Synopsis: T’onga and her team of bounty hunters find themselves in the crosshairs of an old ally! But how will Valance react to learning the dark secret that has been kept from him? Can any of them survive the full might of a vindictive Empire?
Finally, Valance undertakes a mission that will lead him into conflict with his former associates and upon reuniting with T’onga the Bounty Hunter who has been working for the Empire learns the horrible truth about Yura. Furious with what he has learned. Valance turns on his imperial masters and things begin to escalate. This all builds brilliantly on what has been set up in previous issues.
Paolo Villanelli gets his chance to run riot with some terrific action beats. But before that happens. We get some nice flashbacks of how T’onga met Losha, which slowly transitions into T’onga reconnecting with Valance who has captured her and her crew for the Empire. However, when T’onga fills Valance in on what the Empire has hidden from him all hell breaks loose, which allows for the artist to really go to town with some truly cinematic action beats. These beats start when Valance attacks his own troops and frees T’onga and her bounty hunters. This sequence quickly leads to a rather impressive visual of Valance taking out a Tie Fighter.
This was a fantastic issue with so many brilliant visuals. I loved the final page, which is obviously setting the stage for the next issue where Valance will likely face the consequences of his actions. I loved the sequence where Valance is speaking with his superior officer who has a thing for him and tries to talk him around. The best part of this is seeing Darth Vader’s ominous shadow enter the bridge of the Star Destroyer.
Overall, this story arc is starting to pay some real dividends and I can’t wait to see what happens next.