Saturday, September 12, 2009

Star Wars Adventures Vol. 1: Han Solo and the Hollow Moon Of Khorya

1 Year BBY

If anyone out there still doubts the utter awesomeness of Chewbacca, drop what you're doing and go pick up this mini graphic novel now.

Han Solo and Chewbacca have made many friends along the way, but just as many enemies. Cornered on the planet Simbarc by the diminutive criminal casino mogul, Sollima, Han Solo is forced to infiltrate a heavily guarded Imperial base. What force in the galaxy could convince Solo to do something so foolish? Only a threat on the life of his best friend and first mate, Chewie (and a little debt forgiveness thrown in on the side). Joining in on the mission is a questionable character from Solo's past: the con artist extraordinaire, Billal Batross.

I can't think of anything I particularly disliked about this comic, but I can point out quite a few things I definitely enjoyed. The storyline, done by Jeremy Barlow, I admit was very simple. But I think that's how it should be. This graphic novel is meant to be just what it is- a one-shot story. What I liked most about the story is that it paid homage to a rarely glimpsed part of Han Solo's past- his time spent under the care and service of the criminal Garris Shrike, which is where Han originally met Billal. I've only really encountered a reference to Shrike in the Han Solo Trilogy, especially in The Paradise Snare. According to Wookieepedia, he is mentioned in a few other books, but most likely only tersely. Either way, quite a nice touch.

For some reason, I'm also really attracted to the art style of this comic. In this case, I think the most kudos go to the colorist, Michael Atiyeh. He really brought vivid and exciting dimension to the GFFA with his work. I'm also a fan of how the penciler, Rick Lacey, styled our favorite outlaw duo. Chewbacca, in particular, had an impressive, savage look in this book.

Which brings me to the number one selling point of this story- Chewbacca the gladiator. What does Chewie do while Han's away infiltrating Imperial bases? Fighting in the ring of course. You won't be disappointed.

Overall, I'm quite satisfied by the first installation of the Star Wars Adventures series. I'll be sure to read the one featuring Princess Leia and the yet-to-be released adventure featuring Luke on Dagobah. Apparently he battles the dragon snake (sweet!).

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