Star Wars: Han Solo; Chewbacca (Marvel Comics)

It appears that every Star Wars character is getting their own solo (no pun intended) Marvel comic. Well, all except for Luke Skywalker, but he is the subject of the main Star Wars title, so he’s got that going for him.

The Han Solo story takes place between The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. Obviously. Han is entered in a race across the galaxy, which is a cover story for his true mission: pick up informants along the way. It all turns into a bit of an Agatha Christie mystery, but that’s not a bad thing.

While Chewie appears in the Han Solo comic, the scruffy-looking nerf herder is nowhere to be seen in Chewbacca. The Wookiee is off doing his own thing–an important thing. His loaner ship crash lands on some planet where he meets some kid and attempts to free a bunch of slaves. The plot is simple and makes sense for the character.

It’s an age-old idea to put two characters together who have a difficult time communicating, and have them work toward a common goal; especially if one has to convince the other it’s a solid plan. Another way to do tell this tale would be to eschew dialogue altogether. I would buy that comic. It would also make for an interesting animated short.

Han Solo: writer Marjorie Liu; penciler Mark Brooks; inkers Mark Brooks, Dexter Vines; colorists Sonia Oback with Matt Milla.

Chewbacca: writer Gerry Duggan; artist Phil Noto.

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