War of the Bounty Hunters Alpha 1 is a canon one-shot and first issue of the crossover event Star Wars: War of the Bounty Hunters. It was written by Charles Soule, illustrated by Steve McNiven and Laura Martin, and first published by Marvel Comics on May 5, 2021. It features the prelude story "Precious Cargo," in which Boba Fett takes on a job while delivering Han Solo to Jabba's Palace.
THE STAR WARS COMIC EVENT YOU'VE BEEN WAITING FOR! The notorious bounty hunter BOBA FETT has finally landed his greatest prize – HAN SOLO, frozen in carbonite for easy transport. Fett will bring the smuggler to TATOOINE to collect the massive bounty placed on Solo's head by the fearsome crime lord JABBA THE HUTT. Sounds easy. What could go wrong?
The Garkata Fighting Arena is depicted as having holographic displays surrounding its exterior, advertising the fighting matches. Many of these screens display characters and events taken from later in the issue, including Fett's fight with Wyrmen Lictor, his conversation with the Yarkora, and the death of Bigbot. Other holograms reuse art from Star Wars Legends sources, including images of a Nosaurian from The New Essential Guide to Alien Species and a Shistavanen from the Balance of the Force expansion of Star Wars: The Card Game.
- UPC 759606201297; May 5, 2021; Marvel Comics; First printing
- UPC 759606201624; May 5, 2021; Marvel Comics; Director's Cut
- 00111; Cover A; Steve McNiven & Laura Martin
- 00121; Cover B; Steve McNiven
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- The events of War of the Bounty Hunters Alpha 1 take place after the Escape from Cloud City and before the Rescue of Han Solo, which are dated to 3 ABY and 4 ABY, respectively, by Star Wars: Galactic Atlas. Therefore, the events of War of the Bounty Hunters Alpha 1 must take place in one of those years.
- The New Essential Guide to Alien Species
- Star Wars: The Card Game – Balance of the Force (Card: Shistavanen Wolfman)