Lando by Charles Soule (Marvel Comics)

Lando, by Charles Soule, (illustrated by Alex Maleev) is a much smaller story, compared with Marvel’s previous offerings.  It simply follows Lando, his friend Lobot, and several other companions on a heist job.  In many ways, this is the “star wars meets oceans 11” that Rogue One never was.

Lando recruits Korin Pers, and a pair of twins who are essentially the Star Wars equivalent of Ninjas.  I won’t spoil too much, but their combat sequences add a layer of kineticism to Star Wars that is pretty rare.  It is fairly uncommon  to see martial arts combat in a franchise where the coolest individuals wield telekinetic powers, so when they show up, it tends to be pretty satisfying (think Chirrut Imwe’s fight scenes in Rogue One)

Lando also adds a lot of character development, to one of the saga’s most criminally underdeveloped individuals, as it explores Lando’s relationship with crime, gambling, and Lobot.  His dialogue is extremely well written.  At one point, after spending the entire story avoiding the use of blasters, he takes out several adversary’s with pinpoint accuracy.  When an inquisitive Lobot question’s him he simply explains that he bluffs… a lot… and  “[the] only ones who know different are dead”.  This book adds layers to Lando’s character, that make for a really satisfying read.

While I really didn’t enjoy The Force Awakens, I will steadfastly defend that Disney’s acquisition of Lucasfilm, and the Star Wars property is one of the best things to happen to my favorite franchise ever.  It has expanded upon and fleshed out things that I have never asked of the universe, but deep down have always wanted.  I mean, who hasn’t wondered about Lobot, and how he became Lando’s silent aide, or what inspired Lando to become better than the scum that Han remembered him as.  The Marvel Comic Star Wars Universe plants seeds, that eventually bloom to fruition in the star wars movies.  As much as I hate Disney’s world domination agenda, Marvel’s treatment of Star Wars hasn’t disappointed me yet. I can’t wait to see what they do next.  This is a great time to be a Star Wars fan.

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