2018 is definitely a year to celebrate characters like Han Solo, Lando Calrissian and Chewbacca. With Solo: A Star Wars Story being released in May, as well as a flurry of books/comics to accommodate the film, the stories of our favourite smugglers continue with the release of Star Wars: Last Show by Daniel Jose Older.
Last Shot follows Fyzen Gor, a Pau’an as he attempts to use a device known as the Phalanx Redux Transmitter which has the power to take over any droid he desires and command them to kill all living ‘organics’.
Both Han and Lando are going through some changes in their lives since the end of the galactic war, Lando is in a crisis surrounding his love life after realising he is essentially in love with long-time Twi’lek friend Kaasha Bateen. On the other hand, Han is struggling to see himself ever being a good father to Ben Solo let alone a good husband to Leia.
Things take a turn for the worst when they are both faced at different times by Fyzen Gor, a familiar foe from the past, who is not pleased to find that the captain of the Millennium Falcon has stolen his transmitter. it is vital that the pair locate and possess the transmitter before it ends up in the hands of Fyzen Gor and he unleashes the full power of the transmitter which could prove to be catastrophic. The problem for Han and Lando is that they both had dealings with Fyzen at different times in their early years, which means that the location of the transmitter is unknown.
The book is packed full with action from start to finish and brings a lot of galactic issues to light, such as the treatment of droids. The narrative itself is strong, with several twists and turns to keep readers hooked at all times.
Daniel Jose Older does a remarkable job of capturing the voice of both Han and Lando. Within this book, Han is conflicted as he doesn’t know his place in the galaxy after the end of the galactic war. Its interesting to see a side of Han where he is unsure of himself now there isn’t a fight to be fought. Fans know Han to be very confident and occasionally borderline arrogant, and Older explores this when looking at Han’s flashbacks to his younger years after he won the Millennium Falcon from Lando.
Lando has always been a classy figure and when the book shows his perspective, there is a certain energy that radiates everything fans know and love about him. Readers get an insight into his past with L3-37 before the events of Solo: A Star Wars Story as well as seeing a vulnerable side to him when it comes to Kaasha and their relationship.
In addition to well-loved characters from the films like Han, Lando, Leia, Chewbacca and L3-37, there are an abundance of new and exciting characters added to the Star Wars Universe. First of all is Florx, an Ugnaught friend of Lando’s who spends most of his time sleeping. Then there is Peekpa, an Ewok slicer (hacker) who idolises Chewbacca after he saved her sister during the battle on Endor.
Comic book fans will be pleased to have an appearance from Sana Starros, Han’s apparent ex-wife from his smuggling days, who seems to have spent a fair bit of time in Maz Kanata’s castle, who also features in a few scenes. Last but certainly not least is pilot Taka Jamareesa, who happens to be non-binary, making him a very relevant and relatable character for readers in modern society.
L3-37 features heavily in Lando’s flashback sequences and readers get a more in depth understanding of the character introduced to Star Wars fans in May when Solo: A Star Wars Story was released. L3 isn’t your typical droid, she makes it quite clear that Lando does not own her and she is free to do as she pleases; in addition to this she is very outspoken with regards to droid rights, a topic that was briefly covered during Solo when she helped liberate the droid slaves on Kessel.
To conclude, the book felt very much like a western tale for both Han and Lando, readers will go into this book expecting a tale filled with action and adventure, and that is exactly what they get.