Synopsis: Bossk confronts Valance in the ultimate heavyweight battle…and only one bounty hunter will remain standing when the dust clears.
Bossk and Valance have the mother of battles as their mutual dislike of each other are explored via some flashbacks. Meanwhile, Nakano Lash resurfaces and puts her plans into action, which could well plunge two of the underworld’s most powerful spice syndicates into a galaxy-spanning war. Every bounty hunter is after Lash, and each has a score to settle with her in regards to the ill-fated mission that she led them through many years prior.
Paolo Villanelli gets a lot to do in this issue as he illustrates an epic battle between Bossk and Valance, which is very much the centerpiece of this issue. We also get to visit the infamous Kessel Sector where we see Nakano Lash pretty much take control of a group of Spice Smugglers for the first stage of her plan. I really liked the linework that is done for the smugglers refueling station, which we get a quick glance of before we see Lash and her thugs.
I also liked the illustration toward the last pages of the comic where we get a look at Valance and all his cybernetic components laid out for us, which gives some idea of the character’s capabilities.
It has been a bit of a wait for this issue due to the hold up that was created by the pandemic, but it proved to be worth the wait. The illustration and sequential storytelling of the fight between Bossk and Valance was brilliantly done and the dialogue from writer Ethan Sacks was everything that you’d expect from the two characters who have a longstanding hatred of each other. A hatred that I’d like to see explored more in future issues.
Sadly, we didn’t get to see anything of Boba Fett in this issue. I guess they are saving his next appearance for something really special.