Han Solo

Han Solo

Everyone's favorite scoundrel goes Solo! Han is given a top-secret undercover mission for the Rebellion: rescuing several informants and spies! His cover for the assignment? Only the biggest and most infamous starship race in the galaxy, the Dragon Void! A tournament he has dreamt of winning his entire life. With a chance of glory, can Han keep his mind on the mission? Or...

DownloadRead Online
Title:Han Solo
Author:Marjorie M. Liu
Rating:
ISBN:0785193219
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:112 pages

Han Solo Reviews

  • Brian Cambra
    Feb 22, 2017

    This is right up there with the best of the New Canon graphic novels. Absolutely nails Han Solo. A must read.

  • Will Robinson Jr.
    Feb 06, 2017

    I just finished reading Marjorie Liu's

    . She is definitely a top notch writer. The Star Wars series of comics for Marvel have been quite enjoyable. I was unsure what to expect from a series for Han Solo but I think Liu nailed the character. First I want to point out that I agree with most people that the plot was a bit simple and boring but I feel with that aside this book acts as just a side tale to introduce and welcome back fans to one of the Star Wars universe's

    I just finished reading Marjorie Liu's

    . She is definitely a top notch writer. The Star Wars series of comics for Marvel have been quite enjoyable. I was unsure what to expect from a series for Han Solo but I think Liu nailed the character. First I want to point out that I agree with most people that the plot was a bit simple and boring but I feel with that aside this book acts as just a side tale to introduce and welcome back fans to one of the Star Wars universe's most endearing characters. This tale also gives more clarity to why Solo is a reluctant hero. This book sees Solo taking a job from Princess Leia to participate in a dangerous space race known as the Dragon Void. The race could earn Solo fame and wealth but he is instructed to participate to rescue three informants who have the Empire hot on their trail. This is further complicated by the fact that Leia suspects their is a mole hiding in the Rebel Alliance. Han wants the money but is not interested in Rebel problems. The artwork by Mark Brooks is amazing. Liu really nailed Han's voice in the dialogue. It was not the best Star Wars comic but it is a pretty fun comic.

  • Sesana
    Jan 07, 2017

    This was significantly better than I'd thought it would be. Not fantastic, sure, and certainly not the best of the new Star Wars comics. But it's a fairly good story, it suits Han, and it's entirely unlike what the other books are doing.

  • Arya Stark
    Nov 24, 2016

    Ouch that was painful.

    With one of my fav writers and an excellent art time I was hoping they would make good use of one of the most charismatic Star Wars characters. Unfortunately this has nothing going for it and is one of the blandest comics I have read.

  • Lance Shadow
    Jan 04, 2017

    Marvel's 2016 run for Star Wars: Han Solo has just been released in trade paperback, so even though I acquired it issue by issue, I'm still reviewing it at around this time, so go figure.

    Yet another star wars comic in the new canon that takes place between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back, this comic suffers a similar problem that Jame's Luceno's recent Star Wars novel

    had: it has an extremely strong start, but in the final two issues it loses steam.

    THE STORY: There is a mole in

    Marvel's 2016 run for Star Wars: Han Solo has just been released in trade paperback, so even though I acquired it issue by issue, I'm still reviewing it at around this time, so go figure.

    Yet another star wars comic in the new canon that takes place between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back, this comic suffers a similar problem that Jame's Luceno's recent Star Wars novel

    had: it has an extremely strong start, but in the final two issues it loses steam.

    THE STORY: There is a mole in the Rebel Alliance that is picking off informants one by one. It is determined to be too risky to send a rebel ship, so Princess Leia wants the Millenium Falcon to be sent instead because it won't stand out among other ships. The problem is that Han Solo flatly refuses.

    Desperate for time, Leia reluctantly sends Han Solo and Chewie on the Dragon Void run, which is basically a more badass version of the podrace from the Phantom Menace except that it involves spaceships. The idea is to go to each designated rest stop and pick up each rebel informant, while also figuring out which one is the mole.

    THE BAD: The narration done through Han Solo's inner thoughts got annoying pretty fast. If they had these kinds of inner thoughts in a novel, it would be fine. But this is a visual medium and the extra text boxes just crowd the panels. Please, comic writers, use the visuals to your advantage! THAT'S WHY GRAPHIC NOVELS EXIST, RIGHT??

