• Marie E. Wilson

SPOILER REVIEW: "Bounty Hunters #11: The Great Hunt of Malastare" by Ethan Sacks

"The Great Hunt of Malastare" is issue #11 in the "Bounty Hunters" long-run comic series. It was written by Ethan Sacks, illustrated by Paolo Villanelli and Arif Prianto, and published by Marvel Comics on April 14, 2021.

As the cover proclaims so appropriately in "BOSSSSSK!!!", this issue is a side shoot story all about our favorite Trandoshan bounty hunter. We do briefly get eyes on Dengar and Valance in the beginning of the issue...fighting of course, both verbally and physically. But the main thrust of the comic is all Bossk and man does this guy clean up when he's let loose! He is one vicious, scary dude.

The section with Dengar and Valance is setting us up for the rapidly approaching "War of the Bounty Hunters." Because of Valance's snafu with the Unbroken Clan, the criminal organization has bribed the Bounty Hunters Guild to freeze Valance out. And now he needs help, turning to the most unlikely of places in Dengar--it's all too clear that the two men hate each other. But Valance wants after Boba Fett and he needs a partner to complete the job. Interestingly enough, I don't think it's just hating Boba Fett that is spurring Valance along as I believe he genuinely wants to help save Han Solo from the other bounty hunter's clutches. I guess we'll see...

The Muun and his gang. "Out there in the forest, the only rule is kill or be killed. The best hunters are willing to risk their own lives to get their prey. We pay a lot for that privilege."

Moving on to the main portion of this issue, we have Bossk as a prisoner on Malastare where he is prey for The Great Hunt of Malastare--a hunt where sentients are the prey. He starts off being chased by a Gran...who quickly meets his death...and then two Dugs...who quickly meet theirs...and finally a Muun with his own little army of thugs, brash and blustering about how "the Trandoshan" is no match for him. All I can say is, "Ha!!" even with his army including the Dowutin Grummgar from The Force Awakens!! Bossk makes short work of everyone who comes in his path, but it turns out he wasn't doing all this out of the cruelness of his own heart. He was hired...by Bib Fortuna of all people...to take out the Muun since he was refusing to do business with the Hutts in favor of a mysterious other client. I found this odd yet strangely exciting. I'm always down for a little Bib Fortuna "screen time".

An epic panel of the fight between Grummgar and Bossk!!

Aside from the story, the artwork in this issue was sometimes magical and other times plain confusing. There's even one picture where a Dug's limbs don't seem to match up appropriately in space and I don't know how such a misfire got through the editing process. There were several such weird artistic choices throughout, but these were made up for with some truly stunning panels elsewhere in the issue.

Looks like the next issue for this series is going to be a prelude to "War of the Bounty Hunters" called "Target Solo" which will take us years earlier to a time when Valance was on the hunt for Han Solo. And 4-LOM and Zuckuss return as they continue their pursuit of the current day Valance. I'm definitely excited to see where all this goes!!

MY SCORE: 7.5/10 I love me some Bossk, but goodness, practically the whole issue was just him kicking other peoples' butts. I did enjoy the surprise with Bib Fortuna at the end a great deal hence the extra 0.5.

"Bounty Hunters #11: The Great Hunt of Malastare" written by Ethan Sacks, illustrated by Paolo Villanelli and Arif Prianto

About Marie:

I am so excited to have joined the Beyond the Blast Doors Star Wars conversation! As a person who is deeply passionate about every aspect of the galaxy far, far away, I'm always looking for ways to spread my Star Wars joy and love.

I've spoken at cons and written articles on a variety of Star Wars topics but one of my biggest passions is the canon literature. I hope to help you find your way through the Maelstrom because what is out there is truly amazing!

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