Last month, War of the Bounty Hunters kicked off with the prelude issue, laying the groundwork for Boba Fett’s search for a stolen carbonized Han Solo, but now the story takes flight in “Most Wanted” and heads in an unexpected direction.
Star Wars: War of the Bounty Hunters (Issue #1)
If you have not read Issue #1 of War of the Bounty Hunters — stop what you are doing and read it right now. There is a jaw-dropping character reveal that I do not want to spoil for you and if you aren’t reading it until later. Stay. Off. Twitter.
At the close of “Alpha,” we learned that Boba Fett’s prized bounty, Han Solo, has been stolen. Fortunately for Solo, it appears that the good doctor was able to stabilize the carbonite before he was shot dead, keeping him safely trapped in his carbonite prison while he is taken across the galaxy Deep Space where the Vermillion is.
Back on the Smuggler’s Moon, Boba Fett discovers that not only does he have to figure out who orchestrated the theft of Han Solo, but someone has placed an open contract bounty on his head. That someone happens to be Jabba the Hutt who is apparently displeased with the fact that Fett’s taken so long to deliver Han Solo to him.
While I have expressed my frustrations with Boba Fett and gratuitous violence in past comic runs, Charles Soule and Luke Ross have managed to dole out violence that feels like Star Wars-typical violence and not an attempt to make Boba Fett feel like an unredeemable murderer. He takes down a foolish bounty hunter who tries to murk him in a cantina, takes out the insectoid bounty hunter Zuckuss, and plows down a few Gamorreans in his pursuit to figure out why he has a target on his back.
The thief that he’s up against is no common bounty hunter or criminal, in fact, she is an incredibly cunning and beloved character. One who was devious enough to not just steal Han Solo from Boba Fett, but offer him up to the highest bidder because, after all, Han Solo is a well-connected smuggler.
So who could it be that knows enough about Han Solo and the inner workings of the galaxy’s criminal underworld to execute such a complex scheme? Could it be a certain cunning woman by the name of Qi’ra? Yes, you read that right, Crimson Dawn has been revived and Han Solo’s former lover Qi’ra has orchestrated everything.
When War of the Bounty Hunters was first announced, I expected a straightforward story about someone stealing Han Solo from Boba Fett, which would tie into the concurrent Marvel comic series. Never, in my wildest dreams, could I have foreseen Qi’ra’s return. Much less as the one who stole Han Solo. Even after all this time, Star Wars still has so many surprises for us.
Boba Fett has his work cut out for him in War of the Bounty Hunters.