Before I begin, yes this is another Star Wars comic. Over the years, some have been great and some have had six foot tall talking space rabbits. This new series, or mini-series to be more exact, belongs in the great column… for now.
Writer Matt Kindt brings us something new to the SW:EU. We not only get stories about these beloved characters but we get to see these stories from the POV of an everyday person. In the first issue, we see the story from the vantage point of long-haired rebel recruit named Jan that meets up with Han Solo to join the Rebellion. In true Han Solo fashion, things go south… we think. It turns out that is just Han being Han. With this POV, we get a more in-depth look at the character of Han Solo. It is hard for us to see him anew as he has been with us for almost 40 years. The comic still paints him as the devil-may-care hero that we know, but we also see that he is a master tactician and always thinking at least two moves ahead. This doesn’t really fit with continuity of what we know of Han. We know him as the guy that chased a squad a Stormtroopers armed only with a blaster. As this comic happens after The Battle of Yavin and before the rebels set up base on Hoth, we can assume that Han has since become less of a hot-head.
The story is funny and engaging. The only real problem I have with this issue is the same issue I have with almost every Star Wars comic book. These are iconic characters. For better or worse, when someone says Han Solo, a picture of Harrison Ford pops up in your head. That means you will have to draw Harrison Ford. The cover is really the only place in the book where this comic gets it right.
All in all, it is a good read and a series that I am looking forward to. As for why this series is called Rebel Heist, that is not clear yet. Based upon how issue #1 ends, we could be in for a lot of fun.