Star Wars: Marvel Comics To Explore Han And Leia’s Relationship Pre-Empire Strikes Back

I stayed with the Marvel Star Wars comic book for about 50 issues before giving up on the book making valid contributions to the new canon. It wasn’t a bad book, but much like the new canon novels, nothing consequential happens. It also shoves too much stuff happening in a short time. They had something cool for a while, but nothing gold can stay. Marvel has already had individual mini-series’ on nearly every major character from the Original Trilogy and Sequel Trilogy and now they’re going to be delving into  Han and Leia’s relationship just prior to The Empire Strikes Back.

The main book, Star Wars, takes place between A New Hope and ESB but this new book will be closer to ESB than the flagship title. It will be written by Greg Pak with Phil Noto on the art side of things. In an interview with CBR Pak had this to say:

“We’re also getting the chance to play with the Han/Leia relationship before it actually becomes the Han/Leia relationship, which is tremendously fun. We’re complicating things with a new character from Leia’s past named Dar Champion and an undercover operation that puts Han and Leia in much closer proximity than either of them wants — or at least admits that they want — at this stage.”

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I liked Hand and Leia’s relationship in the Expanded Universe. The Courtship of Princess Leia wasn’t the greatest book, but their relationship was fun to experience and explore. They got married, had three kids, fought bad guys, and adopted their granddaughter after one of their kids made Darth Vader look well adjusted. I just don’t think they can do a lot with the small time space they have.

It’s funny, not funny, how they admit to “complicating things” in this book. I believe he’s saying they complicate the relationship, but in reality, they’re complicating the canon. They already had a woman that Han had “married” in his past, who isn’t mentioned or shown in Solo: A Star Wars Story, and other characters in Star Wars that have never been mentioned or shown in the films. They have these big events that do not tie into the films at all. Disney’s canon is more convoluted than the old Expanded Universe ever was. At least the EU had books actually moving the narrative forward, challenging the characters, and had consequences that spanned across the EU.

Now, I understand they can’t do too much because the OT is what it is and can’t be changed. However, this issue could have been solved with more comics filling in the blanks of the distant past and the post Battle of Endor future. Even if they did go post-Endor they’d probably do exactly what the novels have been doing… nothing. Disney is so concerned with what movies or shows they may make that they pigeonhole writers and leave us with books that don’t matter. Maybe they’ll fill in more gaps between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens after The Rise of Skywalker hits in December.

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Source: CBR

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