Writer: Charles Soule
Illustrator: Luke Ross
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Release Date: June 2, 2021
Reviewed by: Glimmer
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“Star Wars: War of the Bounty Hunters #1” written by Charles Soule and illustrated by Luke Ross is the first of a 5-issue mini-series that crosses over into the four main Marvel Star Wars monthly titles. The plot revolves around bounty hunter Boba Fett, who intends to hand over the carbonite frozen Han Solo to Jabba the Hutt. Han is stolen from Fett and he sets out to find the culprit. He soon discovers that there is also a bounty out for him, which really complicates matters. Who stole Han from Fett? Why did they steal him? Who put a bounty out on Boba? These questions are all answered in this issue.
“Star Wars: War of the Bounty Hunters #1” is a great start to the “War of the Bounty Hunters” crossover event! Soule gives us everything we could ask for in this issue… action, mystery, intrigue, and answers. There were two reveals (one on the last page) that I didn’t expect to get this early in the crossover – but I’m glad I did. It only adds to my excitement for the next issue.
Although this is an event that crosses over into all four of the Star Wars titles – Boba Fett is clearly the central figure. The characters in the other titles are present, but this storyline is really about Boba. The artwork by Luke Ross is good and compliments the story well. It is consistent and adds to the overall enjoyment of the issue. The characters all look true to form and in this reviewer’s opinion, there are no pages that look “rushed.”
I really enjoyed “Star Wars: War of the Bounty Hunters #1” and hope the remainder of the series is just as good. If you have not been reading any of the Star Wars titles or the prelude issues to this crossover – this issue is a good place to start. You may be slightly confused by some of the characters that are not mainline players from the movies, but there’s enough here to understand what’s going on. Readers who read and enjoyed the prelude issues will not be disappointed with this first installment.