Review - Star Wars Blood Ties: Boba Fett is Dead #1

If there is one man to fear more than Darth Vader or the Emperor himself within the Star Wars Universe it would be Boba Fett. He's a one man army that can do any job all over the universe and do it right, provided you pay the amount he asks for. You figure with that sort of pedigree who could possibly get the drop on him? Let alone kill him?

Well the new comic from Dark Horse Comics is going to answer that question. Star Wars Blood Ties: Boba Fett is Dead #1 is written by Tom Taylor and features art by Chris Scalf and Michael Heisler.

Set ten years before the Battle of Yavin Boba Fett is the greatest bounty of hunter of all time. In that intermittent period between the Empire rising and a Rebellion slowly forming, Boba Fett has been all over the galaxy growing his reputation as well as his enemy list. Now he finds himself facing down one scenario even he can’t possibly make it out of alive.

Who could possibly have been able to bring down the myth and the legend that is Boba Fett? The issue begs the question was there some big conspiracy to kill Boba Fett? If so what powerful person or organization could be behind it all? In the first issue one person sets out to find the truth and get to the bottom of it all.

As a fan of Star Wars I know a good bit about Boba Fett. His roles in Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi makes you wonder if he really does die. It's possible those Boba Fetts are clones or a different Fett. With the comic being set ten years before the Battle of Yavin, Taylor has some latitude as to where to take the story.

Taylor has imbued the issue with a sense that Boba Fett’s death is the catalyst for a bigger story involving other players. The "Blood Ties" in the title seems to indicate that some of the characters will be related to Boba Fett himself.

The art by Scalf and Heisler was subdued in color and punctuation. It wasn’t overly flashy or gimmicky artwork, but it was masterly colorful with each planet our mysterious do-gooder visited having their own style and feature to keep them different. I really like that about the comic, as the artwork emphasized what needed it and it didn’t need anything grandiose to get the story across.

This is another example of the fine storytelling the Star Wars Universe can be used for and if there is one character who deserves more stories or books that would be Boba Fett. What other assassin in the universe packs not only a flame thrower on his arm, but has a freaking jetpack? This was a great issue and I cannot wait for the next one.

Star Wars Blood Ties: Boba Fett is Dead #1 is in stores April 25 and interiors are below.