Star Wars: War of the Bounty Hunters Checklist and Reading Order

Alright everybody, War of the Bounty Hunters is starting in May 2021! May 5, the day after “Star Wars Day” to be exact (May the Fourth Be With You!).

We’re rounding up all issues that are included in this massive Star Wars comics event and crossover and listing them here for you all to keep track of! Seeing as Charles Soule, maestro of War of the Bounty Hunters, recently said that release order is the best Star Wars War of the Bounty Hunters reading order, this will serve as a reading order for the event as well!

We’ll also be keeping track of first appearances and key issues and events as we go along! We’ll be logging these on our sister site: WookyWiki.com!

A note about store variants: Over the past few days this week (the week of 4/12/2021) there have been a lot of comic book shops revealing new store variants for War of the Bounty Hunters Alpha. Just about all of them to date have been a variant featuring an old favorite bounty hunter and War of the Bounty Hunters pro/antagonist, Boba Fett. Please keep in mind that Marvel’s minimum print run for a store’s first exclusive is 3,000 copies. The second exclusive that store orders is a minimum order of 1,000 copies. Usually this breaks down with a “trade” with the event, publisher, and other “trade dress” over the art at 3,000 copies, and a “virgin” without the trade dress obscuring the art at 1,000 copies.

These store exclusives are sold at a premium between $15-70++. It is almost impossible to tell which will be the most sought after and which one you could potentially “flip” later for a return on your purchase. So, to maximize your happiness, please just buy what you like and don’t spend more than you can afford to get that book. The contents will be the same as the $3.99-$4.99 Cover A which is a beautiful McNiven homage to Platt. If you’re a Boba Fett collector and completist, I’m praying for you and may God have mercy on your wallet.

Collected Editions:

  • Star Wars: War of the Bounty Hunters (COLLECTING: Star Wars: War of the Bounty Hunters Alpha (2021) 1, Star Wars: War of the Bounty Hunters (2021) 1-5)
  • Star Wars: War of the Bounty Hunters Companion (COLLECTING: Star Wars: War of the Bounty Hunters – Jabba the Hutt (2021) 1, Star Wars: War of the Bounty Hunters – 4-Lom & Zuckuss (2021) 1, Star Wars: War of the Bounty Hunters – Boushh (2021) 1, Star Wars: War of the Bounty Hunters – IG-88 (2021) 1)

May 5, 2021

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May 12, 2021

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May 19, 2021

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May 26, 2021

Doctor Aphra #10:

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Darth Vader #12

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June 2, 2021

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June 9, 2021

Bounty Hunters #13

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June 16, 2021

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June 23, 2021

Darth Vader #13

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June 30, 2021

July 7, 2021

Star Wars Bounty Hunters #14:

STAR WARS: BOUNTY HUNTERS #14
ETHAN SACKS (W) • PAOLO VILLANELLI (A)
COVER by GIUSEPPE CAMUNCOLI
“THE FOLLOWING”
• Hunted by the mysterious assassin DEATHSTICK, a wounded VALANCE and his reluctant partner DENGAR are running out of options!
• T’ONGA is outgunned and outnumbered… but she does have one last surprise up her sleeve!
• And the shadowy force behind all of the danger makes its move!

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July 14, 2021

STAR WARS: WAR OF THE BOUNTY HUNTERS #2 :

STAR WARS: WAR OF THE BOUNTY HUNTERS #2 (OF 5)
CHARLES SOULE (W) • LUKE ROSS (A)
Cover by STEVE McNIVEN
THE BIGGEST COMC EVENT OF THE STAR WARS GALAXY CONTINUES!
• Notorious bounty hunter BOBA FETT has tracked his missing prize — heroic smuggler HAN SOLO, frozen in carbonite — to the remote, frozen world of JEKARA.
• But representatives from many of the galaxy’s most powerful factions have gathered, and they all want the same thing — Solo.
• Things go from bad to worse, as Boba Fett realizes that he himself has become almost as valuable to the galaxy’s hunters as Han Solo, and he must turn to the least trustworthy person in the galaxy for help…DOCTOR APHRA…

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STAR WARS: DOCTOR APHRA#12 :

STAR WARS: DOCTOR APHRA #12
ALYSSA WONG (W) • MINKYU JUNG (A)
COVER BY SARA PICHELLI
“PARTY TRICKS”
• A MYSTERIOUS INVITATION leads DOCTOR APHRA and SANA STARROS to an exclusive party… teeming with scum and villainy!
• Will Aphra and Sana be able to survive the underworld social event of the century?
• Or will their cover be blown by A FAMILIAR FACE with an agenda of their own?

