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Star Wars: Bounty Hunters #21 Review

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I'm definitely glad to get past the War of the Bounty Hunters storyline as it was a struggle when I was reading it in other series as it happened.

“The Corellia Gambit”

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

What They Say:
T’ONGA’S BOUNTY HUNTERS FACE THEIR DEADLIEST MISSION YET! T’ONGA, BOSSK, TASU LEECH, ZUCKUSS, 4-LOM and LOSHA are plotting to kidnap the leader of a major crime syndicate. But is the crew walking into a trap? And what is the diabolical DENGAR planning that could jeopardize everything?

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
My hesitance at the start of this series at the time of its original release is still there because something about it more often than not just doesn’t click. Certain elements work, especially when focused on Valance, but the variety of the cast and the bounty hunters themselves aren’t as compelling as you’d hope. 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 and 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. With this issue, 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.

Unfortunately, while the series has picked up from time to time for me, this issue is another one that doesn’t have anything to do with Valance. I know it’s a themed title in a sense for bounty hunters in general but the group that’s been assembled that Valance both plays against and alongside depending on the moment just doesn’t do much for me. And keeping Valance out of the picture entirely for a second issue doesn’t help because they’re the main reason I’m reading the book. And with them being part of Vader’s crew at the moment with Vader having rebuilt him, I’m far more interested in seeing what’s going on there. This issue opens on a dream that T’onga is having about her long-dead brother and the dynamics of family there – and with this found family crew – just hasn’t connected for me at all.

The book is basically setting up and executing a trap for Vukorah on Corellia which means an obligatory moment of checking in with Lady Proxima as well, which feels perfunctory rather than adding anything interesting to or with that element. Vuokrah is riding high on her own supply at this point and it’s easy for T’ong and her crew to set up a trap that will ensnare her, though it has its ups and downs as it’s executed in the slums of the city. The action is decent but when you don’t have much care for the characters, or some of them just annoy you outright, it’s a fairly simple and straightforward read that doesn’t excite much. I’ve kind of lost the plot when it comes to things in a way even though I know it’s all about how the Unbroken Clan has been usurped and that Cadeliah is still hidden out there as a threat for Vukorah to be worried about. It’s all just… meh.

In Summary:
I know the book will shift gears again into an area I’m more interested in but this is reminding me of some of the early issues that were just a struggle to get through. I’m definitely glad that there are people who like these characters but this storyline on top of finishing up the slog that became the War of the Bounty Hunters storyline means that this just isn’t all that interesting to me. The book continues to look good, hits all the right kind of Star Wars notes when it comes to the visual design, and it reads well. It’s just not a story that connects for me with these characters.

Grade: C+

Age Rating: 9+
Released By: Marvel Comics
Release Date: March 30th, 2022
MSRP: $4.99

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