Han Solo is one of the most beloved characters in all of Star Wars, so it was no surprise when Marvel announced the handsome smuggler would be getting his own comic mini-series earlier this year.
Reviews for the first two issues in the series from writer Marjorie Liu and artist Mark Brooks have been positive so far, as Solo finds himself caught between his newfound allegiance to the Rebels and his own personal dreams of glory. Now, the creative duo behind the project has received the ultimate seal of approval from anybody working on a Star Wars-related project: the admiration of George Lucas himself.
"Got an e-mail last night from Lucasfilm saying that George Lucas would like to purchase every original page from Han Solo #1 and #2," Brooks writes in a recent Facebook post. "Surreal is an understatement."
Lucas, of course, is the father of Star Wars and the creator of Han Solo. Sounds like Lucas is a big fan of Liu and Brooks' characterization of the character. Brooks makes no mention of how much Lucas intends to buy all the original pages for, though they could each easily sell for thousands of dollars to the right buyer.
What will Lucas do with the original artwork? Who knows, but it certainly would be cool to have. The third issue of the five-issue Han Solo miniseries arrives on Aug. 3. Might Lucas wish to purchase the original art for the remaining three issues as well? Who knows, but it sounds like nothing would make Brooks happier.
Lucas famously sold Lucasfilm, as well as the rights to Indiana Jones and Star Wars, to Disney back in 2012 for a massive $4 billion. The first new movie in the saga to come since Disney's acquisition of the franchise came last year in the form of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, directed by J.J. Abrams. To call the film a smash-hit would be an understatement, as it smashed records left and right and received generally positive reviews from both fans and critics. This year will see the release of the spin-off film Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, while next year will see the release of the still-untitled Star Wars Episode VIII.
Though Lucas is no longer intimately involved with the franchise, he still occasionally finds his name in the news after giving his thoughts on the current state of the saga he birthed. In the case of the Han Solo comic series, it seems he is letting his wallet do the talking.