Bounty hunting in the Star Wars universe has garnered newfound interest thanks to The Mandalorian. Now, Marvel will follow the exploits of a few other morally ambiguous characters on a mission across the galaxy. Via StarWars.com, the publisher will launch Star Wars: Bounty Hunters this spring.
Bounty Hunters comes from writer Ethan Sacks and artist Paolo Villanelli. Sacks is no stranger to Marvel’s line of Star Wars books. He has previously written titles like Empire Ascendant, Galaxy’s Edge, and Journey to Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker – Allegiance. Meanwhile, Villanelli recently provided the artwork for the Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order – Dark Temple miniseries.
“While the battle between the Rebellion and the Empire raged in the stars, the darker corners of the Star Wars universe belonged to the bounty hunters,” said Sacks. “And that’s always been a facet of the saga that’s fascinated me ever since I first witnessed that glorious murderers’ row take a bounty from Darth Vader aboard the Executor in a theater as a seven-year-old in 1980. I’m channeling that wonder from The Empire Strikes Back and beyond in Bounty Hunters, which will be a high-octane action romp through the Star Wars underworld of Hutts and Fetts.”
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The new story centers on Beilert Valance, a cyborg bounty hunter who debuted in Marvel’s Han Solo – Imperial Cadet miniseries. This time, Valance is after Nakano Lash, his former mentor who later betrayed him. As early covers show, Valance will meet two of the bounty hunting profession’s most recognizable names: Boba Fett and Bossk. This suggests that Bounty Hunters takes place during the timeframe of the original Star Wars trilogy.
“We’ll get to see this world through the cybernetic eye of Valance, a bounty hunter with a rich history of his own at Marvel, and one of the few that can go toe to toe with the likes of Bossk,” added Sacks. “And rest assured that he’s going to have to be doing a lot of fighting as his jobs take him to some pretty dark places in both the Outer Rim and in his inner heart.”
Star Wars: Bounty Hunters #1 hits comic shops in March 2020. You can check out Lee Bermejo’s covers for the first two issues below, then share your thoughts in the comments!
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