A mixed bag, both in terms of story and artwork, but mostly interesting and
The story revolves around Lando Calrissian, so why it is
included in a series of tales of Bounty Hunters is beyond me. Yes, the bounty
hunters make a brief appearance, but barely.
Lando has come to Quaffug the
Hutt in order to make a deal between him and the Rebellion. This story takes
place somewhere near the end of Shadows of the Empire. The bounty hunters have
already tried to capture Boba Fett and failed, but Lando has not made his entry
into Jabba's lair yet -that's the favor he asks of Quaffug at the end.
Instead of talking, however, Lando is taken prisoner,
for winning too many sabaac games back when he was in
Rafa space. Man, this Hutt
holds a grudge! Lando is set upon a chase -as prey, as Bossk, Dengar, 4-LOM and
another take up pursuit -but where's Zuckuss?
Lando tried, in his suave
manner, to get Quaffug to release him, to talk it out, but the Hutt would have
none of it. Lando gets a lucky break when an earthquake sets him apart from the
bounty hunters, after he has been surrounded. It is a contrivance, and the silly
thoughts ("can't get a shot off"...) don't help.
But Lando finds himself
across the border to the land of a people who are displeased with the Hutt, the
Jok-Halli. Luck saves him again when he finds out they are gamblers, and take
their gambling debts very seriously. He wins his freedom, and promises to
broker a deal between them and the Rebellion, while ruining Quaffug's
The deal goes awry, though, when the Jok-Halli insist on Quaffug's
death, so Lando tries one last gamble. Unfortunately, this one doesn't deal with
cards or dice -it is a duel to the death. So why was he trying to save the
Hutt's life when he had to kill another being? One had to get killed. But Lando once again has luck on his side,
as he pocketed Dengar's laser when he took the bounty hunters hostage.
seems to me that the three bounty hunters should be really upset with Lando for
humiliating them, and should either pursue to kill him on their own, or at least the
next time they meet him. But they disappear after they get back to Quaffug's
palace, and don't even witness Lando's fight.
I really liked the aliens in this installment. They have four
forearms, but only two upper arms, splitting at the elbow! Everything was drawn larger-than-life,
especially the aliens. Their language didn't even translate! The Hutt was funny
and the Gammoreans (I think that's what the guards were) were menacingly ugly.
Unfortunately, the main characters, from the bounty hunters, to especially
Lando, were not done well at all. Where is Dengar's wrapping around his head?
What he's wearing looks more like a hood. Bossk is very orange, and his head
after getting struck by Lando, looks so tiny,
But that is made up for by the
vivid colors! I love the coloring in this story. While Lando looks like a
stereotypical, vain, and prideful used car salesman, with a very toothy smile, the surroundings he
traverses, from the lava fields to the small town and the Hutt's lair, are
amazingly depicted in the colors. And the exploding spy droid is quite
The art borders on the caricature that we saw in
The Yavin Vassilika, which borders on stuff that I don't like. The story needed some work,
too, but was simple enough, much better than Lando's similar story in
All in all, the story was decent, with high marks for the vividness of the