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July 21, 2021

STAR WARS: DARTH VADER#14:

STAR WARS: DARTH VADER #14
GREG PAK (W) • RAFFAELE IENCO (A)
Cover by AARON KUDER
“THE BLADE BEHIND THE CURTAIN”
• For decades, no figure has stood as close to the EMPEROR with so much mystery surrounding her.
• Who is the UMBARAN? What is her role within the EMPIRE and in the WAR OF THE BOUNTY HUNTERS? And what happens when she emerges from the darkness to challenge Darth Vader himself?
• Featuring an unprecedented look at the inner workings of the Emperor’s inner circle — and the return of IG-88!

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Star Wars War Bounty Hunters Jabba Hutt #1:

Justina Ireland , Luca Pizarri , Mahmud Asrar

JABBA NEVER FORGIVES! JABBA NEVER FORGETS! JABBA THE HUTT is one of the most powerful and ruthless gangsters in the galaxy-and BOBA FETT, his most trusted bounty hunter, has failed him. How will Jabba deal with betrayal? VIOLENTLY. And what does this have to do with a bounty hunter with ties to the HIGH REPUBLIC? Justina Ireland and Luca Pizzari’s hutt-sized spectacular is the first of four action-packed ‘War of the Bounty Hunters’ tie-ins about the criminal underworld’s most notorious hunters and scoundrels, all told by the best Star Wars writers and illustrators in the galaxy. Rated T

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July 28, 2021

STAR WARS #15:

STAR WARS #15
CHARLES SOULE (W) • RAMON ROSANAS (A)
Cover by CARLO PAGULAYAN
“FRIENDS AND ENEMIES”
• LUKE SKYWALKER embarks upon an epic mission with WEDGE ANTILLES and the brave pilots of STARLIGHT SQUADRON to rescue a lost division of the REBEL FLEET.
• LEIA ORGANA, CHEWBACCA and LANDO CALRISSIAN attempt to save HAN SOLO from the evil clutches of BOBA FETT.
• But what hidden vision will the Force send to Luke about the troubles to come?

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August 4, 2021

Star Wars War Bounty Hunters 4-Lom Zuckuss #1

DANIEL JOSE OLDER (W) • KEI ZAMA (A) • Cover by Mahmud Asrar
Variant COVER by KEI ZAMA
Variant COVER by SUPERLOG
WANTED POSTER VARIANT BY DAVID NAKAYAMA

ZUCKUSS BATTLES 4-LOM! WAR OF THE BOUNTY HUNTERS TIE-IN!

Together, lethal droid 4-LOM and Gand Findsman Zuckuss make an unparalleled bounty hunting team. Yet a brutal battle with Boba Fett has divided them. Lost and alone on the crime-infested streets of Nar Shaddaa, Zuckuss faces down an utterly transformed 4-LOM…but why is his old friend out for blood? The answer may lie in the past, from an early mission that helped forge their formidable partnership. Daniel José Older and Kei Zama’s one-shot is the second of four action-packed “War of the Bounty Hunters” tie-ins about the criminal underworld’s most notorious hunters and scoundrels, all told by the best STAR WARS writers and illustrators in the galaxy.

STAR WARS: BOUNTY HUNTERS #15

Written by ETHAN SACKS
Penciled by PAOLO VILLANELLI
Cover by GIUSEPPE CAMUNCOLI
Wanted Poster Variant by DAVID NAKAYAMA
Lucasfilm 50th Anniversary Variant by CHRIS SPROUSE

WAR OF THE BOUNTY HUNTERS: “THE GATHERING”

  • VALANCE and DENGAR travel to CANTO BIGHT as a relentless assassin stalks them!
  • T’ONGA starts to recruit a bounty hunter crew with some familiar — and fearsome — faces!
  • Plus TASU LEECH returns! But whose side is he on?

