When it comes to the Star Wars universe, we often think about the conflict between the Light side and the Dark side—the Jedi vs. the Sith—as this has always been the main theme of what the Star Wars universe has always been about. Nevertheless, there are people who dwell on the morally gray side of the spectrum as we got to learn more about those who simply have to do what they need to do so that they can survive.
We are talking about the bounty hunters, who have always had a special place in Star Wars lore because they provide the western touch to what has always been somewhat of an eastern-inspired storyline. The bounty hunters always live by their own moral code in life so that they can survive what has always been a harsh galaxy. And the fact that the bounty hunters are favorites among Star Wars fans allowed Disney and Marvel Comics to capitalize on a huge event called War of the Bounty Hunters.
War of the Bounty Hunters is a Marvel Comics event that includes a lot of different tie-in comics that are related to the main War of the Bounty Hunter series. In total, there is a total of 34 comic book issues that you need to read to understand this entire event. And that is why we are here to give you the correct reading order for Star Wars: War of the Bounty Hunters.
Star Wars: War Of The Bounty Hunters Reading Order At A Glance
Marvel Comics has an official reading order for Star Wars: War of the Bounty Hunters. However, we did change the order a bit due to how we believe that our own order gives you a better experience in terms of the timeline of the events that happened in the comic books. Nevertheless, you can choose to use Marvel’s official reading order.
- War of the Bounty Hunters Alpha #1
- Star Wars (2020) #13
- Bounty Hunters #12
- Darth Vader (2020) #12
- Doctor Aphra (2020) #10
- War of the Bounty Hunters #1
- Bounty Hunters #13
- Star Wars (2020) #14
- Darth Vader (2020) #13
- Doctor Aphra (2020) #11
- Bounty Hunters #14
- War of the Bounty Hunters #2
- Doctor Aphra (2020) #12
- Darth Vader (2020) #14
- War of the Bounty Hunters – Jabba the Hutt #1
- Star Wars (2020) #15
- War of the Bounty Hunters – 4-LOM & Zuckuss #1
- Bounty Hunters #15
- War of the Bounty Hunters #3
- Star Wars (2020) #16
- Darth Vader (2020) #15
- Doctor Aphra (2020) #13
- War of the Bounty Hunters #4
- Doctor Aphra (2020) #14
- Darth Vader (2020) #16
- War of the Bounty Hunters – Boushh #1
- Bounty Hunters #16
- Star Wars (2020) #17
- War of the Bounty Hunters #5
- Doctor Aphra (2020) #15
- Darth Vader (2020) #17
- War of the Bounty Hunters – IG-88 #1
- Bounty Hunters #17
- Star Wars (2020) #18
Star Wars: War Of The Bounty Hunters Reading Order
1. War of the Bounty Hunters Alpha #1
We start off with War of the Bounty Hunters 1, which is basically a prelude to the War of the Bounty Hunters miniseries. This is an essential read because of how it allows you to understand the entire flow of the storyline. The comic book follows events that happened after Boba Fett was able to capture Han Solo during the events of Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back. He now has to transport this bounty to Tatooine while believing that nothing could go wrong along the way.
2. Star Wars (2020) #13
Star Wars 13 is part of the entire Star Wars comic book series. While you can read the entire Star Wars comic book series if you want to enrich yourself with Star Wars knowledge and lore, you might want to skip to issue 13 if you are only interested in the tie-ins with the War of the Bounty Hunters storyline. The storyline follows Chewbacca, who is trying to locate Boba Fett after the bounty hunter captured Han Solo.
3. Bounty Hunters #12
Star Wars also has a Bounty Hunters comic book series that explores the bounty hunters in the galaxy. That said, the 12th issue is the one that ties in with the entire War of the Bounty Hunters storyline. This book follows Valance and his partner, Dengar, as they race to intercept Boba Fett, who is carrying his precious cargo in the form of Han Solo.
4. Darth Vader (2020) #12
There is also a Darth Vader comic book series, and there are issues in the comic books that actually connect with the War of the Bounty Hunters storyline. We start off with Darth Vader 12, which features the Into the Trap prelude story that allows us to understand some of the events that will lead to the War of the Bounty Hunters crossover event.
