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SPOILER Jordan's Review: Marvel's Han Solo #3

Discussion in 'Star Wars: Books & Comics + Legends' started by Hard Case, Aug 31, 2016.

  1. Hard Case

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    After being delayed for about a month, Han Solo #3 finally hit the shelves today, as writer Marjorie Liu and artists Mark Brooks, Dexter Vines, and Sonia Oback continue to deliver the goods in what has been arguably the most entertaining Star Wars miniseries from Marvel to date.

    If you missed out on the first two issues of this series, I highly recommend that you start with those as they are excellent additions to Marvel’s Star Wars library. But to get you up to speed before tackling this issue, I’ll start with a little review of what has happened thus far in the series.

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    Shortly after A New Hope, Han Solo and his partner Chewbacca have returned to a life of smuggling where Han struggles with his newfound sense of morality interfering with his ability to perform his job as well as he used to – that is – before his chance encounter with an old hermit, two droids, a princess, and a farm boy altered the course of his life forever.

    Failing to make ends meet, but too prideful to admit it, Han is soon contacted by Princess Leia with an offer he can’t refuse on a mission for the Rebellion. Han and Chewie would be entered in the infamous “Dragon Void” race. At each planetary stop during the race, Han would rendezvous with a rebel informant and get them off-planet and to safety before an unidentified rebel turncoat kills them all one by one.

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    After rescuing the first rebel informant, the race came to a screeching halt in the last issue as Imperial officer Tomine threatened to shut down the race and take the few remaining pilots into custody. This third issue in the series begins in the midst of this skirmish as Tormine continues his threats against the racers.

    Annoyed by the luminous orbs that surround the legendary racer Loo Re Anno, Tormine instructs his troopers to get rid of them. Anno informs the officer that the orbs are living beings and pleads with him to let them be as Han stands up for her, which earns her respect.

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    It isn’t until the mysterious giant-jawa-like race runners step in and warn Tormine of the possible repercussions of his actions (that the fuel stations sponsoring the race would be most unhappy with the Empire if the race was cancelled) that he allows the event to continue.

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    After the brief Imperial hiccup, the race is back on, and Han returns to the Falcon to find that Chewie and the Duro informant have barely made it back to the ship in one piece. With an even greater resolve this time around, Han, Chewie and their new friend embark on the most dangerous leg of the race yet – a 12-hour haul through a debris field that would require the racers to maintain a very high speed throughout or risk becoming disqualified.

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    In the last hour of the course, Han hits some debris which threatens to slow down the ship, but he is saved by a quick tow from the Pantoran, trying to make amends after attempting to sabotage the Falcon at the beginning of the race.

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    The racers arrive on the next planet where Han goes off on his own to meet the rebel informant. Unfortunately, cameras are everywhere and Han must lose them to avoid further suspicion. One of Anno’s orb creatures comes to his aid and destroys the nearby cameras, allowing Han to rendezvous with the informant, a large cat-like character who we learn has actually dealt with Han and Chewie in the past.

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    Who is this mysterious tiger-alien and what role will he play in the story moving forward? Is he the traitor or will it be the next informant that stabs them in the back? Or perhaps something even more sinister is at work? What’s the deal with the floaty orb creatures that happen to bear a strong resemblance to the Force guides that Yoda encountered on Dagobah during the Clone Wars? Why are they helping Han on his mission? Hopefully these questions will be answered in the final two issues of the series.

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    I really enjoyed this issue. The pacing is exciting, the mystery is intriguing, and the art is fantastic. Bermejo’s third ugly cover aside, Brooks’ pencil work has given readers the best Han Solo to date in Marvel comics and Liu’s writing continues to prove that she understands the characters in her story.

    My overall opinion of the miniseries will be greatly shaped by its conclusion, but with three great issues out of a total of five having been released already, I can at least say that this series is very good and worth a read. The next two issues will hopefully move my opinion from “very good” to “great”. But for now let me just say this about Han Solo: if you are a Han Solo fan, a comic fan, or just a Star Wars fan in general, this is a series you should be reading.

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    This series is really great and the art is stunning.
     
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    Great review @Hard Case ! I couldn't wait to read this one - after a month long hiatus!

    I liked the introduction to the issue, especially another great Leia quote hinting at her trust in Han - which later would develop into something else, as we know.

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    BTW, I loved the hairstyle they gave her in this issue, like a mix of Throne Room and Cloud City hairdos.

    (And please, could they actually confirm if Admiral Airen Cracken is Alistair Petrie in Rogue One?? It would definitely make sense.)

    I like how they portray the underlining deals the Empire keeps with criminal and pseudo-criminal organizations at their convenience. I like how the Officer shows his contempt and what seems like empty threats towards the giant jawas lol.

    The art is really stunning. The cover... meh. But the art and the story are definitely outstanding.
     
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    Looks like the Togorian
     
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    Thanks for the review, @Hard Case ! I'm in the last stretch of my contract and I'm taking a half an our break to say - whoa, what an issue!

    Yes, the art and action were great, but it has been a while since the issue hit us with Star Wars humor - perfectly! From 'fabulous' racers, to Chewie's gentle ministrations of the Rebel spy to sarcastic banter, it was great. The twists and turns were great too. And Chewieeeee is in troubleeeee (sing-song voice). Good, there is more than one scoundrel on the Falcon. :D

    I cannot wait for the next issue.
     
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    I didn't think I would like this one when it first came out, but I was dying for this issue to come out. Those orb things are interesting, and I can't wait to see what they mean. So much mystery in this one. I hope we don't have to wait as long for the next one.
     
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    I don't doubt the orb things are force-connected. The Story-Group is expanding the knowledge of the Force, so I consider everything.

    And Lou Re Anno is really mysterious (and the orbs, of course :confused:)
     
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    I loved Brooks covers on the Star Wars Kanan series (Star Wars Kanan #8). I wish he was illustrating the covers for this series as well but that would be too much of a work load. Since the Lando series this has been the best thus far.

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    I have to say, I think this series is shaping up to be my favorite mini series so far. The art is great, and the dialogue and characterization are spot on. It really feels like the author "gets" Han Solo, as does the artist when portraying his expressions. If they manage to stick the landing with the next two issues, I think I'll be able to definitively say that this will be my favorite comic released thus far in the new canon. I can honestly say, seeing how well they are handling this comic makes me just a little more excited for the upcoming Han Solo movie(although Harrison Ford will always be the one true Han Solo ;)).
     
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    WORD.
     
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    We will see in spring 2018...
     
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