Science Fiction

Star Wars: Maze Run

Author: David J. Williams and Mark S. Williams

Originally Published In: Star Wars Insider Magazine

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


            Star Wars fans thirst for stories about characters from the original film.  I love them as well, but often worry about continuity issues.  This issue of Star Wars Insider Magazine boasts an exclusive short story by David J. Williams and Mark S. Williams featuring Han Solo and Chewbacca.

            In Star Wars: Maze Run, Han Solo and Chewbacca are tapped to smuggle cargo to a mysterious group of spacers.  The catch?  Han and Chewie have to maneuver the Millennium Falcon through the Rishi Maze, a treacherous flight path featuring a huge black hole, surrounded by debris.  So, of course, Han readily accepts the challenge, especially when the half of the money for the trip is paid up front.  Han and Chewie rush off to complete their task for the rest of the money.  But first, Han has to manage his way past an Imperial Blockade in Hutt Space.  Thení thereís that pesky, fully operational Sith relic.  Oh, and did we mention that the cargo has been booby-trapped?

            The authors of this short story seem to have their characters down, perfectly capturing the friendship of Han and Chewie and Hanís smart-alecky nature.  I loved learning a bit more about the Millennium Falconís specs, like the engineering station with its holo-navigation station and the manual latches on the cargo hold that can only be opened from the exterior of the ship.  Of course, taking place before Star Wars: A New Hope, we know that Han and Chewie will get out of this predicament, but itís fun to read about their exploits and near-misses.

            I enjoyed Maze Run and found it to be a perfect addition to the Star Wars saga.  Not only does it reveal a bit more about Hanís adventures prior to A New Hope, but it does so without destroying the continuity of the Star Wars tales before it.  Star Wars Insider Magazine is on a roll, presenting us with quite a few new and interesting exclusive short stories.  I canít wait to see whatís next on the agenda.


For more short stories found in Star Wars Insider Magazine, check out these links:

Star Wars: The Clone Wars: The Pengalan Tradeoff

Star Wars: The Old Republic: The Third Lesson

Star Wars: The Fate of the Jedi: First Blood

Star Wars: Buyer's Market

Star Wars: And Leebo Makes Three

Star Wars: A Fair Trade

Star Wars: The Tenebrous Way

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