Monday, December 28, 2015

Retro Dark Horse: Star Wars: Battle of the Bounty Hunters (12 Days of Boba Fett Covers)

Celebrating day four of the 12 days of Boba Fett covers!

Dark Horse Comics published a unique Star Wars comic in July 1996, a pop-up comic book!  This hardcover comic is only 12 pages and has a very simple story.  Boba Fett is taking the carbonite encased Han Solo to Jabba the Hutt.  Flying Slave I, he is attacked by IG-88 in the IG-2000 and Fett destroys the IG-2000.  Then on the surface of Tatooine, he encounters a Stormtrooper patrol and blasts them.  Just outside of Jabba's Palace, he is attacked by a Krayt Dragon and kills it.  Finally, he delivers Han Solo to Jabba and asks for a bonus for his efforts.

Star Wars: Battle of the Bounty Hunters - Dark Horse Comics, U.S. (July 1996)
Despite never mentioning it, Star Wars: Battle of the Bounty Hunters is a tie-in to the multimedia event, Shadows of the Empire.  The Kenner Shadows of the Empire Special comic that came in the Boba Fett versus IG-88 action figure 2-pack also features Boba Fett, but in that comic, Fett is forced to land on Gall by IG-88 where he runs into Bossk and Zuckuss.  The events in this pop-up comic take place after the story in that comic.

Star Wars: Battle of the Bounty Hunters - Dark Horse Comics, U.S. (July 1996)
This hardcover book was clearly over-published by Dark Horse back in 1996.  In fact, when the license reverted to Marvel in January 2015, more of these books were released to discount book stores almost 10 years after it was originally published.  The copy I am showing here was purchased at a Half Price Books store as a Christmas gift.  The store had ample copies for sale.

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