Tom Taylor’s story of the Fett family continues in this issue, splitting time between original trilogy and prequel timelines, between Boba Fett and his “father” Jango. This issue picks up where the last left off, with Jango Fett looking himself in the face, or rather, looking at the face of himself in the form of a clone. The situation forces Jango to answer the question, “Can you shoot yourself?” The answer, however difficult or easily it comes from Jango’s mouth, has repercussions lurking behind it.
Taylor’s story is a peek under the helmets of the Fetts. Jeffrey Renaud had a chat with Tom Taylor and a very special Fett-related guest right here on CBR where Taylor informed Renaud that he didn’t want to reveal too much about the Fetts for fear of spoiling their mystique. Rest assured Taylor only gives enough information to spike the intrigue of this tale through its covers. Taylor reveals that Boba definitely has some unresolved issues regarding his father and then gives Boba a manifestation of those issues to unleash upon.
Scalf’s art is nothing short of incredible. I don’t have enough superlatives to heap upon the stunning visuals that fill this book. I’m a fan of hardcovers and original graphic novels, and part of me wishes this series were just released as an original graphic novel, as I think Scalf’s art would be much better presented in that format. The rest of me quickly beats that part into submission and then smacks it around, reminding it that this book is happening on a monthly basis and, for four months (two so far and two more to go) at least, I can expect awesomeness in the form of art from Chris Scalf.
Scalf’s “Star Wars” universe is straight from the movies, with Zuckuss, or another Gand bounty hunter, making an appearance alongside a Besalisk (like Dex Jettster from “Attack of the Clones”) as we meet the quarry Boba Fett is after. Mace Windu’s influence upon the Fett clan is on display here, and Scalf does a marvelous job of presenting Mace Windu from Boba’s point of view.
I like the split tale between Jango and Boba. It’s a natural flow of story, reflecting upon how the past has fueled the present. The two tales come crashing together at the end of this issue, setting up an exciting story for the remainder of this series.
I’m not the most ardent “Star Wars” comic book collector, but so long as I get more Boba Fett goodness, I’m in. It seems to me that this is a story set to appeal to fans of both trilogies, whether you first knew Anakin Skywalker as Darth Vader or little Annie. The Fetts span that gap, adding depth to the story and gray to the conflict. From here, I’d dare say that there’s a logical leap to be made by Dark Horse to offer up more bounty hunter adventures.