You’d have to be Bantha fodder not to love the character of Boba Fett. Since his inception in the 1980 film, STAR WARS: THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK, his notoriety within George Lucas’s universe has only grown more and more fervent. After all, who couldn’t love the most dangerous man in the galaxy? What kid wouldn’t want to be him? That said, could such a series as one named BOBA FETT IS DEAD truly deliver on the greatness of its promise?
Well, if this reviewer has anything to say about, I’d have to say “the Force is with us.”
(WARNING: Mild spoilers involving past issues and current developments!)
Once word leaked across the galaxy that Boba Fett was dead – killed by an infamous Imperial death squad selected to do the deed – Connor Freeman knew his adventures were just beginning. Sure enough, it appeared that the bounty hunter had once again eluded death, but now Fett embraced the anonymity of his alleged demise in order to track down those responsible for the act. Plucked from his homestead and deposited on the world of Concord Dawn, Connor now finds himself joining forces with the lovely Sintas Vel and her plucky daughter (just what COULD their secret relationship be to the master hunter?) as Fett closes in on the identity of the master manipulator behind the entire affair!
The story by Tom Taylor has been exceptional. Each installment –this is the third of four – has focused in on a specific narrative, and he’s used these issues like a detective would a great mystery, spacing out just enough clues to keep the reader’s interest while developing separate events for each character. If there’s a weakness here, it would probably tie into Connor Freeman’s appearance; thus far, he hasn’t appeared as directly essential to the main plot – the investigation into Fett’s assassination; rather, he’s been a useful pair of eyes that Taylor has employed in order to introduce the who’s and what’s and where’s of the bounty hunter’s life. In short, he’s incidental, but he’s a needed component only so far as the reader is concerned. Chris Scalf’s artwork has been nothing short of phenomenal; his rendering of people and ships appear as if lifted from frames of any of the motion pictures.
STRONGLY RECOMMENDED. The artwork remains topnotch, and the story pulls back yet another layer with each issue. BOBA FETT IS DEAD has been a wild ride for a mini, and the present developments look to be heading toward an explosive climax wherein ‘this time, it’s personal’ for most of the main characters. Here’s hoping Taylor and Scalf deliver on the premise they’ve masterfully set up.
In the interests of fairness, I’m pleased to disclose that the fine folks at Dark Horse Comics provided me with an advance digital copy of STAR WARS: BLOOD TIES: BOBA FETT IS DEAD #3 by request for the expressed purposes of completing this review.
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