The Most Scandalous Scoundrels in Star Wars Comics
Prepare for today's release of Star Wars: Beckett #1 with a look at the greatest scoundrels in the galaxy!
Just like Luke Skywalker received mentorship, wisdom, and guidance from the sage Obi-Wan Kenobi, Han Solo was once led by a highly influential mentor as well, though Solo's sage was decidedly more... roguish. This unlikely teacher's name was Tobias Beckett.
Today, get to know the man first seen in "Solo: A Star Wars Story" with STAR WARS: BECKETT #1! Written by Gerry Duggan with art by Marc Laming, Edgar Salazar, and Will Sliney, the one-shot delves back into the greasy underworld of a galaxy far, far away.
With rogues, raconteurs, and renegades on the brain, we decided to take a look at some of the wiliest characters in the cosmos—aside from our good buddy Han himself. Though it should come as no surprise that every single one of them has a connection to Solo!
Here are Han Solo's scandalous six; the slyest scoundrels in the universe.
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Star of the current series STAR WARS: LANDO – DOUBLE OR NOTHING, which takes a closer look at the gambler's early years, Calrissian goes way back with Han Solo. But for a look at the slightly more wizened version of the character, the five issue LANDO series explores the kind of trouble he got himself into before going legit and taking over as the administrator of Cloud City. Trouble never stopped following him, of course, but hey—that's the price you pay for being successful.
This one-time Black Hole Gang member signed on to work for Han and Chewie during their brief war against a warlord known as Serji-X on Aduba-3. When a giant monster entered the picture, she wanted to bail, but stuck around to help save the day, even stopping fellow mercenary Jax from getting blown up! Later, in STAR WARS #16, she and Jax did their best to stop a murderer known as the Hunter from adding their Rebel partners to his kill list.
Strangely, roguery and archaelogy seem to be a natural pairing. And Dr. Chelli Lona Aphra is the galaxy's finest example of that.
Backed by two murderous droids, 0-0-0 and BT-1, this scientist-turned-adventurer has managed to not only manipulate the likes of Darth Vader, but also earn the begrudging respect of Princess Leia and Han Solo. Having grown up in difficult circumstances, she put herself before anyone else, often double-crossing her peers and associates, but always maintaining her admirable intentions. Her incredible character evolution is on display in DARTH VADER, STAR WARS, and currently in STAR WARS: DOCTOR APHRA.
What would you call a man who not only uses illicit substances to deaden his connection to the Force, but also sells out fellow Jedi to their enemies? Plenty of words come to mind, but "scoundrel" seems as good as any.
Cade Skywalker, a central character in the Star Wars Legends tale STAR WARS: LEGACY, contributed a very unique connotation to his famous surname. Over the course of the 50 issue series set about 130 years after the events of "Star Wars: Return of the Jedi", readers witness Cade's evolution from a despicable rapscallion to a hero finally worthy of his family name. As is the way of the Force, Cade also eventually met a young woman named Ania Solo, who later headlined the second volume of STAR WARS: LEGACY.
A few years before Darth Vader made his own crossover from dark lord to redeemed savior, another important figure in the Empire decided to switch sides: Jahan Cross.
The lead of STAR WARS: AGENT OF THE EMPIRE, Cross initially believed in the ideals behind Emperor Palpatine's government and used his incredible spy skills to fulfill his missions, including one that put him in conflict with his old pal Han Solo. However, when he uncovered a few unsavory connections that made him question his loyalties, he decided to turn.
Sana Starros caused quite a stir when she announced herself as Han Solo's wife in the pages of STAR WARS #6. Though she later admitted the name was only part of a heist scheme, Starros did agree to help the Rebel Alliance on a few different occasions—in exchange for credits, of course.
While she claimed to have no interest in anything but money, she did seem to have real feelings for Solo, as well as a capacity for genuine good deeds. Still, given her job as a mercenary and smuggler, Starros has always leaned into the tenants of that world, namely the concept of ambiguous loyalties.
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