Synopsis: As Crimson Reign has ignited the underworld in all-out war, T’ONGA’s team of bounty hunters – including BOSSK, ZUCKUSS and TASU LEECH – are running out of time to save the one young girl who can stop the conflict between syndicates! A mysterious bounty hunter is out to assassinate a high-ranking Imperial officer in a daring hit on a heavily armed cruiser. But was the hunter given the right target?
Having found himself rebuilt and in the custody of The Empire in the last issue. Valance now has his first mission, which will see him going after his childhood hero. An imperial officer by the name of Tarl Sokoli. This issue of the book begins with a flashback to Valance’s academy days where he and a young Han Solo are rushing to see Sokoli give a talk. But when Valance, who is recovering from injury bumps into his idol. It becomes far from the ideal encounter.
The scene shifts to the present day in which Valance is leading Dark Squadron on their mission to kill Sokoli.
Elsewhere hidden in a safe house. T’ongo and Loshi plan their next move as they continue their search for the one person who can potentially end the conflict between the crime syndicates. Thankfully, Bounty Hunter Zuckuss has an idea that could help them find their target before Crimson Dawn.
Ramón F. Bachs does some fantastic work on this issue. I loved all the space scenes in which we see Valance lead his team against Sokoli’s forces. But the absolute best sequence is the epic moment in which Valance flys his ship and crashes it through the bridge of Captain Sokoli’s ship. It’s a sequence of panels that you can easily see being produced in a movie. Additionally, the moment in which Valance steps out of his ship and we see his silhouette from Sokoli’s point of view is brilliant.
A fantastic issue that ties brilliantly into the whole Crimson Dawn storyline, but does so in such a way that it doesn’t ruin Valance’s story.