Star Wars Sends Han Solo on His Most Personal Mission Yet
The second issue of Star Wars: Han Solo & Chewbacca sees Han Solo confront what appears to be his long-lost father -- though it's not exactly a happy reunion.
Set to hit comic shops this Wednesday, May 18, Han Solo & Chewbacca #2 comes from writer Marc Guggenheim, penciler/inker David Messina, colorist Alex Sinclair and letterer Joe Caramagna. In an official preview provided by Marvel Comics, Han recalls a moment he shared with his father, a shipbuilder, on his home planet of Corellia. Cut back to the present, where Han punches a man -- ostensibly his father, Ovan -- directly in the face.
STAR WARS: HAN SOLO & CHEWBACCA #2
MARC GUGGENHEIM (W) • DAVID MESSINA(A) • Cover by PHIL NOTO
Variant Cover by ADAM HUGHES • VARIANT COVER BY MIKE McKONE
THE HEIST IS ON!
HAN, CHEWIE and GREEDO have to pull off an impossible heist for JABBA THE HUTT!
But who can Han trust?
SPOILER: Han breaks into his target’s safe, but you won’t believe what’s inside!
40 PGS./Rated T …$4.99
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Up until now, Han Solo's father is a figure who has been shrouded in mystery. Han (as played by Alden Ehrenreich) did mention his father in the 2018 film Solo: A Star Wars Story, explaining that he was a shipbuilder on Corellia, though admitting that he wasn't exactly close with him. The expanded novelization of Solo elaborated on this, revealing that Han's father had abandoned him at a young age. This seemingly contradicted the canon reference book Ultimate Star Wars, which implied that Han was an orphan because his father had died. In Star Wars Legends, Han's father was named Jonash Solo, though this character appears to have been removed from canon altogether.
Marvel's Han Solo & Chewbacca #1, which released back in March, changed everything. In that issue, Han stops for a drink while back on Corellia as part of a heist with Greedo, sitting next to an older man. Han begins discussing his father, revealing his name to be Ovan. The old man then claims that he is indeed Ovan, turning to Han and hugging him.
That being said, it remains to be seen if this man actually is Ovan. Han certainly doesn't seem convinced. Hence, the mean right hook. The future Rebel general also sarcastically refers to the man as "dad," believing the whole thing to be some sort of con. After all, "Ovan" apparently looks a lot different from when Han last saw him. However, the man attributes this to the years "not being kind" to him and shipbuilding being a "dangerous" profession. At any rate, it appears that "Ovan" is sticking around for a bit, as the character appears alongside Han and Chewie on the cover of June's Han Solo & Chewbacca #3.
Written by Marc Guggenheim, illustrated by David Messina, colored by Alex Sinclair and lettered by VC's Joe Caramagna, Star Wars: Han Solo & Chewbacca #2 goes on sale May 18 from Marvel Comics.
Source: Marvel Comics