August 11, 2021

STAR WARS: WAR OF THE BOUNTY HUNTERS #3 (OF 5)

Charles Soule (W) • LUKE ROSS (A) • Cover by STEVE MCNIVEN
Variant Cover by DECLAN SHALVEY
Wanted Poster Variant Cover by DAVID NAKAYAMA
Trading Card Variant Cover by JOHN CASSADAY
Action Figure Variant Cover by JOHN  TYLER CHRISTOPHER

WINNER TAKES ALL!

  • Terrifying, implacable Dark Lord of the Sith DARTH VADER has laid claim to HAN SOLO, who is frozen in carbonite.
  • But the great, exalted JABBA THE HUTT also believes that Solo is his property. It’s the galaxy’s baddest gangster versus the Empire’s most powerful enforcer, and neither is backing down.
  • BOBA FETT is caught between a Sith and a Hutt…and it’s WINNER TAKE ALL.

August 18, 2021

Star Wars #16

CHARLES SOULE (W) • RAMON ROSANAS (A)
Cover by CARLO PAGULAYAN
Wanted Poster Variant Cover by DAVID NAKAYAMA
Lucasfilm 50th Anniversary Variant Cover by CHRIS SPROUSE
Variant Cover by JAN DUURSEMA

CHARLES SOULE (W) • RAMON ROSANAS (A)
Cover by CARLO PAGULAYAN
Wanted Poster Variant Cover by DAVID NAKAYAMA
Lucasfilm 50th Anniversary Variant Cover by CHRIS SPROUSE
Variant Cover by JAN DUURSEMA

“MISSING IN ACTION”

  • LEIA ORGANA, CHEWBACCA and LANDO CALRISSIAN battle BOBA FETT for the ultimate prize — HAN SOLO!
  • But they are not the only people who have come to the remote world of JEKARA seeking the smuggler. DARTH VADER, JABBA THE HUTT and more are in the mix as well… Jedi LUKE SKYWALKER may be the Rebels’ only hope…
  • …but WHERE is he?

August 25, 2021

STAR WARS: DARTH VADER #15

GREG PAK (W) • RAFFAELE IENCO (A) • Cover by AARON KUDER
Wanted Poster Variant Cover by DAVID NAKAYAMA
Lucasfilm 50th Anniversary Variant Cover by CHRIS SPROUSE

“THE ASSASSIN’S CHOICE”

  • Mere months ago, OCHI OF BESTOON was the assassin who dared to take on DARTH VADER himself in the fiery lava pits of MUSTAFAR.
  • Now Ochi serves Vader as his most loyal agent during the WAR OF THE BOUNTY HUNTERS. Who is Ochi of Bestoon? What are his true goals? And how have the secrets of EXEGOL shaped him forever?
  • Also featuring the next great reveal about BOKKU and the Hutt Council!

STAR WARS: DOCTOR APHRA #13

ALYSSA WONG (W) • MINKYU JUNG (A)
COVER BY SARA PICHELLI
Wanted Poster Variant Cover by DAVID NAKAYAMA
Lucasfilm 50th Anniversary Variant Cover by CHRIS SPROUSE

“GUEST OF HONOR”

  • DOCTOR APHRA finds herself face-to-face with the one person she hoped she’d never see again!
  • For once, she might not be able to talk her way out…
  • Meanwhile, JUST LUCKY and ARIOLE confront a familiar presence of their own!

September 1, 2021

Doctor Aphra #14

(W) Alyssa Wong; (A) Minky Jung; (CA) Sara Pichelli

“REPEAT OFFENDERS”
•  DOCTOR APHRA and SANA STARROS are imprisoned by a POWERFUL ENEMY!
•  If they want to escape, they’ll have to work together with former foes JUST LUCKY and ARIOLE…
•  And venture deeper into the heart of a CRIMSON DAWN FLAGSHIP!

FORMAT Comic

PAGE COUNT 28 pages

COVER PRICE $3.99

DISTRIBUTOR SKU JUL210750

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September 8, 2021

STAR WARS: WAR OF THE BOUNTY HUNTERS #4 (OF 5)

CHARLES SOULE (W) • LUKE ROSS (A) • Cover by STEVE MCNIVEN

THE WAR CONTINUES!

