You’ve Been Hit By A Smooth Criminal: Lando Calrissian Coming to Comic Shops This Summer
The Star Wars galaxy just got a little more dashing.
One of the first announcements to come out of this weekend's Star Wars Celebration event in Anaheim was an upcoming comics miniseries starring the galaxy's smoothest scoundrel, Lando Calrissian. Written by She-Hulk and Inhumans scribe Charles Soule, with art by Alex Maleev (Moon Knight, Daredevil), the five issue miniseries promises, action, adventure and general scalawaggery as Lando embarks on his most outrageous caper ever.
From the announcement on StarWars.com:
“Is Lando Calrissian the coolest character in all of Star Wars? Depends on who you ask, probably. But if you ask me, the answer is yes, and I plan to prove it with this story,” says series writer Soule.
In Marvel’s Lando, developed closely with Lucasfilm, the titular character — in the days before he became a hero, but still with Lobot at his side — looks to steal one of the galaxy’s most valuable ships. But, as usual, he may be in over his head.
“Before Cloud City, before his glorious Death Star run,” continues Soule, “Lando Calrissian was just a man trying to make his way through an uncaring universe determined not to recognize that he was undeniably the coolest man in the galaxy. But Lando’s got a plan to change all that… and it starts with the deal of a lifetime.”
This is obviously very exciting news. Soule's soon-to-be-wrapped She-Hulk run shows he has the light touch necessary to pull off what should be a fun heist story, and Alex Maleev's style is versatile enough to capture the widescreen wonder inherent in Star Wars while still retaining a gritty, grounded feel. (If you haven't read the latest Hellboy & the BPRD miniseries Maleev did art for, you really should. It has Hellboy fighting knife-wielding, mind-controlled chimpanzees.)
Oh, and also, this comic book has Lobot in it.
Lobot is in this comic. I REPEAT: LOBOT IS IN THIS COMIC.
With this announcement, plus Lando's recent appearance in an episode of Star Wars: Rebels, it's a good time to be a Lando fan. (AKA, a "Fando.") The five issue miniseries launches sometime this summer, probably after Mark Waid and Terry Dodson's Princess Leia miniseries wraps. And don't worry, Star Warriors, we'll be covering it in our regular roundup of Marvel's Star Wars comics, All For the Wookiee.