I grew up with Star Wars. I must have watched the original trilogy (hallowed by thy name) 100 times over the course of my pre-adolescence. I had most of the toys and played pretend that I was Luke Skywalker using a wrapping-paper tube as a lightsaber.
As I got older, I still liked Star Wars but my appreciation grew more sophisticated. I went from thinking Luke Skywalker was the greatest hero in the world to admiring Han Solo and using him as the template for every lovable rogue who was more lucky than skilled I would ever run in a role-playing game. I started reading the Timothy Zahn novels – the first to expand upon the universe – and put together a Jedi costume for a fund-raising event back in college.
Despite this, I’ve read sparingly few of the Star Wars comics published by Marvel Comics. While the line has produced some great books like the excellent Vader Down, most of them have been uninspired or lacking in quality. Still, I have picked up those issues centered around characters that interested me and that’s how I found myself reading Star Wars: Age Of Rebellion – Lando Calrissian #1.
Lando is one of the most complex and fascinating characters in the Star Wars saga. A smooth-talking confidence trickster, he nevertheless had something of a code of honor and tried to keep his word once he gave it. He also had a serious code of ethics in regards to power and the need to use it responsibly that was second only to Peter Parker. While he may have won his position as Baron Administrator of Cloud City in a game of chance, he left nothing to chance when it came to taking care of his people and seeing they were provided for.
This aspect of Lando’s nature lies at the core of this comic, as we see that Lando has dipped into his personal fortune to cover a payroll shortage when the gas mining business isn’t as profitable as it usually is. This leaves Lando at a loss for funds when the bills come due and in need of a new scam to save the city. Opportunity knocks in the form of another noble-trader who makes Lando an offer that sounds too good to be true. Despite knowing better, Lando decides to take the job and hilarity ensues.
Greg Pak’s script is fantastic. I’ve greatly enjoyed Pak’s recent work on the Firefly series for Boom! Studios and his writing here is just as strong. Pak has a perfect grasp on Lando’s character and the story examines the core conflict of his nature wonderfully.
The artwork by Matteo Buffagni isn’t quite as strong. Buffagni sports a gritty, rougher style than that which has been utilized in most of Marvel’s Star Wars comics. It suits the story, however, once you get used to the fact that most of the human characters seem to have their eyes narrowed to slits in nearly every page of this comic.
Your enjoyment of Star Wars: Age Of Rebellion – Lando Calrissian #1 may ultimately come down to how much you like Star Wars or Lando. Fans of Star Wars will like this book. Fans of Lando will love this book. As for everyone else, this comic is unlikely to make you into a Star Wars fan if you aren’t already one, but it is good for what it is – a fun little story.
Star Wars: Age Of Rebellion – Lando Calrissian #1 releases on May 15, 2019!
Written by The Critic The Internet Deserves, but not the one it needs right now…. Matt Morrison. He’s a smart-ass guardian. A sarcastic protector. A Snark Knight.