Star Wars Issue 13: War of the Bounty Hunters – Prelude Review

The ‘War of the Bounty Hunters’ arrives is the flagship title as Luke Skywalker, Chewbacca and the Droids travel to Nar Shaddaa and meet a familiar face whilst trying to locate Boba Fett and Han Solo.

With the ‘War of the Bounty Hunters’ crossover event ramping up, the ‘Prelude’ issues from the main titles are arriving to push us in the direction each of them will take for the next few months.

After Chewie receives a message from a contact on the Smugglers Moon of Nar Shaddaa, Luke, Chewie and the Droids meet with Sagwa, a Wookiee that Chewie helped free from slavery in ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ who has information on Boba Fett’s actions in the arena (see War of the Bounty Hunters: Alpha).

The group try to get information as find Fett but run afoul of The Hutts of Nar Kanji, the gang who’s best fighter was beaten by Fett.

The heroes end up in a showdown with the gang, but with Luke’s Force abilities they manage to escape with Sagwa.

Onboard the Falcon, R2-D2 reveals that he has a database of former Jedi Outposts which Luke may be able to visit and learn to improve his skills, but they are interrupted by Chewie who has received a message from Leia, from someone claiming to be in possession of Han Solo.

As Soule is writing this title as well as the main ‘War of the Bounty Hunters’ mini-series, this title is is the most privileged place to perfectly complement each other. Of course, this is the ‘Prelude’ issue and at the end ties into events from the first issue of the mini-series.

Luke’s return to Nar Shaddaa after his run in with Grakkus the Hutt in the first run of the main title does not go any better than the first time, but this time he knows what he is doing and his training pays off in droves. It just adds to the story of Luke doing training between ‘The Empire Strikes Back’ and ‘Return of the Jedi’ and the reveal at the end when Luke learns that Artoo has the list of Jedi Outposts gives us a hint at what we will get in the story after this crossover event concludes.

Having a team-up of Luke and Chewie feels fresh, it’s not a duo we have had before, and the necessity of having Threepio along to translate (and of course adding to the humour). The addition of another Wookiee, Sagwa gives the team the extra muscle they need and adds a really nice connection to ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’, especially with the connections to that film in the mini-series.

There is a part of me that’s a bit annoyed that the Shara Bey storyline has been put by the wayside in what could be an extended cliff hanger, seeing as that was the emotional core of the previous arc, of course a story about finding Han Solo will take precedence, and there needs to be some story threads to pick up after ‘War of the Bounty Hunters’, and maybe I just wanted to have that all packed up with a neat little bow because of my complaints about her fate already being well known thanks to previous books and comics. I’m probably being finicky here.

The art is wonderful and we get some really great and iconic images, including the one above which really shows Luke’s growing confidence also g with his companions. Even though Sagwa is in this scene as well, it’s nice to get a shot of the main heroes.

A great start to this titles part in this huge crossover event, I’m hoping Soule is able to keep the momentum going on both this and the main ‘War of the Bounty Hunters’ series because he is a busy man.

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