So here's the thing, guys. Boba Fett died in Return of The Jedi. He did. You might find his helmet to be particularly shiny and appealing, and his jetpack fancy and dainty. BUT HE DIED. He got knocked into a pit and eaten by a worm creature thingy with sharp teeth which devoured him over the course of a thousand painful years or whatever.
That's why Dark Horse Comics' latest Star Wars mini, Tom Taylor and Chris Scalf's Bloodties – Boba Fett is Dead, comes as somewhat of a shock. Apparently the series is set before Star Wars, however, which starts to explain things a little. And then, yes, confusion sets in once more. Let's just go with it for the time being, okay?
Boba Fett is Dead kicks off with the fan-favorite bounty hunter lying dead in the sand, with a group of fairly identikit assassins surrounding him. This then kicks into action the actual plot of this book, which appears to be going through the routine "revenge" storyline, wherein a mysterious cloaked assassin tracks down each of Boba Fett's assailants in turn and murders them. There's nothing particularly unusual about the book, which tends to favor the policy of going through the motions as the simple narrative trundles along.
Then there's a fairly clever twist which makes the rest of the book seem a little smarter than it initially seemed. Tom Taylor, who I'm fairly certain is a fictional character Mike Carey created, has a solidly crafted revenge thriller on his hands with this book, which touches on briefly on well-known Star Wars locations and characters before diving into minutiae. The central character, a bartender called Connor, is likable enough, if a little dull, and the dialogue between them has a little bit of fizz. Overall, however, Boba Fett is Dead hasn't got anything new to offer readers beyond the title.
Chris Scalf's artwork is rather nice, and reminds me of the cut-scene sequences you'd see in the non-quite-classic Nintendo 64 game Shadows of the Empire. YES! Obscure reference, right? But the seven or eight people who played that game are no-doubt recalling those cut-scenes right now, and their idea of the artwork for this comic is SPOT-ON. Scalf fully paints each page with beautiful detail, leaving the comic looking rather cinematic as a result. Taylor is clever enough to play on this, as he takes his characters and gives each of them a handful of pithy one-liners. You could probably cut together a great fan-trailer for the book on youtube, if you take the best bits and snap them together.
The character work, aside from that, isn't particularly strong. The main villain comes across as fairly generic and dull, and spends most of his time in an office. Meanwhile the team of assassins who killed Boba Fett are a collection of stormtroopers and other helmeted minions. There's nobody among there who looks like they'll put up an interesting fight against our cloaked protagonist, who themselves doesn't do much of any merit yet. Aside from Boba Fett's dead body — which remember is lying on the ground years before he makes his first appearance in The Empire Strikes Back — there's nothing particularly to make anyone come back to buy the next issue.
Bloodties – Boba Fett is Dead is competent, but it's not much more.
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