(Marvel Comics, creative team: Charles Soule, Jesus Saiz, Arif Prianto, Clayton Cowles)
This issue fills in the moments after the Millennium Falcon made its escape from Cloud City, a sentence that many long-time fans will immediately understand. The stakes aren't that high — you know where Lando, Leia, Chewie and Luke will end up — but there's a tie-in to the sequel trilogy that completists will find interesting while updating Wookieepedia. There's a skilled Imperial operative who has all the relentless charm of Rebels season one Agent Kallus and less of his likely surprise. This issue posits a few character moments that fill in gaps fans likely already knew and has a pretty smart space battle. What this issue doesn't do is "anything new," and aside from thematically playing with themes from the end of the brilliant The Last Jedi, it won't offer any significant insights that you don't already have if you're pretty deep in the high grass. If this is your first exposure to Star Wars, they may as well be speaking Huttese for all you know. Nothing is bad here, but nothing leaps out as being good. RATING: MEH.
STAR WARS #1
"No … I am your father."
In the wake of the events following The Empire Strikes Back, it is a dark time for the heroes of the Rebellion. The Rebel fleet … scattered following a disastrous defeat at the Battle of Hoth. Han Solo … lost to the bounty hunter, Boba Fett, after being frozen in carbonite. And after being lured into a trap on Cloud City and bested in a vicious lightsaber duel against the evil Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker … learned the horrible truth about his past. Vader did not kill Luke's father Anakin — Vader is Luke's father! Now, after narrowly escaping the dark lord's clutches, and wounded and reeling from the revelation, Luke, Princess Leia, Lando Calrissian, the Wookiee Chewbacca and the droids C-3PO and R2-D2 must fight their way back to the Rebel Alliance — for the fate of the entire galaxy is at stake! After so many losses is victory still possible? But, what Leia, Luke and their ragtag band of freedom fighters do not realize is that they have only traded one Imperial trap for another! Enter the cunning and vengeful Imperial Commander Zahra, at the helm of the Tarkin's Will!
Writer Charles Soule (DARTH VADER) and artist Jesus Saiz (DOCTOR STRANGE) are taking us all to the galaxy far, far away next year! With covers by RB Silva (POWERS OF X)!
THE GREATEST SPACE ADVENTURE OF ALL TIME BEGINS THIS JANUARY!