Marvel Comics’ first-ever Star Wars crossover event kicked off on June 2nd, pulling together a Boba Fett-driven story set just after Empire Strikes Back. Han Solo is frozen in carbonite and, little did we know, he didn’t ride safely to Jabba the Hutt’s palace without a little adventure thrown in. In the second issue of the main event, every gangster organization in the galaxy has come together for the auction of the century. Oh, and Han Solo’s ex-girlfriend is auctioning him off, too.
This issue opens with the big reveal of the first issue, so be sure to not crack this book open until you’ve read that. The reveal connects to Solo: A Star Wars Story in a big way, giving this event a heavy dose of intrigue and purpose as it takes a very new character and entwines them into events taking place during the original trilogy. Writer Charles Soule is utilizing this hook to draw our attention to the many gangster outfits, with some being familiar and others totally new. The Hutts are at the Han Solo auction, but also the Empire too. It’s a motley crew of degenerates and more civilized villains. A hive of scum and villainy, if you will.
Boba Fett continues to be the true protagonist of this series as he seeks to reclaim Han Solo and make the money Jabba the Hutt promised him. This issue features him fighting a familiar foe and generally getting a little closer to his prize. For that reason, it lives up to the event’s name. That said, this issue is more about setting things up for a boil-over as it gets familiar faces like Doctor Aphra and Jabba the Hutt, but a bunch of classic characters too. Heck, even death troopers join the party. All these familiar faces in one place will be the main draw for fans.
That’s because there isn’t much time to convey what game Han Solo’s ex-girlfriend is playing at, nor even for Boba Fett to get too far either. This is about getting familiar movie characters and mostly Star Wars comics characters all in the same room. Since many of these characters showing isn’t much of a surprise, it makes this a bridge issue for the most part.
Luke Ross illustrates the issue with Neeraj Menon on colors and he’s done a great job drawing all the likenesses. Jabba the Hutt comes complete with his green drool and even the brightness of the auction room feels like the wick on a stick of dynamite sizzling towards its eventual explosion. The auction is taking place in a giant room that has great depth due to Ross adding figures across the far background, middle, and foreground too. Menon colors the further away characters in a yellow glow which further illuminates the room. Props must go to Ross for filling every background with a few partygoers, which isn’t always the case.
Star Wars: War of the Bounty Hunters #2 is a good setup issue that features a ton of familiar faces all rendered expertly. The issue suffers a bit as it’s more about building up tension and establishing the scene, but it certainly promises for an explosive third issue.
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