By Ethan Sacks, Paolo Villanelli, Arif Prianto, and VC’s Travis Lanham
The galaxy’s most fearsome bounty hunters continue the hunt in Star Wars: Bounty Hunters #2 this month by beginning their search for Nakano Lash. Information on Nakano Lash is scarce and the hunters must compete with each other in order to get a lead on Lash first. While searching for information, Valance takes a trip down memory lane and we get a chance to learn more of his background and connection to Nakano Lash. While the other hunters are following the same lead, T’Onga takes a different approach and travels to the Mourner’s Wail to seek aid from Lord Khamdek.
Ethan Sacks takes the reader along for the next issue of Star Wars: Bounty Hunters #2. Most of this issue centers around Valance, who is starting to take the role of the star of this series, and learning about his connection to Nakano Lash. From the flashback, we can see that Nakano appears to be a kind hearted bounty hunter who cares about those in need, further fueling the likelihood that she killed the client in the previous issue for a just cause. Aside from seeing Valance, we get some time with T’Onga as she infiltrates The Mourner’s Wail for information on Lash. This scene is a bit odd due to her breaking into the fortress of the group that has posted the bounty for Lash. As soon as she is caught, after killing a few of the gang members, she simply asks for the information from Lork Khamdek and gets it. It seems like T’Onga could have just asked for the information in the first place and the infiltration of the fortress was more of an excuse to show off her skills as a fighter. In general, the scenes with Valance are the most interesting parts of the story because they feel like they are building up the story between him and Lash.
The art in this issue is presented by Paolo Villanelli, Arif Prianto, and VC’s Travis Lanham. The action scenes, as with the previous issue, are well done and very stylized. As unnecessary as T’Onga’s scene felt, her action was the most exciting and she got off some interesting kills. Aside from the action, another highlight for this issue’s art is the depiction of Galmerah. The burial site for Lash’s parents has an exotic and alien feel to it which makes it stand out from the other locales we have seen in star wars. The “tombstones” have a green orb around them giving off pheromones that serve as a form of communication. Seeing interesting tidbits of an alien culture is always fun to see in a Star Wars comic. Overall, there is nothing to complain about how this art team is handling this book and is a good fit for an action centered series.
Star Wars: Bounty Hunters #2 is a decent book that keeps its readers engaged with mostly cool action scenes with some interesting story elements.