Ethan Sacks Discusses Star Wars: Bounty Hunters

Kristin Baver has caught up with Ethan Sacks, writer of the new Marvel Comics series Star Wars: Bounty Hunters, to discuss what he and Paolo Villanelli have in store for us all.

The World of Bounty Hunters Through the Eyes of Ethan Sacks

The writer for the new Marvel series shares his love of Star Wars and exclusive preview pages from his new comic book series that connects to the larger galaxy.

Some of the most notorious bounty hunters, the scum of the galactic underworld, are now the stars of a new Marvel comic book series featuring the likes of Boba Fett and Bossk.

In Star Wars: Bounty Hunters, writer Ethan Sacks and artist Paolo Villanelli will take us on a journey through the seedy underbelly of the galaxy far, far away as seen through the cybernetic lens of one Beilert Valance. Recently, Sacks sat down with to talk about how the hunters featured in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back captured his imagination and why he’s so excited to translate that childhood enthusiasm into modern-day storytelling. Plus, is thrilled to share a sneak peek at a few pages from the debut issue below!

Bounty Hunters #1, cover by Lee Bermejo Your new series gets to play in the sandbox of Star Wars storytelling in a time period just after the events of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (which is my favorite!). When you were a seven-year-old kid meeting the bounty hunters on film for the first time, what was it about the motley crew that captured your imagination? 

Ethan Sacks: Maybe Admiral Piett didn’t have any use for bounty hunters’ kind of scum, but I sure did. I remember being fascinated by Bossk in particular in the way that scene was shot, looking up at the Trandoshan who was looking down at us. And that bug-eyed droid, whose name I would not know until I was gifted a 4-LOM action figure months later. These hunters didn’t even seem to be particularly intimidated by Darth Vader, as if being on that bridge was just another day at the office. I wanted to know more about their stories. (Even Dengar!) And now I get to tell some of them. It’s a wonder I didn’t spontaneously combust… especially after I saw some of the covers by Lee Bermejo. I’m also very excited to see Bossk made the cut! 

Ethan Sacks: There was no way Bossk wouldn’t make the cut! It’s a lucrative time to be a bounty hunter. Can you tell us a little bit about your goals for the series when you first started writing for the project? What was your initial elevator pitch for the story and how much did it change as you worked on it?

Ethan Sacks: My editors Mark Paniccia and Tom Groneman came to me with the genius idea (they being the geniuses, not me) of doing Bounty Hunters with us getting a glimpse of this underworld through the cybernetic eye of Valance. For the first arc, I thought a great way to wade into those glorious dark corners of the Star Wars universe was to chronicle a botched mission from the shared past of a number of major bounty hunters — a betrayal that has consequences years later. And not all of these great bounty hunters will end up on the same side, which of course will lead to a lot of blaster fire. That’s all I can say right now without my editors reversing their no disintegrations of writers policy.

To read the full interview and to see the preview pages, follow this link.
Steve Galloway
Steve was 5 years old when he saw Star Wars for the first time during its first UK cinema release. He considers himself a first generation Star Wars fan and in his own words is a ‘Child of 77’.