan Vook, and a cat alien who has a grudge against Chewbacca. I have to admit, it’s kind of nice to see someone who has a grudge against Chewie rather than Han for a change. But little things like that keep the story interesting and help churn up questions for the readers. Who is this cat alien and why does he want to shoot Chewbacca? What are these light orb things? Which of the Rebel spies is a traitor? And is there something more to Loo Re Anno? How did whe wind up the last of her kind? Lots of intriguing questions, and hopefully will get some answers to some of them before the series ends.
With excellent writing and artwork, Han Solo #3 propels this series to the top of the pile. As of the moment, it’s my favorite Star Wars comic that Marvel is putting out. If you haven’t picked it up yet, it’s definitely worth a look. I give Han Solo #3 a five out of five metal bikinis.
Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.