Who’d have thought we’d have a melancholy monologue about mortality occurring in a Star Wars comic about a minor – yet well known – character who was killed off early in the War of the Bounty Hunters crossover?

Yet here we are. Despite his speedy demise, you just can’t keep a famous bounty hunting droid down – but who’s going to put him back together? And for what purpose? What’s next for the electronic Bounty Hunter?

Though all of those questions and more are answered, this issue can’t help but feel a bit redundant. Its only purpose seems to be to reverse one of the few important shocks from the War of the Bounty Hunters crossover, rendering the scene, the death and even the crossover itself even more superfluous than it already felt. It’s competently written and drawn, with a few neat narrative surprises along the way – halfway through the issue is a moment you just won’t see coming, which is really well done – but overall there’s little tension, which is a problem that plagued the crossover from the beginning. It’s something I often complained about in my War of the Bounty Hunters reviews, but we know where everyone is going to end up by the beginning of Return of the Jedi, so it stands to reason that Boba Fett will retrieve Han Solo and deliver him to Jabba, no matter who or what gets their grubby mitts on him leading up to the third film in the saga.

It’s an odd one too use as a sort of partial epilogue to the series then, especially as we’ve pretty much seen everything play out already, not just in Return of the Jedi, but also on the comic page. Clearly scheduling issues messed around with publication dates, which doesn’t bode well for the next Star Wars crossover that’s waiting in the wings. It’s good to see the ruthless IG-88 back, but why bother killing him off in the first place, only to resurrect him within the very same crossover just a few months down the line?

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