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Bounty Hunters

    Ruthless determination. Blurred lines of loyalty. Unrelenting desire to profit. Not to mention the weapons, costumes, and jet packs! Everyone loves a good bounty hunter. When we first glimpsed Vader’s bridge of assorted villainous characters in The Empire Strikes Back, it was as if Lucas was signaling to us that the possibilities were endless when it came to the design and origin of the galaxy’s less scrupulous mercenaries.Since then, the Expanded Universe has run wild with telling tales of escapades of betrayal and high-stakes heists. The bounty hunters represent an exciting element of Star Wars—not Empire, Rebellion, Sith, or Jedi­—somewhere out on the fringes where credits are king.

     In this collection you’ll find stories of bounty hunters infamous and anonymous, the most notorious to some very niche characters recently added to the canon, spanning the timeline from Attack of the Clones to the Aftermath trilogy. Boba Fett gets considerable attention in publishing, especially considering the longevity of the development of his character post-Return of the Jedi in Legends continuity. His compatriots from Episode V make interesting appearances as well. Meet the sympathetic side of Dengar. Experience near-annihilation with IG-88. Chase down Han Solo with Zuckuss and 4-LOM. Bounty hunters from the Clone Wars era get some love as well—young Boba’s coalition makes a comeback in Dark Disciple, Embo teams up with Aftermath’s Jas Emari a time or two, and Aura Sing earns her notorious reputation before we hear of her demise in Solo. Whether you’re hoping to bask in Original Trilogy characters or go on an all-new adventure with a creatively crafted character (armed to the teeth, of course), one thing’s for sure: you’re in for a wild ride. Just remember—no disintegrations.

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Age Of Republic: Jango Fettamazon button
Single Issue Comic
Canon

Age Of Republic: Jango Fett

Jody Houser
23 BBY

Jango Fett has amassed a reputation as one of the most dangerous and formidable bounty hunters in the galaxy. Much to the surprise of his collegues and competitors, he’s now accomanied by his son, Boba. Will training a young bounty hunter be a liability or an asset?

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Adult Novel
Canon

Aftermath

Chuck Wendig
4 ABY

What many still don't know about the Empire is that it did not instantly crumble with the destruction of the second Death Star. For a long time, those who remained loyal to the Emperor held on, refusing to surrender and accept defeat. In the aftermath of the Battle of Endor, there is still a war to be won. And it's not just up to the high-profile heroes we know and love to get the job done.

Follow an unlikely team of rebel heroes as they struggle against what remains of Palpatine's forces and try to save the galaxy from coming undone again.

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Adult Novel
Canon

Dark Disciple

Christie Golden
19 BBY

Asajj Ventress did not deserve the pain she endured as a child, but she endured it all the same. While most know her as the relentless, hardened Sith apprentice who will stop at nothing to please her master, there’s a much less sinister side to her -- one that may even be capable of falling in love.

There were many stories originally meant to complete The Clone Wars that never got their chance to be told. But Ventress’s journey deserved a proper ending, and it got exactly that. In this story of love, loss, and triumph, watch as the villain you thought you knew transforms into a celebrated hero of the Republic.

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Single Issue Comic
Canon

Age Of Rebellion Special

various
0 BBY

This issue is a compilation of three separate stories about IG-88, Yoda, and X-Wing pilots Biggs and Porkins, written by Simon Spurrier, Marc Guggenheim, and Jon Adams, respectively.

IG-88’s story, “The Long Game,” is a rare chance to get a closer look at one of the iconic bounty hunters from The Empire Strikes Back. We see him in action like never before, but we also get a chance to learn what makes him tick. Art by Caspar Wijngaard.

Yoda takes the spotlight in “The Trial of Dagobah.” We check in with the Jedi Master after Order 66 has forced him into seclusion.

“Stolen Valor” focuses specifically on Red Squadron pilots Biggs Darklighter and Jek Porkins as they attempt to take a day off from fighting the Galactic Empire. Art by Andrea Broccardo.

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Graphic Novel
Canon

Adventures Volume #4: Smuggler's Blues

Cavan Scott
Various Eras

IDW's Star Wars Adventures continues its fantastic run with these Solo tie-in issues. Han and Chewie have to lie, charm, outrun, outsmart, and outshoot their way out of countless tight spots as they make their way through the galaxy. Bounty Hunters Zuckuss and 4-LOM even get their fifteen minutes of fame in these fast-paced, incredibly well-written stories for all ages.

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Tales of the Bounty Huntersamazon button
Adult Novel
Legends

Tales of the Bounty Hunters

Various Authors
3 ABY

Since their debut in Empire Strikes Back, bounty hunters have taken the Star Wars fandom by storm with costumes and figurines expressing their love for the popular space profession. If you fit in with those fans and your favorite characters include Boba Fett, Bossk, IG-88, or dare I say, Dengar, then you will find plenty of joy in this timeless classic.

