Star Wars: Han Solo #1 (Marvel Comics)
Everyone’s favorite scruffy looking nerf-herder finally gets the spotlight this week in Han Solo, a new 5 issue miniseries from writer Marjorie Liu and artist Mark Brooks. After books starring Leia, Lando, Kanan from Rebels, and even Chewbacca, you wouldn’t be wrong in saying, “what took you so long?” Luckily for us, Han Solo is pretty damn great, even with a few narrative flaws.
Taking place between the events of A New Hope and Empire Strikes Back (like almost every other Marvel Star Wars book), this new miniseries places Han on a secret mission for the Rebel Alliance, with a famous space race as his cover. Leia makes it very clear that Han’s mission is NOT to win the race, but of course, this is a race that ol’ Han has longed to compete in, so naturally he thinks that he’ll be able to complete his mission and win. Say it with me now everyone…”I’ve got a bad feeling about this”.
There isn’t a whole lot of forward momentum in the plot for Han Solo, and usually that would be a problem. However, Marjorie Liu’s characterization of Han is so spot on that it’s not even a problem. Everything you love about Han is here: the misguided cockiness, the snarky attitude, and the fact that deep down, you know he’s going to do the right thing. Liu even throws in some fun banter between Han and Leia that’s sure to tug on the nostalgia for long-term Star Wars fans as well.
Mark Brooks is probably more well known as a cover illustrator for Marvel, but after this I really hope he takes on more interior work. Brooks’ clean, almost photo-realistic style really suits this book, and it only helps that he can draw some pretty dynamic aliens and spacecrafts as well. While there isn’t a lot of action in the race right now, I have high hopes that Brooks will be able to effectively convey the feeling of being in a dogfight with Han.
Han Solo is probably going to be an extremely popular Star Wars Marvel title, so you’d be wise to pick it up. While the plot takes some time to get moving, Liu’s writing for Han and Chewie makes up for the slowness, and Brooks’ art is really something to see. With time, this could end up being one of the best of Marvel’s Star Wars line up.