I find myself appreciating Solo: A Star Wars more with each passing year. Despite a tumultuous production run, having seen Ron Howard (Willow) supporting Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (The movie 21 street jumps) during filming, the Star Wars adventure film hit theaters with a lot of “proper stuff”. The casting of Alden Ehrenreich as Solo, Emilia Clarke as Qi’ra, the lovelorn turned nemesis of his, and Donald Glover as monstrous lover Lando were excellent, the setting was light. and how the movie expands on the mythology that feels like a well-executed Star Wars prequel (minus the entirety of the original Solo title). The cinematography was so glossy it made the movie look muddy and the script didn’t quite create the charm that the cast brings, but now I’m in “Duel is completely mutable” camp.
And when Marvel’s Star Wars comics go against the events of Duel, I tend to perk up. I dug through Charles Soule’s recent crossover story War of the Bounty Hunters, figuring out how to bring Qi’ra back to the fold. Soule’s current book, Crimson Reign, continue to fill in the details of the vivid anti-hero; she’s currently plotting to defeat the Empire, though we know how that will inevitably play out. Lucasfilm’s pro-Duel The stance that got me excited when I saw the new book by Marc Guggenheim and David Messina Han Solo & Chewbacca, which begins Wednesday with the duo committing a heist and acting in rogue mode. Based on the first issue alone, Guggenheim and Messina’s series could be Duel a sequel we’ll never get – complete with prequel details we might not really need.
The opening pages of Han Solo & Chewbacca does what any real Star Wars story should do: Bring fans into the Star Wars action sequence and introduce a few new characters. With so many franchises tied to the past, it’s refreshing to see creators get the chance to add new faces to the mix. In the opening issue, it’s Khel Tanna, a smuggler who has no patience for Han Solo’s bullshit (or his Millennium Falcon malfunctioning, for that matter), and Buck Vancto, a cop wearing hot masks on Han and Chewie’s trailer for their latest heist. Han Solo & Chewbacca have a smart speed as fast as a Ocean’s 11Movie-style heist and drag all stops trope-y. It will be interesting for longtime Star Wars fans to learn about the time when Han actually worked for Jabba and encountered situations like these.
The end of Han Solo & Chewbacca #1 is my all place Duel collision thinking. Throughout the book, Guggenheim goes back to the events established in Han’s new canonical origin story. His great quest even brings him back to Corellia, where memories of life on the sidelines flood back. This is a good use Duel. Then the book bets on the bad part of Duel – and it will be fascinating to see where it goes.
[Ed. note: The rest of this story contains spoilers for Han Solo & Chewbacca #1.]
While sitting at the bar brooding about how he would break into the most complex vault system in the galaxy, Han ran into an elderly Corellian. They start a conversation about the shipbuilding business. They reminisce. And before long, the elderly man, named Ovan, realized who he was talking to: his son, Han.
In the expired classic “Legends”, Han’s father is Jonash Solo, a Corellian royal. Solo: A Star Wars Story cleaned that up for the better, but wasted no time tracing down Kid Solo’s lineage. For some, that has left a huge hole in a universe where everything tends to be interconnected. Who is Han’s father? is a mystery by modern franchise standards, but one doesn’t necessarily need the answer – DuelHan’s great victory is propelling Han forward, without looking back too much. (And when his past, Qi’ra, re-enters the picture, it’s the transformation that gives her an important role in Han’s current life).
It’s unclear how much of an important role Ovan will play in Han’s larger comic strip, and the heist is immediately within reach. But Han Solo & Chewbacca opened the box of those aliens, daring to do prequalification even as they opened up the divorce story with most known Star Wars stories. Can Team Marvel make it through? Trying is the kind of adventure that Han can admire.
Han Solo & Chewbacca #1 is now available wherever you buy the manga.
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