Comic Review: Bounty Hunters #1

Published: March 11, 2020
Rating: Rated T
Writer: Ethan Sacks
Penciler: Paolo Villanelli
Colourist: Arif Prianto
Cover Artist: Lee Bermejo

The synopsis;

NEVER BETRAY A BOUNTY HUNTER – ESPECIALLY IF IT’S BOBA FETT!

Years ago, VALANCE and fellow bounty hunters BOSSK and BOBA FETT took on a mission that went sideways in a bad way after Valance’s mentor, NAKANO LASH, violently betrayed them. Valance’s team barely escaped with their lives. He never thought he’d face his old mentor ever again…until Lash finally resurfaces under mysterious circumstances. Every bounty hunter in the galaxy wants a piece and Valance is hell-bent on getting to the prize first. He has score to settle—but so does Boba Fett!

ETHAN SACKS (OLD MAN HAWKEYE and GALAXY’S EDGE) and PAOLO VILLANELLI (VADER: DARK VISIONS and JEDI FALLEN ORDER – DARK TEMPLE) are teaming up to bring you the bounty hunter adventure you’ve been waiting for this March!

The review;

A new series means lots of variants and on this time, we have 6. The reveal of the direct edition covers when the solicitations were released for this month back in December, it really grabbed my attention. Boba Fett, Bossk and Valance, well that’s a match made in hell, not heaven. But in art form on the cover it’s a thing of beauty! Bermejo has done a fantastic job and it comes over so well, with a moodiness and fear factor of those lethal bounty hunters marching towards you. I have never been a real fan of the movie still covers that we get. I feel it doesn’t ever offer us anything new, but I have to admit, my soft spot for Boba Fett has been my nemesis on this occasion and I love it. While it is a stock picture, the angle is one of the more unusual pictures out there and the framing of the title and IG-88 in the background makes for a good solid cover. The blank variant is exactly that, although I have ordered one with the possibility of a commission cover being requested in the future.

The Golden and Johnson variants are both great pieces of art. While Golden has captured the colours and artistic style over the original 1977 Star Wars comics, Johnson has gone for a more sinister look of reflections in the helmet of Fett. But for me, there is one outright winner. The Kaare Andrews variant is simply stunning! Boba Fett in full on action flying high on his jet pack and shooting fire from his flame thrower, it’s as near to perfect as a Bounty Hunter cover could ever be.

Wow, I’ve only looked at the covers and I’m already excited and out of breath reviewing those.

So, what does Ethan Sacks and the team have in store for us in issue 1? Well, we get a great start to the story. The pace of this issue is fast, it’s fair to say it’s pretty relentless. Action sequence after action sequence and the artwork really does help to enhance that feeling.

But then there’s baggage and history between the bounty hunters. Boy is there some bad blood between these guys, working together and on the verge of being ready to kill each other with the blink of an eye. There are already glimmers of double crosses and deception between the characters and this will lend for a spicy revenge plot or 2 somewhere in the future.

At this stage I don’t want to go too deep into the plot as I know many may not have had the chance to read this issue yet. Rest assured as the weeks go on, I will delve more and more into the plot, sub plots, sub sub plots… well, you know how it goes!

There are 3 things that I really do think need a mention;

First thing of note has to be the resurgence of Beilert Valance in recent months and that he has become a bit of a poster boy since his return. I love the fact that a character like this, that I loved as a child, is now getting his time again in the modern era comics. We’ve also seen Jaxxon appear recently and it’ll be interesting to see who is next. I sure hope that we see the return of a few more bounty hunters from over the years return for this series.

Secondly, introducing Black Krrsantan and Doctor Aphra into the fray is another brilliant move. 2 fan favourites, that no doubt will add an extra dimension and some cross over with next month’s second series of Doctor Aphra going on sale. And while I’m on the subject of cross overs, having all the current Marvel Comics set in the same passage of time in the galaxy far, far away, makes me feel like this is so well stitched together, it’s going to be like one huge and amazing tapestry by the end of their runs. But please, let that be some way off!

Third on the list, is the dedication of this issue to the late Alan Harris who sadly passed away earlier this year. Best known for his portrayal of the Trandoshan bounty hunter, Bossk in The Empire Strikes Back. He also stood in for Jeremy Bulloch as Boba Fett and even Anthony Daniels as See-Threepio, but it is fitting that his character, Bossk, plays such an integral part in this issue. I do think it would have pleased Harris to have seen his alter ego brought to the fore in such a way. A fitting tribute and kudos to the team for doing this.

The issue ends with Fett embarking on a mission, but the penultimate frame is the one that really grabbed my attention. As I said, no plot discussions, but it could make for a really interesting time for him.

I’ve been a huge fan of Sacks work on Star Wars in recent years. He has really impressed me with his work, and I must say that this issue continues in the same vein as his previous titles. Partnering him with Paolo Villanelli and Arif Prianto has also worked a treat. It’s hard to explain, but with Villanelli’s inks and Prianto’s colours, it brings Sacks story not just to life, but it also helps set such a dark mood, feel and tone to this issue. This for me is very exciting and a marriage made in heaven.

This all leaves me asking one question, how soon can I get hold of issue 2?

Availability;

Boutny Hunters is a new series available from Marvel. This issue is available via the Marvel App and all good comic bookstores and retails at $3.99.

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’.