Have you ever been to a party that just seems to drag endlessly on, with no end in sight? That’s what Star Wars mega-crossover War of the Bounty Hunters feels like right now, with the events of who-knows-how-many issues having been focused around a Crimson Dawn auction, with the winning bidder laying claim to the frozen-in-carbonite Han Solo, who was stolen from the clutches of Boba Fett.

Having won the bid, Jabba attempts to claim his prize when the Dark Lord of the Sith himself, Darth Vader, strolls in and declares Solo to be the property of the Empire. The issue then sets up what amounts to a pissing contest between Jabba and Vader, with a few Rebel faces and Boba Fett on the sidelines – and the best scene of the issue with Qi’ra boldly taking on Vader herself in combat. Though there’s a cliffhanger ending, it fails to elicit any excitement or tension, because we know where all the pieces have to be by the start of Return of the Jedi. We know that the Rebels will be fine. We know Fett won’t lose. We know Jabba ends up with Solo and we know that Solo himself isn’t in any danger at this point.

Though the War of the Bounty Hunters event was hugely hyped and even the title promises an exciting battle for possession of the Rebel hero, the only exciting development to have emerged is the placement of Solo: A Star Wars Story’s Qi’ra into the middle of the saga’s most popular period of continuity. Other than that, we’ve spent a whole lot of time seeing a single gathering from near enough every possible viewpoint, no matter how minor or irrelevant, with it largely having the same effect as being stuck talking to a boring friend of a friend at a party. Though the crossover started with a lot of promise, it’s being transparently dragged out to an interminable length – and it’s going to have to do some serious work to justify the length of the rest of the crossover.

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