I was not expecting a new issue so soon after #5 was released, but I’m glad. If you remember, I felt #5 was a touch “slight.” It was a transition issue, to be sure, so it was probably wise to get the next one into hands more quickly.
CONCLUSION OF SKYWALKER STRIKES! Luke vs. Boba Fett! Han Solo in hot water! This is the comic book you’re looking for!
Warning, this will be a spoiler-laden review. Cuz things got a little crazy. And this crazy is now canon, so says Disney. So say we all.
First, Luke and Boba Fett meet, and fight, and Luke levels up. Jason Aaron is deftly transitioning Luke from the noob of A New Hope to the much more adept Force-wielder he becomes by The Empire Strikes Back. The fight with Fett starts with a flash bomb to blind Luke. This taps that same trust of feelings Luke had to develop in the sparring with the probe on the Falcon in A New Hope or the bombing of the exhaust shaft that makes the Death Star go boom. By being blind and more or less outgunned by Fett, Luke gets into a space where new powers open up to him. He wins the fight by knocking Fett out by telekinetically dropping the box Obi-Wan had left for him on Fett’s head. The Force push isn’t something we’ll see him do until Empire.
When Fett reports back to Darth Vader, he has to admit he lost the boy, but he does know his name: Skywalker. Vader’s response is wordless. His fists clench. He makes no more acknowledgement of Fett’s presence. Fett leaves, and Vader repeats the name: Skywalker. He cracks the plating of the window in his anger. Obi-Wan hid a son from him. If it wasn’t bad enough that he took appendages, he also took a son. Vader is not happy, and he wishes Kenobi were still alive so he could kill him again.
Of course, the real talking piece of this issue is the reveal of issue #4’s unknown bounty hunter looking for Han on Tatooine. Han has emergency landed Leia on a secret paradise planet perfect for the on-the-run seduction. There’s even a hidden stache of Corellian wine, which Leia throws back in his face upon realizing he’s taken this opportunity to put the moves on her, you know, when there’s important rebelling to be done. Then a ship that looks like a variation on the Falcon comes out of orbit and heads straight for them. Han recognizes the ship and tells Leia to run. The woman who disembarks is one Sana…Solo. She’s Han’s wife.
Hrrm. So that just happened.
On the one hand, it changes nothing. Han’s a scoundrel. Having a wife he’s been dodging fits the type. And after six issues of seeing how well Jason Aaron is handling these characters, how true he’s being to them, I’m leaning towards trusting him and seeing where he goes with all of this. There are plenty of ways this story could unfold that wouldn’t involve Han being a total jerkwad. But even if he’s a partial jerkwad, well, we kinda already knew that.
But on the other hand, unless the marriage was of some sort of convenience or coercion, the romantic in me is disappointed to see Han possibly once having been in love with another woman. Sure, I’m completely down with flings aplenty. But I like the idea that it took Leia to make him want to commit–in this case to a cause more than to a settled life.
Plus side, she’s a female character of color. Minus side, she’s relegated to wife.
Although it might be a bit contrived, I’d love to see her be related to Lando. A sister maybe? When we first saw her as a bounty hunter, she wore a helmet that was reminiscent of Lando’s disguise in Jabba’s palace in Return of the Jedi. Plus then she could be the “what you pulled” Lando nearly punches Han for, not the Falcon.
But truly, the biggest upset has nothing to do with Sana–it’s in the announcement that John Cassaday will no longer be doing the illustrations. I’m hooked enough on Aaron’s story to stick with it another few issues to see if the new artist can evoke the films and characters like Cassaday did.