It seems that Jason Aaron is ending his Star Wars run with a series of standalone, one-shot stories spotlighting the various heroes of the Rebellion. It's not necessarily the most exciting way to wrap a two-and-a-half-year saga, but it is an entertaining way of allowing Aaron to bid farewell to these characters. Consider Star Wars #34 a flawed but endearing celebration of Han Solo's "ex-wife," Sana Starros.
Apart from that, the obvious selling point with this issue is the guest role for Lando Calrissian. Apart from his surprisingly excellent solo mini-series, Lando hasn't played much of a role in Marvel's new Star Wars line yet. While that's to be expected given Marvel's emphasis on the pre-Empire Strikes Back timeline, Lando's presence is still sorely missed. This issue goes a little way towards rectifying that problem. Lando makes for an amusing foil to Sana as she carries out an elaborate and highly dangerous con. But he doesn't really bring anything more to the table. By the end of this issue, I found myself questioning whether Lando actually needed to appear in this story at all. Why did Sana need him around in the first place? I don't blame Aaron for wanting to squeeze in a little Billy Dee before leaving the series, but maybe he deserved his own, separate adventure?
"I sense a great change in your future." Disney has revealed a new international (Japanese) trailer for Taika Waititi's Thor: Ragnarok, and while it features lots of footage we have seen before, there's a few new moments with some familiar faces from the Marvel Cinematic Universe (hint, hint). This trailer doesn't even try to hide it - it just starts out with Doctor Strange right away. There's also a few other teases in this, so fire it up to get a closer look. Chris Hemsworth is back as Thor, with a kick ass cast: Cate Blanchett as Hela, Jeff Goldblum as the Grandmaster, Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie, Karl Urban as Skurge, plus all of the others from Asgard including Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Idris Elba as Heimdall, and Jaimie Alexander. I'm still so, so excited for this. I'm just ready to watch already! Bring on Taika Waititi's Ragnarok mayhem. ›››
"Do exactly as I say." An international trailer has debuted for the sci-fi spin-off sequel Beyond Skyline, which is indeed related to the odd sci-fi disaster Skyline from a few years back. Anyone else remember that one? Why the directors of the original film have moved on, they did produce this, though their company Hydraulx is no longer involved. Instead, Liam O'Donnell has directed Beyond Skyline telling the story of a detective who goes into one of the alien spaceships to rescue his son. Frank Grillo stars, along with a cast including Bojana Novakovic, Iko Uwais, Callan Mulvey, Valentine Payen, Betty Gabriel, Jack Chausse, and Kevin O'Donnell. This looks kind of cool, I really dig the alien designs, but I have a feeling it's going to be terrible. No matter how much they tried to improve this, it still seems like a huge disaster. ›››