Lando – Double or Nothing #3

Lando – Double or Nothing #3

Writer: Rodney Barnes
Artist: Paolo Villanelli
Colorist: Andres Mossa
Letterer: Joe Caramagna
Cover Artist: W. Scott Forbes

So where to begin with Lando – Double or Nothing #3. I liked the humor, but I don’t like how ridiculously egotistical Lando is. I mean his ego couldn’t be any bigger. They introduced a good villain, but the droid subplot is badly forced. Yet overall, I did enjoy this issue. It was fun and it felt like it was finally hitting its stride.

Things kick off with Lando in the custody of a gang leader named Batalla. Batalla is interesting. He’s small (I think it’s a he, but I could be wrong), and he has a colorful personality. He uses a henchmen to stand on like a platform. He uses other henchmen to lift him up to adjust for the height difference between him and Lando. He also has an amusing way of talking. For instance Lando mentions some kind of pet he stole, and Batalla remarks that he really misses that pet, but that he’ll get back to that. It’s quirky and amusing. The bad thing is Lando is just as pompous as ever. He actually narrates to himself, “But then again, can greatness of my sort truly be comprehended?” It’s very hard to like a character who is that ridiculously full of themselves. And I’m not sure how appropriate that take is on Lando. It’s a bit much.

The story goes on to show Lando escaping with the help of L3, and Kristiss running into issues with her people. It’s a fun little adventure story. However, they did try to cram in a subplot with droids, droid rights and L3. The problem is that it feels like it’s crammed in. L3 is all about droid rights, so it makes sense, but the way the story forces the dialog to reveal that Lando hurt a droid, let alone the story forcing Lando to hurt a droid, it didn’t feel like a natural progression. But it’s not a big thing. Another small issue is that Lando says Batalla is blue, when the colorist made him green. There’s also some odd things going on with the coloring, especially with Batalla’s eyes in several panels. But for the most part, the art is good, and the story isn’t that bad.

So with bad characterization of Lando, a few other small issues, but some good humor and action, Double or Nothing #3 is a mixed bag that winds up on the positive side. I give it a three out of five metal bikinis. It certainly doesn’t save the series, but it does make for a more enjoyable read.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.
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