The true machinations of the theft of HAN SOLO from BOBA FETT become clear, as one-time love of Solo QI’RA has returned her terrifying criminal organization, CRIMSON DAWN, to the galaxy. Qi’ra used Han to bring the most powerful players in the galaxy together, and now the pieces are moving toward their endgame. DARTH VADER, LUKE SKYWALKER, LEIA ORGANA, VALANCE, APHRA, THE HUTTS – all are vying for the ultimate prize, while Boba Fett’s stuck in the middle, a simple man just trying to get what’s his!

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September 15, 2021

STAR WARS: WAR OF THE BOUNTY HUNTERS – BOUSHH #1

ALYSSA WONG (W) • DAVID BALDEÓN (A) • Cover by MAHMUD ASRAR

THE SECRET ORIGIN OF BOUSHH! A “WAR OF THE BOUNTY HUNTERS” TIE-IN!

Before PRINCESS LEIA acquired his armor to infiltrate Jabba the Hutt’s palace, BOUSHH roamed the galaxy as a bounty hunter. He and his team of lethal warriors were exiled from their homeworld; but what horrible event from Boushh’s past doomed them all to wander with no hope of ever returning? Desperate to survive, Boushh takes a suspicious job from a shadowy organization to assassinate DOMINA TAGGE, the leader of the powerful Tagge Family – a galactic dynasty stretching back countless generations. But Domina is the most dangerous enemy Boushh has ever faced, and the desperate exile has the most difficult choice of his life to make! ALYSSA WONG and David Baldeón’s one-shot is the third of four action-packed “War of the Bounty Hunters” tie-ins about the criminal underworld’s most notorious hunters and scoundrels, all told by the best STAR WARS writers and illustrators in the galaxy.

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STAR WARS: DARTH VADER #16

GREG PAK (W) • RAFFAELE IENCO (A) • Cover by AARON KUDER

“TARGET SKYWALKER”

  • All of DARTH VADER’S careful scheming and brutal power moves to claim HAN SOLO’S frozen body have one ultimate end goal: LUKE SKYWALKER, the only person who could challenge Vader’s primacy at the Emperor’s side.
  • Now everything comes to a head as father closes in on son and Luke finally grasps a shocking truth…
  • …one that will shape his destiny FOREVER!

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September 22, 2021

STAR WARS: BOUNTY HUNTERS #16

ETHAN SACKS (W) • PAOLO VILLANELLI (A)
COVER BY GIUSEPPE CAMUNCOLI

“SHADOW SOLDIERS”

VALANCE and DENGAR make a last stand against DEATHSTICK!T’ONGA seeks help from a LEGENDARY BOUNTY HUNTER!The bounty hunters converge on a high-stakes auction as CRIMSON DAWN’S plans come into focus!

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September 29, 2021

STAR WARS #17

CHARLES SOULE (W) • RAMON ROSANAS (A)
Cover by CARLO PAGULAYAN

SITH LORD DARTH VADER has discovered that his son, Jedi Knight LUKE SKYWALKER, is finally within striking distance.He will pursue him to the very ends of space…Who is hunting whom?Meanwhile, LEIA ORGANA battles the forces of CRIMSON DAWN to regain her lost love, HAN SOLO.

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October 2021

STAR WARS: WAR OF THE BOUNTY HUNTERS #5 (OF 5)

CHARLES SOULE (W) • LUKE ROSS (A) • Cover by STEVE MCNIVEN
Variant Cover by by CARLO PAGULAYAN
Action Figure Variant Cover by JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER
Bounty Hunter Handbook Variant Cover by RON FRENZ
Trading Card Variant Cover by JOHN CASSADAY
Carbonite Variant Cover by STEVE McNIVEN
Boba Always Gets His Bounty Variant Cover by Steve McNiven

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THE ULTIMATE FINALE! THE BIGGEST EVENT OF THE YEAR

CHANGES THE FACE OF THE GALAXY!

