Solo: A Star Wars Story - Tie In Comics and Books

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EW's Anthony Breznican continued to roll out Solo: A Star Wars Story news, revealing a long list of tie in books and comics yesterday! We had heard very little about tie in material for Solo, but now it looks like we are going to get a wide breadth of content spanning before and after the film.

I am particularly excited by the Lando 5-issue comic mini series, the novel, and the young reader book. This grouping of books, which have become standard releases with films, usually add the most to canon and give the extended universe fan a little more to sink their teeth into. 

Lando: Double or Nothing (May 30th, 2018) a 5-issue comic mini series written by Rodney Barnes will continue to add to Lando's back story elaborating on events right before the film. The Lando mini series written by Charles Soule set between ANH and ESB was fantastic and I'm hoping this series continues with the quality Lando stories we have been getting from Marvel Comics. This is expected to be released the first Wednesday after the film drops. 

The Last Shot (April 17th, 2018) novel by Daniel José Older spans 3 eras of Star Wars covering events from before Solo until after ROTJ! The novel includes focused stories set around Lando and L3-37 (before the events of Solo), Han, Chewie, and Sana Starros (between Solo and a New Hope), and a post-ROTJ story with Han, Leia, Ben Solo, and Lando!

Most Wanted (May 25th, 2018), by Rae Carson is a YA novel that will explore Han and Qi'ra as teenagers on Corellia and could tie into the timeline we see in the trailer with the two of them street racing. The YA novels are becoming some of my favourite tie-in material as they are quick reads that add a lot to canon. 

Check out all the officially released details below!

  Lando: Double or Nothing , Rodney Barnes  This Marvel Comics miniseries is written by Rodney Barnes (a veteran scribe from TV’s  The Boondocks ) and will play out over five issues. “It’s focused on Lando set during an incident right before the film, with backstory about Lando and L3,” Siglain says. The series debuts the Wednesday after the movie opens, since its story is so closely tied in. “Coming out of the film, we think everyone is going to want to read more about Lando.”

Lando: Double or Nothing, Rodney Barnes

This Marvel Comics miniseries is written by Rodney Barnes (a veteran scribe from TV’s The Boondocks) and will play out over five issues. “It’s focused on Lando set during an incident right before the film, with backstory about Lando and L3,” Siglain says. The series debuts the Wednesday after the movie opens, since its story is so closely tied in. “Coming out of the film, we think everyone is going to want to read more about Lando.”

  Last Shot , by Daniel José Older  The author of  Half-Resurrection Blues and  Shadowshaper  has penned this novel that connects three eras in the lives of Han Solo and Lando Calrissian. “Part of it takes place before the events of  Solo  and focuses on Lando and L3-37,” Siglain says, referring to Lando’s droid sidekick in the new film. “Part of it takes place between  Solo  and  A New Hope , and that focuses on Han and Chewie, and that’s where we get Sana Starros for the first time.” She would be the character, first introduced in the Marvel Comics, who claimed to be married to Han. "Part of it takes place post- Return of the Jedi , and that’s where we see Han, Leia, a very young Ben Solo, and Lando come into the story,” Siglain adds. The cover is reversible — on one side is Han's silhouette, while Lando’s is on the other. There’s also a “convention exclusive” cover featuring L3 and Chewbacca …

Last Shot, by Daniel José Older

The author of Half-Resurrection Bluesand Shadowshaper has penned this novel that connects three eras in the lives of Han Solo and Lando Calrissian. “Part of it takes place before the events of Solo and focuses on Lando and L3-37,” Siglain says, referring to Lando’s droid sidekick in the new film. “Part of it takes place between Solo and A New Hope, and that focuses on Han and Chewie, and that’s where we get Sana Starros for the first time.” She would be the character, first introduced in the Marvel Comics, who claimed to be married to Han. "Part of it takes place post-Return of the Jedi, and that’s where we see Han, Leia, a very young Ben Solo, and Lando come into the story,” Siglain adds. The cover is reversible — on one side is Han's silhouette, while Lando’s is on the other. There’s also a “convention exclusive” cover featuring L3 and Chewbacca …

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  Most Wanted , by Rae Carson  This YA book by the author of  The Girl of Fire and Thorns  focuses on Alden Ehrenreich’s Han Solo and Emilia Clarke’s Qi’ra, back in their teenage years. “This is about the younger, young Han solo,” Siglain says. “We’ll see what it was like for these two kids from Corellia to survive the seedy streets of this industrial world. They’re definitely products of their environment, and this story shows that.”

Most Wanted, by Rae Carson

This YA book by the author of The Girl of Fire and Thorns focuses on Alden Ehrenreich’s Han Solo and Emilia Clarke’s Qi’ra, back in their teenage years. “This is about the younger, young Han solo,” Siglain says. “We’ll see what it was like for these two kids from Corellia to survive the seedy streets of this industrial world. They’re definitely products of their environment, and this story shows that.”

  Last Shot  (convention exclusive), by Daniel José Older  “We bounce around through time,” Siglain says. “We always wanted to tell a story that had Han and Lando having one adventure after  Return of the Jedi . At the same time, we really liked the idea of contrasting that with seeing them much earlier in their lives. A crime lord comes looking for the owner of the Millennium Falcon, but mistakenly thinks it was Han Solo at the time, but it was really Lando — which gets Lando mixed up in something else Han did that was Han’s fault. All these years later, the two of them have to right a wrong from much earlier in their history.”

Last Shot (convention exclusive), by Daniel José Older

“We bounce around through time,” Siglain says. “We always wanted to tell a story that had Han and Lando having one adventure after Return of the Jedi. At the same time, we really liked the idea of contrasting that with seeing them much earlier in their lives. A crime lord comes looking for the owner of the Millennium Falcon, but mistakenly thinks it was Han Solo at the time, but it was really Lando — which gets Lando mixed up in something else Han did that was Han’s fault. All these years later, the two of them have to right a wrong from much earlier in their history.”

Head over to the EW article to see more tie in releases for Solo: A Star Wars Story!

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