Comic book review – Learn more about this famous armor in “Star Wars: War of the Bounty Hunters – Boushh”
The name “Boushh” has resonated in the anecdote-obsessed minds of Star Wars fans for some time. He is the famous bounty hunter from whom Princess Leia took the imposing armor she wears to infiltrate Jabba’s Palace in Return of the Jedi, but so far we haven’t seen too many stories featuring Boushh as the character himself.
Thanks to this year’s massive Marvel Comics crossover event Bounty Hunter War, we finally learn a little more about Boushh’s history and what exactly he and his Ubese cohorts were doing in the period following the events of The Empire Strikes Back.
Star Wars: The Bounty Hunter’s War – Boushh doesn’t take place far enough in the timeline to show precisely how Leia achieves this infamous armor (check out Lucasfilm’s fun animated web series Star Wars: Forces of Destiny to find out more until we – maybe? – let’s get to it in the comics). Instead, we see Boushh and his teammates – all exiles from planet Uba IV – working for the Black Sun crime syndicate and stalking targets for credits, much like the bounty hunters in Star Wars do. Then they are approached by Crimson Dawn (hence the link with Bounty Hunter War) to eliminate the Tagge family of capitalist aristocrats we spent time with in Marvel’s ongoing program Doctor Aphra Title. Cut to Tagge’s flagship, the Purchaser, where Domina Tagge prepares for a board meeting with her constantly bickering family members and tests her prototype lightsaber with the goal of replicating the Jedi weapon and selling the result – if successful – to the Empire. Naturally, Boushh and his henchmen eventually show up and attempt to take out the Tagges en masse, but Domina turns out to be much more resourceful and skilled than the hunters in Ubese had anticipated.
I found myself quite captivated by it Bouchh comedic, not only because he finally fleshed out a character who mostly only existed in the Star Wars outskirts before that, but also because he doesn’t find himself beholden to the scene-by-scene events of the Bounty Hunter War miniseries like so many other crossover issues. Writer Alyssa Wong (from Doctor Aphra glory) obviously knows how to write Domina Tagge, but she has also found a way to make Boushh himself quite interesting and unique, in that he is a bounty hunter with a heart who has obviously lost his child to a youngster. age and keep his compatriots close as a kind of surrogate family. There’s some terrific action here too, as well as a cameo appearance by Deva Lompop, who has so far appeared in all of the games. Bounty Hunter War one-shots. And the end of this issue seems to imply that we’ll see more of Boushh as he and his team begin their new working relationship with Domina, in a thread promised to continue in Wong’s pages. Doctor Aphra. Will we see Leia come face to face with the helmet that she will eventually don on Tatooine? I don’t think it really matters, but I wouldn’t be surprised.
Star Wars: The Bounty Hunter’s War – Boushh is available now wherever comics are sold.
Mike is the senior reporter for Laughing Place in Southern California, editorial director for Star Wars content and host of the weekly “Who’s the Bossk?” Star Wars Podcast. He has been fascinated by Disney theme parks and storytelling in general his entire life and resides in Burbank, California with his beloved wife and cats.