Ever since Greedo faced off against Han Solo in Chalmun’s cantina in Mos Eisley, we’ve had a fascination for bounty hunters, a curiosity only compounded by meeting more hunters on the bridge of the Executor in The Empire Strikes Back. Step forward 40 years and writer Ethan Sacks is fleshing out even more of their backgrounds – Star Wars icons like Boba Fett, Bossk and Valance – and he sat down with StarWars.com to discuss the new Marvel series Bounty Hunters.
StarWars.com: It’s a lucrative time to be a bounty hunter. Can you tell us a little bit about your goals for the series when you first started writing for the project? What was your initial elevator pitch for the story and how much did it change as you worked on it?
Ethan Sacks: My editors Mark Paniccia and Tom Groneman came to me with the genius idea (they being the geniuses, not me) of doing Bounty Hunters with us getting a glimpse of this underworld through the cybernetic eye of Valance. For the first arc, I thought a great way to wade into those glorious dark corners of the Star Wars universe was to chronicle a botched mission from the shared past of a number of major bounty hunters — a betrayal that has consequences years later. And not all of these great bounty hunters will end up on the same side, which of course will lead to a lot of blaster fire. That’s all I can say right now without my editors reversing their no disintegrations of writers policy.