  • Everything and everyone in the galaxy is against bounty hunter BOBA FETT, from Sith Lords to Hutt rulers to the mysterious CRIMSON DAWN.
  • He can’t succeed. There’s no way he can regain HAN SOLO, escape the bounties on his head, and survive to get his prize to JABBA THE HUTT and get paid. But HAN SOLO belongs to him, and no one will take him away.
  • With a shocker of an ending that sets up a revolutionary new status quo for STAR WARS COMICS!

STAR WARS: WAR OF THE BOUNTY HUNTERS – IG-88 #1

RODNEY BARNES (W) • GUIU VILANOVA (A) • Cover by Mahmud Asrar
Variant Cover by by CASPAR WIJNGAARD
Variant Cover by RAY-ANTHONY HEIGHT
Bounty Hunter Handbook Variant Cover RON FRENZ
Carbonite Variant Cover by MAHMUD ASRAR

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NO ONE CAN DEFEAT IG-88! WAR OF THE BOUNTY HUNTERS TIE-IN!

IG-88 is an advanced assassin droid designed for death, destruction, and mayhem. Its weapons systems are unparalleled, its design flawless. Yet the galaxy’s most sinister droid bounty hunter can still fail. What motivates IG-88’s resurrection time and time again? Is it programming or something…more? And can IG-88 find a strategy to overcome its old foe, Boba Fett?! Rodney Barnes’ and Guiu Vilanova’s one-shot is the fourth of four action-packed “War of the Bounty Hunters” tie-ins about the criminal underworld’s most notorious hunters and scoundrels, all told by the best STAR WARS writers and illustrators in the galaxy.

STAR WARS #18

CHARLES SOULE (W) • RAMON ROSANAS (A) • Cover by CARLO PAGULAYAN
Variant Cover by LEINIL FRANCIS YU
Bounty Hunter Handbook Variant Cover by RON FRENZ
Lucasfilm 50th Anniversary Variant Cover by CHRIS SPROUSE
Carbonite Variant Cover by CARLO PAGULAYAN
Action Figure Variant Cover by John Tyler Christopher

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“COLLISION COURSE”

  • Reeling from the events on JEKARA and forced to confront the reality of her own choices and losses, LEIA ORGANA meets QI’RA to discuss the person they both have in common – heroic smuggler HAN SOLO!
  • How has he influenced their lives to that point?
  • And how will it change their fate moving forward?

STAR WARS: DOCTOR APHRA #15

ALYSSA WONG (W) • MINKYU JUNG (A) • Cover by SARA PICHELLI
Bounty Hunter Handbook Variant Cover by RON FRENZ
Lucasfilm 50th Anniversary Variant Cover by CHRIS SPROUSE
Carbonite Variant Cover by SARA PICHELLI

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“PARTY FAVORS”

  • CRIMSON DAWN is back, and DOCTOR APHRA is trapped aboard their ship!
  • What treasures lie aboard the VERMILLION?
  • And what price will Aphra have to pay to obtain them?

STAR WARS: BOUNTY HUNTERS #17

ETHAN SACKS (W) • PAOLO VILLANELLI (A) • Cover by GIUSEPPE CAMUNCOLI
Bounty Hunter Handbook Variant Cover by RON FRENZ
Lucasfilm 50th Anniversary Variant Cover by CHRIS SPROUSE
Carbonite Variant Cover by GIUSEPPE CAMUNCOLI

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“LAST STAND”

  • Severely wounded, VALANCE must make a desperate escape attempt from an Imperial Star Destroyer.
  • Will T’ONGA and her crew reach him in time?
  • Plus: A shocking twist that will leave the survivors’ lives forever altered!

STAR WARS: DARTH VADER #17

GREG PAK (W) • RAFFAELE IENCO (A) • Cover by AARON KUDER
Bounty Hunter Handbook Variant Cover by RON FRENZ
Lucasfilm 50th Anniversary Variant Cover by CHRIS SPROUSE
Carbonite Variant Cover by AARON KUDER

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“JUST REWARDS”

  • Throughout the search for HAN SOLO, DARTH VADER has carved his way through shadows, unraveling mysteries cloaked in deceptions and betrayal.
  • Now Vader finally takes care of all his business in this blockbuster conclusion to the WAR OF THE BOUNTY HUNTERS story arc.
  • But is he the true master of betrayal in this tale? Or is there another?

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