Michigan-based artist Brian Rood chats with SPACE about his work on the War of the Bounty Hunters series and the two variant covers he has crafted, adding more art to a galactic portflio that goes back years.
Both variants are available exclusively at RuppsWorld.com, unsigned, signed, or remarqued and limited to 3,000 copies of Cover A and 1,000 copies of the full artwork Cover B.
Space.com: What did you hope to achieve in each of these dynamic “Star Wars” covers?
ROOD: Well, first off I love Boba Fett, because who else can have that kind of color combination of green and yellow and burgundy and red and make it look that cool. He’s always been one of my all-time favorites. I’ve had a couple of very popular collector pieces based on the character from the Acme Archives fine art line and pieces I did for “Star Wars Celebration” in Germany a few years back with his helmet off.
For this comic book, we had to keep it kind of vague and not try to tell my own story not knowing what was depicted in the interior of the book. We know it’s a chase and the Falcon is way back there in the background coming after their boy and all the bounty hunters are also, so I thought it would be more intriguing by keeping the opposing forces off-panel. You know some stuff is going down but you’re not quite sure exactly where the firefight is coming from or who he’s blasting the flamethrower at. It keeps a little mystery there without stretching the boundaries too far and going off on my own tangent. I wanted it to be fun and universally appealing.
On the second piece, I was at first going to do a white background, then I thought it would be cool to throw a couple of suns on there. Boba Fett has a pretty solid tie-in with Tatooine over the years so I thought why not pay a little homage to that and keep it warm and juicy and add a hint of that sky in there with the twin suns. This one is a little looser around the edges and more artsy. Turn the rocket packs on, man!
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