5. Doctor Aphra (2020) #10
Doctor Aphra, an archeologist in the Star Wars galaxy, actually has her own comic book series. While she isn’t a bounty hunter, certain issues in her comic book series directly tie in with the War of the Bounty Hunters storyline. Issue 10 is a prelude story to War of the Bounty Hunters, and that’s why it is an essential read.
6. War of the Bounty Hunters #1: Most Wanted
Now that we are done with the prelude stories, we now go to War of the Bounty Hunters 1: Most Wanted, which is the first issue of the entire War of the Bounty Hunters crossover event. In this storyline, Boba Fett is at the center of it all as he tries to recover his bounty, all while the Rebels, the Empire, and every bounty hunter in the galaxy are standing in his way. This is where we get to see the beginning of an all-out battle between the bounty hunters of the Star Wars galaxy.
7. Bounty Hunters #13
Following the first War of the Bounty Hunters issue, we go with Bounty Hunters 13, which follows the story of Valance and Dengar as they are on Boba Fett’s tail. Nevertheless, they have to fight their way through Chewbacca, who is also on a mission to recover his best friend from Fett. And this is where we also get to see T’onga, who is being hunted by a mysterious organization that seems to be quite powerful in the Star Wars underworld.
8. Star Wars (2020) #14
Star Wars 14 is the 14th issue of the Star Wars comic books. In this storyline, we get to see the Rebels finally having a lead on Han Solo’s location. As such, three of our favorite Star Wars heroes work together to try to save their friend from his carbonite imprisonment. But they have no idea what’s in store for them as they try to embark on a daring rescue mission.
9. Darth Vader (2020) #13
We return to the Darth Vader comic books, where we now follow the story of how the dark lord of the Sith is connected with the entire War of the Bounty Hunters storyline. In this issue, Vader and Ochi of Bestoon go on a search for Han Solo in the middle of Hutt space territory, as this storyline is one that allows us to see classic Star Wars betrayal in action. The issue also reintroduces the assassin droid, IG-88.
10. Doctor Aphra (2020) #11
Doctor Aphra once again has a role in the entire War of the Bounty Hunters storyline in Doctor Aphra 11, where the doctor and Sana Starros discover a mysterious ship while they are on a mission from Domina Tagge. It was in this ship that they encountered a mysterious horror that the galaxy had never heard of for a very long time. Of course, the issue also includes Durge, who was one of the most fearsome bounty hunters of his time.
11. Bounty Hunters #14
Before we get to the next issue of War of the Bounty Hunters, we have to go through Bounty Hunters 14 first. The different events in this issue set up the larger events that will happen in War of the Bounty Hunters 2, which is the second issue of the entire War of the Bounty Hunters crossover event.
12. War of the Bounty Hunters #2
War of the Bounty Hunters 2 is the second issue of the main War of the Bounty Hunters storyline in the Star Wars comics crossover event. Of course, we go back to the storyline involving the conflict between the bounty hunters of the Star Wars galaxy. In this issue, Boba Fett has tracked down the whereabouts of the frozen Han Solo, who he lost during the previous storylines. As such, he has to travel to the remote frozen world of Jekara, all while having to contend against the representatives of some of the most powerful organizations in the entire galaxy, and this forces Boba Fett to rely on Doctor Aphra for help.
13. Doctor Aphra (2020) #12
Following her team-up with Boba Fett in War of the Bounty Hunters 2, Doctor Aphra’s story continues in her own comic book series. This time, she and Sana Starros follow a mysterious invitation to an exclusive party. But what they didn’t know was that the party was full of some of the worst scum and villains the galaxy has to offer, as they both have to survive the greatest underworld social event in Star Wars history.
14. Darth Vader (2020) #14
Darth Vader returns in the 14th issue of his own comic book series as we have to look at a person, an unnamed Umbaran woman, who is a mysterious figure that was able to stand close enough to the Emperor and is looking to challenge Darth Vader as the closest to the Emperor’s inner circle. Of course, we also get to find out what the Umbaran’s role is in the entire War of the Bounty Hunters storyline in one of the most intriguing Darth Vader issues.
