Writer: Charles Soule
Artist: Ramon Rosanas
Release Date: August 18, 2021
Reviewed by: Glimmer
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Star Wars #16 written by Charles Soule with art by Ramon Rosanas, is a tie-in to the “Star Wars: War of the Bounty Hunters” crossover event. In this issue, Luke & Artoo are en route to Jekara to meet up with Leia, Chewbacca, & Lando to help them save a carbonite-frozen Han Solo from the crime syndicate called Crimson Dawn. Along the way, Luke recalls his battle with Darth Vader on Cloud City and tries to convince himself that he is ready for a rematch. Meanwhile on Jekara, and The Vermillion, Fortress-Flagship of Crimson Dawn, Vader battles Qi’ra as Leia, Chewie, & Lando wait for Luke to arrive and plan their rescue of Han.
Star Wars #16 is a pivotal issue in the “Star Wars: War of the Bounty Hunters” crossover event. It is worth noting that this issue is being released the same week as “Star Wars: War of the Bounty Hunters #3, and should be read together with that issue. Both issues cover the same time period of events but from different perspectives. Both issues have some of the exact same dialogue. There is a mention of things that happen in “Star Wars: War of the Bounty Hunters #3 and vice versa. It really doesn’t matter which issue you read first, but in this reviewer’s opinion, both are important to each other and need to be read together. I really enjoyed getting inside Luke’s mind as he recalls his encounter with Vader and his thought process about that event. However, the real gem of this issue is the artwork. As good as the story is, it is taken to the next level through its visuals. Ramon Rosanas does an outstanding job of bringing the story to life with his great attention to detail. Of course, an artist is only as good as the colorist, so a shout-out needs to be given to Rachelle Rosenberg for the tremendous job with the coloring.
Star Wars #16 is the issue I’ve been waiting for. In my opinion, this is the real start to the “Star Wars: War of the Bounty Hunters” crossover that will send this story into hyperspeed! Again, it must be stated that it needs to be read with its companion – “Star Wars: War of the Bounty Hunters #3 for maximum appreciation. Obviously, it’s not a starting point for new readers. I’m excited to see where this storyline goes in the remaining issues, as we draw closer to the time of Star Wars: Episode VI “Return of the Jedi.” This is a “must-have” for Star Wars fans.