Saturday, July 11, 2015

Lando #1

   Marvel's jump back into the Star Wars Universe has included some surprising moves.

    In addition to the regular Star Wars title, they've added series focusing on individual characters.

   But instead of using the top two characters - Luke Skywalker and Han Solo - they're focusing on Princess Leia, Darth Vader, and now the scoundrel(-ish) Lando Calrissian.

    That character, as played by Billy Dee Williams, turned up in the film The Empire Strikes Back - he was an old friend of Han's, and something of a scoundrel and a smooth operator.

  For his new title, we catch him as he's trying to find his way out of a debt he owns to a deadly criminal.

   So he sets out on a plan for a big score that will solve his problems - but there are some key facts about the score he's not aware of.

   It's a clever story by Charles Soule with some solid twists and turns, and terrific art by Alex Maleev and Paul Mounts.

   I think this series takes place before Lando meets the rest of our heroes (in the second film), and it's a smart look at a terrific character.

   So far, it's well worth following!

Grade: A-

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