I do not think that there can ever be enough books about anything and I say that knowing that some of them are going to be about Pilates.The more knowledge the better seems like a solid rule of thumb, even though I have watched enough science fiction films to accept that humanity’s unchecked pursuit of learning will end with robots taking over the world.-Sarah Vowell

Friday, April 14, 2017

Han Solo by Marjorie Liu, Mark Brooks, Dexter Vines, Sonia Oback and Matt Milla

This comic takes place after A New Hope. Han can't seem to settle on a job. He keeps turning down jobs because they don't feel right. Chewie doesn't know what to do with him.  All that changes when he is accosted by two people who have been following him.  They have a message from Leia asking for his help and that the two people who have attacked him will have the details. They tell him they need his ship, but not him.  Ticked off he flies them to where Leia is and she and a General tell him the mission.

It seems that they need his ship to run in the Dragon Void Run, the most dangerous race in the galaxy in order to pick up three operatives at each refueling station. It seems that they had had a network of informants in the Imperial Systems collecting information.  It was a hopeless endeavour, but it seems to have worked and was completed. But now the informants are being killed off and only three remain. There is a mole in the organization. The only people who know are the informants, Leia and the General.  His mission is NOT to win the race but to get these informants.  Of course, Han has different ideas.

Most of the other pilots think less of Han since he isn't a professional pilot, but a smuggler. All except Loo Re Anno, the last of her race and the best pilot there.  The first leg of the race is hard for everyone except Loo Re Anno. There are these attacking charges.  Devon, one of the pilots uses Han as a shield and then attacks one of the charges and hits Han in the process which goes against the race's protocol.  Han soon figures out that the charges are only attacking ships that are firing on, so he and Chewie turn off all systems just like Loo Re Anno has and the charges stop attacking them. Loo Re Anno tells Devon that Han is within his right to launch a complaint against him, but Han chooses not to.

They pick up the first informant in a bar with a bodyguard. His name is Bot and they barely get him out of there as there are those there that want him dead. Nothing goes smoothly for the rest of the race as the Imperial forces decided to get involved and try to shut down the race and become suspicious of Han later.  He also possibly has a killer aboard his ship.  And while he should just disqualify himself and take the route home he can't seem to stop himself from wanting to win the race.

The paneling is done very creatively. Sometimes going across the pages, with blocks set apart against a background panel.  And the one where he is doing one leg of the race and the paneling shows the twelve hours ticking off across the page like a fan with the ship in the corner.  The colors are the dark blues of space and browns for Han.  This is a great story and the artwork is amazing.

Link to Amazon:  https://www.amazon.com/Star-Wars-Han-Solo-ebook/dp/B01MU3DJ6L/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1492174364&sr=1-1&keywords=han+solo

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