Valance and Dengar are racing to the Crimson Dawn auction, in an attempt to rescue Valance’s friend, Han Solo, from his current fate as an in-demand objet d’art.
A bit of overlap with the last issue of War of the Bounty Hunters aside, this chapter at least feels like a proper side story and not just a scene of the main series, told from a slightly different viewpoint. There’s more going on than the synopsis above implies too, with female bounty hunters T’onga and Losha encountering Bossk, who was incapacitated, left to die and seemingly forgotten several issues ago.
It’s not the most entertaining or essential chapter, but at least it feels like it’s trying – and by the end, there’s quite a bit that’s been set up to bring us to the end of the crossover.
One thing I have to point out is that the ever-changing reading order checklist has become largely nonsense by this point, seeming to have shuffled not so the story makes more sense, but to accommodate publishing delays. Indeed, so confusing and unwieldy has the crossover become that even the creators are confused about what’s going on; the cover tease for the next issue marks it as #16, when it’s actually #17. A baffling and easily spotted mistake, that perhaps shows that the War of the Bounty Hunters crossover has become too ambitious – and unnecessarily sprawling – for its own good.
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