‘After the Battle of Yavin, Han Solo and Chewbacca intend to use their reward to settle their debts. But Princess Leia asks them to accept a secret mission for the Resistance. Mortal dangers, traitorous enemies, and thorny situations mark the path of these two heroes of the Star Wars saga. An adaptation by Alec Worley, based on the Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens Smuggler’s Run: A Han Solo Adventure by bestselling author Greg Rucka!’
Star Wars Adventures: Smuggler’s Run #1 is set between Star Wars: A New Hope and Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. Following the destruction of the Death Star at the battle of Yavin, Han and Chewie are commissioned by Princess Leia to fly the Millennium Falcon on a top-secret mission for the Rebellion, while evading ruthless bounty hunters and a relentless Imperial agent.
If this all seems very familiar, it’s intended to. Obviously, if you’ve read the book, you know exactly how this pans out. If you’ve even just seen the original trilogy, the dynamics between Leia, Han, and Chewie is identical to the film portrayal. This isn’t really supposed to cover a lot of new ground. It’s more to patch up a couple little holes between Episodes.
Alec Worley’s adaptation from Greg Rucka’s novel is loyal to the source material and translates really well to the comic book medium. There’s obviously some necessary condensing, but the important stuff is well represented, and the character interactions and dialogue ring true to canon.
It’s always entertaining watching Princess Leia and Han Solo bicker/flirt, and there’s something oddly satisfying about watching Han weasel his way out of situations that he really only found himself in by his own arrogance and horrible planning. Never gets old, that.
The art is a little different. Ingo Romling’s linework reminds me of the work Harry North, Esq. did on MAD Magazine’s parody piece Star Roars back from January ‘78. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. It’s just a little caricatured for my taste. It does work reasonably well, and I got used to it about halfway through.
Star Wars Adventures: Smuggler’s Run #1 is a solid little book. Nothing terribly original, but a great all-ages adaptation of the 2015 junior novel.
Star Wars: Smuggler’s Run #1, IDW Publishing, 23 December 2020. based on the novel by Greg Rucka, adapted by Alec Worley, art by Ingo Romling, translation by Edward Gauvin.
Following the destruction of the Death Star at the battle of Yavin, Han and Chewie are commissioned by Princess Leia to fly the Millennium Falcon on a top-secret mission for the Rebellion, while evading ruthless bounty hunters and a relentless Imperial agent.