Comic Review | Star Wars Adventures Vol. 4: Smuggler’s Blues

Our favorite smugglers face some tricky situations in Smuggler’s Blues.

This volume of Star Wars Adventures features tales of smuggling missions gone wrong. From Han Solo and Chewbacca to Lando Calrissian and an old Legends favorite, these tales are full of peril and adventure.

Powered Down

In “Powered Down” by Cavan Scott, Han Solo and Chewbacca find themselves up against the bounty hunters Zuckuss and 4-LOM. After double-crossing the two, they are pursued and crash-land on a planet where technology doesn’t work. In order to survive, they’ll have to team up with their enemy.

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This tale is set after the events of the Middle-Grade book Star Wars Choose Your Destiny: A Han Solo and Chewbacca Adventure. It deals with the classic Han Solo vs. a Bounty Hunter storyline. However, the peril we find them in is lessened by the fact that we know they will live to fight another day.

Cavan Scott is a regular contributor to the Star Wars Adventures series. This story is illustrated by Eisner Award-winning illustrator Derek Charm. Charm is best known for his work on Marvel’s The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl.

Family Affair

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This tale features that suave and debonair ladies’ man, Lando Calrissian. Lando is visited on Cloud City by an old friend, the blue Nautolan, Clariah, who asks him to set her son on the straight and narrow. Apparently, her teen son, Jiandy, has gotten it into his head that the life of a gangster is for him. With the promise that she’ll return one of his beloved capes for his services, Lando agrees to teach the boy a lesson. That is if they don’t get killed in the process.

Elsa Charretier is both the writer and illustrator for this story. It is part of the growing number of comic stories that are filling in Lando’s backstory.  

The Lost Eggs of Livorno

This Star Wars Adventures Annual from 2018 reintroduces Jaxxon to the Star Wars canon. For those unfamiliar with him, Jaxxon is a green rabbit that is six feet tall who has his origins in the old Marvel comics.

In this tale, Jaxxon and his associate, Amaiza, have been hired to transport the last eggs of Livorno to Princess Leia by Livorno’s Queen Prizzi. Of course, nothing goes as planned as first Imperials arrive, and then it becomes clear that Amaiza double-crossed them! Jaxxon must recover the eggs and deliver them to the Rebel Alliance before it’s too late.

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While it’s not the first time a character from Legends has made their way to the new canon, this one is probably not as well known as Thrawn. He’s also probably one of the most unusual Star Wars characters since he’s a green sentient rabbit or Lepi as his species is called. This short is written by Cavan Scott and illustrated by DC comics artist Alain Mauricet.

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Final Thoughts:

I loved that this issue focused on characters that are smugglers. Han Solo will forever be my favorite character, so any story featuring him is a welcome addition to the canon. Learning more about Lando’s past is also a welcome addition as I feel that his story hasn’t gotten enough fleshing out. This volume is sure to please young fans of Solo, and adult fans looking to see Jaxxon make his debut in the canon.

Star Wars Adventures Vol. 4: Smuggler’s Blues is published by IDW Publishing and is available to buy from all good comic book stores now.

 

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