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4LN Comic Review: Star Wars – Lando #1

Series: Star Wars: Lando
Writer: Charles Soule
Artist: Alex Maleev and Paul Mounts
Publisher: Marvel

Summary from Comixology:

You know him, you love him…now, join him for his biggest caper as master of charm Lando Calrissian gets his very own comic book! Before he joined the rebellion, before he ran Cloud City, Lando made his way in the galaxy getting by on some swindles, some swagger, and a smile. Lobot at his side, Lando has a plan to steal a very valuable ship, but has he bitten off more than he can chew? Writer Charles Soule (Death of Wolverine, Inhuman, She-Hulk) and artist Alex Maleev (Daredevil, Spider-Woman, Moon Knight) bring us the tale of a scoundrel in his natural element-trouble!

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Overview-
When I heard Lando Calrissian was getting his own title I didn’t know what to expect, but I was excited that Marvel was going to delve into the past of the previous owner of a certain Corellian YT-1300 light freighter (heavily modified, of course).  In the movies he gets a bit of a bad rap for his betrayal of Han Solo, which I previously defended way back in the early days of 4LN, but he’s just so damn interesting.  He’s one of those characters that you just want to know about.  What kind of crazy shenanigans did he get into before running a legitimate Tibanna gas mining operation.  Well, here’s our chance to find out!

Lando is written by Charles Soule who also wrote this week’s Civil War #1.  Soule is a fantastic writer, and I understand why he is one of Bill’s favorites.  The dialog in this book is so good you can basically hear Billy Dee Williams speaking the lines.  And the story itself read like Star Wars intertwined with a caper film like Ocean’s Eleven, with just a pinch of the “just-one-last-big-score” vibe of the late eighties/early nineties.  This is one of those books that had me smiling to myself as I read through it.

Alex Maleev’s art is great in this book.  Every panel of this book just felt right, from the characters to the set pieces – it just felt like classic, eighties era Star Wars.  He definitely gets the classic tone of the original trilogy, and don’t get me started on the color palette! Paul Mounts does a tremendous job using some very eighties colors (neon green and pink, anyone?) and making them work perfectly.  With this book, these two guys put out some of the neatest artwork I’ve seen lately.

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This book is very different from the previous entries in Marvel’s current Star Wars lineup, which is a good thing.  Don’t get me wrong, I love pretty much everything Star Wars that Marvel is putting out, but I like that this book doesn’t have the darker tone of the other books.  It doesn’t need it.  Lando is a fun caper story featuring one of the smoothest smugglers in the Star Wars galaxy, and it’s definitely worth your time and your money.

 

Musical Pairing-
Since this book doesn’t have the same feel as the other Star Wars books, I am going to take a break from just recommending John Williams’ scores.  Instead, while reading the smooth swagger of Mr. Calrissian, take a listen to the hardest working man in show business – Mr. James Brown!

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Cam Clark

Cam is a husband, father, and a fan of many things. In college, he wrote his senior thesis on Mythological, Philosophical, and Theological Themes in Star Wars, and now spends his days causally specializing in Star Wars, Tolkien, and cubical work. No relation to Bill Clark.

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