Chewbacca already got his moment in the comic-book limelight, now it's time for his nerfherder partner. Han Solo has landed a prime spot in Marvel Comics' summer lineup, grabbing his very own five-issue miniseries written by Marjorie Liu and art from Mark Brooks, revolving around his daring deeds occuring between the original 1977 Star Wars and 1980's The Empire Strikes Back. Joining him will be his faithful cross-bowed sidekick Wookiee in a storyline that includes Princess Leia and a legendary contest called the Dragon Void Run.
Here's the official synopsis:
Han is placed between a rock and a hard place: he can help Leia's Rebellion by sheltering her contacts aboard the Millennium Falcon, or he can enter the starship race the Dragon Void Run -- something he's wanted to do his entire life.
"This is a Han Solo who doesn't quite know who he is anymore," Liu explained to Entertainment Weekly. "He doesn't think about politics, and suddenly he's thrust into this life-or-death struggle for beliefs he didn't even know he cared about -- and it has changed him. He doesn't want to believe that change, but he has."
"Han's been dreaming of entering this thing for his entire life," Liu explained. "He finally gets the chance, except there's a catch: Leia thinks there are spies in the Rebellion, and she doesn't dare send anyone else to retrieve these vital informants who are on various planets in the system. Basically, I was told that the story takes place between 'Episodes IV' and 'V,' and then they sort of just let me loose. I turned in several different ideas, but the core of them -- what I kept at the front of my imagination: He's this working-class dude who lives paycheck to paycheck who has a business to run. He's the Han we know and love. He's a con artist, he's a smuggler, he's this wisecracking, streetwise dude, but he's got this internal conflict where there wasn't one before. He's really trying to figure out who he is. The Empire pokes its head into it briefly, but they’re not the main heavies.. I would say one way of describing it would be, there's a heavy from Han's past, and there's a heavy from the present, someone who wishes to thwart Leia's mission."
Here's a preview cover by Lee Bermejo and three pages of interior art from Mark Brooks in the gallery below to tide you over until Star Wars: Han Solo #1 arrives in June.
(Via Comic Book Resources)