The seedy side of Star Wars will be explored in a new Marvel Comics ongoing title subtitled "Bounty Hunters." Announced on StarWars.com, the series follows classic Marvel/Star Wars bounty hunter Beilert Valance as he hunts down his "mentor-turned-betrayer" Nakano Lash. Along the way, he finds out that Boba Fett, Bossk, and other bounty hunters are also on the chase.
"While the battle between the Rebellion and the Empire raged in the stars, the darker corners of the Star Wars universe belonged to the bounty hunters," series writer Ethan Sacks said. "And that's always been a facet of the saga that's fascinated me ever since I first witnessed that glorious murderers' row take a bounty from Darth Vader aboard the Executor in a theater as a seven-year-old in 1980."
"Bounty Hunters" will be drawn by Paolo Villanelli.
"I'm channeling that wonder from 'The Empire Strikes Back' and beyond in Bounty Hunters, which will be a high-octane action romp through the Star Wars underworld of Hutts and Fetts," Sacks continued.
Bounty Hunters' lead, Beilert Valance, has a long history in Star Wars comic books – originating in 1978's "Star Wars #16" by writer Archie Goodwin and artist Walter Simonson. The character was later brought into Disney's re-aligned primary Star Wars continuity with the 2018 series "Han Solo – Imperial Cadet."
"We'll get to see this world through the cybernetic eye of Valance, a bounty hunter with a rich history of his own at Marvel, and one of the few that can go toe-to-toe with the likes of Bossk," said Sacks. "And rest assured that he's going to have to be doing a lot of fighting as his jobs take him to some pretty dark places in both the Outer Rim and in his inner heart."
The time period of Bounty Hunters isn't specified, however given the time period of Valance's previous stories and the mention of Boba Fett it would seemingly take place before the events of "Return of the Jedi."
But sadly, no mention of Star Wars' hot, new bounty hunter – Dyn Jarren from Disney+'s "The Mandalorian."
Star Wars: Bounty Hunters #1 is scheduled to debut this March.
Originally published on Newsarama.
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