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Preview: Star Wars #14

Star Wars #14

(W) Charles Soule (A) Ramon Rosanas (CA) Carlo Pagulayan
32 PGS./Rated T
In Shops: Jun 16, 2021
SRP: $3.99

WAR OF THE BOUNTY HUNTERS TIE-IN!
• The REBELS finally have a lead on the location of HAN SOLO!
• It’s time to save the captain of the MILLENNIUM FALCON from his frozen carbonite tomb!
• A general, a Jedi and a Wookiee will mount a desperate rescue mission… But they have no idea what actually awaits them.

Star Wars #14

Review: Star Wars: War of the Bounty Hunters #1

Star Wars: War of the Bounty Hunters #1

Fans of Star Wars will know that Boba Fett took the carbonite encased Han Solo to Jabba the Hutt, but how did that happen? As it turns out, the events in between The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi weren’t so smooth. Star Wars: War of the Bounty Hunters #1 tells that untold tale as we find learn Fett’s trip had a lot of sidequests and distractions.

Written by Charles Soule, the comic feels like it keeps Marvel’s additive focus. The Star Wars comics under Marvel has taken known events and time periods and added depth. They’ve filled in the gaps that we didn’t know and that includes the characters themselves. Star Wars: War of the Bounty Hunters #1 continues that. We get a bit more about Boba Fett and how he’s perceived. But, we also get that under the cool armor, he’s not always at the top of his game and can get tripped up. His reputation though, is one of a cool, calm, collected bounty hunter. He’s presented as one of the best.

Star Wars: War of the Bounty Hunters #1 is an entertaining comic in its focus on the Fett. But, it’s what’s added that’s surprising. We get an idea of who stole Solo from Fett before he could be delivered. The reveal is an interesting one folding in some Star Wars history and shows another example of how to mine such a vast history and still deliver something new that works. It’s an unexpected addition and one that potentially has a bit ramification for the Star Wars universe. Fans will be excited for this one.

The art is pretty solid. Luke Ross does a good job of depicting the various characters and the worlds. With Neeraj Menon on color and lettering by Travis Lanham it looks like the world of Star Wars. It’s both alien and familiar. The art isn’t completely smooth though. Boba Fett at times looks like he’s gained a bit of weight. It could be the angle but it’s a bit odd and definitely noticeable. Still, there’s a lot of characters packed into the issue and they’re all recognizable and look close to the real-world counterparts.

What’s also interesting is this isn’t a comic that has a ton of action. There’s definitely moments that punch but overall, the issue feels a bit more like a slow Western building up what’s to come. A lot of the comic is Boba being pissed as to what happened. There’s also the introduction to the mysterious group that stole Solo from him. It’s a lot of getting the ball rolling for the action to come.

Star Wars: War of the Bounty Hunters #1 is a solid start to the mini-series. The event overall is massive and it’ll be interesting to see how much one needs to read to really enjoy it. Hopefully, this main comic delivers the goods and now that all the players are on the board, we can really get to the action Boba Fett deserves.

Story: Charles Soule Art: Luke Ross
Color: Neeraj Menon Letterer: Travis Lanham
Story: 7.75 Art: 7.75 Overall: 7.75 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: Star Wars: War of the Bounty Hunters #1

Star Wars: War of the Bounty Hunters #1

(W) Charles Soule (A) Luke Ross (CA) Steve McNiven
40 PGS./Rated T
In Shops: Jun 02, 2021
SRP: $4.99

AT WAR FOR THE GREATEST PRIZE OF ALL: HAN SOLO!
THE HUNT BEGINS!
• Nobody. Steals. From BOBA FETT! The notorious bounty hunter will not stop until he gets what’s rightfully his. For the thief, no corner of the galaxy is safe. Good thing for them that the REBEL ALLIANCE, THE EMPIRE and every bounty hunter in the galaxy is standing in Boba’s way.
• With a last-page reveal that will blow this Death Star-sized story wide open, Issue #1 is just the beginning. The biggest crossover in STAR WARS history will continue raging through the pages of the WAR OF THE BOUNTY HUNTERS event miniseries and tie-in to STAR WARS, DOCTOR APHRA, DARTH VADER and BOUNTY HUNTERS through October.
• Only one hunter will be left standing, and the STAR WARS galaxy will never be the same!

