Lando: Double or Nothing #1 Review – Smooth but Rough at the Same Time

Posted by May 31, 2018 Comment

Lando: Double or Nothing #1
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Writer: Rodney Barnes, Artist: Paolo Villanelli, Color Artist: Andres Mossa, Letters: VC's Joe Caramagna, Cover by: W. Scott Forbes, Variant Cover by: Joe Quinones, Assistant Editors: Heather Antos, Tom Groneman, Emily Newcomen, Star Wars Group Editors: Jordan D. White with Mark Paniccia, Publisher: Marvel Comics, Release Date: Out Now, Price: $3.99

In an Imperial mining facility on a planet called Kullgroon, the Petrusian people are looking to get out from under the heel of the Empire. One Petrusian named Kristiss oversees getting weapons to the enslaved miners. She seeks the help of Lando Calrissian, who, with L3-37, is always looking to gather credits to increase his fame and luxury.

Lando: Double or Nothing #1 cover by W. Scott Forbes
Lando: Double or Nothing #1 cover by W. Scott Forbes

Lando: Double or Nothing #1 makes a fun if troubled first impression with this opening issue. Lando Calrissian himself is fun, showing himself to be a swindler with an eye on his own legendary as a smuggler. He’s no freedom fighter or savior — he just wants to have fun and be famous.

It would help if there were more to him as a character. Here, his charisma mostly comes from the fact that he’s Lando, and he’s drawn to have a Donald Glover smirk on his face. Beyond that, he has one note here. He’s just arrogant.

Another problem is the motivation behind him helping Kristiss. A random alien comes up midway through the comic, and he calls Lando a cheater. He doesn’t show much concern for the accusations or the threat the alien may pose. However, Kristiss and L3-37 lightly prod him about it, and he decides to go on the dangerous smuggling run. You’re left to wonder why he doesn’t just kill the guy. Nothing in this comic indicates that he wouldn’t just off this jerk and go about his day.

Lando: Double or Nothing #1 art by Paolo Villanelli and Andres Mossa
Lando: Double or Nothing #1 art by Paolo Villanelli and Andres Mossa

Paolo Villanelli’s artwork pulls a lot of the weight in terms of Lando’s charisma. Donald Glover is one of the best-looking people alive, and Villanelli captures that perfectly. Again, a lot of the charm in this comic is visual. Beyond that, the world is well detailed and generally looks great. Andres Mossa provides the color work, and that is vibrant and well done too.

Lando: Double or Nothing #1 is a flawed yet fun comic. The dialogue is mostly quite good. Lando seems shallow, but that may be some of the point. L3-37 is alright as the wet-blanket character. The art of Villanelli and Mossa looks great. The problems don’t sink the comic, and I can recommend it as a fun light read. Feel free to check it out.

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(Last Updated May 31, 2018 2:42 pm )

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