Comic Name: Star Wars: Lando
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Writer: Charles Soule
Artist: Alex Maleev
# of Issues: 5
Release Date: 2016
Reprints Star Wars: Lando #1-5 (September 2015-November 2015). Lando Calrissian has made a lot of mistakes in his life, but he may have just made his biggest. With a team including his friend Lobot, Lando has just hijacked a ship owned by Emperor Palpatine. On board there are countless Jedi artifacts including evil tainted objects of the Sith…and the Emperor wants them back! Now Lando and his crew are on the run and a bounty hunter named Chanath Cha has been sent after them. Lando is a smooth talker but might not be able to talk his way out of this situation.
Written by Charles Soule and illustrated by Alex Maleev, Star Wars: Lando is a five issue limited series. The comic is part of Marvel Comics’ relaunch of the Star Wars universe after the ending of Dark Horse Comics’ decades long run.
Star Wars is in a unique place. For years, Dark Horse made comics that were generally rather bland but also plentiful. Now, Marvel has the backing of Disney, the freedom from George Lucas, and all the characters they want to play with…which means stand-alone mini-series! While some of Marvel’s choices (aka Star Wars: Princess Leia) have been no-brainers and also dull, Star Wars: Lando was a good choice…and it is a fun little series.
Lando is a relatively untapped character in the actual Star Wars films. He shows up in Empire Strikes Back with little background (he’s a “scoundrel” who knows Han and lost the Millennium Falcon to him). He joins the Rebellion for Return of the Jedi. It is about all you know about him. He’s perfect for a series or limited series.
The story is pretty accurate for his character as you see it. You get him trying a big con (and failing miserably). It also is a good buddy story by expanding upon the enigmatic Lobot who also appeared in Empire Strikes Back…it is actually kind of sad because he seems to be the only person Lando trusts completely, and Lobot sacrifices himself for Lando.
Star Wars: Lando is short and sweet and I would actually like to see more of Lando’s adventures. The series also serves a second function in that it brings some needed diversity to the comic book market with a character that a large swath of the population already knows and likes which is a great way to reach more people. With Marvel pumping out tons of Star Wars books now, here’s hope for another Lando adventure in the future.