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Valance investigates a safe house on Eriadu for a lead on Lash, but everyone there is already dead. He looks back to when he met Lash at this Eriadu port and how she saved him from his own rage and a squad of Stormtroopers. Back in the present, he finds a lead from a security camera that shows Boba Fett was here and killed everyone. Valance gets a lead to the graveyard planet of Galmerah, but he also picks up a tail. At a Mourner’s Wail fortress on Dotharian, T’onga makes a daring infiltration to get a lead on Lash.
Star Wars: Bounty Hunters #2 finds the hunters trying to pick up a trail on Lash, the bounty hunter that betrayed them all. Valance is revealed to have a complicated past with Lash and her crew while Boba Fett, Bossk, and T’onga seem to have no qualms with killing Lash on sight.
It’s an issue that shows us what the common business of bounty hunting is like in the Star Wars galaxy. It’s a lot of asking questions, making deals, and, of course, blasting people.
It’s relatively slow-paced too. There are plenty of shootouts, but the main forward motion of the book largely consists of Valance sitting pensively and trying to pick up leads and T’onga and Bossk making deals and waiting.
It does give us a good dive into the character of Valance and he is an interesting character for sure. I’ve yet to read Target Vader, so this book is my first extended experience with the Valance character and he’s pretty damn compelling.
We get another fantastic art treatment from Paolo Villanelli, who gives the book the slick yet gritty and detailed look it needs. The texturing is great and the action scenes are impactful and satisfying. Arif Prianto backs it up with an explosive color palette well-suited to the Star Wars universe.
Star Wars: Bounty Hunters #2 is another fun and action-packed issue for this new series. Valance is given a deep-dive while T’Onga, Bossk, and Boba Fett continue their respective paths to Lash. It’s an engaging and energetic read and it earns a recommendation. Check this one out.
Star Wars: Bounty Hunters #2 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 Phil Noto; and Chris Sprouse with Karl Story and Neeraj Menon.
Final Score: 8.5/10