The STAR WARS Universe is a wonderful place to play, and the folks at Dark Horse have been playing in George Lucas’s created galaxy far, far away for a long, long time indeed. Many of the tales have been terrific – building layer after layer to the myth and mysteries already created in the many Star Wars properties – and BOBA FETT: BLOOD TIES: BOBA FETT IS DEAD looks like it’s going to be another gangbusters installment.
Word comes from the planet Sathiemon of the unthinkable: “Boba Fett is dead.” What? How? Why?
Indeed, killing the most notorious bounty hunter in the galaxy was no easy task: it took an entire task force of Imperial and independent contractors to seal the deal. Fett’s had plenty of enemies, but who would go so far as to draft an entire squadron of killers to hunt down the hired hand and put a blaster bolt through his head? Still, as images of Fett’s demise flood the holo-ways, a lone gunman named Connor Freeman is making his way across the cosmos on the highly personal mission of, one-by-one, dispatching those who dispatched Fett, all the way unraveling the mystery at the heart of the assassin’s assassination.
Or is he?
The closing panels only heighten the suspense as a new player emerges on the scene with perhaps more details that’ll have to be kept under wraps until the next issue.
This grand yarn through the Star Wars mythos comes from Tom Taylor with stellar artwork by Chris Scalf, and it all looks terrific on the printed page. It’s all painted, the colors are very sharp, and (thankfully) all of the species visited so far in the tale bear striking resemblance to those already seen in the Star Wars films. (One of my pet peeves with some comic runs is that new species created look a bit ‘amateurish’ against what’s come before in films and television, but that’s not the case here. This alone bodes very well for the series.) If this first part is any indication, then this tale is bound to be one for the ages.
HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION POSSIBLE. Boba Fett is at the core of STAR WARS’ pantheon of characters. If he’s indeed met his match, then this tale is definitely one ride worth taking!
In the interests of fairness, I’m pleased to disclose that the fine folks at Dark Horse Comics provided me with an advance copy of STAR WARS: BLOOD TIES: BOBA FETT IS DEAD for the expressed purposes of completing this review.
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