Star Wars #40
Written by Charles Soule
Art by Madibek Musabekov
Colors by Rachelle Rosenberg
Letters by Clayton Cowles
The Rundown: Lando puts his faith in the alliance to try and rescue Lobot.
After losing Lobot to the Scourge and having to escape Tatooine with the protocol droid, Lando continues to think back on his relationship with Lobot and how much he relied on him. After returning to the fleet, he tells Leia some of what happened and she agrees to send a small force in the Falcon to find Lobot.
Leia, Luke, Lando and Chewbacca make their way to a communications planet where they discover that everyone is missing. Unfortunately, the only thing left are killer droids whose leader wants Luke to access the one thing it can’t, the Force.
The Story: I’m still on the fence about a lot of this storyline, but Soule crafts a story that has some great thrills in it while also staying true to the characters, especially Lando. The story shows Lando caring about something other than himself, while also showcasing his ability to keep things close to the chest and still manipulate others. There’s some impressive action in the story as well and the inclusion of Luke adds some interesting new drama to the mix.
The Art: Musabekov delivers great character designs and atmosphere to the visuals. The action is visually thrilling as well. I loved the look of the issue a lot.