Friday, 17 June 2016

Star Wars: Han Solo #1 Review (Marjorie Liu, Mark Brooks)


What up nerf-herders, it’s Han Solo’s solo comic and it can do the crappy run in less than 12 parsecs! 

This is the third new Marvel Star Wars title to come out this year (not counting the C-3PO one-shot) after Obi-Wan & Anakin and Poe Dameron, both by Charles Soule, both terrible, and unfortunately the downwards trend continues with Marjorie Liu and Mark Brooks’ Han Solo #1.

Leia needs Han, Chewie and the Falcon to pick up some Rebel spies but they need a cover so they enter an “epic” race called the Dragon Void run. 

And that’s the whole issue. Table-setting, and dull table-setting at that. Liu can’t come close to replicating the same lively charm to the character that fans are used to seeing from Harrison Ford’s performances with her Han Solo coming off like Harrison Ford in every other non-Star Wars movie he’s done in the last 20 years. 

The story itself is utterly disposable and pointless too – Han and Chewie running errands for the Rebel Alliance, picking up some no-name spies? Who cares? And some dumb race no-one’s heard of? Woo… hoo… 

I was impressed with Mark Brooks’ accomplished artwork even if the characters’ faces look a little static. The full page shot of the Falcon under fire was pure awesome. Lee Bermejo’s cover was great too. 

I really wasn’t expecting such a boring comic with one of Star Wars’ most exciting characters but Marjorie Liu sucks the life out of Han turning him into just another bland pilot. Han Solo #1 was such a dreary issue it’s put me off of continuing with the title despite only being a limited series. Wait for the trade on this one, guys – when it shows up in the library, of course, don’t pay for this drek!

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