REVIEW: Valance Gets Lucky in Bounty Hunters #13
In Star Wars: Bounty Hunters #13 by Ethan Sacks, Paolo Villanelli, Arif Prianto, and Travis Lanham, with a main cover by Giuseppe Camuncoli and Marte Gracia and a Pride Variant cover by Jacopo Camagni, the many different threads to which we’ve been introduced in the Marvel Comics’ Star Wars: War of the Bounty Hunters crossover event begin to, well, crossover!
“Showdown on the Smuggler’s Moon”
What’s so great about Bounty Hunters #13 is the way that it picks up many of threads that have been introduced in the other series that are part of the crossover. However, it never gets too bogged down explaining where these threads came from. This keeps the story moving forward quickly as it folds together plot points that we saw appear in previous War of the Bounty Hunter books, as well as back to Han Solo: Imperial Cadet by Gerry Duggan and Robbie Thompson!
We also see another inspired encounter with Sagwa, the Wookie readers were re-introduced to in Star Wars #13. And don’t worry fellow Star Wars nerds, Sacks included some Shyriiwook dialogue for you to translate (just go here, and then tell me what it says because this reporter hasn’t achieved conversational Shyriiwook… yet).
And then, we get to see the battle Boba Fett had in a cantina in War of the Bounty Hunters #1, but this time it’s from a certain point of view.
The issue also does a good job of following up on the book’s individual subplots, as introduced in Bounty Hunters #12. In other words, we get to see more about why Valance feels like he needs to find Han Solo, and we get to see more of his somewhat fraught relationship with Dengar.
On top of all this, as suggested by the subtitle “Showdown on the Smuggler’s Moon,” this issue mostly takes place on Nar Shadaa, which is one of my favorite locations in the whole Star Wars galaxy (as I’m sure our devoted Marvel Blog True Believers are already aware).
Did You Achieve Valance?
Have you had a chance to pick up Bounty Hunters #13 at your local comic shop? Which cover did you score? We’re waiting to hear from you, Marvel Blog True Believers! Give us a shout out in the comment section (and hey – no need to mark “okay to print”)!