War of the Bounty Hunters – a Star Wars Marvel Comics crossover event set to begin in May – will explore Boba Fett’s activities during the shadowy period between The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, following the legendary bounty hunter as he delivers his prized quarry, the frozen-in-carbonite Han Solo, to the merciless crime lord Jabba the Hutt on the backwater planet Tatooine. But on the way, he’s going to encounter resistance – from Darth Vader, from Luke Skywalker, from the infamous criminal organization Black Sun, and from a bounty hunter who is quickly becoming something of a legend herself: the rogue archeologist Doctor Aphra.

The Boba Fett teaser was released on Monday, February 15th, 2021.

Marvel first teased the comic with an image of Fett and the slogan, “Boba Fett… Nowhere to Hide,” which was released on Monday, February 15th, 2021.

Today, they officially announced the crossover, which will begin with War of the Bounty Hunters: Alpha by Charles Soule, Steve McNiven, and Laura Martin, which will be arriving on May the 5th (oh, so close!).

From War of the Bounty Hunters Alpha #1.

The prelude to the event will continue throughout May in Marvel’s ongoing Star Wars titles – Star Wars, Darth Vader, Bounty Hunters, and Doctor Aphra – before leading into the five-issue War of the Bounty Hunters miniseries, written by Soule and with art by Luke Ross, which will begin in June 2021.

According to the article on StarWars.com, the story comes from a pitch made by Soule back in 2019, based on the premise that Fett wouldn’t take the frozen Solo directly to Jabba’s Palace.

And as Soule observed, Fett is kind of having a moment, so now is the perfect time to explore his journey from Cloud City to the Dune Sea.

Not Dex, another Besalisk in War of the Bounty Hunters Alpha #1.

You can take a look at some of the creators behind the tie-in issues, along with the covers and the official press release, just below (although, since no colorists or letterers were credited in the PR, we’ve had to reverse engineer the colorist credits based on the cover images, and we’re waiting in anticipation for the letterer credit).

Will you be stopping by your local comic shop on the way to Tosche Station in order to pick up the War of the Bounty Hunters crossover? Is it possible that Aphra will be tracking down her old friend Boba in the upcoming Book of Boba Fett on Disney+? We’ll find out when War of the Bounty Hunters kicks off in May.

STAR WARS: WAR OF THE BOUNTY HUNTERS ALPHA #1
Written by CHARLES SOULE
Art and Cover by STEVE MCNIVEN
Colors by LAURA MARTIN
On Sale 5/5

STAR WARS #13
Written by CHARLES SOULE
Art by RAMON ROSANAS
Colors by RACHELLE ROSENBERG
Cover by CARLO PAGULAYAN
On Sale 5/12

STAR WARS: BOUNTY HUNTERS #12
Written by ETHAN SACKS
Art by PAOLO VILLANELLI
Colors by ARIF PRIANTO
Cover by MATTIA DE IULIS
On Sale 5/19

STAR WARS: DARTH VADER #12 
Written by GREG PAK
Art by GUIU VILANOVA
Colors by DEAN WHITE
Cover by AARON KUDER

On Sale 5/26

STAR WARS: DOCTOR APHRA #10
Written by ALYSSA WONG
Art by RAY-ANTHONY HEIGHT
Colors by RACHELLE ROSENBERG
Cover by SWAY
On Sale 5/26

BOBA FETT IGNITES THE WAR OF THE BOUNTY HUNTERS

The Star Wars comics event you’ve been waiting for arrives in May!

New York, NY— February 16, 2021 — Announced earlier today on StarWars.com, WAR OF THE BOUNTY HUNTERS, an upcoming Star Wars crossover event, will begin in May. The event will kick off with War of the Bounty Hunters Alpha #1, written by Charles Soule and drawn by Steve McNiven. From there, the event will tie into Marvel’s entire post-Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back lineup including Star WarsStar Wars: Bounty HuntersStar Wars: Darth Vader, and Star Wars: Doctor Aphra, starting with special prelude issues throughout May. The crossover will continue in June, centering around a five-issue War of the Bounty Hunters miniseries from Soule and artist Luke Ross. The epic story will see the entire galaxy from the Rebellion to the Empire at war for the greatest prize of all: Han Solo!

The notorious bounty hunter Boba Fett is on route to Tatooine to collect the massive bounty placed on Han Solo’s head by the fearsome crime lord Jabba the Hutt. But no one said it would be easy. The hunter becomes the hunted as pursuers from all corners of the galaxy set their sights on Boba and his precious cargo. Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker, Doctor Aphra, the galaxy’s deadliest bounty hunters, and more are all on a collision course that will reveal surprising new details about this long-unexplored era in the Star Wars mythos.

 

“I remember the chill that ran down my spine when I saw Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back for the first time and the bounty hunters all came on screen. They only appeared for a split second, but left a lasting impact. And it’s a dream come true we can bring them all to life again, and pit them against each other, in STAR WARS: WAR OF THE BOUNTY HUNTERS, our first big galaxy-spanning crossover of the post-ESB era,” Editor in Chief CB Cebulski said. “Bossk, Dengar, 4-LOM, IG-88… all hot on the trail of Boba Fett, looking to score the biggest bounty out there… Han Solo!”

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,” Soule told StarWars.com in an exclusive interview.

Fans will also be able to pick up a special Director’s Cut version of Star Wars: War of the Bounty Hunters Alpha #1, complete with Steve McNiven’s mind-blowing black and white art and more incredible bonus features. Head over to StarWars.com now for the full announcement, including a first look at interior artwork, and be there when Boba Fett fires the first shot of the WAR OF THE BOUNTY HUNTERS this May! For more information, visit Marvel.com.

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