Marvel Comics has revealed their latest Star Wars tie-in, a one-shot featuring Tobias Beckett, of Solo: A Star Wars Story fame. This will also explain the curious dynamic between Beckett and his hated rival, Enfys Nest.
Solo introduces viewers to Woody Harrelson's Beckett, a gang leader who becomes something of a father-figure for the young Han Solo. In a world of gangsters and crime lords, Beckett offers Han a mentor and guide, even as he warns that everyone will betray the young smuggler.
It seems Beckett's backstory will be revealed in an official tie-in published by Marvel Comics, Star Wars: Beckett #1. The film itself left viewers with a lot of mysteries about Beckett: How did he get involved with Crimson Dawn? How did he assemble his crew? And just what was his connection to Aurra Sing? The one-shot will be written by Gerry Duggan, with art by Will Sliney, Edgar Salazar and Marc Laming. It joins an impressive slate of Star Wars comics releasing in August, including Star Wars #52, Darth Vader #19, Darth Vader #20, Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #23, Star Wars: The Last Jedi Adaptation #5, Star Wars: Lando — Double or Nothing #4, Star Wars: Poe Dameron Annual #2 and Star Wars: Poe Dameron #30.
Star Wars fans have always been fascinated by the galaxy's criminal underground. Back when Timothy Zahn launched the old Expanded Universe in 1991, he made a gang of smugglers a central part of his story, and the crooks and thugs of the galaxy became a mainstay in the old EU ever since. The Expanded Universe was dropped from the Star Wars canon after Disney purchased Lucasfilm, and the smugglers and crime lords of the galaxy have been relatively unexplored in the new Star Wars canon up to this point.
Solo changes everything, revealing how Han first got involved with crime lords like Dryden Vos and Jabba the Hutt. Lucasfilm has already confirmed they're planning to build on this, with the recent news that the studio is working on a Boba Fett film. It certainly wouldn't be a surprise to see other tie-in comics flesh out the darker side of the galaxy, with a focus on criminal organizations such as Black Sun and Crimson Dawn. This, hopefully, is just the first such one-shot to be signed off on by the Lucasfilm Story Group.
Meanwhile, readers can explore other aspects of Han Solo's backstory in official tie-in books such as Rae Carson's Most Wanted and Daniel José Older's Last Shot. These novels focus in on characters like Han, Qi'ra, Chewbacca, and Lando, adding further detail to the rich tapestry of the Star Wars Saga.
- Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) release date: May 25, 2018
- Star Wars 9 / Star Wars: Episode IX (2019) release date: Dec 20, 2019