Lando – Double or Nothing #1

Lando – Double or Nothing #1

Writer: Rodney Barnes
Artist: Paolo Villanelli
Colorist: Andres Mossa
Letterer: Joe Caramagna
Cover Artist: W. Scott Forbes

Lando – Double or Nothing #1 features Lando at his finest…or perhaps his worst. He’s certainly full of himself. Regardless, he gets talked into helping a girl deliver some weapons and free her people. Lando doesn’t do anything for free, yet he seems to be getting conned into doing just that.

This issue takes place sometime before the events in the movie Solo. Here we see Lando as the captain of the Millennium Falcon, and L3 as his copilot. There’s a lot of banter between the two, but I’m not sure how well it matches up with the movie. They do banter a bit in the film, but we get way more from them in this issue. We also get more Lando. He’s someone who would rather install a wet bar in the Falcon than upgrade the shield and weapons. All the people he’s beat or cheated in gambling want to kill him, and he’s quick to try to jump in a lady’s pants for a discount on his fee. Yet for all his bravado, he still walks right into trouble.

Overall, the story is good. It’s interesting and it’s a good setup. The writing and dialog venture into murkier territory. Is this really Lando? We don’t actually have a lot to go on anymore. And L3’s dialog feels a bit to wordy and not quite on point with what we heard in the film. It’s close, but something just feels a bit off with both of them. Regardless, there’s a new character, but she’s hard to get a read on. Is she trying to double cross Lando? Is her heart in the right place? I’m not sure whether to trust her, or to not trust Lando, which is an odd position to be in.

The artwork, on the other hand, looks really good. The depictions of the characters are great, and the coloring is gorgeous. Plus I really love the use of the double page spread in the issue. There’s some great arrangements and layouts for the panels.

For the first issue of this mini-series, I give this one a four out of five metal bikinis. I’m not completely sold that Rodney Barnes can capture the magic of Lando and L3, but I’m still onboard to see what happens next.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

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