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Review: Star Wars: Solo Graphic Novel Adaptation

Star Wars: Solo Graphic Novel Adaptation

When it comes to characters who exude the art of cool, there is one that stands out in science fiction, Han Solo. Harrison Ford’s portrayal of the smuggler defined what we think of the hero. He has become the prototype for what we believe all heroes start off as, reluctant. He’s basically every man and what the audience felt was their window into this expansive world.

No one necessarily wants to go against the grain. and neither did Han Solo. He just wanted to make some money by transporting Luke Skywalker, Obi Wan Kenobi, R2D2 and C3PO. Little did he know he would get caught up in an intergalactic uprising which would change the course of his life. He’s a major part of why the franchise is so popular. Fans everywhere have become ensconced in the movies’ mythology.  In Star Wars Solo: Graphic Novel Adaptation, we find out how this fabled character became who he is, legendary.

We meet Han, as he steals a speedster, with his childhood friend, Q’ira, but before they could leave, they are shake down by the local gangster. This leads Han to take matters into his own hands, as he provides a distraction, giving way for their escape, where they head to the closest spaceport, and where Q’ira is snatched while Han finds his escape, vowing to find her. This is when Han decides to become a cadet in the Imperial Army, so that he can learn to become a pilot. Fast forward three years later, Han is charged with being a deserter, and thrown in a pit, where he meets Chewbacca. Chewie provides their way out, where we our heroes meet Beckett and his band of marauders. They are recruited to do a job, one that can get them killed, as they are pulled into a train heist, where they lose someone on the crew. Han, Chewie and Beckett meet with their employer, which gives Han, an unexpected reunion with the one person he though he would never see again, Q’ira. This leads the crew to another job, to steal coaxium where we are introduced to Lando Calrissian, as he has the perfect spacecraft for the heist, the Millennium Falcon. When they get to the planet, they are imprisoned and from within, Han and Chewie incite a full-on slave rebellion. This leads to our heroes getting into a dogfight with Imperial fighters while Han races the Millennium Falcon through Kessel in twelve parsecs. They finally arrive in Savareen, where they are met with resistance, and someone long thought dead, is alive. By book’s end, a few double crosses leave the crew a little lighter, Han a little smarter and Q’ira, powerful.

Overall, a concise adaptation of this excellent origin story, one that will make fans love the character even more. The adaptation by Alessandro Ferrari hits all the right marks, while remembering who the adaptation is for. The art by Roberto Santillo is gorgeous. Altogether, a story that feels epic even in short page count.

Story: Lawrence Kasdan and Jonathan Kasdan
Adaptation: Alessandro Ferrari Art: Roberto Santillo
Story: 10 Adaptation: 9.0 Art: 9.7 Overall: 9.8 Recommendation: Buy

IDW Publishing provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Star Wars: Solo Graphic Novel Adaptation

Star Wars: Solo Graphic Novel Adaptation

Alessandro Ferrari (w) • Roberto Santillo (a) • Eric Jones (c)

Capturing the galaxy-spanning action of Solo: A Star Wars Story, experience the new movie as a beautiful graphic novel combining the wonder of Star Wars with streamlined young-reader friendly designs. This all-ages graphic novel is a must-read for longtime fans and a great introduction for young newcomers!

TPB • FC • 80 pages • 6-3/4” x 9” • ISBN: 978-1-68405-391-9

Preview: Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back Graphic Novel Adaptation

Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back Graphic Novel Adaptation

Alessandro Ferrari (w) • Various (a) • Eric Jones (c)

Faithfully bringing events from the series’ defining installment to the comics page, read along as Luke Skywalker confronts the legacy of the Jedi; Han, Leia, and Chewie struggle to evade the Empire, encountering danger at every turn; and Vader pursues the Rebellion with greater determination than ever before. Plus, emerges from the shadows a certain 900-year-old Jedi Master does.

TPB • FC • $9.99 • 80 pages • 6-3/4” x 9” • ISBN: 978-1-68405-408-4

Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back Graphic Novel Adaptation

Preview: Star Wars: A New Hope Graphic Novel Adaptation

Star Wars: A New Hope Graphic Novel Adaptation

Alessandro Ferrari (w) • Various (a) • Eric Jones (c)

Capturing the galaxy-spanning action of A New Hope, experience Episode IV as a beautiful graphic novel combining the epic wonder of Star Wars with streamlined, young-reader friendly designs. This all-ages graphic novel is a must-read for longtime fans and a great introduction for newcomers!

