"Star Wars: Blood Ties - Boba Fett Is Dead" #1 might have dewbacks and cantinas in space and stormtroopers, but do not be mistaken into thinking this is a science fiction comic. The backdrop is the Star Wars universe, itself full of science fiction tropes, but this comic is a crime study at its heart. It is also thoroughly enjoyable, if a tad predictable.
Boba Fett is indeed dead, the title does not lie. We open on his recently shot corpse splayed out on barren earth and we watch the news spread across the galaxy. It seems a little silly that the death of one bounty hunter, a denizen of the shadows, would resonate to every planet amidst a galaxy that must have a population amongst the trillions but perhaps that's testament to the mammoth size of Fett's reputation. Or perhaps it's ridiculous.
From this set up, a hooded personification of vengeance tracks down all of the individuals involved in the murder. Why these gentlemen were shown around the crime scene on the news and how this person can then track one stormtrooper from that photo are a little beyond me, but these are little nitpicks amidst a story that is a hell of a lot of fun. This is a revenge crime thriller. It reads as a Richard Stark novel set in space. The pace clips along and each confrontation is unique and holds its own reason for deserving your attention.
There are two genuinely funny moments in this book that should make any reader laugh out loud with a handful of action-packed moments. "Star Wars: Blood Ties - Boba Fett Is Dead" is a book that's certainly open to any type of reader. The only thing you need to know is Boba Fett used to be the best and the baddest in this universe and now he is dead.
Chris Scalf's art is not what you might expect from a sci-fi romp, even one more mired in crime tropes. Scalf's work has a painted vibrancy and so the panels feel more chosen but their successive flow is muted slightly. He knows how to establish a page and ensure the story isn't slowed any by his style.
"Star Wars: Blood Ties - Boba Fett Is Dead" is unashamedly an entertaining book. The narrative force moving forward relies on a structure we've seen before but it is fun seeing it in this setting. Tom Taylor finds something of interest in every scene to ensure you actually haven't seen all of this before. If you like Star Wars this is a nice and easy way to dip into the comics and have a good time.