Surprised by the Wookiee bounty hunter in The Book of Boba Fett? While the fictional character gets a fresh introduction in the series, long-time fans of the Star Wars canon comics will remember Krrsantan from the Darth Vader and Docter Aphra series.
If you thought that was Chewbacca or another Wookiee, you are not alone. However, it is actually Krrsantan or Black Krrsantan. Called “Black K” by Doctor Chelli Lona Aphra and “Santo” by Boba Fett, he is a deadly bounty hunter that worked for the Hutts, Darth Vader, and, later, Boba Fett.
Krrsantan is one of just two canon Star Wars characters to appear in comics before transitioning to live-action. From his introduction in the Star Wars comics to his appearance in The Book of Boba Fett, here is everything you need to know about Wookiee bounty hunter Krrsantan.
Spoiler Warning: This article contains spoilers for the ongoing Marvel Comics series Darth Vader, Star Wars, and Doctor Aphra, the limited comic series Han Solo & Chewbacca, as well as the Disney+ limited series The Book of Boba Fett. Skip ahead to our spoiler-free chronological reading and watch list to experience Krrsantan yourself.
Who Is Krrsantan in The Book of Boba Fett?
In The Book of Boba Fett, Krrsantan is introduced as a bounty hunter working for the Hutt crime lords known as the Twins. Cousins of Jabba Desilijic Tiure, the Twins sent Black Krrsantan to kill Fett and claim Jabba’s territory.
The black-haired Wookiee has become one of the most ferocious fighters and fearsome characters in the Star Wars Universe. In addition to his raw strength, he has permanent knuckle dusters graphed to his hands. He can electrify the knuckle dusters for added impact during a fight. He is also known to fight with a bowcaster, the traditional Wookiee weapon.
Writer Kieron Gillen and illustrator Salvador Larroca, along with editors Jordan D. White and Heather Antos, created Black Krrsantan for the 2015 Marvel Comics series Star Wars: Darth Vader.
Set shortly after the events of A New Hope, Vader hired both Boba Fett and Krrsantan. While Fett was tasked with tracking down the Rebel pilot that destroyed the Death Star, Krrsantan’s mission was to capture a mysterious agent of the Emperor.
The Wookie bounty hunter later crossed over into the 2016 Marvel comic series Star Wars: Doctor Aphra comic series. As a member of Aphra’s crew, Krrsantan goes on a number of adventures on the galactic frontier.
Krrsantan also appeared in the ongoing 2015 Marvel Star Wars series several times. In a flashback issue, he battles Obi-Wan Kenobi during his exile on Tatooine.
The Wookiee bounty hunter also appears in the first issue of the 2017 Marvel comics series crossover Star Wars: The Screaming Citadel.
He later appeared in several issues of Star Wars: Han Solo & Chewbacca. Although released in 2020, the series takes place before most of his previous comics appearances.
Actor and special effects makeup artist Carey Jones plays the character in the Book of Boba series. Jones previously portrayed
Potential Future Appearances
Since Wookiees live for around 400 years, it seems likely that Krrsantan could appear in future Star Wars stories. There is a sizeable gap in Black Krrsantan’s timeline from shortly before Return of the Jedi to his appearance in The Book of Boba Fett.
We also know little about his early life or what happens during the time leading up to and after the Sequel Trilogy. Without knowing Krrsantan’s age, he could even appear in The High Republic series.
It is possible Krrsantan could appear in any of the ongoing Marvel Comics series, including Darth Vader, Doctor Aphra, or Bounty Hunters. The character could also return to live-action in any of the Star Wars Disney+ series related to The Mandalorian.
Who Is Black Krrsantan in Star Wars Comics and Shows?
The Wookiee bounty hunter Black Krrsantan has appeared in numerous comic books and comic short stories, as well as in The Book of Boba Fett. A fierce fighter, he frequently worked for the criminal underworld and, occasionally, the Darth Vader.
While there are still gaps, a fair amount of his life between the rise of the Galactic Empire and the early days of the New Republic has been explored in various Star Wars stories.
Training as a Gladiator
Little is known about Krrsantan’s early life, but he was exiled from his homeworld of Kashyyykk at some point. Wanting to become a ferocious fighter, Krrsantan tracked down the Xonti Brothers, notorious pit fighting crime bosses.
He hoped they would train him in combat, but the brothers forced the Wookiee to fight as a gladiator. Eventually, the Xonti’s planned to sell Krrsantan to the highest bidder. However, he escaped their fighting pits and vowed to get his revenge on them for their treachery.
Krrsantan Battles Obi-Wan Kenobi
Sometime later, Krrsantan worked as a bounty hunter for the infamous gangster Jabba the Hutt. In either 8 or 7 BBY, Owen Lars refused to pay Jabba’s water tax. As a result, Jabba sent Krrsantan to deal with Lars.
However, Obi-Wan Kenobi intervened. During the fight, Kenobi blinded Krrsantan with his lightsaber. The encounter left the Wookiee with a distinctive scar above his left eye. Having failed Jabba, Krrsantan fled Tatooine without returning to Jabba’s Palace.
Encountering Han Solo and Chewbacca
Later on, Jabba hired the crew of Corbus Tyra, Han Solo, Chewbacca, and Greedo to steal the ashes of Krestrel D’Naran, a one-time rival of Jabba’s, from Augustus Graves.
Knowing their significance to Jabba, Graves left them with an antiquities expert for safekeeping. When he discovered Jabba’s plot to steal them, Graves hired Black Krrsantan to keep them safe.
It led to a confrontation between Krrsantan and Han Solo and Chewbacca. The two Wookiees battled, with Chewbacca ultimately winning. Some time afterward, Krrsantan reconciled with Jabba and returned to Tatooine.