TPB • FC • $9.99 • 72 pages • 6-3/4” x 9” • ISBN: 978-1-68405-380-3

Preview: Star Wars Adventures, Vol. 2 : Unexpected Detour

Star Wars Adventures, Vol. 2 : Unexpected Detour

Landry Q. Walker, Alan Tudyk, Shannon Denton, Delilah S. Dawson, Ben Blacker, Ben Acker (w) • Eric Jones, Arianna Florean, Annie Wu (a) • Nathan Greno (c)

Travel to a galaxy far, far away in this collection of Star Wars comic book tales! FN2187 turns a bad day and troublesome pest into praise from Captain Phasma. Luke and Leia undertake a high-stakes, two-part undercover mission on Tibrin with explosive results. Plus more stories with K2SO, Cassian, Emil, CR-8R, and the rebels vs. the Empire expand the world of Star Wars into new territory for a new generation of fans. Collects Issues #3–5.

TPB • FC • $9.99 • 80 pages • 6” x 9” • ISBN: 978-1-68405-169-4

Join Jyn Erso On Her Mission to Steal the Death Star Plans

IDW Publishing continues to expand its Star Wars graphic novel line with another beautifully realized Star Wars adaptation as Star Wars: Rogue One Graphic Novel Adaptation has officially arrived.

Fans of the Star Wars blockbuster can re-live the adventure in a new art style appealing to fans of Disney’s animation. The mission to steal the Death Star plans has never looked so good! Return to the adventure with the ragtag crew of Jyn, Cassian, K-2SO, Chirrut, and Baze in a galaxy far, far away. See the sands of Scarif, Vader’s castle on Mustafar, or even the kyber rich desert moon of Jedha as you flip through this 80-page book.

Star Wars: Rogue One Graphic Novel Adaptation features the creative talent of Star Wars veterans, including author Alessandro Ferrari, along with illustrators and artists Andrew ParisiIgor ChimissoMatteo Piana, and a brand-new cover by artist Eric Jones.

The Star Wars: Rogue One Graphic Novel Adaptation trade paperback collection is available for $9.99 in comic shops and book stores everywhere. The time to fight is now!

Preview: Star Wars Adventures #5

Star Wars Adventures #5

Landry Q. Walker (w) • Eric Jones (a & c)

With their diplomatic mission turned into a debacle, can Leia and Luke possibly salvage the situation? We hope so because the future of the Rebel Alliance may depend on it!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Preview: Star Wars: Rogue One Graphic Novel Adaptation

Star Wars: Rogue One Graphic Novel Adaptation

Alessandro Ferrari (w) • Various (a) • Eric Jones (c)

The Death Star, the Empire’s ultimate weapon, is nearing completion, and the Rebel Alliance may be doomed. Enter Jyn Erso, daughter of the Death Star’s reluctant creator, who desperately seeks to save her father from Imperial control. On her quest, she’ll join forces with Rebel spy Cassian Andor, reprogrammed Imperial droid K-2SO, and other supporters of the Rebel cause, only to discover that their goals may differ crucially from her own. It all culminates in a saga-defining showdown on the tropical planet Scarif, with Jyn and her friends attempting to steal the Death Star’s plans and keep hope for the Rebellion alive, leading directly into the iconic opening scene of Star Wars: A New Hope.

FC • 80 Pages • 6.75” x 9” • $9.99 • ISBN: 978-1-68405-220-2

Preview: Star Wars Adventures #3

Star Wars Adventures #3

Landry Walker (w) • Eric Jones (a & c)

When Finn finds an adorable baby creature hiding in an Imperial ship, it’s up to him to find a home for the mischief maker before Captain Phasma kicks them both into space!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Casper the Friendly Ghost and Friends Return in All-New Comic Series

ON YOUR MARK! . . . SET! . . . GO! with FUNTASTIC HARVEY HITS Comics! Joe Books and Universal Brand Development have announced that Casper the Friendly Ghost, Richie Rich, Wendy the Good Little Witch, Baby Huey, and the rest of the Harvey gang are back in all-new adventures.

Why are kids inviting Casper to school every day? How can Richie Rich keep his piles of money safe from evil villains? How will Little Dot handle dog sitting a Dalmatian puppy? And what happens when Hot Stuff catches a cold . . . ?

This anthology-style comic features an all-star creative team that includes Cesare Asaro, Geoffrey Golden, Charlie La Greca, Eric Jones, Dan Parent, Kirstie Shepherd, Landry Walker, Franco Aureliani, and Art Baltazar.

Harvey Hits was a 122-issue comic series that originally ran from 1957–1967. A publication of legendary Harvey Comics Entertainment, the beloved characters from this series include Casper the Friendly Ghost, Spooky the Tuff Little Ghost, the Ghostly Trio, Hot Stuff the Little Devil, Wendy the Good Little Witch, Richie Rich, the Poor Little Rich Boy, Freckles, Gloria Glad, Little Audrey, Little Dot, Little Lotta, Baby Huey, and more!

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