on 3 April 2010
This Star Wars Adventure features Han Solo and Chewbacca but no other characters from the Episode IV era of Star Wars, though the new characters are interesting and vibrant. In style it resembles the Star Wars Clone Wars comic books from Titan books like the Riders of Taloraan or the Shipywards of Doom with one long 80-90 page storyline, rather than the Star Wars: Clone Wars Adventures comic books by the same publisher which have 4-5 shorter stories in the same length book. My 7 year old son enjoys the Clone Wars books and TV series, and all the movies, and this book has become one of his favourite Star Wars comics. However its simplistic nature may not capture his interest for many more years...
This is an excellent Star Wars adventure story, set just before the events of the original first Star Wars film. This 76-page comics story sees Han and Chewie in their usual trouble with a local crime boss on the hollow moon of Khorya. To pay off a debt, Han and a childhood friend must break into an Imperial base to steal/rescue an accounting droid that the Empire has captured, while Chewie is kept as a hostage. Chewie is actually sent to the arena to fight, while Han's friend does his best to keep the droid from being rescued, as it will incriminate him with the crime boss... Chewie ends up leading a revolution in the moon, while Han ends up leading an Imperial invasion of the moon...
on 21 January 2016
I was a bit taken back by the small page dimensions of the GN (approx half the size of a US comic). That said, the cover promises a fun early Han & Chewie adventure and that's what I got. Han runs an errand for a diddy galactic gangster whilst Chewie is forced to fight in a gladiatorial arena, which he finds he excels at, being a 7ft Wookie hard case.
The art style is quite minimal and expressive which has pros and cons. It looks very rushed on the backgrounds and space ships but really suits Chewie, especially in the more action based panels. It's very 'indie' compared to the recent Marvel Star Wars stuff but for me that gives it some charm, and for the low price I felt satisfied with it. The story is a bouncy fun-packed blast that doesn't attempt to re-invent the wheel, as I'd hoped.
Worth a punt but be aware of the above.