Boba Fett has made a massive resurgence recently, being brought into the second season of The Mandalorian, and then starring in the upcoming series The Book of Boba Fett. All of this is set several years after Return of the Jedi, but it was announced today that we’ll be getting a major story about the bounty hunter set before ROTJ too.
Charles Soule will be writing a comic crossover titled War of the Bounty Hunters, which will begin with Soule’s War of the Bounty Hunters Alpha #1 and then launch into a crossover between the current Star Wars comic line (written by Soule), the Bounty Hunters comic series (written by Ethan Sacks), the current Darth Vader comic series (written by Greg Pak), and the current Doctor Aphra comic series (written by Alyssa Wong).
This story will run from May through October, and it will begin with Soule’s War of the Bounty Hunters Alpha #1 on May 5. But then, according to Marvel, the foundation will continue to be set in each respective comic series throughout the month of May. Star Wars #13 (May 12), Bounty Hunters (May 19), Darth Vader #12 (May 26), and Doctor Aphra #10 (May 26) will all apparently set the stage for the coming series, which will debut in June, with Soule writting a five-issue War of the Bounty Hunters miniseries.
According to the StarWars.com announcement, this “will be the biggest Star Wars story Marvel has told thus far.” That’s a very bold claim and a pretty significant statement to make, given that these comics have filled in tons of gaps between the films and told some seemingly very big and important stories so far (The Rise of Kylo Ren, also written by Charles Soule, certainly comes to mind). What could that mean? Soule teases that this story “builds into something much bigger,” and then adds that it not only tells a great story but is “also the start of something” that will “open a lot of new doors.” Again, this seems significant, and I can’t help but wonder if this comic series could help set the stage for The Book of Boba Fett in some ways. That would be pretty cool.
But anyway, what will this story be about? I might have buried the lede here, because this is where things get really interesting: this story is about Boba Fett’s attempt to take Han Solo to Jabba the Hutt after The Empire Strikes Back, but seemingly the entire galaxy is hot on his tail. “Boba Fett clearly doesn’t take Han Solo directly to Jabba’s palace,” Soule told StarWars.com, which revealed that this story was specifically part of Soule’s pitch for the entire post-ESB comic series. Here’s the way that Soule sets the stage:
“Boba Fett is in possession of Han Solo at the end of Empire Strikes Back, and at the beginning of War of the Bounty Hunters, he is not. And he is going to do everything he can to get him back, no matter what. No matter who is standing in his way.”
And it sounds like a whole lot of people will be standing in his way. Soule specifically mentions Jabba the Hutt, Black Sun, and Darth Vader. The Marvel announcement specifically mentions Luke Skywalker and Doctor Aphra, too. Editor in Chief CB Cebulski added a few more when talking with Marvel, mentioning Bossk, Dengar, 4-LOM, and IG-88 as well. And so basically what you have is everyone from Vader and the Empire, to Luke and the Rebellion, to the deadliest bounty hunters, to Aphra, all hunting down Han Solo – and Boba Fett standing alone against them for his prize.
All of this sounds great, but also sounds reminiscent of Shadows of the Empire, where Fett also encountered other bounty hunters and others trying to acquire Solo. I’m sure that this will tell a brand new story, but it may have some allusions, references, and tie-ins to that story as well.
So yeah, this all sounds awesome. Not only does it sound like an interesting and significant story, but it also sounds like it will be a very big and important story as well. We haven’t had a Star Wars comic crossover event like this in a while, and with all of the Boba content recently and moving forward, I have hopes that this story will prove to be important to the character as well.