Three days ago Entertainment Weekly let drop that the galaxy’s favorite smuggler will be getting his own five issue limited comic series written by Marjorie Liu (Astonishing X-Men, Monstress) and illustrated by Mark Brooks (Cable & Deadpool, Dark Reign: Young Avengers). The story is set between the first and second Star Wars films, Episode IV: A New Hope and Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back.
We follow Han Solo and Chewbacca as they perform a secret mission for Leia. They are to retrieve Rebel contacts along a series of planets and get them back to safety. The operation will occur during a thousand plus year old race called the Dragon Void Run in which Han and Chewie will enter as participants. One problem, winning the Dragon Void Run just so happens to be the lifelong dream of Han Solo. To make matters worse, Han has attracted the attention of legendary racer Loo Re Anno, one of the last (possibly the last) of the very species responsible for creating the competition. Along with the challenges ahead of him, Han will have to battle his own ego least he betray his friends and the Rebels.
Today, Marvel has unveiled some more details in their latest interview with Liu and Brooks. Notably we get an idea of Liu’s outlook on Han and what draws her to him.
“His roguish charm, his streetwise intelligence, his dubious morality; his tremendous heart, once you scratch beneath the surface. He’s not always a nice guy—in fact, he can be a bit of a jerk—but he’s a good person, with tremendous decency, and that’s an important distinction. He’s also unfailingly loyal once he decides you’re a friend. I love that about his character.”
She goes onto explain that this time period is a difficult time for him. He is part of something huge with Luke and friends, but he can’t just abandon the person he was for all those years. Change doesn’t come easy, and Han is a special case of someone holding onto their past.
As for the visual side of things, Brooks took inspiration from an old classic.
“The book is basically Speed Racer in space so I tried to design the ships to fit the characteristics of each racer. Some are chunky, others sleek, while other have a classic 1950’s vibe. We’re going to see them a lot so the ships needed to be characters unto themselves.”
This will be the fifth limited series from Marvel exploring their Star Wars cast and the one I’m personally most excited for. I love to see people get their dream job, and when a writer describes the main character as “my favorite character ever, across all films, all genres.” You have a real fan on your hands.
Look for Star Wars: Han Solo in stores this June!