Synopsis: ‘Prelude Target Solo’ sees VALANCE and his reluctant partner DENGAR race to intercept BOBA FETT and his precious cargo. Who are the deadly pursuers that are after them? A dark secret from Valance’s past connection to HAN SOLO may get him killed all these years later. But who is the mysterious leader of an assassination squad that is driving Valance into a life-and-death confrontation with his old friend?
Picking up from the last issue. Valance and Dengar have come to an agreement and are working together to find Boba Fett. However, the peace doesn’t last too long when 4-LOM and Zuckuss show up looking to get the bounty that is on Valance’s head. During the flashback sequence, we learn about an incident, which destroyed Valance’s friendship with Han Solo.
In order to save them from Zuckuss and 4-LOM Dengar gives them some intelligence on the whereabouts of Boba Fett who is a wanted man.
Paolo Villanelli produces some wonderful pages for this issue. I particularly enjoyed the panels in which Valance looks to pilot his ship into an asteroid field. This sequence reminded me somewhat of what Han Solo did in Empire Strikes Back. Only in this instance, there were several space creatures amongst the asteroid.
I also enjoyed the Flashback panels of Valance’s final encounter with Han Solo. The shootout that ensues is well drawn. But it is the tension that Villanelli and writer Ethan Sacks manage to create in the build-up to revealing Han Solo that worked really well.
‘Prelude Target Solo’ is another great issue, which is part of the forthcoming ‘WAR OF THE BOUNTY HUNTERS’ series, which will run across all of Marvel’s Star Wars titles. Ethan Sacks does a great job of the dialogue between Dengar and Valance as they bicker.
Overall. A fantastic issue that sets things up brilliantly for the crossover series.