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Preview: Star Wars: Han Solo & Chewbacca #3

Star Wars: Han Solo & Chewbacca #3

(W) Marc Guggenheim (A) David Messina (CA) Phil Noto
RATED T
In Shops: Jun 29, 2022
SRP: $3.99

“I DON’T KNOW HOW WE’RE GONNA GET OUT OF THIS ONE!”
• HAN is trapped on the top floor of a skyscraper with security guards closing in on him. How will he escape?
• Would you believe…asking the Galactic Empire for help?
• This issue ties directly into CRIMSON REIGN #3. Guest starring QI’RA & THE ARCHIVIST!
• Will Han reunite with his first love?

Star Wars: Han Solo & Chewbacca #3

Preview: Star Wars: Han Solo & Chewbacca #2

Star Wars: Han Solo & Chewbacca #2

(W) Marc Guggenheim (A) David Messina (CA) Phil Noto
RATED T
In Shops: May 18, 2022
SRP: $3.99

THE HEIST IS ON!
• HAN, CHEWIE and GREEDO have to pull off an impossible heist for JABBA THE HUTT!
• But who can Han trust?
• SPOILER: Han breaks into his target’s safe, but you won’t believe what’s inside!

Preview: Star Wars: Halcyon Legacy #3 (of 5)

Star Wars: Halcyon Legacy #3 (of 5)

(W) Marc Guggenheim (A) David Messina (CA) Mike McKone
RATED T
In Shops: May 11, 2022
SRP: $3.99

SPY INTRIGUE IN THE CLONE WARS ERA!

• ANAKIN and PADME are in disguise aboard the HALCYON tracking a senator suspected of having separatist ties!
• But their secret mission will put them on a collision course with ASAJJ VENTRESS!
• And, fifty years later, the ship’s crew risks a desperate escape through a deadly solar storm!

Star Wars: Halcyon Legacy #3 (of 5)

Review: Star Wars: Han Solo & Chewbacca #1

Star Wars: Han Solo & Chewbacca #1

As a child who grew up during the initial era of Star Wars, I can fondly remember how I loved running around in Star Wars pajamas. It was the first thing that connected me and my cousins. We grew up more like brothers and Star Wars was one of the cable tows that tethered us together. We would watch it every time it came on television.

In fact, when the VHS of each movie came out, we would use the family VCR on a daily basis, watching those films in order. We all projected ourselves into our favorite characters. Mine was always Han Solo, as he exhibited “cool” when other characters seemed mostly idealistic. In Star Wars: Han Solo & Chewbacca #1, we get an adventure involving our favorite duo and unexpected ally before the events of A New Hope.

We meet Han and Chewie, as in the middle of a heist , on a casino planet with a crew of thieves. As they barely escaped the planet, they eventually arrive on Tattoine to receive their bounty, from Jabba The Hut, who already has another job waiting for them. As the job seems simple enough, which is to grab a urn of someone important, but they will be getting some help, from none other than Greedo. This is where things  gets complicated, as we soon find out that it leads them back to Han’s home planet, Corellia, which unintentionally conjures   ghosts of Han’s past to comes knocking. By the issue’s end, the reader and long time fans finally find out what lead Han to shoot Greedo in A New Hope.

Overall, Star Wars: Han Solo & Chewbacca #1 is a story that dives deeper into the man we know as Han Solo. The story Guggenheim is masterful. The art by the creative team is gorgeous. Altogether, one of the better Star Wars stories to come out since Disney bought Lucasfilm.

Story: Marc Guggenheim Art: David Messina
Color: Alex Sinclair Letterer: Joe Caramagna
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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Preview: Star Wars: Han Solo & Chewbacca #1

Star Wars: Han Solo & Chewbacca #1

(W) Marc Guggenheim (A) David Messina (CA) Alex Maleev
RATED T
In Shops: Mar 09, 2022
SRP: $4.99

NEW ONGOING SERIES – HAN SOLO IS BACK!

But wait! Isn’t HAN still frozen in Carbonite? Yes. But you can’t keep a good smuggler down. Set a few years before Episode IV: A New Hope, Han, his partner, CHEWBACCA and GREEDO, embark on a heist for JABBA THE HUTT. It’s supposed to be an easy job. What could possibly go wrong? Well, for starters, how about a reunion with the very last person Han expected to see? The last page is a jaw-dropper…

Star Wars: Han Solo & Chewbacca #1

Preview: Star Wars: Han Solo & Chewbacca #1

Star Wars: Han Solo & Chewbacca #1

(W) Marc Guggenheim (A) David Messina (CA) Alex Maleev
RATED T
In Shops: Mar 09, 2022
SRP: $4.99

NEW ONGOING SERIES – HAN SOLO IS BACK!

