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SPOILER Jordan's Review: Marvel's Han Solo #2

Discussion in 'Star Wars: Books & Comics + Legends' started by Hard Case, Jul 6, 2016.

  1. Hard Case

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    After a great first entry last month, Marjorie Liu and Mark Brooks continue their five-issue limited run on Han Solo with this week’s release of Han Solo #2. Read on for the full review… upload_2016-7-6_9-58-56.gif

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    After having taken a step back from the rebel cause after their heroic saving of the day at the Battle of Yavin, Han Solo and his companion Chewbacca have returned to a life of smuggling. After turning down job after job, Princess Leia Organa has made the pair an offer they can’t refuse – a chance to race the Falcon in the esteemed and notorious Dragon Void race as a cover to find a mysterious rebel spy who may have turned traitor.

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    It may be just a cover, but Han’s not going to pass up an opportunity like this one. Against all odds and more notable opposition, he very much intends to win this race, while saving the day in the process. By the end of issue #1 the race has just begun, and issue #2 picks up right where it left off, in the very explosive first leg of the race.

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    Drawing on his hard-earned blue collar experience as a smuggler and his daring wit, Han quickly proves that he knows what he’s doing as he – along with only 3 other racers – make it past the first obstacle of the race. Despite his self-proclaimed fame as the pilot who made the Kessel Run in less than 14, pardon me, 12 parsecs – he is still an unknown among the other more prestigious racers. However, after touching down at their first stop, Han soon realizes that he has been quickly thrust into the spotlight as fans clamor for his autograph.

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    As Chewie goes off to find their rebel contact, Han confronts a fellow racer who deliberately tried to shoot him down during the first run, only to discover that he might have drawn more attention than he intended as Imperial Stormtroopers arrive and arrest all of the racers, inciting outrage in the spectators and racers alike. After an attempt at fleeing Imperial imprisonment , an officer enters the scene and crushes all hope of Han going anywhere anytime soon.

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    I have to say that I have been pleasantly surprised with the Han Solo series. I found Issue #1 to be very entertaining, and issue #2 has proven that it wasn’t a fluke. If this trend continues, Han Solo just might be my favorite of Marvel’s five issue character-centric mini-series. Writer Marjorie Liu, who previously made a decent name for herself at Marvel with her work in the X-23 series, has thus far really captured the essence of Han Solo, giving readers a well-paced story that is both entertaining and rewarding. Coupled with the pencils of Mark Brooks and the brilliant coloring of Sonia Oback, this comic is a feast for the eyes as well.

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    I still hate Bermejo’s cover art in this series, but you know what they say about judging a book by its cover . Brooks more than makes up for it with his fantastic pencil work, so as Han would say, “She may not look like much, but she’s got it where it counts, kid.” Do yourself a favor and check out this series if you haven’t already.

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    Found this issue very exciting. I am hooked now and can't wait for the next one.
     
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    Brooks is also the first artist I have seen in the new canon SW comics that has accurately nailed the proportions of Stormtrooper armor. His troopers look great. He also nails the look of the characters without having to go all Greg Land and trace all the facial expressions from the movies. This is my favorite art in all of the SW comics so far.
     
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    i love Bermejo as an artist and i do like his work here, but Harrison Ford definitely has a hard face to capture well. the interior art, though, like you said, is really outstanding.

    this is a fun book! thought it would rankle me, but i'm enjoying it a lot so far! felt like Han let the blue guy off too easy, but hopefully he'll get back at him in a subsequent issue.

    absolutely loved that final page!
     
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    I kind of like that it isn't a copy of Harrison Ford's face. This character needs to move away from looking exactly like Harrison Ford. It will probably carry on for years to come and move away from that, though canon may include the chin scar and crooked grin. There was a marvel comic though for a while where Wedge and Han looked exactly alike and one had to think twice which was which. One thing I liked was Chewie staying on task with the Rebel mission. Great background characters as well.
     
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    Great review @Hard Case !! Really liked this issue and it seems this will my favourite mini-serie too!

    I couldn't help but thinking of Sebulba when I saw this fella:

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    I see what you did there lol.

    I'm not a big fan either. I can see the points behind not doing a uncanny resemblance of HF whenever they draw Han, but didn't like it that much anyway.
     
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    This was the comic series I was talking about, where the artist made Wedge and Han hard to tell apart. It was some good writing. The Marvel series just prior to Disney take over I believe. There were about 20 issues. Loving the artwork on this new comic, but agree on the covers. Iconic scenes though and probably nice for people who want to display them. So there is that.



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    Great review, @Hard Case! Agreed about Brooks! The Imperials look fantastic. I love this series so far!
     
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    Good job as always, @Hard Case !

    I am really liking this series so far. The secondary characters are really starting to get interesting: Loo Re Anno, the pilot that shoots at Han then defends him from Imperials, new bounty hunter and now new Imperial officer. I like that Han is still unknown, except among the smugglers. It's a long way to go to his Bloodline career. And Chewie dealing with scared spy was priceless. I cannot wait for more. :)
     
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    It's cool how they've included Sebulba's species in there as well, with their racing links. Cool throwback
     
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    Just a few notes:

    - Han Solo comic is by far the best thing out there in the Star Wars Universe for NOW
    - I consider Han Solo's Face is being portraited less like Harrisson and more like Alden

    @Hard Case - I read all SWNN comic reviews but i think we miss some kind of graduation, and i mean graduation in numbers or values, you migh keep it very simple (Dislike it, Like It, Like It a lot, Master Piece), that would be very cool to us all to coment (please just check the comment boxes or your reviews, we all talk about liking it or disliking it and how much we like it), you guys could even keep tallies over the best comic books or the best series and all the fun stuff only us, comic book guys, give importance to.
     
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    *Her Worship does not like this.* LOL.
     
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    This book is not a fluke! It continues to entertain,very much so. I really can't wait for the Han Solo's standalone now!!
     
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    The first issue intrigued me, this one has me all in. The choices of aliens are great, too. More Falleen please.
     
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    @Hard Case, great review. I can honestly say, mini series or not, this series affects Han, and gives him more connecting bridges, this time on a very personal and emotional scale. Lando's series did the same, and this is also very similar in effect. And thank god for nice looking troopers! I don't mind the other artists' renditions, but still, lifelike is the best. And connecting Rogue One and it's symmetrical helmet design that fixes the OT's asymmetrical, I am hoping artists pick it up more often and draw it based on the newer ones.
     
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