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Star Wars: Return of the Jedi – Lando #1 Review

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Lando’s past always throws a spanner into the works.

Creative Staff:
Story: Stephanie Phillips
Art: Alvaro Lopez
Colors: Antonio Fabela
Letterer: VCs Travis Lanham

What They Say:
LANDO AND CHEWIE ANTE UP TO SAVE THE GALAXY! When Lando Calrissian and Chewbacca find themselves on a perilous mission to steal from Jabba himself, a dangerous figure from Lando’s past threatens their plans and their lives. Chewie finds that putting his trust in Calrissian is a gamble that just might pay off, as Lando calls on his skills as a smuggler to make it out alive. Part of a series of one-shots celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Return of the Jedi, this story by Stephanie Phillips (COSMIC GHOST RIDER, ROGUE & GAMBIT) and Álvaro López (CAPTAIN MARVEL) bring you a new, high-stakes adventure with some of Star Wars’ most beloved characters.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
With some one-shots being released as we close in on the Return of the Jedi period of storytelling, this new one-shot gives us a little time Lando ahead of the plan to free Han as they’re still looking for him. Stephanie Phillips has had some solid stories over the years to be sure, notably with Red Atlantis for me. What we get is fairly self-contained but has you curious about this period and what Lando and Chew get themselves into. Alvaro Lopez has been a familiar name with a number of works before that caught my attention and they definitely delivers here with a good look at Endor and some fun with the Imperial side of things – including a look at one of the prisons that lets material from Andor get a new interpretation in comics.

The events of this book take place after the 38th issue of the main Star Wars series – which isn’t out for a few months – but it’s the kind of piece that leads closer to the film and was released as part of the 40th anniversary. Phillips puts together a fun idea here with Lando and Chewie trying to get the plans for Jabba’s Palace so they can make their plan to rescue Han. It’s a good idea to work with and having had one bad encounter so far, they know they need real plans. The problem is that Lando is such a known commodity at this point and that everyone he goes to for what he needs understands this, well, there’s no trust and they know he has to pay upfront. And he not only doesn’t have the credits they also mostly realize they can get more by turning him in as well. The reason a lot don’t is likely because dealing with the Empire always turns into a problem for everyone involved.

We initially see him trying to get the plans but coming up short with the broker, a being called Narin, so he opts to head to an old friend that he and Han had a bad end with ten years ago named Elocin. They’re running a pretty good gambling establishment at this point and have no love for Lando, but we get the difficult thing of Chewie offering up services for help and it turning into a game of chance between Elocin and Lando. It’s not easy to make a card game engaging in comic form but the team here does it as they keep raising the stakes before Narin shows up with a host of Stormtroopers. It’s pretty much what you’d expect of a one-shot like this in that it’s a thoroughly engaging interlude story that adds a little more color to things and lets Lando get a bit more time showing how his past always catches up to him.

In Summary:
Lando has had some good stories in the comics over the last few years, from the first miniseries that was a real blast to the recent turn with him and Holdo hooking up. Watching him and Chewie trying to get the plans is fun and it’s the light kind of adventure that you want for a one-shot and one where I expect the main storyline done in the main series will be a bit more detailed and complicated. I didn’t go into this expecting Andor or anything but what I got was good Star Wars fun with a solid script and some great artwork. It’s the kind of little details that I enjoyed in this sprawling adventure.

Grade: B

Age Rating: 13+
Released By: Marvel Comics
Release Date: May 3rd, 2023
MSRP: $4.99