Star Wars: Lando #1

Star Wars: Lando #1

Writer: Charles Soule Artist: Alex Maleev Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: July 8, 2015 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 23 User Reviews: 18
8.2Critic Rating
8.4User Rating

You know him...you love him...now, join him for his biggest caper as master of charm Lando Calrissian gets his very own comic book! Before he joined the rebellion, before he ran Cloud City, Lando made his way in the galaxy getting by on some swindles, some swagger, and a smile. Lobot at his side, Lando has a plan to steal a very valuable ship...but has he bitten off more than he can chew? Writer Charles Soule (DEATH OF WOLVERINE, INHUMAN, SHE-HULK) and artist Alex Maleev (DAREDEVIL, SPIDER-WOMAN, MOON KNIGHT) bring us the tale of a scoundrel in his natural element-trouble!

  • 10
    Newsarama - Oscar Maltby Jul 9, 2015

    Lando #1 is yet another stellar Star Wars title that should prove impossible to resist. Read Full Review

  • 10
    ScienceFiction.com - Stuart Conover Jul 11, 2015

    The first issue of ‘Lando' was a quick read but only because it was one that I couldn't put down. This was the rogue we knew from ‘Star Wars' and you truly get to see multiple aspects of the character. He's a con artist to his very core and that aspect of him shines through on each and every page. The issue is more of a setup than a complete story but oh the trouble Lando gets himself into can't help but make me wish that the next issue was coming out quicker! Seriously Marvel has been doing an amazing job at making these comics feel like they are coming right ouf of the original trilogy and if they can keep this level of quality up we're really going to be in for something amazing. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    AiPT! - David Brooke Jul 8, 2015

    This is a great introductory issue to an often underplayed and misunderstood character. Finally he's getting his due in the comic book format. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Bounding Into Comics - John F. Trent Jul 11, 2015

    Lando is an absolute blast to read! This book makes me want to be Lando. Soule expertly captures his personality while Maleev nails his body language and facial expressions. The dialogue between Lando and Lobot is wonderful and I look forward to the two playing off each other in the upcoming issues. There was even a small nod comparing Lando and Solo as Lando echoes Han's comments about knowing the odds. My only wish would be for a more drawn out heist scene. There was plenty of build-up to it but the actual action was condensed. One thing is for sure, Lando has gotten himself into trouble he doesn't even know is coming. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Kalem Lalonde Jul 8, 2015

    Charles Soule and Alex Maleev’s “Lando” succeeds in its first outing with a witty, charming and most importantly fun issue. Soule captures the magic of the character while creating a story that naturally lends itself to its protagonist. While giving us mostly set-up, Soule doesn’t dwell on any dull moments as Lando #1 is a fast-paced issue that gets straight to the point and opens up the overall story while doing so. Marvel’s Star Wars line continues to grow at full throttle with Lando #1. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Jul 11, 2015

    So far, it's well worth following! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Booked - Evan Moore Jul 12, 2015

    For me, the only thing that would have made this book better would be a variant cover with a Colt 45 reference. I think I need to pick up a blank cover variant now. Are there any artists out there willing to do me a solid? Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Inter-Comics Podcast - writingtwentytwopages Jul 22, 2015

    Lando #1 is a terrific debut and a joy to read. I am legitimately excited for the next issue which makes the book nothing if not a success in my eyes. Colorist Paul Mounts deserves special consideration for bringing both warm and cool colors to a book set in the outer reaches of space. I would recommend this title to anyone either enjoying the new Star Wars books or even anyone looking for a way into this rapidly expanding universe so please give this scoundrel a piece of your time"before he steals it. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Comic Book Herald - Matt Lehn Jul 11, 2015

    For a guy starting out his cinematic existence as an unctuous, swindly hustler capable of setting off the most impaired of "Spidey" senses, Lando's new life as a comic book star is, so far, a most pleasant experience. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Graphic Policy - Edward Wendt Jul 9, 2015

