Welcome back to another new comic book day, EveryWookiee!! I’ve scoured today’s news releases and below are the first appearances, cameos and key events from this weeks Marvel Star Wars comic releases, War of the Bounty Hunters 4-LOM & Zuckuss #1 and Bounty Hunters #15!
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War of the Bounty Hunters 4-LOM & Zuckuss #1
When we last left Zuckuss during the War of the Bounty Hunters, he’d been thrown off a landing platform by Boba Fett! 4-LOM had a similar fate, except Boba Fett removed his head and took it to Tatooine…then threw it off a cliff.
We meet a desert-dwelling fellow named Sardis Ramsin. As we all know, Tatooine is lousy with scavengers, the Jawas. So, 4-LOM’s head wasn’t going to remain abandoned for long. Sardis Ramsin is one of the sandtroopers dispatched to Tattooine to find the droids R2-D2 and C-3PO. However, he became disillusioned with his duties and abandoned the Stormtrooper Corps to ride Dewbacks in the desert. Sardis Ramsin has been in a couple novels and short stories up until this point (“A Bad Feeling About This” in The Original Trilogy Stories, Last Shot, “Born in the Storm” and “Bump” in From a Certain Point of View) This, however, is Ramsin’s first comic book appearance.
Next, Zuckuss stumbles his way into a cantina where he meets up with a small monkey-like alien named Trot. This is Trot’s first comic appearance and he has an affinity for tearing peoples’ arms off.
Trot is part of a neighborhood gang including Mareesee (first appearance), Kaj (first appearance), and Hormf (a Beskalisk who makes his first appearance here).
Soon, a refurbished 4-LOM on massive spider legs attacks Zuckuss, having been re-programmed. But, by who!? Of course, this is 4-LOM’s first appearance as a beefed up Spider-droid. These things sometimes become big deals to us comic collectors.
Zuckuss reminisces about one of the first jobs he took with 4-LOM. We were promised that Deva Lompop (first appearance in WOBH Jabba the Hutt #1, first cover on WOBH Jabba the Hutt #1 Chang Variant and Ceollo variant) would pop up in each of these War of the Bounty Hunter one-shots and she has a one page appearance here! That would make this here second comic appearance if that ever became relevant to collectors.
The two bounty hunters are taking on a job to eliminate Doctor Cribiriz Idollax (first comic appearance). They are seemingly successful.
However, it turns out it was a case of mistaken bug-man identity. That was Cribiriz’ brother Sribiriz (first appearance) an Cribiriz wants revenge! Yeah, this is getting confusing even for Star Wars.
In the end, no, Zuckuss is not successful in re-programming 4-LOM and getting him back into the fold of his duo. Which leads us to our next comic!
Bounty Hunters #15
First, we meet a Zabrak named Rodrigu Battle, a giant pit-fighter with a knife for an arm! This is Rodrigu Battle’s first appearance.
Who is Rodrigu Battle fighting? Tasu Leech! Sound familair? It should, he showed up in the Force Awakens.
Tasu Leech made his first comic appearance in Star Wars the Force Awakens Adaptation #2. He then makes another sequel-era appearance in Poe Dameron 9, and then appears during this original trilogy era in Bounty Hunters #8. So, no first appearance here, but fun that they are fleshing this character out. Also, as an aside, did you know that Bounty Hunters #8 is the first mention of Mandalorian and Bad Batch star character Fennec Shand? It’s true!
Losha and T’Onga are putting together a crew and invite Tasu. They need a fourth, though. That’s where Zuckuss comes in! Sulking over his lost partner, 4-LOM, on a Gand sanctuary world. We get treated to the sight of a maskless sauna Zuckuss!
There you have it! Until next week, EveryWookiee!