The Beckett comic series brings Star Wars fans three mini stories about a series of jobs Tobias Beckett, Val and Rio Durant encountered prior to the events of Solo: A Star Wars Story.
The first of the three stories is “The Man in Black”, and sees Beckett walk into a building acting very shady, whilst Rio is playing Neerok, a card game similar to Sabaac, the pair both then scare the other individuals off and steal their credits and blank ID chips. Both Rio and the “Evil Wizard” Beckett as Rio calls him feel greedy and they takes things further by stealing a ship, owned by Dvorad, Pantoran criminal who operated on the planet Hovun IV.
The second story “To Live and Die on Hovun IV” which takes place not long after acquiring Dvorad’s ship; Beckett is feeling confident, and decides to go in for another score, barely returning with his life. Val is becoming growingly cautious as Beckett and Rio are becoming too risky; she also mentions to Beckett that he needs to respond to a transmission from Dryden Vos, the Crimson Dawn figurehead, who hires Beckett and his crew for various jobs across the galaxy.
The final of the three stories “You and the Bantha You Rode in on” sees Beckett and his crew being tricked into thinking that the transmission Val was speaking of was actually sent by Dryden Vos, when in fact it was sent by Enfys Nest, the rebellious marauder and leader of the swoop-riding pirates known as the Cloud-Riders. Enfys scams the crew into meeting with her in an attempt to obtain the ID chips Beckett had stolen, but is unfortunately too late as Beckett blows up his ship and uses it as a distraction to aid his escape.
This comic was a really fun read, and although I wouldn’t necessarily call it essential reading, it allows fans to see more of Val and Rio, two characters who unfortunately didn’t get as much screen time as we would have liked. Overall, I thought this story was great and could have even stretched out for a longer run.