Synopsis: LUKE SKYWALKER, LANDO CALRISSIAN and LEIA ORGANA have returned to CLOUD CITY! They each left things on BESPIN they desperately need – a weapon, a friend, and crucial information. But the city is swarming with IMPERIALS, under occupation by an EMPIRE desperate to steal its resources. Things did not go well for the trio the last time they visited this place. This time… might be even worse.
Having returned to Cloud City in the last issue. Leia has found herself frozen in Carbonite. Lando has gotten into a spot of trouble with Stormtroopers while trying to rescue Lobot, and Luke is knee-deep in trash searching for his lightsaber. When Luke gets a force vision while using his power to track his lightsaber he sees Leia is in trouble and rushes Lando’s aid in order to initiate an outrageous rescue.
Jesus Saiz has a fair bit to play with in this issue and produces some solid work. I particularly enjoyed the sequence of events leading up to the rescue, which saw Luke get a crash course on how to defrost corban freezing. We also learn that a person has to be frozen for longer than an hour in order to experience hibernation sickness. The comics cover, which is drawn by R.B. Silva shows us an image of Darth Vader inspecting a frozen Prince Leia. This is somewhat misleading to the story. A nice image, but a complete red herring.
Charles Soule writes a pretty fast-paced action-adventure story here. But I was a little disappointed that we didn’t get to spend at least one more issue on Bespin give the iconic place it has in Star Wars. Thankfully we do get a valid reason for the rush in which the rebels escape so there is some story logic for what seems like a slightly rushed story arc.
Overall. Good fun.