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The Mandalorian Armoramazon button
Adult Novel
Legends

The Mandalorian Armor

K.W. Jeter
0 ABY / 4 ABY

In a sprawlingly complex and thrilling tale of betrayal and blurred lines of loyalty, the Bounty Hunter Wars trilogy is the deep dive into the characters of the bounty hunters The Empire Strikes Back left us hungry for. Simultaneously taking place prior to Episode V and post-Return of the Jedi, Boba Fett is the pivotal player in the dissolution of the infamous guild of bounty hunters. Shadows of the Empire’s villain and head of the Black Sun organization, Prince Xizor, hires spider-like guild leader Kud’ar Mub’at to cull the guild and leave only the best surviving. The fallout of the clan’s destruction has long-term consequences, as various clan members position for power after Fett falls into the Sarlaac pit. But Legends Fett lives to fight another day. He uncovers a conspiracy involving the Rebel Alliance, the Kuat shipyards, and even the Skywalkers themselves…

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Adult Novel
Legends

Slave Ship

K.W. Jeter
0 ABY / 4 ABY

Boba Fett lives. His enemies would be less than thrilled to find this out. So he fakes his death by abandoning Slave I and stealing Bossk’s ship, The Hound’s Tooth. Bossk leads the opposing faction of the bounty hunter’s guild against Fett in a survival-of-the-fittest race to capture the incredibly lucrative bounty on a high-ranking traitorous stormtrooper. All the while, Prince Xizor manipulates the factions from the shadows…

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Adult Novel
Legends

Hard Merchandise

K.W. Jeter
0 ABY / 4 ABY

Boba Fett is the most notorious bounty hunter in the galaxy. In it for the payout, he’s out for himself and himself alone. This tends to make a lot of enemies from the envious in the bounty hunter ranks. Caught in a web of loyalties and scheming, Fett seeks to stay one step ahead of Bossk and his cronies as well as the well-laid plans of Prince Xizor. Meanwhile, what is the truth behind the missing memories of Fett’s companion, Neelah? The Imperial starship factories on Kuat are at stake, as well as Fett’s life itself–again!

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Adult Novel
Legends

Tales from Jabba's Palace

Various Authors
4 ABY

From the infamous Boba Fett to the pitiful Malakili, Tales from Jabba's Palace has a story for everyone. The "Tales from..." collections are classic Legends adventures, taking the reader on a roller coaster of emotions as the short stories range from wacky to thrilling to bizarre! Tales from Jabba's Palace is no exception, featuring an incredible cast of Legends authors.

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Graphic Novel
Legends

Dark Empire

Tom Veitch
10 ABY

One of the early entries into the Star Wars mythos from the notorious Dark Horse Comics, Dark Empire is a truly epic Star Wars story. Written by Tom Veitch and illustrated by Cam Kennedy in a very surreal and gritty style, this is divisive material among Star Wars fans! Written synonymously with Heir to the Empire, Dark Empire goes a very different direction. It's got all the Legends goodness you can imagine and more: superweapons, unique starfighters, Dark Side Luke Skywalker, Leia wielding a lightsaber, the return of Boba Fett, ancient Jedi lore, even a resurrected Emperor Palpatine!

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The Bounty Hunters: Aurra Singamazon button
Single Issue Comic
Legends

The Bounty Hunters: Aurra Sing

Timothy Truman
27 BBY

Armed with her cunning, ruthlessness, blaster, Force-sensitivity, and a lightsaber, Aurra Sing is a bounty hunter with a particular preference in prey–Jedi!

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Adult Novel
Legends

Shadows of the Empire

Steve Perry
3.5 ABY

The Empire Strikes Back was a big hit, as was Return of the Jedi. But many fans wondered what our heroes were up to in preparation for Han’s rescue at Jabba’s palace. Shadows of the Empire fills the blanks in between the two films and gained enough popularity to be released in various media like comic adaptations, video games, and action figures.

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Graphic Novel
Legends

Blood Ties Volume 1: Jango & Boba Fett

Tom Taylor
22 BBY & 2 BBY

Dive deep into the psyche of the most notorious bounty hunter in the galaxy on this thrilling and yet personal adventure. We get a rare glimpse at what makes Jango Fett tick and at how his clone connections relate to his moral compass. In the decades after losing his father, how does Boba's view of his father and his clone origins affect being the best bounty hunter in the galaxy?

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Graphic Novel
Legends

Zam Wesell

Ron Mars
27 BBY

Being a bounty hunter is all about one thing: getting the job done in order to get a paycheck. But Zam Wessell and Jango Fett come face to face with the ugly consequences of always working in the morally grey area. For once, the bounty hunters might just be the heroes the galaxy needs.

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Graphic Novel
Canon

Darth Maul

Cullen Bunn
32 BBY

Prior to the Phantom Menace, Darth Maul grows restless of waiting in the wings for his Master’s plan to come to fruition. He fills his time by establishing himself against the forces of Coruscant’s criminal underworld, but it isn’t enough. One thing and one thing only can satisfy his need to prove himself—eliminating Jedi. But for a student of the Dark Side, will Maul ever truly be satisfied?

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