Comic Review – T’onga’s Crew Finally Seeks New Jobs in ‘Star Wars: Bounty Hunters’ #27
I Finally Get What I Asked For In Marvel’s Ongoing Star Wars: Bounty Hunters comic book – episodic, more or less self-contained adventures, with the titular bounty hunters taking up freelance work, now that the long story of “Cadeliah” is effectively over.
bounty hunters #27, released yesterday begins with current main character T’onga and his crew (composed of his girlfriend Losha, the Trandoshan Bossk, Zuckuss and 4-LOM, and veteran pit fighter Tasu Leech) having left Crimson Dawn’s flagship without accepting Qi’ra’s job offer.
Instead, the Hunters reluctantly accepted a job for the Pyke Syndicate to protect a group of partygoers from an attack by Nar Kanji’s assassins. Meanwhile, T’onga and Losha struggle to communicate following their mutual failures in recent troubles – Losha was unable to stop General Vukorah from escaping, while T’onga’s prolonged mission to save Cadeliah ended with her leaving empty-handed. We also get a cut of an Imperial Star Destroyer, where that title is ancient protagonist Beilert Valance prepares to become an officer of the Empire. Back at the Crseih Black Hole (and the Accretion Disco space station that orbits it), T’onga and company watch the party, though Tasu Leech has a valid concern about working for the Pykes. Inevitably, assassins attack, and the rest of the deal is a stunning fight sequence on the disco dance floor.
It’s great fun to see how artist Paolo Villanelli (whose work keeps growing on me) and colorist Arif Pianto have fun with the location of this battle, with the multicolored disco lights contrasting strongly with the fight bloody. But at the center of this problem is Tasu Leech, whose apprehensions about the Pykes grow as we learn more about the history of his Kanji people and why he considers himself at odds with the task assigned to him. . I love that writer Ethan Sacks chose to provide more backstory to these characters that we’ve already spent a lot of time with, and it’s very interesting to see how this mission unfolds, ending in a cliffhanger some shockingly little that looks like it could pay off explosively next month. I know I said I wanted more standalone stories in Star Wars: Bounty Hunters, but I also don’t mind if these stories end up covering multiple issues. I just felt like the title got bogged down in the seemingly endless quest to find and/or protect Cadeliah, and now that we’ve kind of moved past that, I can start to appreciate this group of rogue mercenaries who embark on a series of other adventures.
Star Wars: Bounty Hunters #27 is now available wherever comics are sold.