Starting in the spring of 2021, Star Wars and Marvel will tell a crossover comic event starring the enigmatic, intimidating Boba Fett. The War of the Bounty Hunters will follow Boba Fett’s journey to deliver Han Solo to Jabba the Hutt. But, since his trip to the palace isn’t a direct route, it fills in the time between The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi.
The crossover event runs from May to October 2021. It starts with War of the Bounty Hunters Alpha #1 by Soule and artist Steve McNiven, which will be in comic shops on May 5. It will extend into Marvel’s other comics set after Empire, including Star Wars, Bounty Hunters, Darth Vader, and Doctor Aphra. The main War of the Bounty Hunters five-issue miniseries by Soule and Luke Ross will be the central thread that links the story. It will be available in June.
“The main story that we’re dealing with is a Boba Fett-focused crime epic, that involves Boba Fett going up against some of the heaviest hitters in the galaxy. It’s Jabba the Hutt. It’s Black Sun. It’s Darth Vader. And a bunch of others – factions and so on – that I think will be really interesting for the fans,” Soule said in the announcement via StarWars.com. “It’s basically Boba Fett, by himself, against all of these people.”
According to Soule, Boba Fett is no longer in possession of Han Solo when the comic begins. Because of this obvious problem, he sets out on a mission to recover the carbonite encased smuggler, doing whatever he must, no matter who he must go through.
War of the Bounty Hunters will be Marvel’s largest Star Wars story to date. Soule designed the initial concept then collaborated with Marvel’s Star Wars comic creators, including writers Greg Pak (Darth Vader), Alyssa Wong (Doctor Aphra), and Ethan Sacks (Bounty Hunters) to develop the crossover.