Warning! Spoilers ahead for Han Solo & Chewbacca #1

Recently, Star Wars has just kicked off its new Han Solo & Chewbacca series with a bang, revealing a new character claiming to be Solo’s father. This is a fairly significant reveal considering how little is known about Han’s family (hence the false last name ‘Solo’). Now, it seems as though Han and his father have been reunited, though there may be more going on than meets the eye in this new series from Marvel Comics.

Coming from writer Marc Guggenheim with art by David Messina, Han Solo & Chewbacca #1 takes place shortly after the events of Solo: A Star Wars Story. Working as one of Jabba the Hutt’s favored smugglers, Han and his Wookiee first mate have yet to get on the gangster’s bad side. As such, Jabba hires them for a high-paying job to retrieve an urn containing the ashes of one of his rivals (apparently Jabba’s always had a thing for using his enemies as decor). The catch is that they have to split the money with Greedo who gave Jabba the tip and is going with them. Additionally, the urn is located on Corellia (Han’s homeworld).


Prior to this new issue, the only thing known about Han Solo’s background was that he was abandoned by his father who built ships for the Corellian Engineering Corporation. As a result, Han became a street urchin who worked as a runner for Lady Proxima and the White Worms. Naturally, Han isn’t all that excited about returning home. Furthermore, the trio is faced with their first big obstacle when they discover their prize is being held in an incredibly strong safe. Heading to a bar to come up with a plan for their heist, Han bumps into and starts having a conversation with a builder for CEC. However, the older man is shocked when Han reveals his father’s name was Ovan.

With father and son reunited, it certainly seems as though Han and Ovan are overdue for a long talk. For example, Han would probably like to know why his dad left him when he was so young, having no other choice but to work for the White Worms to survive. It’s also interesting that Ovan says he’s finally found him, an indication that he spent time looking for his son and lost him (rather than left him like Solo thought). That being said, this might not be the happy reunion it appears to be on the surface. Han, Chewie, and Greedo aren’t the only ones after the urn, and there’s also a sizable bounty on Han’s head. As sad as it would be, the possibility exists that Ovan (or someone claiming to be him) is simply using Han to get a big score.

While Star Wars has finally brought the father and son back together (allegedly), readers will have to pick up future issues of Han Solo & Chewbacca to learn more about Ovan, where he’s been, and what he truly wants.

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