Lando #5

Star Wars: Lando #5 (of 5)

Writer: Charles Soule
Artist: Alex Maleev
Colorist: Paul Mounts
Letterer: Joe Caramagna
Cover Artist: Alex Maleev

Star Wars: Lando #5 brings the mini-series to a close as everything falls apart. However, Lando has a knack for pulling off tricky hands under difficult situations. Even though some of the previous issues had me feeling lukewarm about this series, Lando #5 packs enough punch to end things on a high note.

The coloring on panels like this catch my eye. You can’t help but get lost in the richness.

When things left off, Lando and Chanath Cha were getting reaquainted. Lando wastes no time in trying to convince her to let them leave with some of the loot, but Chanath is a no nonsense kind of person. Yet that wheeling and dealing gets him into even more trouble as Aleskin and Pavol show up and make their own deal with Sava Pers. As the story continues, so do the deals, and not everyone is so fortunate with how their hands turn out. In a way, the cover serves as a symbolic image for the story in this issue. While Lando doesn’t literally play sabacc with anyone, the whole thing does turn into a deadly game with everyone trying to get out ahead. Throughout it keeps a good pace and the dialog is pretty strong. My favorite moment is when Lando plays his wild card and shows a trick he’s been keeping secret. I have to admit, that made the whole series worth it right there. But on top of that, we get some story explanation for why Lando is the way he is in The Empire Strikes Back, and a better of understand of Lando and his transformation in the films. It’s not perfect, but it’s pretty good.

Supposedly all four of these people are Chanath Cha. Note the wide variety of styles utilized to depict her. The first one is detailed and does a good job of presenting her likeness. The second is more rushed with a different tone in coloring that makes her look very different. The third one is extremely lacking in detail, and while it’s sad to see characters get rushed to save time, the fourth picture is downright criminal. Is that really suppose to be Chanath?

The art, on the other hand, is a mixed bag. Some of the panels have their charm with some interesting character depictions and very rich coloring. Other panels, however, are awful. And as harsh as that may seem, it’s not unjustified. For instance, Chanath Cha looks vastly different over just a two page spread. Heck, she look looks like a guy in one panel. It’s almost as if Alex Maleev couldn’t remember what she was suppose to look like and had a memory lapse. That said, overall it isn’t too bad. There’s some hits, some misses, and a lot of panels that get the job done. There’s a couple of really good moments where the artwork and dialog come together for a priceless moment. That kind of synergy has been very rare in this series.

One of my favorite panels from the issue.

In the end, Lando #5 left me happy. I enjoyed what they did even if the trip to this point wasn’t the smoothest one. I give Lando #5 a four out of five metal bikinis.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

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