15. War of the Bounty Hunters: Jabba the Hutt #1
While it isn’t part of the main War of the Bounty Hunters comic book series, War of the Bounty Hunters: Jabba the Hut is a one-shot comic issue that we can say for certain is sort of a spin-off from the main series. The issue allows us to understand more about Jabba the Hutt and his relationship with his trusted bounty hunter, Boba Fett. Nevertheless, as he feels betrayed by Boba’s failure, Jabba now has to resort to violence.
16. Star Wars (2020) #15
Star Wars 15 is another mainline Star Wars comic book that is part of the larger War of the Bounty Hunters crossover event. In this storyline, Luke Skywalker goes on a mission with Wedge Antilles as he and the brave pilots of Starlight Squadron have to rescue a lost division of the rebel fleet. Meanwhile, the other rebel heroes, namely Leia, Chewbacca, and Lando, are on a mission to try to save Han Solo from Boba Fett.
17. War of the Bounty Hunters: 4-LOM & Zuckuss #1
War of the Bounty Hunters: 4-LOM & Zuckuss is another one-shot storyline that follows the War of the Bounty Hunters mainline comics. In this issue, we get to see the lethal droid named 4-LOM teaming up with Gand Findsman Zuckuss as they try to form an unbeatable team of bounty hunters. Nevertheless, they end up getting divided after a battle with Boba Fett. In this regard, Zuckus is now looking for 4-LOM, who was mysteriously out for blood.
18. Bounty Hunters #15
Before we get to the third issue of War of the Bounty Hunters, we have to look at Bounty Hunters 15, which follows the story of Valance and Dengar as they travel to Canto Bight while an assassin is on their heels. Meanwhile, we see T’onga recruiting a bounty hunter crew that includes some of the most familiar faces among bounty hunters.
19. War of the Bounty Hunters #3
We now return to the mainline War of the Bounty Hunters comic book issue as we see that Darth Vader himself has laid claim to Han Solo. Nevertheless, Vader has to contend with the fact that Jabba the Hutt, the most powerful criminal underworld lord, still believes that the frozen Han Solo is his property. As such, it’s a battle between the Hutt and the Empire’s enforcer, as Boba Fett gets caught in the middle of the crossfire.
20. Star Wars (2020) #16
Following the third War of the Bounty Hunters issue, we now return to the main Star Wars comic book series, where we see the heroes of the Rebellion battling Boba Fett for the frozen Han Solo. But the problem was that other people who went to Jekara were also seeking Han Solo. And when Darth Vader and Jabba the Hutt join the mix, Luke Skywalker becomes the Rebels’ only hope.
21. Darth Vader (2020) #15
Darth Vader 15 continues the story of the War of the Bounty Hunters crossover event from the perspective of the Sith Lord himself. We see him making use of Ochi of Bestoon, an assassin that wanted to kill him in the past but has now become his most loyal agent. However, we still don’t know what Ochi’s true goals are in the larger scheme of things in the entire War of the Bounty Hunters crossover event.
22. Doctor Aphra (2020) #13
Doctor Aphra returns in her 13th comic book issue as she continues her involvement in the entire War of the Bounty Hunters event. In this issue, Doctor Aphra finds herself facing a person she never hoped she had to face again in her entire life. And at this point in her life, she believes that she may not walk out of the encounter alive.
23. War of the Bounty Hunters #4
War of the Bounty Hunters continues with the fourth issue of the larger crossover event. Of course, the entire war continues in this issue as the people behind the ones who stole Han Solo from Boba Fett emerge. The Crimson Dawn is reintroduced as Solo’s former love, Qi’ra, is now the leader of the terrifying organization that Darth Maul himself once led from the shadows. In that regard, Qi’ra looks to use Han Solo to her advantage so that she can bring in together some of the most powerful figures in the entire galaxy, as they are all vying for the ultimate prize—the frozen smuggler.
24. Doctor Aphra (2020) #14
Doctor Aphra once again finds herself in the middle of the entire War of the Bounty Hunters event as she and Sana Starros are imprisoned by a familiar and powerful enemy. But they now have to work with Lucky and Ariole to escape their captors. And this will allow you to get deeper into the Crimson Dawn flagship during the entire escape plan by Doctor Aphra herself.
