Comics Review: Star Wars #2 (2020)

It’s Lando’s time to shine in Marvel’s Star Wars #2. Or, as the former Baron Administrator of Cloud City sings his own praises at one point, it’s time for “Lando style!”

After issue #1 established this “old smoothie” still had some work to do toward gaining the Rebel Alliance’s trust, issue #2 sees Leia reluctantly entrusting him with gathering intel on whether Boba Fett’s yet delivered Han to Jabba the Hutt.

Saiz’s art perfectly captures Billy Dee Williams’ likeness, and Soule’s story and dialogue perfectly capture Lando’s essence.
Sure, Lando’s “mic drop” gesture on page 11 seems a little this-worldly for the Star Wars universe. But you know what? It’s fun. And I’ve decided to try and ease up a little when it comes to letting my preconceptions about the way Star Wars “should” be in favor of simply having more fun with what Star Wars, at this point in its long history, currently is.

Back to the Planet Farthest From

And there’s plenty of fun to be had as we follow Lando and Chewie (who shoots Lando loads of Wookiee side-eye throughout their adventure) to the familiar stomping grounds of Tatooine—familiar not only to us, but to Lando. “Been a long time since I saw this hellhole,” he says.

It’s not been that long for fans, as we were just there with Din Djaric and
Baby Yoda The Child in The Mandalorian, Chapter 5. As I once wrote for The Sci-Fi Christian (even though I was misidentifying Jakku at the time), “for a planet farthest from the bright center of the galaxy, [Tatooine] sure seems to see more than its fair share of cosmically important events.” We can only wonder what past history Lando has with the desert world.

But as more than adequate compensation, here we see Lando bluff his way out of being blasted from the sky by Weequay thugs, and we watch him infiltrate Jabba’s court to learn—with the edges of two Gamorrean guards’ axes are at his neck—that Fett still hasn’t delivered the frozen Solo.


Laying the Foundation for a Richer Lando

 

Now, Star Wars #2 isn’t all about Lando.

It also features a briefing room infodump subplot setting up the Pathfinders’ future mission to space station Starlight. These pages are pure exposition—not especially interesting on their own, but no doubt necessary setup for action yet to come.

And the issue ends with a riveting reversal of the first issue’s beginning. Luke experiences a vision of his duel with Vader at Bespin, as he did in issue #1. This time, however, he sees an enigmatic hooded figure (so
many of those in the Star Wars universe!) catching his lightsaber and offering it to him, beckoning him to “fulfill his destiny.” I’ve no doubt the heart of this story arc lies back at Cloud City…

…which, conveniently, Lando knows inside and out, and to which he offers to take Luke. Lando and Luke’s fledgling partnership here sets the stage for their continued shared adventures, revealed in
The Rise of Skywalker. It’s a nice bit of narrative connective tissue.

But in the end, Lando carries the issue and steals the show. This Lando preserves everything we’ve loved about him since Episode V, and starts layering in the “more-Lando-than-Lando” flair Donald Glover brought to the character in
Solo: A Star Wars Story.

This Lando is all we expect, but also, frankly, already a far richer character than he was in the Original Trilogy. I can’t wait to see what awaits him in issue #3 and beyond!

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