On a quest to discover more about Boba Fett in anticipation of The Book of Boba Fett coming out this winter, I was intrigued by War of the Bounty Hunters, a short comic book series that takes place in the short time between The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. Star Wars comics and me have an on-again, off-again relationship; often I choose certain storylines and follow them to completion but the timelines and restarting of series often confuses me. However, this series seemed accessible and there was a fair amount of hype from creators. I’m always intrigued by Charles Soule, too, who authored this comic, as he seems to take story risks that leave an impression on the fandom.
The first thing to cover about this comic is that it’s gorgeous. Luke Ross, the artist, leans hard on cool tones; some of the panels are really breathtaking. Some of the ship designs, too, like the Vermillion, that slightly resembles a butterfly and feels overtly feminine, are really gorgeous. I always appreciate overt stylistic risks like this in comics, where I feel design risks can and should be made.
War of the Bounty Hunters #1 begins with a crawl that explains that Han Solo in carbonite was stolen from Fett on Nar Shaddaa, and the conceit of the entire issue begins: “Who would dare steal from the galaxy’s most dangerous bounty hunter?” Soon we meet the people who stole him, and the person they deliver Solo in carbonite to is a hooded, albeit stylish figure. This really piqued my interest as I knew there would be familiar bounty hunters from Empire included in this series, but perhaps this was a new character?
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