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STW6FullIt’s no secret that when Marvel Entertainment was tasked to takeover the line of Star Wars comics that it was with the full cooperation of the Lucasfilm story group.

Anything in the comics, be they monthly series such as Star Wars or Darth Vader or Kanan: The Last Padawan, or mini-series Princess Leia and the upcoming Lando Calrissian are canon and forever part of the Saga’s lore.

That was made VERY apparent in the Wednesday release of issue six of Star Wars, which left most readers, if not all, asking themselves: “Who’s that girl? His what?!?”

To know more, read below, but do so with the knowledge that spoilers abound. What kind of spoilers?

BIG SPOILERS! ASTOUNDING SPOILERS! STUNNING SPOILERS!

See below if you want to know but, if you do, remember, there is no going back. Also, have some courtesy and use the spoilers tag if you share this onward and upward, which you should do to every Coffee With Kenobi post (the sharing part, I mean).

Again, there are SPOILERS after the “Continue Reading” link.

Han Solo is married. Take a moment. Let that sink in.

Han Solo? Married. Has a wife named Sana Solo and she’s been looking for that no-good nerf herder for the last couple of issues. Now, in No. 6, she’s found him and he’s not exactly happy to see her while Princess Leia is absolutely gobsmacked.StarWars6

You know who else is feeling that way? Just about everyone ever always knew Han was a scoundrel during the events of Star Wars: A New Hope and throughout the original trilogy. But a married scoundrel? Whoa. Simply, whoa!

Sana Solo’s first appearances, shrouded as she was, led to feverish speculation and hope that she could be Salla Zend, who appeared in Dark Horse Comics’ Dark Empire and, conceivably, could have been among the first Legends-era characters to make the leap to Canon.

Only comic writer Jason Aaron, editor Jordan D. White, some folks at Marvel and the Lucasfilm story group, know what the long game is in all of this, but it’s sure to cause more than just a casual ripple among fans old and new.

Again, married. Han. Not to Leia. But to Sana. Man and wife. Sacred bonds. Til death, etc. etc. Pretty sure gallivanting and crushing hard on a Rebel Alliance leader and Alderaanian royal aren’t part of that marital compact. Of course there’s dozens of potential options for this to unfold: Maybe they got married like Doors frontman Jim Morrison, just not legally. Maybe they’re divorced and someone’s not accepting of that. Perhaps they were the Star Wars equivalent of common-law man and wife. Who knows?

And this totally refocuses the prism on the relationship between Chewie and Han, too. It was always the duo as an inseparable pair. Has Chewie been a third wheel all this time and we didn’t know it? There’s clearly so much more to come. Yet how it plays out will be interesting, given this comic is set between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back. And it’s clear by the end of that latter film Han and Leia are in love. But is he still married?

Intriguing, to say the least.


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Matt Moore has been perpetrating journalism since 1985, reveling in Star Wars since 1977 and reading comics since 1974.

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6 Comments

  1. Anakin And His Angel (@acrossthestars)
    June 3, 2015 at 12:31 Reply

    This is such a HUGE disappointment.

  2. John Drake
    June 3, 2015 at 13:30 Reply

    Definitely what I was hoping for from the new comics canon…
    Wasn’t this on an episode of The Mentalist or The Big Bang Theory or, oh wait, EVERY sitcom ever…?!

  3. John Drake
    June 3, 2015 at 13:31 Reply

    Jenny is going to be furious!

  4. Lisa
    June 4, 2015 at 12:19 Reply

    I don’t know. I’m not having the negative reaction that I’m seeing from others. I suppose I look at this way – Han is older than Luke and Leia, by at least 10 years. He’s been kicking around the galaxy for a long time – smuggling, gambling, and being a scoundrel – I can easily seeing him adding a wife into the mix at some point. Also, we don’t know the circumstances – Maybe he lost a bet? There’s still a lot that needs to play out before I make a judgment. I’m going to go with my gut and trust the Story Group on this one.

  5. gianfootography
    June 5, 2015 at 16:29 Reply

    Some of us were discussing this today at Star Wars Weekends, most of us think it will be a situation similar to Firefly’s episode: Our Mrs. Reynolds.

  6. Imperial Talker
    June 9, 2015 at 12:16 Reply

    My initial reaction was shock, followed by disgust, followed be confusion. Now, having re-read the comic a couple times, I have allowed Han having a wife to settle a little bit. As you note, it is now part of Star Wars lore, and there isn’t much we can do about that. Granted, I am not really sure how the heck this is going to play out, but I really do not see the marriage lasting into “Empire.” Then again, we have a long way to go before the events of “Empire,” and I hope Sana is going to be given her own opportunity to shine now that she is part of everything.

    On a separate note, I really liked the other big moment at the end of the issue, and the way it tied into the latest Darth Vader. I thought both comics, working in tandem, helped to create a powerful portrait of Vader in that moment. I am VERY intrigued to see how things move forward with the Dark Lord moving forward now that he knows he is a (well, I don’t want to spoil it for others…)

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