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Star Wars: Bounty Hunters #15 Review

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It does look good as expected with this solid art team on it, but the story just let me very cool and distant from most of it.

“The Gathering”

Creative Staff:
Story: Ethan Sacks
Art: Paolo Villanelli
Colors: Arif Prianto
Letterer: VC’s Travis Lanham

What They Say:
WAR OF THE BOUNTY HUNTERS: “THE GATHERING”. VALANCE and DENGAR travel to CANTO BIGHT as a relentless assassin stalks them! T’ONGA starts to recruit a bounty hunter crew with some familiar — and fearsome — faces! Plus TASU LEECH returns! But whose side is he on?

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
My trepidation at starting this book at the time of its original release is now leaning into the first crossover storyline with all the other books and it was a crossover that didn’t work that well for me in the end. Most Star Wars crossover events just never seem to click for me anyway. That said, I’m enjoying taking it at my own pace a fair bit later and knowing that there’s a lot ahead of me as well. The book comes from writer Ethan Sacks, who worked on the Journey To Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker miniseries, it has a pretty solid feeling overall as we get to see the slow growth and exploration of this fairly complex character and his history. Paolo Villanelli and Arif Prianto are very familiar names within this franchise for the comics and it looks and feels quite good with the variety of characters and some of the seedier aspects of the concept.

As we move through more of the slog that is War of the Bounty Hunters, this series manages to do… all right? I guess? It’s not bad per se but the things that are a drag continue to be a drag. Everything focusing on T’onga and her plan to add some muscle to the group is pretty predictable as we get a trio of new people brought on that are interesting and unique, while also adding Zuckuss as well. We’ve seen a lot of them and 4-Lom in other books lately as well so getting some of the older stuff here isn’t bad but it doesn’t add much. Mostly, the things involving T’onga just isn’t all that interesting and the bit we do get at the beginning focusing on the Unbroken Clan members we see just nudges that plot along since Deathstick is attempting to draw them into Crimson Dawn’s plan. Knowing where it all goes and the weakness of the storyline to come, well, it just reinforces that there wasn’t much meat on the bone here.

With Valance himself, he’s still hanging with Dengar as they work to go after Fett for different reasons. Valance does finally learn that Dengar is doing this for the big bounty on Fett in order to free his girlfriend from Jabba’s servitude so that does ease some of how Valance treats him – though Valance does just run roughshod in life in general. With the pair on Canto Bight, Dengar has to navigate a few things in order to get moving again and it’s amusing to watch how he handles the group that he owes money to and how he forces Valance into taking a commuter shuttle to get to their next destination all while trying to get Dengar’s ship back. I do like that the group that Dengar is in debt to basically tries to use him as a weapon to disrupt others as that gives things with him some forward momentum as well.

In Summary:
The book continues to move things forward and you almost feel like Valance is a human pinball sometimes as he’s just banging around various planets and characters while both trying to stay alive and achieve some of his goals. The goals themselves get a bit less clear when he’s sucked into a crossover event like this and some of the moment that we had before going into the storyline are lost a bit here. But it’s fun to watch this as a weird buddy comedy between him and Dengar. The downside is, well, all these other characters. The subplots serving the crossover aren’t all that engaging and the original pieces with the Unbroken Clan are just a couple of pages at the start. Hopefully things get better but I’ll even take continuing at this pace because it’s enjoyable enough and fun without feeling like it’s committing a lot of problems.

Grade: B-

Age Rating: 9+
Released By: Marvel Comics
Release Date: August 4th, 2021
MSRP: $3.99

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