    Anyways, there are a few more problems aside from the narration, mostly due to the story. I didn't understand why the empire was getting involved and trying to stop the racers. They felt like they were just kind of there because its Star Wars, but I think the other obstacles in the race were dangerous enough. I also wasn't satisfied with the way the "Clue" scenario with the rebel mole was resolved. Even though it wasn't entirely predictable, the chosen culprit was a cliched choice. Finally, the resolution of the dragon void race felt a bit out of character for Han Solo. I know he is supposed to have a heart of gold and the other possibility would have been a bit too predictable and meh, but

    I would rather have an outcome that is done to death and predictable but is executed well and, more importantly, makes sense than one that is out there and different just to be different. If Dreamworks' How To Train Your Dragon showed me anything, you can follow every single cliche, done to death, and predictable outcome and still turn into one of my favorite animated films in existence because of phenomenally perfect execution. On the flip side, Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords and

    tried to do something different but (in my opinion), completely botched the execution, and in the case of Path of Destruction, does not even fully make sense.

    I also didn't find many of the side characters all that interesting either. There's a pantoran pilot who is just kind of there. The comic has a pair of Twilek sisters who remind me of the pair of female twilek bounty hunters from KOTOR 2 that you must defeat playing as Atton Rand, but other than that are pretty forgettable. I don't remember any of the informant characters and the imperials are lead by another officer of the week. Loo Re Ano was interesting enough but her motivations weren't all that clear.

    THE GOOD: This comic, despite its problems, was tons of fun.

    I found the worldbuilding done with the whole time and space mumbo jumbo and Loo Re Ano's species pretty cool. I can understand why other readers may find it too silly or stupid and not like it, but for me it was a nice touch and literally and figuratively adds another layer to the galaxy we know and love.

    The forgettable side characters can be forgiven due to how excellent the main characters are. Han Solo is done perfectly almost all the way through the comic. He's snarky and selfish, just like we knew him from the movies. And despite how annoying the narration is, we get some insight on why he became a smuggler in the first place through his inner thoughts, even though they are hopefully saving most of that for 2018's Han Solo film.

    I really like how Marjorie Liu characterized Leia in this comic, as it is very reminiscent of the headstrong personality that is not completely immune to vulnerability we see in Empire Strikes Back. The moments between her and Han in this comic are just fantastic.

    Chewie is also done just fine, being the perfectly likeable loyal sidekick he always is, but the art helps make him more expressive.

    Speaking of which, wow, is this artwork damn good, or what? I didn't think anybody could outdo the spectacular talents of Marco Chechetto, but Mark Brooks and Sonia Oback blew me away with how well designed the characters were, how intense the action was, and how vivid the color scheme turned out to be. What really makes this artwork stand out is how perfectly they blended blurriness with clarity to create a sense of DEPTH. I love the artwork done by Chechetto and Larocca/Delgado, but even their best work still looks flat. But Brooks and Oback make their galaxy look 3-Dimensional, and the closest thing I have seen to a comic book capturing the feeling of watching a Star Wars film. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE, Marvel, get these two to draw for more comics, Star Wars or otherwise!

    THE CONCLUSION: For most of the run I was thinking this comic had the potential to outclass

    , but the last two issues prevented that from happening. Despite this, I really enjoyed the comic for the well done portrayals of Han and Leia and the phenomenal, out of this galaxy artwork. I almost went with a 4 stars, but I took into account that other readers who are following the star wars comics may be getting tired of how nearly every new comic being released is post-New-Hope-pre-Empire-Strikes-Back. So far, of the 12 comic series considered canon, 6 of them take place between episodes 4 and 5- leaving 50% of the comic book canon is being taken up by only 3 years out of the roughly 50 year timespan that the star wars canon universe is currently occupying!

    This was overall a good comic, but I'm ready for the new star wars canon to branch out to different eras with its comic books. Why can't there be more comics utilizing the 30 year stretch between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens? Do more between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope. Even that 10 year gap between Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones!

    Here's to hoping that the upcoming Darth Maul Comic taking place pre-phantom menace will be good, and hopefully that volume of Aaron's Star Wars run focusing on Yoda works out. But until then, hopefully Kieron Gillen's

    is the only comic book series between Yavin 4 and Hoth that we will be seeing for a while.

  • Paul Nash
    Jan 10, 2017

    The art was fantastic and the story was OK. It was good, but not great.

    One thing I've noticed, Marvel comics have WAY less advertisements than DC, more story, more actual comic book. DC's Rebirth is chopped full of advertising! That's not all that cool...no wonder they're pumping 2 comics per month on one series. They are basically taking one normal sized comic book, splitting it into 2 books, loading up on advertisements and doubling their money. Not cool!