    There are those that might think that his stories alone might not be enough to lead a series though would probably be mistaken. There are still a lot of fertile ground for stories in the Star wars universe, even if the old expanded universe is gone, replaced with stories that stick a bit closer to the script. What makes this story work so well though is the story, as it is not so much focused on the Star Wars universe, but rather acts as good story which would work in any sci-fi setting, only here the players are already defined. It is also nice how this first issue manages to expand on the role of Lobot, especially the loyalty which he and Lando have for one another. As with the Princess Leia series which didn't seem like it would work, but ended up being pretty good, this series starts out on the right foot and looks like a promising and entertaining series. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Jul 9, 2015

    If ever a smooth talker finally deserved his own book, it's this one. Soule and Maleev basically nail it here by giving us what looks to be the "solo adventure film" that many of us wanted back in the day. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Lido Giovacchini Jul 10, 2015

    Lando is the kind of tie-in work we need to see infinitely more of. It takes the core elements of Star Wars and flips them in an amazingly creative way. The story is that same Star Wars genre fusion of western and sci-fi pulp, but the imagery, character, and emotion of the comic is a moving noir piece about the conflict between personal identity and who were forced to be to survive in a harsh universe. Its a real triumph for everyone involved. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    IGN - Jeff Lake Jul 9, 2015

    Lando wears many hats in this first issue, and Soule ensures each one is a fit. Though largely setup for bigger things, issue #1 has plenty of enjoyable character, as rendered by Alex Maleev. The art style and narrative voice match the titular lead well, though at times the use of darker shadow doesn't mesh as well with the lighter tone. Lando's role in the Star Wars saga is a secondary one, but in the hands of Soule and Maleev he sure is interesting. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicWow!TV - Bhavna Bakshi Jul 10, 2015

    This issue is filled with unique character and layered personae. Lando was an excellent character to take Marvel’s Star Wars series. I’m not that big of a Star Wars fan, but I know one thing: this is a damn good book. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Jul 11, 2015

    "Lando" looks to be a very solid series. The opening issue captures all of the charm, intrigue, guile and slickness of the lead character. The comic moves through three plot phases in the opening issue, which helps establish the kind of life Lando leads. The book stumbles with some of the characterizations of Lando and the over-use of Lobot's implants, but these can easily be corrected in future issues. This is definitely a different Star Wars coming than the others and it is worth checking out. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Spectrum - Shawn Hoklas Jul 12, 2015

    Lando is a great addition to the Star Wars line and even though the art doesn't necessarily always match the world, it's a great first issue with an even better cliffhanger. Charles Soule captures so much about what makes Lando great, but also highlights his weaknesses that make him feel real. I can't wait to read the second issue and see how Lando will get himself out of the predicament that he's in, and how his actions will fit into the larger narrative. Marvel continues their impressive handling of the Star Wars license, and I can't wait to see more. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Latest Pull - Nicholas Turner Jul 13, 2015

    Soule and the rest of Lando's brilliant creative team deliver an interesting first issue that is a must buy for fans of the titular character. Although the story wasn't as riveting as some of the other Star Wars books currently on the stands, it's ending does manage to raise the stakes in an intriguing way. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comicsverse - Danny Rivera Jul 8, 2015

    I'm obsessively collecting all new-canon “Star Wars“ material, so I purchased LANDO #1, but anyone less obsessive might be able to pass. The art is certainly worth a look, there's great banter between Lando and Lobot (and everyone else), andit's fun overall–but that may just be it. It's only the first issue, so check back next month to see ifanything changes, but if you're still debating, you can go ahead and put LANDO #1 back on the shelf. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    SnapPow.com - John McCubbin Jul 7, 2015

    Lando #1 is a great start for Marvel's latest Star Wars series, as though there's a lot of work to be done before the die can be cast on it's overall performance, it's certainly heading in the right direction. Despite it's slow pace, it gives a wonderful premise, being inviting to fans both old and new. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Jul 13, 2015

