The latest War of the Bounty Hunters tie-in issue, Star Wars #14 is a perfectly competent piece of the puzzle that links The Empire Strikes Back to Return of the Jedi. Leia receives a tip from a trusted ally (a familiar face from the sequel trilogy) on Han’s whereabouts; the news of Crimson Dawn’s return – and their part in stealing the frozen smuggler from Boba Fett – seems to be spreading, so our band of heroes enlist Lando to assist them in getting their friend back. However, Lando has other business to attend to – which he is determined to keep Luke and Leia in the dark about.

As mentioned, it’s perfectly fine as a standalone issue and does a good job of showing us what the Rebels are up to while the Bounty Hunters fight amongst each other in their attempts to either retrieve Solo or kill Boba Fett. Away from that main action though, it does still feel a little inessential – especially Lando’s clandestine dealings, which must be a lot more interesting and relevant to longer term readers. Those of us just along for the crossover are left a little baffled and not particularly interested in his shady goings-on, however.

Still, at least it definitely feels like part of the main story – which is a lot more than can be said for many of the crossover issues thus far.

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