…Hobby. Collecting antique pie plates. Now you know. Joking aside, it would make sense that Marvel Comics, free to create not just a whole new expanded universe, but have it officially recognized as part of Star Wars canon, would throw a curve ball into the story we think we know. In that spirit, the latest issue of Star Wars features a surprising twist for one of the main characters from the Original Trilogy. In a move that’s sure to be almost as controversial as Greedo shooting first – well, maybe – there’s a piece of information revealed at the end of Star Wars #6, which hits the stands today, that reveals Princess Leia is not the first woman to win the heart of the charming rogue captain of the Millennium Falcon.
Ladies and gentlemen, you are invited to meet Mrs. Han Solo.
Her name is Sana Solo, and from the looks of it, Han went out for some cigarettes and forgot to tell her that he was hooking up with a farm boy from Tatooine, a princess and a couple of Droids to join the Rebel Alliance. As a Solo, these marital conversations naturally require a blaster. Of course, in the old expanded universe Han Solo ended up married to Princess Leia, but there was no mention as to whether or not it was Han’s first or second marriage to my recollection.
The Star Wars comic, which is written by Jason Aaron and drawn by John Cassaday, takes place in the time period between A New Hope and Empire Strikes Back. The addition of Sana Solo to the fun represents the first major alteration to the canon since Disney took over the Star Wars license in 2012. It’s not as a egregious as rewriting R2-D2 as a squirrel-operated automaton, but the reveal seems to have set the internet ablaze. With anger! Fans are beside themselves wondering why they’ve never heard of her before? Whether or not Han Solo was macking on Princess Leia in Empire while still a married man, and whether or not being a Rebel meant that the Solo marriage was in limbo because how does a terrorist file legal paperwork in Imperial family court? Look for those answers in the months to come.
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