War of the Bounty Hunters – Jabba the Hutt 1 by Justina Ireland

War of the Bounty Hunters – Jabba the Hutt 1War of the Bounty Hunters – Jabba the Hutt 1 by Justina Ireland
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Deva Lompop, apart from having a silly name, is a bounty hunter from the High Republic series of novels and comics…apparently…although she hasn’t actually appeared in any of them yet. So, isn’t she a character from War Of The Bounty Hunters who’s going to show up in the High Republic? Not that it matters…

Still, she’s a green lizard woman with feathers for hair who’s so badass she managed to get one over on Boba Fett. I am old and cynical and so this made my eyes role a little bit, but I have to confess she looks pretty cool. Well, she looks pretty cool in half of this book. You see, this book takes place in two different eras, the “present day” of the War Of The Bounty Hunters, and “some time ago”…when she’s recruited by Jabba to do a job for him. These two eras are handled by two different artists. Ibraim Roberson handles the “present day” section, and his art is truly gorgeous. His linework has a light touch with a lot of fine detail, but not so much that the panels become crowded, and the colourist works with him incredibly well to produce some absolutely stunning pages. The flashback part of the book is handled by Luca Pizzari and his art is…not as good. It’s not bad, it does the job, it’s perfectly fine…but we’ve come to expect more from Marvel’s Star wars line, and it suffers in comparison with Roberson’s work.

The story is also fine, it introduces the new character effectively, but I’m always sceptical of new characters in Star Wars comics when we already have such a huge wealth of characters in the Star Wars universe. Doctor Aphra is the rare exception that proves the rule that new characters created for Star Wars comics rarely work well. Unless they’re seven foot tall green rabbits, I guess…

So, in the summary, this comic is good, but it didn’t blow me away, and it’s not essential reading if you’re following the War Of The Bounty Hunters story. But I will be looking forward to Deva Lompop showing up in the High Republic.

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