Boba Fett is one of the most iconic characters in the Star Wars Franchise, and has been for over forty years. And while you can say the same for just about every major character who has populated the franchise's big screen chapters, Feat is a special case. Unlike other masked villains, he doesn’t offer anything beyond being an aesthetically-pleasing look that will move tons of merchandise, and, as painful as it is to admit, that’s about it.
Thankfully, the now non-canonical Star Wars Expanded Universe gave us plenty of stories about the taciturn bounty hunter, making him more of a character and less of a cool, but ultimately empty, action figure. Marvel continues this trend, but instead of giving us more insight into his motivations and backstory, Star Wars: Age of Rebellion – Boba Fett #1 leans into the masked scourge's mystique.
No matter the genre, less is often more when crafting tough-as-nails outlaws, bounty hunters and smugglers. Some characters don't need deep backstories or epic origins; what we project onto certain figures in fiction is far more captivating than anything the writers can conjure up. We don't need to know why Boba Fett appears in an epic splash page with a blaster raised to the heavens while he's atop a mechanical camel with a Rebel pilot slumped over its hump. The image is striking enough on its own. The information we can extrapolate from the details tell us everything we need to know: This dude is not to be messed with.
But no matter how hard we try, it's impossible for fans to erase the canonical appearances of Boba Fett they may dislike. This doesn't mean the mystery which caused so many to gravitate toward the character can't be recaptured, as Star Wars: Age of Rebellion – Boba Fett #1 proves. Grek Pak and Marc Laming focus on making Fett a man(dalorian) of few words. In fact, he doesn't utter a single syllable for the bulk of the issue, even when characters push him to speak or enter a discussion. Instead of Fett having internal monologues or speeches about the merits of bounty hunting, we simply follow him on what must be an average work day. The manner in which the supporting characters react to the bounty hunter gives us all we need to validate their obsession and trepidation toward the Fett. In short, Pak and Laming make Fett far more intimidating than the doofus who rocketed right into a Sarlacc's gullet we all tried to push from our memories.
Greg Pak has been doing a lot of great work in the Age of Rebellion comics, but this might be his best thus far, and it's not due to some grand sweeping narrative or startling revelation. Pak just simply strips Fett of his artifice. It's a simple, yet effective decision: Legends can't be ruined if the characters never open their mouths. Marc Laming's artwork is equally fantastic, and the attention to details is outstanding. Every scratch, scuff and dent adorning the bounty hunter's iconic armor is drawn with care, and the heavy inks give the character a menacing look, even when he's just standing around.
Wanting to see a character with such longevity get back to basics can come off as a wanton fanboy demand, and that's usually how it plays out. But getting down to a character's brass tacks, even if they aren't exactly ancillary to the larger narrative, can actually give them more weight. It can make them exciting again. Star Wars: Age of Rebellion – Boba Fett # 1 does just that by by giving us a story which feels like a slice of life -- a really weird and violent slice of life.