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Backstory 1: Subsist Full Of Dolours

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Welcome to Jim's backstory for Han Solo. Or at least "the guy who stole Han Solo's identity".

But enough introduction. We know you want to read the comic! Enjoy!

Commentary by memnarch (who has not seen the movie)

Here we go again indeed! I'd wondered if Solo was going to get the comic treatment as well, and surprise! It's actually happening! Just as a reminder for folks on how I've been rolling; I've tried to avoid seeing or reading anything Star Wars related to be on the safe side for the big three movies. Yes, this includes things like The Mandalorian, the Obi-Wan thing, and the side movies like Solo! And while this is going to be a large release, I'm still going to be going through each comic individually and writing commentary up before moving onto the next.

After the text change up for Episode VI, I'm curious how this is being presented. Intro pages of the giant backstory book? Book blurb for funsies? I've written extra backstory up for fun after a game has started, working from a brief footnote like that. And in the movie, one frame for each panel? That seems likely here given that the star field is missing.

And of course Pete comes in with the programming joke. Having missed the Rogue One commentary run (and still waiting to see that as well), I'm hoping we'll have a similar comic episode with out-of-the-blue movie comments at the start, leading to a grey or sepia tone intro, and segueing nicely into the movie proper.

On the other hand though, this is all backstory information. How are the other characters going to contribute? Running commentary on the story à la peanut gallery on the quality of Jim's writing? Morph into a set of alternate-back-story-like gaming sessions where everyone jumps in to play as a few characters for a bit for the fun of it with Jim as the GM? Either one of those sounds like great fun.

Transcript

Jim: {narrating, white text boxes with blue border} All right, here we go:
Opening Crawl: It is a lawless time. CRIME SYNDICATES compete for resources - food, medicine, and HYPERFUEL. On the shipbuilding planet of CORELLIA, the foul LADY PROXIMA forces runaways into a life of crime in exchange for shelter and protection. On these mean streets, a young man fights for survival, but yearns to fly among the stars....
Jim: The young man is Han Solo, by the way.
Ben: {represented by Chewbacca in a blue-bordered frame} I think we got that.
Jim: Only at this stage, I had no name...
Sally: {Kylo Ren in blue frame} What did people call you?
Jim: Oh, “scum”, “worthless trash”, things like that.
Pete: {Rey in blue frame} So call-by-value rather than call-by-name.


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Published: Thursday, 21 July, 2022; 01:13:25 PDT.
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