Han and Chewie take on a new mission that involves a Hutt.
Who doesn’t want a lil’ Hutt action, am I right? Okay wait, let me explain: by Hutt action I of course mean a Han Solo/Chewbacca adventure involving a Hutt and smuggling. There, with that out of the way, who doesn’t want a lil’ Hutt action!?
So what’s it about?
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Why does this matter?
Jason Aaron is soon to be leaving this series and there’s a reason most are a bit heartbroken over the news: the man does good work! The series has been able to capture the big fun of the movies while also weaving in strong character work and new characters. Salvador Larroca meanwhile gives the book a lifelike, realistic look that makes it that much easier to drop into the fun.
Fine, you have my attention. What’s good about it?
These two should have argued in the movies!
Anyone unfamiliar with the comics should rest easy with this issue because it is more or less self-contained. The Hutt involved with this story has cropped up in previous stories, but all you need to know is he’s dangerous and not to be trusted (which is every Hutt). Aaron does a good job setting this story up with Han Solo interacting with Mon Mothma in a scene I think we’d all have liked to see in movie form. Alas, that is impossible now, but thankfully Marvel is producing some killer comics. This scene leads to Han taking on a job and showing off the attitude, wit, and ego we all know and love. The issue has a twist of sorts too, which adds to the entertainment value and proves once again Han is smarter than he looks.
Larroca draws a solid issue with technology and ships looking particularly striking. There are images here of Han Solo that are so striking and realistic you just might gasp. That’s due to Larroca’s lines, but also Edgar Delgado’s colors, which make the skin incredibly lifelike. That said, the expressions are insanely good and must have been lifted from movies because not only are they good, but they’ll strike you as familiar. Faces that are burned into your brain after watching Harrison Ford movies for so many years.
It can’t be perfect can it?
The Hutt in this comic can sometimes look rather simple and it might start with the coloring. While Han’s skin looks lifelike, especially with how the light reflects, the Hutt character is flat and has less work done to make it appear so realistic. This can throw you out of the book a bit. Given this is a comic it’s a bit funny since it’s reminiscent of bad CGI in a movie where the actors are clearly not in the same space as the alien creatures.
The only other gripe, which really isn’t a big issue, is the last page which has nothing to do with the story at hand and is only here to set up an R2-D2 story next issue. It sticks out as a preview and is tacked on at the end.
Is It Good?
Star Wars fans will dig the fun one-shot tale focusing on Han Solo and Chewie, but will marvel at the lifelike look of Han Solo. Who needs movies when comics like this exist?