Star Wars: War of the Bounty Hunters #1

Preview: Star Wars #13

Star Wars #13

(W) Charles Soule (A) Ramon Rosanas (CA) Carlo Pagulayan
Rated T
In Shops: May 12, 2021
SRP: $3.99

PRELUDE TO WAR OF THE BOUNTY HUNTERS: “THE HUNT FOR HAN”
• CHEWBACCA has heard from an old friend with intelligence on the location of notorious bounty hunter BOBA FETT, known to be in possession of HAN SOLO.
• Along with LUKE SKYWALKER, the loyal Wookiee sets off in search of his lost friend, on an adventure to Nar Shadaa… the SMUGGLER’S MOON!
• But will this mission prevent plucky astromech droid ARTOO DETOO from passing along a crucial message to Luke, one that will affect the fate of the entire Jedi Order…?

Star Wars #13

Review: Star Wars: War of the Bounty Hunters Alpha

Star Wars: War of the Bounty Hunters Alpha

Marvel‘s Star Wars comics are one of the best lines of comics on the market today. They brilliantly tell new stories while expanding upon a world that’s over 40 years old. What works so well is the comics are able to fill in the gaps of the stories we’ve already been told. They weave in and add new details and depth that entertains, gets us to rethink what we’ve seen and read, and also never fails its original material. Star Wars: War of the Bounty Hunters Alpha kicks off that sort of story and launches an event decades in the making.

At the end of Empire Strikes Back, Boba Fett had gotten his bounty with Han Solo encased in carbonite. In the films, the next we saw them was in Jabba the Hutt’s palace. The bounty was delivered and we’d guess that Boba Fett was paid his bounty. But, what happened between Cloud City and the Hutt palace? Star Wars: War of the Bounty Hunters Alpha starts to tell that story and it’s not as straightforward as we’d expect.

Charles Soule has the awesome job of weaving the story of Boba Fett’s journey to deliver the goods. What we find out is it wasn’t as easy as we might have thought. Fett is good but when there’s enough credits on the line, others will want to get in on the action. Plus, technology can just crap out on you. And that’s where Star Wars: War of the Bounty Hunters Alpha begins things. The carbonite that Solo is encased in doesn’t quite work as we thought and there’s issues forcing Boba to make a stop to fix things, otherwise Solo will die. That stop creates a sidequest and opens things up for the cat and mouse chase for the bounty.

Soule does a solid job of adding in depth to the world of Star Wars. He also uses some great callbacks in Boba’s story. There’s references to Attack of the Clones as Boba must battle in an arena that will make fans smile. It also adds a bit to Boba’s story as he’s clearly traumatized in some ways about what he witnessed happen to Jango.

Soule also has a difficult task ahead. We know that Solo was delivered to Jabba. We also assume Boba Fett is the one that did it. So, how do you tell an interesting, entertaining, and new story when we know the end result? Well, he’s pulling that off by throwing obstacles in Boba Fett’s path.

Steve McNiven’s art is fantastic. The details are great and there’s some subtle choices, especially around Han in the carbonite, that really add to things. Laura Martin‘s colors make the pages pop and Travis Lanham‘s lettering adds an emotional punch. The overall package is wonderful with some great action and emotion. Boba Fett might be behind a mask but you can feel his frustration at times by his body language and the lettering. It’s impressive to pull off.

As a long time fan of Star Wars, Star Wars: War of the Bounty Hunters Alpha is exactly the type of story I want to read. It expands upon the world we know adding to it and not discounting what has come before. It’s additive. It’s also a hell of a lot of fun with great action and humor with some fantastic pacing. Though it looks like this crossover event is pretty expansive, if it keeps up this quality, I’m going to wish it was even longer.

Story: Charles Soule Art: Steve McNiven
Color: Laura Martin Letterer: Travis Lanham
Story: 8.5 Art: 9.0 Overall: 8.65 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: Star Wars: War of the Bounty Hunters Alpha #1

Star Wars: War of the Bounty Hunters Alpha #1

(W) Charles Soule (A/CA) Steve McNiven
Rated T
In Shops: May 05, 2021
SRP: $3.99

THE STAR WARS COMIC EVENT YOU’VE BEEN WAITING FOR!
• The notorious bounty hunter BOBA FETT has finally landed his greatest prize – HAN SOLO, frozen in carbonite for easy transport.
• Fett will bring the smuggler to TATOOINE to collect the massive bounty placed on Solo’s head by the fearsome crime lord JABBA THE HUTT.
• Sounds easy. What could go wrong?