Contracted by Darth Vader
In 0 ABY, shortly after the Battle of Yavin, Darth Vader negotiated with Jabba the Hutt for supplies on behalf of the Empire.
The dark lord also asked the Hutt for bounty hunters to help in his personal pursuits. With Jabba’s consent, Vader sent Boba Fett after Luke Skywalker. He also sent Krrsantan after one of the Emperor’s secret agents.
After tracking the agent to the Outer Rim, he accidentally alerted his target to his presence. Still, he successfully captured the secret agent and returned them to Darth Vader for interrogation.
Krrsantan Joins Doctor Aphra
After working with Darth Vader, the rogue archaeologist Doctor Aphra hired Black Krrsantan, Bossk, IG-90, and Beebox to help with a heist on Son-tuul. Together, they looted the remnants of the Son-tuul Pride criminal organization.
Working with Aphra, Krrsantan attacked the Millennium Falcon in an attempt to capture Luke Skywalker. The Wookiee battled and lost to Chewbacca for a second time. Although Krrsantan escaped again, Aphra was captured and sent to prison.
Looking to keep his pursuits private, Vader then hired Krrsantan to bring Aphra in, dead or alive. Krrsantan eventually rescued Aphra from prison and returned her to Vader aboard the Executor. Vader then jettisoned her through an airlock.
However, Krrsantan saved Aphra again, most likely because she still owed him a lot of credits.
Sometime afterward, he gets his revenge on the Xonti Brothers. Forcing them to train as gladiators, he beats them with an electric baton. Ultimately, he leaves them to fight or die in the arena.
Following the Battle of Hoth in 3 ABY, Lady Domina Tagge of the Tagge Corporation hires Black Krrsantan to capture Doctor Aphra for 20,000 credits. While he agreed to betray Aphra, she was able to escape.
Dealings With Boba Fett
Krrsantan then returned to the service of the Hutts. Following Jabba’s death in 4 ABY, he worked for Jabba’s cousins, the Twins. In 9 ABY, the Twins sent Black Krrsantan to kill Boba Fett so they could reclaim Jabba’s territory.
Sneaking into Boba Fett’s Palace, the Wookiee attacked him while undergoing a healing session in his bacta tank. While Krrsantan nearly kills Fett, Fennec Shand traps the Wookiee in the empty rancor pit below the throne room.
Not wanting to fight both Boba Fett and the Pyke Syndicate, who were also trying to take over Tatooine, the Twins gave up their claim to Jabba’s territory. Fett then freed Krrsantan.
While at Garsa Fwip’s Sanctuary cantina, he started a fight with a gang of Trandoshan gambles. Disrupting the entire cantina, he ripped the arm of one of the Trandoshans before finally leaving.
Afterward, Fett hired Krrsantan to fight in the impending war with the Pyke Syndicate. While patrolling the streets, the former gladiator was attacked by a group of Trandoshans. Using his immense strength, he defeated the gang and escaped to regroup with Boba Fett.
Finding Fett and his allies pinned down, Krrsantan fought his way to them despite a growing number of injuries. The Wookiee finally collapsed and was rescued by Fett. Resting briefly, he rejoins the fight and helps the group take out two Scorpenek droids.
Spoiler-Free Krrsantan Reading and Watch List
Here is the spoiler-free reading and watch list for the Wookiee bounty hunter Krrsantan. Note that there are multiple series of the Darth Vader, Star Wars, and Doctor Aphra comics. Refer to the year next to the title to ensure you are reading the correct series.
- Star Wars (2015) 15
- Star Wars (2015) 20
- Han Solo & Chewbacca 3
- Han Solo & Chewbacca 4
- Han Solo & Chewbacca 5
- Darth Vader (2015) 1 (First canonical appearance)
- Doctor Aphra: An Audiobook Original
- Darth Vader (2015) 4
- Darth Vader (2015) 7
- Darth Vader (2015) 8
- Darth Vader (2015) 14
- Star Wars (2015) 14
- Darth Vader (2015) 15
- Darth Vader (2015) 16
- Darth Vader (2015) 20
- Darth Vader (2015) 21
- Darth Vader (2015) 22
- Darth Vader (2015) 23
- Darth Vader (2015) 25
- Doctor Aphra (2016) 1
- Doctor Aphra (2016) 2
- Doctor Aphra (2016) 3
- Doctor Aphra (2016) 4
- Doctor Aphra (2016) 5
- Doctor Aphra (2016) 6
- The Screaming Citadel 1
- Star Wars (2015) 31
- Doctor Aphra (2016) 7
- Star Wars (2015) 32
- Doctor Aphra (2016) 8
- Doctor Aphra Annual 1
- Doctor Aphra (2016) 9
- Doctor Aphra (2016) 10
- Doctor Aphra (2016) 11
- Doctor Aphra (2016) 12
- Doctor Aphra (2016) 13
- Doctor Aphra (2016) 34
- Doctor Aphra (2016) 35
- Doctor Aphra Annual 3
- Doctor Aphra (2020) 1
- Doctor Aphra (2020) 2
- Doctor Aphra (2020) 3
- Doctor Aphra (2020) 4
- Doctor Aphra (2020) 5
- Bounty Hunters 1
- The Book of Boba Fett – “Chapter 2: The Tribes of Tatooine”
- The Book of Boba Fett – “Chapter 3: The Streets of Mos Espa”
- The Book of Boba Fett – “Chapter 4: The Gathering Storm”
- The Book of Boba Fett – “Chapter 6: From the Desert Comes a Stranger”
- The Book of Boba Fett – “Chapter 7: In the Name of Honor”
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