25. Darth Vader (2020) #16
Darth Vader finds himself in the mix once more in the entire War of the Bounty Hunters storyline when he reveals that the reason why he wants to claim Han Solo’s frozen body is to get to Luke Skywalker, who is naturally drawn to his friends when they are in need. In that regard, the father and son battle sees another chapter as Luke finally accepts a shocking truth that has an impact on his entire future.
26. War of the Bounty Hunters: Boushh #1
War of the Bounty Hunters returns with another spin-off comic book entitled Boushh, which is basically just a one-shot issue that stars the bounty hunter named Boushh before Princess Leia acquired his armor to infiltrate Jabba’s palace. We get to follow Boushh’s story as it is revealed that he was exiled from his homeworld before he became a bounty hunter. Of course, Boushh’s story is also given more light in this comic book issue as he takes on a suspicious job to assassinate Domina Tagge, who is the leader of the powerful Tagge family that has been one of the most powerful clans in the galaxy for hundreds of years.
27. Bounty Hunters #16
We return to the Bounty Hunters storyline as we follow the 16th issue of the comic book series. Valance and Dengar are once again in the middle of the storyline as they stand against Deathstick. Meanwhile, T’onga has to seek help from a legendary bounty hunter that people may be familiar with. They all converge on a high-stakes auction, with the Crimson Dawn firmly in the background of the storyline.
28. Star Wars (2020) #17
The Star Wars comic book series returns in the larger War of the Bounty Hunters crossover event as we now follow Darth Vader pursuing his son, Luke Skywalker, who is now within striking distance. However, Leia and her allies are in the middle of a fight with the Crimson Dawn so that they can regain Han Solo’s frozen body.
29. War of the Bounty Hunters #5
Of course, War of the Bounty Hunters returns as we follow the fifth issue of the mainline comic book series of the entire War of the Bounty Hunters comic book crossover event. This is the final issue of the War of the Bounty Hunters series, as all of the stories of the different characters involved in the crossover event converge. Nevertheless, this isn’t the end of the entire War of the Bounty Hunters event because the other comic books involved in this tie-in still continue the storyline.
30. Doctor Aphra (2020) #15
Doctor Aphra returns in the 15th issue of the series as we follow her story and how she is trapped aboard the Crimson Dawn flagship. Nevertheless, that isn’t necessarily a bad thing for her because she actually searches for treasures hidden in the Vermillion. Of course, she has to pay the price for stealing those treasures as we get to see the lengths that she will go through to seek her prize.
Darth Vader (2020) #17
Darth Vader finds himself in the mix once more in the grander War of the Bounty Hunters crossover event. His story in this crossover event concludes as he gets to understand that he might not be the one pulling all of the strings in all of this. As such, there are more betrayals and deceptions that are going to get unmasked in this comic book issue.
31. War of the Bounty Hunters: IG-88 #1
While the mainline War of the Bounty Hunters comic book series is already over, we still get to see a War of the Bounty Hunters spin-off that follows the story of the dangerous assassin droid named IG-88 who made its return several issues back. In that regard, we follow the story of this droid as it has to find a strategy to finally overcome its longtime rival, Boba Fett.
32. Bounty Hunters #17
Bounty Hunters 17 is the final Bounty Hunters comic book issue that’s part of the greater War of the Bounty Hunters storyline. We return to a wounded Valance, who has to make a desperate escape from a Star Destroyer. Meanwhile, we also follow the story of T’onga and her crew as they desperately try to reach Valance in time. Of course, there’s a shocking twist somewhere near the end of the comic book issue.
33. Star Wars (2020) #18
We finally end the War of the Bounty Hunters crossover event with Star Wars 18, which may not be the official end of the War of the Bounty Hunters but is still what we believe should have been the comic book that ended the storyline. In this comic book, Leia meets Qi’ra to discuss how Han Solo has influenced their lives, following the events that happened on Jekara.
Of course, we all know that the Rebels failed to save Han due to the fact that it wasn’t until Star Wars Episode VI that they were able to finally recover their friend. But, in this comic book, we look at how both Leia and Qi’ra move on forward with their lives after the entire War of the Bounty Hunters event.