By Ethan Sacks, Paolo Villanelli, Arif Prianto, and VC’s Travis Lanham
Star Wars: Bounty Hunters #1 is a new Star wars series presented by Marvel to fill in the gaps between The Empire Strikes Back and The Return of the Jedi. The story begins with a wide range of classic bounty hunters familiar to Star Wars fans as well as some newer faces who are working as a team on a job. Unfortunately for the hunters, the job goes sideways as one of the bounty hunters, Nakano Lash, decides to kill the client who hired all of the bounty hunters in the middle of their job. Years later, Nakano Lash has resurfaced after the events of The Empire Strikes Back and all of the galaxy’s best bounty hunters are invited to get their revenge on the one who betrayed them.
Ethan Sacks sets us up on this journey of intergalactic bounty hunters hell-bent on revenge in Star Wars: Bounty Hunters #1. Sacks makes the wise choice of not relying on only classic bounty hunters to fill up his roster of characters and adds in some of the newer faces like Doctor Aphra, Black Krrsantan, and Valance. Classic bounty hunters Boba Fett and Bossk are also key characters that will populate this book. For this issue, Sacks does a fine job in setting up the story with a few opportunities to see the characters in their everyday life before getting the contract for Nakano Lash, but most of this issue revolves around the set up of getting the bounty hunters together again for a new hunt. An interesting aspect of this first issue is that it seems as though we are going to be getting a long list of bounty hunters to follow. The concern here is that these bounty hunters may not get enough room to shine and really showcase their personalities.
For instance, we get two or three moments with Boba Fett being the cold and direct man that he is, but aside from his comments, we don’t get a lot of time with him. The same is true for some of the other hunters like Bossk and Black Krrsantan who get an obligatory scene of Trandoshans and Wookies hating each other. This is fine though for this is the first issue for newer readers who don’t know these characters as well get an introduction to them. Older fans will look forward to seeing these characters really get flushed out in issues to come.
The art is in this issue, handled by Paolo Villanelli, Arif Prianto, and VC’s Travis Lanham fits the tone of the book well and has plenty of action in it to appease the reader. In the movies, we typically only see characters like Boba Fett and Bossk standing stoically as Darth Vader speaks to them, but this series is giving readers a chance to see what these characters are really like in a fight. The issue is bright and colorful with a myriad of energy and flame effects to go along the violence the bounty hunters are inflicting on their victims. Something to put out in the action for this series, compared to other Star Wars comics, is that it does not shy away from showing the level of violence that these bounty hunters are inflicting. We get to see headshots, people set on fire, and people getting blasted away from the force of a blaster rifle.