Keeping Cloud City Afloat With Star Wars Age Of Rebellion: Lando Calrissian #1

by Josh Davison

[*Mild Spoilers Ahead!]

A worker revolt in Cloud City almost comes to violence when Baron Lando Calrissian arrives with the promised bonus payment for the gas miners. He treats the workers to drinks too, but it drains much of his “rainy day” fund for whenever he has to bail out of Bespin. More payments and debts loom over Lando and Lobot, and, after a backroom deal proves unfruitful, the two go off planet to win the needed funds. That doesn’t pan out either, and, at the end of his rope, Lando Calrissian gets an offer that’s way too good to be true. He goes with it anyway.

Star Wars Age of Rebellion: Lando Calrissian #1 cover by Terry and Rachel Dodson
Star Wars Age of Rebellion: Lando Calrissian #1 cover by Terry and Rachel Dodson

Star Wars Age of Rebellion: Lando Calrissian #1 finds our caped hero trying to procure funds to keep Cloud City running smoothly. The life of a dashing rogue, gambler, and thief is never easy, and, naturally, Lando has trouble getting the needed funds for this task.

Of course, this comic also focuses on the other significant quality of Lando Calrissian; he ultimately has a good heart. He’ll swindle and steal, but he has a line which he won’t cross. We see him pushed to that line in this comic.

Like the other Age of Republic and Age of Rebellion comics, Lando Calrissian #1 provides a cohesive and encapsulating portrait of our protagonist. We see the kind of man he was before Han, Leia, and Chewie came to Bespin after the Battle of Hoth, and we see what he did to keep Cloud City afloat (so to speak).

Lobot is a fun part of the comic too. He’s an entirely logic-driven being, and he brings the cold facts intended, yet failing, to discourage Lando’s longshot gambles.

Star Wars Age of Rebellion: Lando Calrissian #1 art by Matteo Buffagni, Tamra Bonvillain, and letterer VC's Travis Lanham
Star Wars Age of Rebellion: Lando Calrissian #1 art by Matteo Buffagni, Tamra Bonvillain, and letterer VC’s Travis Lanham

Matteo Buffagni is the artist for this tale, and his work brings a stylish turn to the world of Cloud City. Lando looks like Lando, but there’s enough artistic license to make it feel like not just a photocopy of the great Billy Dee Williams. The comic looks great, and the color palette brought by Tamra Bonvillain is something special.

Star Wars Age of Rebellion: Lando Calrissian #1 is a charming and fun tale that finds the dashing con man on a mission of mercy for Cloud City. It’s a good read and one worthy of a recommendation. Feel free to give it a read.

Star Wars Age of Rebellion: Lando Calrissian #1 comes to us from writer Greg Pak, artist Matteo Buffagni, color artist Tamra Bonvillain, letterer VC’s Travis Lanham, cover artist Terry Dodson with Rachel Dodson, and variant cover artists Mike McKone with Guru-eFX; and Nilo Rodis-Jamero.

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