This issue is the near-perfect beginning of the story of an assassin and his son. Since his “Star Wars Holiday Special” debut, Boba Fett has been a fan favorite, recognizable to pedestrian “Star Wars” fans and celebrated by hardcore fans of the saga. When his father, Jango, was introduced in “Attack of the Clones,” fans found another character to rally behind and cheer on. Jango’s clones spawned the Clone Army of the Republic, and, in return for his genes, Jango asked for a son. This story takes a look at the relationship between father and son.
This is one keen looking book. Chris Scalf has poured a lot of work onto these pages, in storytelling, layout, and detail. Jango and young Boba look astonishingly like Temuera Morrison and Daniel Logan, respectively. While there has been much ballyhoo made of photo-tracing in comics, Scalf’s artwork crosses over from photo-tracing to portraiture. The work in this single issue is on par with that of Ralph McQuarrie’s concept paintings, but with more detail. Scalf does a great job not only with the figures, but also with the aliens, architecture, and spacecraft of the Star Wars universe. If we can’t have a Boba Fett movie or television series, this is the closest we’re going to get to it visually.
Taylor’s story summarizes every complexity in literary father-son relationships from Abraham and Isaac to Mufasa and Simba. The son strives for his father’s approval, but the father has a strange way of showing his approval. Here, young Boba faces down a Balyeg (think spikier Godzilla) to claim a tooth from the beast at the behest of Jango Fett. From there, Boba’s life as a badass truly gets going.
The story has “Star Wars” moments, such as when the Atzerri Traffic Control asks for proof of identification from Jango Fett. In accordance with the request, Jango gives it to them. There are holographic messages, chase scenes, and action across multiple planets, just as with all of the films. This issue, however, ends with a surprise on the final page that sets the story on its ear.
Boba Fett and the rest of the bounty hunters have always held an elusive appeal to me. They are characters that look really cool, but are shrouded in mystery. This story doesn’t dispel much of the mystery, but it does provide the cool. This is, hands down, the best of the “Star Wars” comics from Dark Horse that I have read.