    But this series...I just like Star Wars

    The art was fantastic and the story was OK. It was good, but not great.

    One thing I've noticed, Marvel comics have WAY less advertisements than DC, more story, more actual comic book. DC's Rebirth is chopped full of advertising! That's not all that cool...no wonder they're pumping 2 comics per month on one series. They are basically taking one normal sized comic book, splitting it into 2 books, loading up on advertisements and doubling their money. Not cool!

    But this series...I just like Star Wars and it was pretty fun.

    I think about a 3.75 stars... somewhere in that area.

  • Sam Quixote
    Jan 27, 2017

    Good Golly Miss Molly, Marvel is shitting the bed with their comics these days! Unfortunately the crap has now spread to its Star Wars line as well. You’d think a Han Solo comic would be a home-run but instead it’s one big yawner with a helluva convoluted plot that’s not worth trying to puzzle out.

    Like many of the new Marvel Star Wars comics, this one is set between A New Hope and Empire. Leia needs Han to pick up some Rebel informants in an Imperial system - they have important information the

    Good Golly Miss Molly, Marvel is shitting the bed with their comics these days! Unfortunately the crap has now spread to its Star Wars line as well. You’d think a Han Solo comic would be a home-run but instead it’s one big yawner with a helluva convoluted plot that’s not worth trying to puzzle out.

    Like many of the new Marvel Star Wars comics, this one is set between A New Hope and Empire. Leia needs Han to pick up some Rebel informants in an Imperial system - they have important information the Rebel Alliance needs. Why not send the information through whatever the Star Wars version of email is? No clue. They need to be physically picked up and brought to Leia so she can figure out who the traitor is.

    But Leia knows they can’t send Rebel ships to an Imperial system so she wants to send Han and Chewie in the Millennium Falcon, who aren’t recognised as part of the Rebel Alliance (even though they played a major role in blowing up the Death Star). Except they can’t just go to the system and pick up the informants, they apparently need a good cover reason to be there (even though, not being a part of the Rebels, they shouldn’t be stopped by the Empire) so she’s enrolled them in something called the Dragon Void run, which is mega-dangerous. Why aren’t other, safer, good reasons like shopping, trading, visiting friends, or just being there for the fuck of it acceptable? No clue. Why exactly does she need the Falcon - why not use a different non-Rebel ship with a Rebel pilot for the mission? Well, the Falcon is well-suited to racing because it’s fast… which she set up as the reason for their being there. What contrived garbage!

    This is just a badly conceived premise that reads as sloppily as it’s constructed and isn’t in the least bit interesting. How the, er, “mystery”?, plays out is equally as dumb as the rest of the book. Han accuses someone, they say something like “Noooo, you found me out!” and tries to kill him. How fucking stupid is that?! Why not just be silent or deny it? Han’s only guessing after all, he hasn’t got any evidence! It’s like a child wrote this drivel.

    I guess the race aspect is meant to be exciting but it isn’t. We don’t see the track or have any idea of the race; it’s just spaceships flying into space, pew-pewing stuff - am I meant to be on the edge of my seat over who’ll win? The supporting characters are totally forgettable and dull, and even Han and Chewie come off as boring.

    Mark Brooks’ art though is spectacular. Even though I had no idea what was happening in the race, it looked amazing with all the spaceships flying through chaos, lasers everywhere, stuff ‘sploding - it’s very visually arresting - and it’s always cool to see the Falcon in action. Some of the covers are amazing too, especially Lee Bermejo’s - one of them is the cover to the book.

    Marjorie Liu’s script though is complete Wookie shit and the book is an absolute bore to endure. There’s bound to be some great stories to be had from Han and Chewie but she’s definitely not the writer to realise them. Not recommended in the least - Kessel run away from this crappy comic!

  • Julie Bettina
    Feb 04, 2017

    Yes, yes, yes! Loving Han, loving the rebellion, the race and the characters. Amazing artwork, though wishing for a bit

    in the plot section.

  • Joe
    Feb 15, 2017

    This was everything you would want from a solo (hehehe) Han Solo adventure to be. Set between "A New Hope" and "The Empire Strikes Back" this has Princess Leia sending Han on an adventure that requires him to enter...wait for it...a space race!

    I hope they at least make a cartoon movie out of this story sometime in the future because this was amazing! Memorable new characters, great action and snappy dialogue: exactly what I look for in a good Han Solo story.

  • John
    Feb 26, 2017

    Anything with Han Solo is enjoyable in my opinion....