Boba Fett destroys two Empire Strikes Back Bounty Hunters
Star Wars: War of the Bounty Hunters shows two Empire Strikes Back bounty hunters why disrespecting Boba Fett’s ship is a terrible idea.
WARNING: The following contains spoilers for Star Wars: War of the Bounty Hunters # 1 by Charles Soule, Luke Ross, Neeraj Menon and Travis Lanham of VC, on sale now.
Through the events of Bounty Hunter War, Boba Fett lost Han Solo’s body which had been frozen in carbonite. This resulted in Boba earning a bounty on his own head which garnered a lot of attention. Many bounty hunters felt they could get a two-for-one by capturing Solo and Fett at the same time. What many hunters forget is how deadly Boba Fett can be. This caused a couple of bounty hunters to The Empire Strikes Back getting too ambitious, and Fett had the perfect answer for them.
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Zuckuss and 4-LOM are two of the most experienced bounty hunters in the galaxy. After successfully alerting the Empire to the location of a secret rebel base, the duo returned their attention to collecting bounties. This led them to resume their search for Beilert Valance, who had recently teamed up with Dengar to hunt Solo. Zuckuss and 4-LOM pursued their rival fighters through an asteroid field. When Dengar sensed things were getting more dangerous, he made a deal with Zuckuss. He gave them Boba Fett’s last known location in exchange for his life and that of Valance.
In Star Wars: The Bounty Hunter War # 1, Zuckuss and 4-LOM took Dengar’s deal and found Fett on Nar Shaddaa. Fett was at a local bar when the hunters arrived. They took it upon themselves to check out Boba’s ship, the Slave I. Not only did they search the ship, but they also placed a thermal detonator outside. The detonator exploded as Fett approached his ship and Zuckuss made his presence known. The hunters inform Boba that they are only interested in the bounty on Solo. At this point, 4-LOM informed Boba that they searched his ship, which turned out to be a fatal error.
Boba viewed the damage to his ship as well as Zuckuss and 4-LOM’s intrusion as the ultimate form of disrespect. Boba still flies on the same ship as his father and considers it one of his most precious possessions. Fett then activated his ship’s laser cannons and targeted Zuckuss. The ensuing explosion caused Zuckuss to be thrown off the airstrip while barely standing on the edge. Fett approached him and kicked him from the edge, which sent Zuckuss racing towards the surface of the planet. He then turned his attention to 4-LOM which had been split in half by the explosion. Fett then removed the head of the 4-LOM from his body before connecting it to his ship. Here he learned of the bounty that had been placed on his head.
This is not the first comic book illustrating an altercation between Zuckuss, 4-LOM, and Boba Fett regarding Han Solo’s carbonite slab. the Shadows of Empire John Wagner and Kilian Plunkett’s miniseries initially described Han’s whereabouts while in carbonite before the story inevitably moved from cannon to Star Wars Legends. This story saw Zuckuss and 4-LOM team up with Bossk in an attempt to steal Solo from Fett. Fett was going to capture Zuckuss and bring him to Tattooine. Here, he disguised Zuckuss as himself to distract the other bounty hunters looking for him.
Zuckuss and 4-LOM were just two of the many casualties to come to Boba Fett’s hands. While it’s possible Zuckuss will survive his downfall, it’s more than likely the end of 4-LOM. Boba traveled from Nar Shaddaa to Tatooine with the head of 4-LOM before throwing it aside in front of Jabba’s Palace. This means that even if Zuckuss miraculously survived the fall from the landing pad, he would have no idea where his friend’s head ended up.
Boba Fett is really on the hunt for blood at this point. With Crimson Dawn revealing themselves as the current owners of Han Solo’s body, they’ve come under Boba Fett’s sights. Fett will stop at nothing to get Solo back and clear his name in the process. Only one thing is certain at this point; anyone who gets in the way of Boba Fett will surely regret it.
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