WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for Star Wars: Age of Republic - Jango Fett #1 by Jody Houser, Luke Ross, Java Tartaglia and Travis Lanham, on sale now.
Boba Fett is a legend in the Star Wars franchise, despite his limited screen time in The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. That's because fans connected to his slick look and mysterious demeanor as the bounty hunter who brought Han Solo to Jabba the Hutt. However, while the prequel trilogy delved into the character's background, most of the emphasis was placed on his father, Jango.
But Marvel Comics' new one-shot, Star Wars: Age of the Republic - Jango Fett, makes up for that shortcoming by diving into Boba's youth, and exploring why he chose to follow in his father's footsteps.
Attack of the Clones introduced a clone army created for the Republic using Jango's genetic template. All that he asked in return was for a "son," Boba. When Mace Windu decapitated Jango at the Battle of Geonosis, Boba took his father's helmet and vowed to fill his footsteps. We assumed that was the reason he later donned similar armor and became the most-feared bounty hunter in the galaxy. However, this comic shows there was more motivating Boba than mere revenge.
In the comic, Jango is hired by the parents of an Twi'lek female to retrieve their daughter, who has eloped. Heading to the planet Old Mantell, he brings along Boba for his first mission, but also employs three aliens, Tiver, Rinn and Neelda, to assist him. But when they recover the girl, Tiver and Rinn turn on the team, and hold Boba at gunpoint, planning to return to claim the bounty for themselves.
Underestimating their hostage, the two are blindsided when Boba secretly pulls a gun and kills them both. It happens in a flash, and demonstrates why he grew up to become a notorious gunslinger. When Boba points the gun at Neelda, his father let's him choose whether his target lives or dies. Boba decides to spare Neelda, as he wasn't part of the betrayal. However, the actual reason is that he wants Neelda to spread the word that Boba is coming up in the business. He wants to surpass his father and carve out a name for himself; there's no better time to start than as a teen.
Jango takes pride in his son, but is taken aback by how quickly Boba executed his enemies. He had the chance to offer mercy, but, as the boy reveals, he enjoys killing. He teases Neelda and from this we can see, he wears the Fett helmet not only to take over his father's mantle, but because he enjoys the thrill of the hunt. Boba is, well, a bloodthirsty psycho. Of course, Jango doesn't correct him, because the kid's attitude is what woks best for business.
With that mercenary mindset and blood lust, seeing his father killed was simply one more catalyst that pushed him toward his destiny. One way or the other, Boba was going to become a feared bounty hunter. Jango's death simply sped up the timeline.