'Star Wars' Hero Lando Calrissian to Get His Own Marvel Comic

The smoothest hero of a galaxy far, far away finally gets his time in the spotlight.

He's a card player, gambler, scoundrel — and, starting this July, the star of his very own comic book. Yes, even if he's not showing up in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, everything's still coming up Lando Calrissian.

"Is Lando Calrissian the coolest character in all of Star Wars?" asked Charles Soule, who will be writing the new comic book mini-series. "Depends on who you ask, probably. But if you ask me, the answer is yes, and I plan to prove it with this story."

The new series, illustrated by former Daredevil artist Alex Maleev, will be set prior to the events of The Empire Strikes Back and follows Lando before he was the man in charge of Cloud City. Soule told StarWars.com, the suave character will be "a man trying to make his way through an uncaring universe determined not to recognize that he was undeniably the coolest man in the galaxy." And Calrissian is determined to change that.

Star Wars: Lando will be Marvel's fifth Star Wars launch this year, following the successful debuts of Star Wars; Star Wars: Darth VaderStar Wars: Princess Leia; and Kanan: The Last Padawan. The publisher has also announced two future tie-ins to the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens movie for release this fall.