Five 'Solo' reads for Star Wars fans
As the character of Han Solo gets his stand-alone film, this column takes a look at some adventures of the roguish smuggler in comic books over the past 40-plus years.
'Han Solo' miniseries, Marvel (2016)
Written by Marjorie Liu with art by Mark Brooks, Marvel's first "Han Solo" miniseries in the new continuity of the films is set in between "A New Hope" and "Empire Strikes Back."
In the miniseries, Han uses the infamous starship race, the Dragon Void, as cover for a special rebel mission.
'Star Wars Vol. 2: Showdown on the Smuggler's Moon'
This five-part story by Jason Aaron and Stuart Immonen is collected both in the "Han Solo" hardcover and also in the "Star Wars" series of Marvel Comics paperbacks. This story, taking place in issues 8-12 of the 2015 Marvel "Star Wars" series, introduced Sana Starros, Han's "wife" from his smuggling days, as Han and Leia find themselves on the run from Imperials.
'Star Wars' #20-23 (1979)
This storyline features a Han vs. Chewbacca battle, with an apparent life-or-death cliffhanger in issue #22. As Han and Chewie are captured aboard "The Wheel," a gambling station in space, both the smuggler and his first mate find themselves trapped in a battle for survival. They must face down contestants in a game organized by the consortium that manages the Wheel until they at last find themselves squared off against each other. The late Archie Goodwin, originally from Tulsa, is the writer, while Carmine Infantino and Bob Wiacek are the art team.
'Classic Star Wars: Han Solo at Stars' End'
Based on the Brian Daley novels, this comic strip was written by Goodwin with art by Alfredo Alcala.
The story was reedited into a comic book miniseries by Dark Horse Comics, and is currently available in digital format from Marvel Comics. It can also be found in original comic strip format from IDW as part of "Star Wars: The Classic Newspaper Comics, Vol. 2."
Han and Chewie ply their trade in the "Corporate Sector," just outside the reach of the Empire. In "At Stars End," Jessa, an ex-girlfriend of Han's asks Han and Chewbacca for their help in rescuing her father, in exchange for making repairs on the Millennium Falcon.