Star Wars: War of the Bounty Hunters Alpha #1

Boba Fett, Bossk, IG-88, and More Begin the Hunt with Connecting Covers by John Cassaday

Known for his work on hit titles such as Astonishing X-Men and Star Wars, acclaimed artist John Cassaday will return to a galaxy far, far away this June with a stunning set of variant covers spotlighting the franchise’s most legendary bounty hunters. This connecting piece will grace the covers of all five issues of Star Wars: War of the Bounty Hunters, the upcoming limited series by Charles Soule and Luke Ross that will serve as the centerpiece of the highly-anticipated War of the Bounty Hunters crossover event.

Cassaday’s covers feature the infamous lineup of bounty hunters first seen being recruited by Darth Vader to track down Han Solo in The Empire Strikes Back. In addition to Boba Fett, fans can check out Dengar, IG-88, Bossk, 4-LOM, and Zuckuss as they ready themselves for a second chance now that Boba has let his prize slip away. And they won’t be the only ones! The first crossover of the largely-unexplored post-Empire Strikes Back era, War of the Bounty Hunters will tie into all your favorite ongoing Star Wars titles bringing Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Doctor Aphra, and more on a collision course for Han Solo that will shake the galaxy to its core!

Check out John Cassaday’s covers now and be there on May 5th when War of the Bounty Hunters kicks off in a special prelude issue: Star Wars: War of the Bounty Hunters Alpha #1.

Preview: Star Wars #12

Star Wars #12

(W) Charles Soule (A) Ramon Rosanas (CA) Carlo Pagulayan
Rated T
In Shops: Mar 10, 2021
SRP: $3.99

REFLECTIONS ON THE LOST!
• LEIA ORGANA and KES DAMERON share stories of their lost loves!
• Learn how POE DAMERON’S parents met!
• Learn the real reason HAN SOLO is so important to THE REBELLION!

Star Wars #12

Review: Undiscovered Country #12

Undiscovered Country #12

Undiscovered Country #12 wraps up the adventurer’s time in Unity as the battle against Destiny Man rages and the sector surviving is in the balance. This second arc is an interesting one as it challenges some of the mission and really leaves readers pondering if Unity is the best that America has to offer.

Though it sucked the will and choice from individuals, Unity as a sector delivered peace through technology. There was no illness or poverty but there was also a technocratic hand that controlled everything. There was a calm and orderly aspect to it all but with it came a heavy and grizzly price. But, even with that we’re left wondering if it’s the best this new America has to offer.

And that’s part of the brilliance of what writers Scott Snyder and Charles Soule have put together with Undiscovered Country. We’re presented with an exaggeration of the various aspects that make up the United States. Each has some good and each has some bad. In the end we’re likely going to find out none of them are ideal and ideal is the whole but that’s a ways to go. Instead, with each sector we’re shown the good and the bad and in ways left to decide for ourselves what we would do if we were on this journey. The characters are vessels by which the reader is asked questions.

The world has been masterfully crafted this way and each is clearly thought out as far as its underlying philosophy and what it brings to the table, both good and bad.

That world is help crafted by Giuseppe Camuncoli and Leonardo Marcello Grassi. The duo continue to present amazing art. Each sector so far has been so different from each other but at the same time it still feels like it’s the same world. Along with color by Matt Wilson and lettering by Crank!, Undiscovered Country #12 does an amazing job of showing the corruption of the Destiny Man in Unity. The visuals play heavy into that as well as the Destiny Man’s dialogue. It all comes together to show how different he is from the “clean and orderly” Unity. The battle between forces really feels epic and ground shaking.

Undiscovered Country #12 wraps up the current arc while pointing us on our next adventure… which seems intriguing. The series continues to challenge readers to think about the ideals that make up America and shows what happens when things get unbalanced. It’s a reflection of our world and at times continues to mirror real events. It does what science fiction does best, act as a layered discussion of the world in which we live.

Story: Scott Snyder, Charles Soule Art: Giuseppe Camuncoli, Leonardo Marcello Grassi
Color: Matt Wilson Letterer Crank!
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: Star Wars #11

Star Wars #11

(W) Charles Soule (A) Jan Bazaldua (CA) Carlo Pagulayan
Rated T
In Shops: Feb 03, 2021
SRP: $3.99

OPERATION STARLIGHT GOES SUPERNOVA!
• The mission to reunite the REBEL FLEET is countered by a deadly trap sprung by the cunning COMMANDER ZAHRA!
• How will WEDGE ANTILLES, SHARA BEY and the other elite pilots of STARLIGHT SQUADRON survive?
• And then there’s LANDO CALRISSIAN… forced to choose between THE REBELLION and one of his oldest friends!

Star Wars #11
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