Synopsis: Years ago, VALANCE and fellow bounty hunters BOSSK and BOBA FETT took on a mission that went sideways in a bad way after Valance’s mentor, NAKANO LASH, violently betrayed them. Valance’s team barely escaped with their lives. He never thought he’d face his old mentor ever again…until Lash finally resurfaces under mysterious circumstances. Every bounty hunter in the galaxy wants a piece and Valance is hell-bent on getting to the prize first. He has score to settle—but so does Boba Fett!
After a job goes sour. Nakano Lash vanishes never to be seen again. Leaving Valance, Bossk, Boba Fett, and several other Bounty Hunters to reap the consequences. Some years later she resurfaces and Bossk, Fett, and Valance learn of it and are all in a race to be the first to get their revenge.
Paolo Villanelli delivers some great artwork in a rather rough and ready scratchy line style that works really well for the comic given that it centers on Bounty Hunters. Among the highlights on offer are a guest appearance by Dr. Aphra and her Whookie and a fight between Bossk and said whookie, which is worth the price of admission alone. We also get a nice few panels of Boba Fett on his ship Slave 1, and a brief peek of a certain Han Solo frozen in carbonite, which sets this story shortly after the events of ‘Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back’.
Writer Ethan Sacks delivers a really strong opening first issue, which shows us the heist as it goes wrong and then jumps to the present day in which Bossk, Valance and Boba Fett are all doing their separate things. I loved the fact that Bossk was resentful at the fact that Boba Fett managed to get the bounty for Han Solo. I mean its always good to see a bit of professional jealousy and it fits well with the attitude that these hunters had when they were working together or competing against one another. We only get a brief insight into Nakano Lash and her story but I am sure that will get fleshed out as the story unfolds in future issues. That said though. The main character here is Valance who makes a strong impression and provides some fun by threatening to sell his droid for scrap credits.
Overall. A really strong first issue with some thick and fast action.