Marvel have announced their biggest Star Wars event to date. This May sees the start of ‘War of the Bounty Hunters’, a story that picks up where ‘The Empire Strikes Back’ finishes. The brainchild of writer Charles Soule, this story was part of his pitch when he took over the flagship ‘Star Wars’ title and now everything has aligned to tell it.
Boba Fett clearly doesn’t take Han Solo directly to Jabba’s palace, something had to happen in between that intervening time between Empire and Jedi. And I was like, I would like to tell that story, and I would like it to be about Boba Fett and what happens to him.Charles Soule/StarWars.com
Starting on 5th May with ‘War of the Bounty Hunters Alpha #1′ written by Soule with art from Steve McNiven, the story will then crossover through the entire Marvel Star Wars comic book line (that is currently in the post-The Empire Strikes Back timeline) which includes Star Wars, Bounty Hunters, Darth Vader, and Doctor Aphra. There will also be a five-issue War of the Bounty Hunters miniseries from Soule and Luke Ross, that will form the spine of the story, which starts in June.
The main story that we’re dealing with is a Boba Fett-focused crime epic, that involves Boba Fett going up against some of the heaviest hitters in the galaxy. It’s Jabba the Hutt. It’s Black Sun. It’s Darth Vader. And a bunch of others — factions and so on — that I think will be really interesting for the fans. It’s basically Boba Fett, by himself, against all of these people.
Boba Fett is in possession of Han Solo at the end of Empire Strikes Back, and at the beginning of War of the Bounty Hunters, he is not,” says Soule. “And he is going to do everything he can to get him back, no matter what. No matter who is standing in his way.
War of the Bounty Hunters is a story about Boba Fett doing his thing, but it builds into something much bigger, and that’s what the best comic crossovers and big stories do. They tell a great story in and of themselves, but they’re also the start of something, and they open a lot of new doors. And this story will absolutely do that.Charles Soule/StarWars.com