Trigger warning! This post is politically incorrect and full of old-fashioned values!
Just as I heap praise upon Marvel on SWPAS for how it has fully integrated the saga into its comics, they had to go and pull the same kind of stupid crap it always does with its superhero comics: drop some headline-grabbing “bomb” to cause buzz among those who care. I dreaded Joe Quesada getting his grubby paws on Star Wars for this very reason.
This time, it’s dropping the bomb in Star Wars #6–now on stands–that Han Solo was married. Allegedly. Or so some woman claims in the comic when she literally shoots her way into the scene. (Better yet, it was apparently a multi-ethnic union…say what you will about Han; he’s definitely no racist.) Had this been a Dark Horse comic from 10 years ago or a Star Wars fan fic from 25-30 years ago in some zine, this wouldn’t have been a big deal. In fact there might be such stories kicking around from several years ago. It’s also not the first time somebody has referred to Han’s pre-Leia past. Salla Zend was in those Dark Empire comics, Bria was Han’s major squeeze in the Han Solo trilogy of novels by the late A.C. Crispin, and there was the cut scene from ANH where some prostitute or other was sitting on Han’s lap in the cantina. The difference is nobody ever believed a fan fiction counted for anything and only expanded universe continuity-obsessed readers would’ve cared about the comic or novels. But today, with all of this extraneous stuff being called “canon,” it makes this revelation a “big deal.” In fact Marvel was teasing it at BookCon last weekend. Worse yet, every media from The Hollywood Reporter to i09 to The Dog Catcher Journal thinks this is all somehow going to tie into TFA. (Please for the love of God, NO.) Not only is there speculation that “Mrs. Solo” might be Lando’s sister (ugh!!), Han might be Finn’s dad. Not only do the numbers not quite work, at least how I figure them, fans do need to realize there’s probably more than one black family in the GFFA.
In any case, it’s another Marvel soap opera twist in the same vein as killing off somebody, gender-switching a character, outing another as gay, or breaking up a long-term couple. The thing is, it’s totally unnecessary. Marvel has only been cranking these out for six months, not 60 years. In 23-24 years, Dark Horse never had to pull any stunts with Star Wars. Even if Sana “Solo” is a loony stalker who thinks she’s married to Han like that nut who stalked David Letterman or if this was some sham marriage to get out of something or if this was a drunken Vegas-type wedding on the fly or she finally signs the papers or she croaks by the end of the arc, why does this plot twist even need to be there? What does it add to Han or to the saga as a whole?
No, this reeks of what a friend calls the OTP Obstacle. As though Han and Leia have absolutely no issues whatsoever, Sana Solo is there simply to be another obstacle to their relationship and stir up drama. Even though at this stage they haven’t been to first base, it puts forth the idea that Han is an adulterer and Leia an adulteress by the time things do happen in TESB. Han may be an adulterer anyway; he was after all trying to put the moves on Leia just before Sana shows up and who knows who he’s been banging in between?
“But Han’s a scoundrel, a criminal, a shady character!” you might say. Han can be a bit of douchebag at times but not this much of a douchebag. Maybe I’m just getting old here, but abandoning a marriage and hiding it (while looking to hit on another woman) is serious. I would never trust a man like that, ever, because God knows what else he’s hiding and I would never be certain he wouldn’t similarly abandon me. Leia would have to be crazy to take up with Han, then, if she knew all of this about Han beforehand.
This ultimately illustrates the problem of trying to count all of this extraneous stuff as “canon.” It’s too easy for comics, spinoff books, and video games to veer off the road, especially with so many people involved and so much product being produced. I don’t think any of it should be canon, just the movies and t.v. shows. That way when they will inevitably “reboot” again, nobody gets too upset and in the meantime, weird detours like retroactively giving Han a wife don’t bother us too much now.