Star Wars (2020) #14 Review

by NumidianPrime on June 17, 2021

Writer: Charles Soule
Artist: Ramon Rosanas
Letterer: VC's Clayton Cowles
Publisher: Marvel

This week kicks off the main Star Wars run's involvement in the bombastic War of the Bounty Hunters crossover event. When Luke, Leia, and Lando recieve word that Han is being auctioned off to the highest bidder by Crimson Dawn, it's up to them to devise a plan that will get them into the auction and give them the opportunity to rescue their lost friend. 

I've been a little tentative about this event ever since it was announced but I'm happy to say that with each passing issue, my interest grows more. The involvement of Crimson Dawn and Han's past gives the event a much more important feel than I was expecting. There have also been a good number of cameos and interesting character crossovers throughout the event and this one gives us one of the best ones yet in a role that feels very fitting. It's definitely not an easy task to make dozens of issues from half a dozen different series and a large stable of writers all line up, but I'm fairly impressed with how they've done it so far. It's clever to have each month's tie-in revolve around the impact of the month's primary War of the Bounty Hunters issue, and each issue so far has more or less built on that base story in fun new ways. The biggest test of this event will come next month when these different series will overlap during the big auction. I can't imagine it'll be easy, but I'm looking forward to seeing how they handle it. 

I'm also pretty happy with how the comic's own central plot doesn't feel like it's stagnating in the middle of this months-long event. By the end of it, the run's stretch of tie-in issues will have lasted longer than any of its self-contained story arcs so far, so I do think it's important that the series not lose sight of its core plot or it'll risk feeling very disjointed and unsatisfying in hindsight. I was happy to see this issue has some payoffs to plot threads that were set up much earlier and I hope to see more of that in the coming months. I'm also glad to have Ramon Rosanas giving the series a consistent and solid tone in its art right now, so it doesn't feel as jarring reading through the arcs. 

The previous tie-in issue felt like it had a focus on Luke's arc while this one had one on Lando's, and both of them did a pretty good job of continuing the journies those characters had been on already. Lando is playing a dangerous game in this story and it's definitely going to come crashing down on him soon, so I'm really interested to see how that changes him and how he gets to the place that he's in at the time of Return of the Jedi. 

Overall, I'm very pleased with how this crossover is turning out and I think I'm more invested in the series than I was before the crossover started. There's going to be a lot of pressure on the rest of the story to measure up to what's come before and stick the landing, but I'm getting more and more confident that it will end up satisfying. 

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