Before Solo: A Star Wars Story pilots its way into all of our lives, a number of comic books and novels from Lucasfilm will bring us up to speed on certain parts of Han's life. One of these books is Last Shot by Daniel José Older (Shadowshaper), which looks at three separate yet crucial periods in Han's life: When he first took possession of the Millennium Falcon, when Lando took possession of it (probably after Han was frozen in Carbonite at the end of Empire), and not long after the Battle of Endor when Han settled down with Leia to start a family. Yes, a young Ben Solo (future Kylo Ren) is present in the novel, but that's not the most exciting, or amusing, part.
In an interview with StarWars.com, Older teased that we'd get to see the cleanliness habits of both Han and Lando when each of them controlled the Falcon.
"There were so many fun nuances to explore, from how each of them gets suited up for a night out or battle, to how clean or disastrously messy they kept the Falcon [* sneezes * Ahh-Han!], to their relationships to different women in their lives, and it just became a really fascinating journey in contrasts, amidst all the laser blasts, space fights, and planet-hopping," said Older.
Last Shot promises lots of smuggling-related fun, in-depth character studies, and some tearjerking moments that the author wanted in order to offset the unfortunate events in the future.
"We know there’s tragedy down the road, so it’s really the everyday regular-shmegular-type details that are kind of heartbreaking, like Ben calling Lando 'Unca Wanwo," he said.
Take a look at the two covers you can choose from:
Last Shot goes on sale April 17, but is currently available for pre-order, while Solo: A Star Wars Story blasts into theaters May 25. The young Han is played by Alden Ehrenreich (Hail, Caesar!) and Donald Glover (Atlanta) plays Mr. Calrissian. It was recently confirmed that the movie takes place at least a decade before the events of the original trilogy. Specifically, the main action occurs between the events of Older's book and Timothy Zahn's Thrawn.