    While Lando might not be without its sins, you can't help but admit that this book does more good than anything else. In terms of tone and sheer vibe, this is very different than anything else Marvel is doing in its Star Wars offerings, and the idea of an interstellar heist comic should be a draw for readers just based on the premise alone. This comic could very well succeed or crash and burn, but it's that risky spirit that proves to be such a winning fit for Cloud City's legendary gambler. Read Full Review

  • 6.6
    Multiversity Comics - Brian Salvatore Jul 13, 2015

    A valiant attempt at giving longtime fans something they want, but it could use a serious dose of the unexpected. Here's hoping that comes later in the miniseries. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Jul 13, 2015

    Soule and company keep the action minimal in "Lando" #1, focusing on setting the table and establishing Lando's situation. It's a fine but slow introduction that is more necessary than not, given Lando's lack of connection to more familiar characters at this point in the saga. I can understand the effort to give Lando a corner of the "Star Wars" universe to call his own, but the lack of familiarity in the surroundings and species make this seem more like a generic fantasy adventure than a "Star Wars" tale, at least before the final three pages of the issue. "Lando" #1 brings a great concept to the "Star Wars" lineup and a fun character with a fairly blank slate for his history, but this series needs to pack a little more punch to keep readers hooked. Hopefully now that Soule and Maleev have explained to readers who's who and what's what, the action can get rolling on a "Star Wars" level. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Jul 15, 2015

    This is a weak entry into the Star Wars canon. Marvel has got to step things up. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Inklings Jun 6, 2016

    You know what? Screw it. I'm gonna gush about this one. LANDO #1 is exactly what these Star Wars ought to be: rejuvenating, fresh looks at old staples. This comic is the perfect blend between old and new: the used universe feel, everything that Lando does and says, Lobot playing an outstanding straight man to Lando's exuberance, that's all here. But we get a much denser, deeper, grittier, and even flashier look at the underworld pinnings and black market doings that should be part and parcel of a limited series exploration of everyone's favorite womanizing scoundrel (okay, maybe after the other one). But Lando is his own beast, entirely distinct from Solo in class, sophistication, and real-world charm. We even open with what might be considered a long con act, but with Lando you can always feel a hint of sincerity just at the edges of his speech patterns. It's what makes the character so appealing---and interesting--- and Soule perfectly realizes that aspect of his characterization in his prose. Great, great pull, one I nearly overlooked.

  • 9.0
    The Villain Oct 6, 2016

    This was a really fun issue. Charles Soule is really a veteran when it comes to comics and rarely makes a bad one. Lando is the exact character that we want him to be. He looks like Billy Dee Williams and its really cool to get an opportunity to see what is relationship was like with Lobot. The final reveal is priceless for a book that could have a lot of humor injected in as well.

  • 8.5
    nlindsay Jul 20, 2015

    You know what I want from a Lando comic? A bit of womanizing, a bit of charm that works, a bit that doesn't, some gambling, some scheming and dealing, and a whole lot of bravado from the title character. It is all here, with a good story and some art that starts out quite great in its Billy Dee likeness, but gets rushed a bit towards the end.

  • 8.0
    JBL Reviews Jul 10, 2015

    Good start, even if he felt a little out of character.

  • 7.0
    Gizmo Jul 16, 2015

    Not a must read, simply light Star Wars fun.

  • 10
    Jason The Dude Jul 10, 2015

  • 9.5
    Ryus Jul 8, 2015

  • 9.5
    Henry Killinger Jul 8, 2015

  • 9.5
    Cyprian Latewood Jul 10, 2015

  • 9.0
    Juanpk26 Jul 8, 2015

  • 9.0
    NickNightingale Jan 10, 2016

  • 8.5
    Synthozoid Jul 12, 2015

  • 8.5
    MatchesMalone Sep 2, 2015

  • 8.0
    JayBee Jul 11, 2015

  • 8.0
    mseccatore Jul 14, 2015

  • 7.0
    The_G0od_12 Jul 29, 2015

  • 7.0
    Houdini May 19, 2016

  • 5.5
    DXO Oct 25, 2015

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