Imperial Cadet #2

Han Solo – Imperial Cadet #2 (2 of 5)

Writer: Robbie Thompson
Artist: Leonard Kirk
Colorist: Arif Prianto
Letterer: Joe Caramagna
Cover Artist: David Nakayama

There’s a couple problems with Han Solo – Imperial Cadet #2. First off, the artwork is subpar. I mean it’s okay, but it’s not great. It’s not the kind of artwork you open up the comic and are impressed by. Secondly, the writing is kind of subpar as well. Rather than giving readers an interesting Han Solo, you get a caricature of Han Solo. He’s more of a cartoon than a believable person.

The issue opens in with Han in the brig from his failed escape attempt. Some Imperial officer decides to give him a second chance, and we see a little bit of Han interacting, and fighting, will his fellow pilots, being disobedient, clueless and dumb with every Imperial he meets, and he pulls off some reckless stunt during his next training mission. There’s nothing that adds much in the way of any depth to the character, aside from his empathy and humanity. When he has a chance to save someone, he takes it. The problem is that getting to see Han in the Imperial Academy should be an opportunity to see a different side to Han. We should have a chance to see him be serious, try to succeed, try to learn, but he would ultimately get in a position within the confines of their rules that he just couldn’t abide by. Instead, we see a Han who doesn’t try, who has no sense of survival or seriousness, and who wouldn’t stand a chance in the Empire. He comes off as a cartoon of what people think of Han Solo, which isn’t a very interesting read. It’s the stereotypical thing a non-comic reader would expect to find in a comic. And that’s a bad thing.

The artwork is okay but the style isn’t anything impressive. It gets the job done, it shows the action, it’s easy enough to follow along, but it’s not anything you stare at to enjoy. There’s no panels that catch your attention with how great they look. Instead, it’s just passable comic art.

As is, I give Imperial Cadet #2 a two out of five metal bikinis. So far, there’s no reason to go and check this series out.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.
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