Star Wars: Bounty Hunters (2020-) #12 by Ethan Sacks
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
I’ve really enjoyed the War of the Bounty Hunters crossover event so far, but now it hits the pages of Bounty Hunters and the complete mess of nonsense that this book is.
Let’s talk time frames, people. So, Boba Fett has stopped off on the way to deliver Han Solo to Jabba, to get the carbonite block that’s degrading fixed. And the carbonite block, with Han Solo in it, has been stolen from him. And, we learn in this issue, Jabba has placed a bounty on Fett.
Okay, right, so…how long after that scene on the Executor bridge with all the bounty hunters are we…because Dengar, Zuckuss and 4-Lom are all here, and have been for a while…so an awful lot seems to have happened before them all taking the job to find Han Solo from Darth Vader and where we’re at now. Mind you, if you factor in the time it must have taken the Falcon to get to Bespin at sub-light speeds then… Oh, heck, it’s Star Wars, none of it makes sense (but, arguably, it should so obviously make no sense as this does).
So, what actually happens in this issue? Not a lot, we time hop back and forward in time from the present day to the last time Valance encountered Han Solo, and those time hops are often jarring. Just the simple inclusion of “Now” and “Then” at the start of each time change would solve that…but, nope, narrative clarity is not something that anyone involved in this book seems to care about.
Look, I know my issues here is that I simply don’t care about Valance and probably never will, so this book is always going to be fighting a losing battle with me…but Sacks could, at least, try to make me care about him.
There’s a short txt piece at the end of this issue explaining what the hell is going on to anyone who might be a bit lost. I’ve been reading since issue one and I still found it helpful…which is probably not a good thing.