Okay, that’s it. From now on, Lando’s real surname will always be Draper in my mind. Lando Calrissian-Draper. Lando #4 by Charles Soule and Alex Maleev is out today and boy oh boy is our favorite charming scoundrel in over his head.
This review contains some spoilers for the issue because it’s impossible to discuss otherwise and if we’re honest, this review is really just a bunch of thoughts about the issue.
Trouble is imminent as Chanath Cha reaches the Emperor’s yacht and leaves the would-be thieves with no escape. Meanwhile, the Sith artifact is having some unexpected effects on members of their crew…
I’d like to start by saying that I SO CALLED IT. While I figured out the twist fairly early on, the revelation that Chanath Cha is a woman of color and not another white guy is a very welcome one indeed. (Star Wars? You’re doing an A+ job with diversity lately and especially in the comics. Please keep it up.) I love that the Emperor’s go to person to fix problems he doesn’t have the time to deal with is a badass non-Force sensitive woman.
On the Force side of things, Soule gets to deal with the dark side of things—something I didn’t entirely expect to see in this book. It’s a bit chilling to see how quickly the Sith artifact affects Aleksin. Equally intriguing was the comment of surprise about Palpatine’s Sith artifact collection. It’s interesting that there appear to be less rumors about his rise to power than previous suspected.
Maleev and Paul Mounts continue to rock the heck out of this book. All of the pages with Aleksin and Pavol are just spot on fantastic. I’m not sure exactly what they are and they don’t look like the most Star Wars-y of aliens but they’re just so neat to watch that it doesn’t even matter.
Lando continues to get our stamp of approval as we anxiously await the final issue!