"There will be a substantial reward for the one who finds the Millennium Falcon. You are free to use any methods necessary, but I want them alive. No disintegrations."
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.
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, from old heroes like Wedge Antilles to new ones like Temmin Wexley, as they struggle against what remains of Palpatine's forces and try to save the galaxy from coming undone again.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.