Writer: Ethan Sacks
Artist: Paolo Villanelli
Colorist: Arif Prianto
Cover Artist: Mattia De Iulis
Last we saw Valance, Star Wars’ resident cyborg bounty hunter, he was hired by the Rebellion to rescue a transport in the middle of nowhere. Sounds simple enough. And things go downhill from there. Now he’s got pirates and traitors to deal with. But Star Wars: Bounty Hunters #10 shows that this bounty hunter doesn’t go down easy or without a fight.
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So, from the get-go, Star Wars comics re-introduced Valance back into the canon continuity back in a previous Darth Vader series. Even when this comic started, official art and covers kept promoting Valance as this quasi-Terminator in Star Wars, and now this comics takes it all the way with this angle when the action starts. We also see Ethan Sacks take full advantage of Valance’s cyborg body to overcome obstacles and perform physical feats usually reserved for Jedi and Sith.
The art by Villanelli and colors by Prianto also help maximize this aspect of Valance’s character in single shots and when the action starts. Readers will definitely see more than a couple of moments where Valance really feels like something ripped from the Terminator franchise. The comic does take a detour here and there to wrap up storylines from previous issues but it doesn’t stay for too long on them and gets right back to the main story.
The comic also continues to expand on some of Valance’s origins as well as connecting him to a certain other character that readers with undoubtedly be very familiar with. This may or may not feel like a good thing, I’m pretty neutral about it, but this connection does serve a purpose which I’ll get into in the Spoilers section. Overall, this comic concludes this story while having Valance setting off for his next hunt, one Marvel Star Wars comics are gearing up for.
Essentially, this comic reveals that Valance knew Han Solo back in their Imperial days. The thing is, the connection seems to serve one real purpose: getting Valance into the upcoming Boba Fest story event. For readers who don’t know, Marvel’s Star Wars original trilogy comics are setting up a new comic crossover event similar to the past Vader Down. It’s called War of The Bounty Hunters and will essentially be about Boba Fest trying secure his valuable cargo of Han Solo frozen in carbonate as he fights to get him to Jabba The Hutt. The event itself will start in May and takes place post-Empire Strikes Back.
So, if readers are wondering why the writer is setting up this connection between Valance and Han Solo to give him motivation for getting involved and fighting Boba Fett.
Readers will find some rewarding action and art from the artist and colorist in Star Wars: Bounty Hunters #10. The story arc wraps up fine, though there are a few quick detours as it gears up for another story that readers may or may not be aware of. Fans of Star Wars’ cyborg bounty hunter will certainly get to see more of what they like in this comic.