Comic Review 220 // Star Wars: War of the Bounty Hunters by Charles Soule

There is something so fun and magical about finding a comic at a library. I can't tell if it is just purely my excitement or the fact that you can see which comics are well-loved. Either way, I could not skip the chance to read this new-to-me Star Wars story.

Title: Star Wars (2020) #3 - War of the Bounty Hunters

Author: Charles Soule

Illustrator: Ramon Rosanas. Rachelle Rosenberg (Colorist)

Blurb: The hunt for Han! Chewbacca has heard from an old friend with intelligence on the location of notorious bounty hunter Boba Fett, who is in possession of the carbon-frozen body of Han Solo. Along with Luke Skywalker, the loyal Wookiee sets off in search of his lost friend, on an adventure to Nar Shadaa…better known as the Smuggler’s Moon! But this mission may prevent plucky astromech droid R2-D2 from passing along a crucial message to Luke — a message that will affect the fate of the entire Jedi Order! The saga of Star Wars continues to surprise!

COLLECTING: Star Wars (2020) 12-18

Format: 168 pages, Paperback

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As is the case these days, I need to do my research, and it turns out this is part way through the series, collecting issues 12 to 18. Classic rookie move on my part. The story seems to be set in two parts, or this might just be the story's theme. But the first seems to focus on the Bounty Hunters, and the other seems to lean hard onto Luke.

Even though I dived in midway, I could appreciate the story arc still, which interestingly seems to be very focused on character development. We see Luke training and growing stronger; we also see him making mistakes and not being perfect, which is always nice to see in a character. It's also nice to have him struggling with the trauma of his Vader encounter, physically and mentally. It truly made him seem like a full character.

Then the other combo of Leia and Lando was great to read. Watching their relationship change throughout the story. They started off utterly distrusting one another to growing respect and, dare I say, a weird friendship? This was an interesting aspect as we watched Leia trying to function daily and be an all-inspiring leader whilst dealing with this longing loss for Hans. This is a painful aspect of the story, some people may not feel it whilst others will. Also, to match the arc, we discover a future hero's parents and experience them meeting for the first time.

All around a great story. It's definitely got me looking for the other titles in the series. And I can't give higher praise than that.

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