But wait! Isn’t HAN still frozen in Carbonite? Yes. But you can’t keep a good smuggler down. Set a few years before Episode IV: A New Hope, Han, his partner, CHEWBACCA and GREEDO, embark on a heist for JABBA THE HUTT. It’s supposed to be an easy job. What could possibly go wrong? Well, for starters, how about a reunion with the very last person Han expected to see? The last page is a jaw-dropper…

Star Wars: Han Solo & Chewbacca #1

Review: Star Trek: The Next Generation—Best of Captain Picard

Star Trek: The Next Generation—Best of Captain Picard

In the most recent episode of Young Sheldon, it exposed one of the open secrets of Star Trek fandom. That there lies a schism between the different generations. Of course, this is nothing new. As this very issue lies within the Star Wars fandom, one which divides them, and is very apparent in the how the fans feel about The Book Of Boba Fett.  

As the scene that expositions this difference, was when Sheldon got into a debate with another fan of whether or not ST:TNG is as good or better than ST:TOS. They had gone over all the reasons why one was better than the other. As a fan of all the series, I can honestly say that love the shows after the original cast, as they broadened that world and made us all fall in love with new characters and worlds. I especially ST:TNG, as it  fulfilled the promise the original series gave the world.. As I am partial to one captain, and with his new series, I can see I am not the only one , as IDW decided to do a collection of past stories in in a beautiful one shot, Star Trek: The Next Generation—Best of Captain Picard.

In “The Q Conflict”, Q creates a conflict between the TOS, TNG, DS9 and Voyager crews. In “The Mirror Broken#1”, we find a very evil version of the crew in the Mirror Universe, one where war is where they thrive. In “ DC Originals:TNG#1-Return to Raimon Part 1”,Picard uncovers a conspiracy to murder a monarch, one that puts the away crew in danger. In the last story“Picard#1”,  we find out about what transpired in Picard’s final year before the events of the first season of Picard.

Overall, Star Trek: The Next Generation—Best of Captain Picard is an excellent collection that shows the character’s transcendence. The stories by the different creators are fun and action packed. The art by the different creators are beautiful. Altogether, this set of stories shows why fans have long loved this character.

Story: Scott & David Tipton, Michael Jan Friedman, Kirsten Beyer, and Mike Johnson
Art: David Messina, Elisabette D’Amico, Alexandra Alexakis, Neil Uyetake, J.K. Woodward, AndWorld Design, Pablo Marcos, Julianna Ferriter, Bob Pinaha, Angel Hernandez, 
and Joana Lafuente
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

IDW Publishing provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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Review: 2020 Ironheart #1

2020 Ironheart #1

2020 Ironheart #1 is an interesting comic. It’s a tie-in miniseries to two different events that appear to be happening at the same time. Focused on Riri Williams, Ironheart, the issue takes on the current “2020” storyline playing out in Iron Man but also the “Outlawed” story impacted Marvel‘s younger heroes.

In “2020” Arno Stark has taken over Tony’s company and decides to wage a ware against Artificial Intelligence. In “Outlawed,” legislation has been passed banning kid superheroes. It’s two very different stories but writers Vita Ayala and Danny Lore brilliantly focus the issue on the morality of both plotlines.

2020 Ironheart #1 isn’t an action comic. Sure, there are some scenes involving out of control AI-powered cars. But, at its core, the comic is Riri debating her artificial intelligence, N.A.T.A.L.I.E. about what they should do. In this debate, the roles are reversed from expectations. Riri is the cold, logical individual, while N.A.T.A.L.I.E. is full of emotion. It’s an interesting thing to read as it plays out and circumvents expectations of a superhero comic where you’d expect them to punch things most of an issue. Instead, comes off more as a thought-provoking play than a blockbuster movie.

The art by David Messina is good. With color by Mattia Iacono and lettering by Joe Caramagna, visually the comic is solid though doesn’t quite suck you in. There’s some solid sequences when it comes to the action but the comic is about the quieter moments. Those quieter moments never quite deliver visually. And, that’s hard to do generally. The comic feels more cerebral than emotional and part of that is the visuals never quite connect emotionally. Still, they do the job in telling the story.

2020 Ironheart #1 is a good comic. But, unless you’re invested in the character or the two storylines that are connected, it’s hard to say this is a must get. Still, there’s some solid moments and debate about the role of superheroes within.

Story: Vita Ayala, Danny Lore Art: David Messina
Color: Mattia Iacono Letterer: Joe Caramagna
Story: 8.15 Art: 7.0 Overall: 7.25 Recommendation: Read

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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Preview: Red Hood Outlaw #41

Red Hood Outlaw #41

(W) Scott Lobdell (A) David Messina (CA) Dan Mora
In Shops: Jan 01, 2020
SRP: $3.99

It’s the shocking return of Artemis and Bizarro! But when did these old friends become foes? Red Hood’s former Outlaws are ready to kill Jason Todd, and the kids of Generation Outlaw might be the only ones who can stand in their way! Sure, they’re the super-villains of tomorrow, but for today they’re just kids trying to learn how to survive in this crazy world. Will their final lesson be not to trust Jason Todd, or will they ultimately prove to be the end of his old teammates? It’s all been leading to this showdown between the Outlaws and the New Outlaws!

Red Hood Outlaw #41
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