Betrayal On Corellia: ‘Star Wars: Bounty Hunters #1 Review’

by Josh Davison

Mild Spoilers Ahead

Years ago, Boba Fett, Bossk, and Valance joined up with fellow bounty hunters Nakano Lash and T’ongor to take a job from Khamus of the Mourner’s Wail organization on Corellia. They were to attack the sanctuary of the Unbroken Clan and everything seemed to go well until Lash turned on the others and killed Khamus. Now, Valance is chasing a gang of Devaronians on Batuu and he receives a report that Nakano Lash has surfaced once again. Elsewhere, Boba Fett, Bossk, and T’ongor’s twin sister, T’onga, receive the same information. Each wants revenge for Corellia. The hunt begins anew.

Star Wars: Bounty Hunters #1 cover by Lee Bermejo
Star Wars: Bounty Hunters #1 cover by Lee Bermejo

Star Wars: Bounty Hunters #1 unites iconic Star Wars mercenaries Boba Fett, Bossk, and Valance in a mission of revenge against a fellow bounty hunter. 

Naturally, this is a dysfunctional crew. Bossk is bloodthirsty and arrogant, Boba Fett couldn’t care about his teammates, and Valance has rage issues. Obviously, they aren’t the most loyal bunch and they don’t inspire others to be any more faithful.

The irony is, of course, that it seems that in her betrayal, Nakano Lash may have actually been avenging an injustice–not that such things matter to the likes of Fett and Bossk. But, Lash may more-or-less be the good guy in this scenario.

The characters are as fun to follow as ever. Boba Fett deliberately puts Valance in a position where he could have been killed. Bossk frequently insults the other bounty hunters. These guys are the scum and villainy of the galaxy and they’re delightful.

Star Wars: Bounty Hunters #1 art by Paolo Villanelli, Arif Prianto, and letterer VC's Travis Lanham
Star Wars: Bounty Hunters #1 art by Paolo Villanelli, Arif Prianto, and letterer VC’s Travis Lanham

Paolo Villanelli provides a damn good treatment to the book. The action scenes are explosive, the characters are aptly intimidating, and the detailing is excellent. There are some panels that lack a bit of clarity, but those are thankfully few. Arif Prianto’s color work is lively and vibrant, as well it should be for a Star Wars title.

Star Wars: Bounty Hunters #1 is a strong start for this series about the deadliest mercenaries in the galaxy. We get to watch these bounty hunters double-cross one another, get each other killed, and be generally violent and cruel. It’s an enjoyable read and earns a recommendation. Check it out.

Star Wars: Bounty Hunters #1 comes to us from writer Ethan Sacks, artist Paolo Villanelli, color artist Arif Prianto, letterer VC’s Travis Lanham, cover artist Lee Bermejo, and variant cover artists Dave Johnson; Kaare Andrews; and Michael Golden.

Final Score: 8/10

 

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