Marvel's Star Wars Reveals The Dark Origin of the Clone Wars

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.

One of the biggest attractions for Star Wars fans when 2002's Star Wars: Attack of the Clones came out was how George Lucas would shape the origin of Boba Fett. Fans have adored the bounty hunter for his slick look and badass attitude since we first saw him in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, although Star Wars: Return of the Jedi really failed the character. However, this prequel offered an opportunity to make up for that, giving us insight into what turned him into a soldier.

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Now, while the movie focused on Boba as a kid and his screen time was limited, the shocking revelation was that his father, Jango, was used as the genetic template for the Empire's clones (the would-be Stormtroopers). But the film didn't really go into why Jango was selected or the fine print of the original deal. Well, come the Age of Republic -- Jango Fett one-shot, we now have all the details.

This book deals mostly with how Jango trained Boba to become a ruthless mercenary from the moment he could walk. Despite striking an unassuming figure with his small frame, Boba went on missions and was obsessed with killing. That's why when Mace Windu decapitated Jango, he took his dad's helmet and accepted the mantle was now his. But as much as this comic waxes on about Boba's youth, we finally see Jango meeting Darth Tyranus (Count Dooku) in a flashback on the Moons of Bogden as part of negotiations to be the alpha these clones would be replicated from.

Jango is curious why Dooku wants to carve out a deal with him, as the Sith offers him residence on Kamino and a lot of money. Dooku even sweetens the package by offering more cash if Jango wants to retire from the bounty hunting life. While negotiating, Jango proves to Dooku that he has insight into the Sith and the aspiring Empire (which was still the Republic at this time). Dooku retorts, praising him for his skill in the field, as he knows that, if they can reproduce soldiers with Jango's talent, Palpatine will have the legion he always wanted, thus kickstarting the Clone Wars.

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Of course, the fact Jango's trustworthy and will keep quiet is also an added benefit, as Dooku wants to ensure Palpatine's identity as the Sith Lord Darth Sidious is protected. The banter goes back and forth as each man tries to outdo the other and show who has true control. Jango then plays his ace card, revealing the Sith want him not just because he's a near-flawless killer, but because he's human, which means he'll be easier to clone and work with than the other deceptive aliens in the galaxy -- something this issue highlights when Jango and Boba are double-crossed by their gang of creatures.

With Jango holding the trump card, Dooku caves and resorts to flattery to seal the deal, playing on the fact Jango has a reputation and an ego to service. He tells the hunter that if he's the man this army is cloned from, it's a legacy no one will ever come close to. Obviously, Jango's hubris causes him to cave at this point, but in their game of chess, the soldier makes his big move on the board by asking for one thing.

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It remains unsaid, but we know it's a clone to call his son. It's checkmate for Jango, but then again, as much as he thinks he's won, the real benefit goes to Palpatine and Dooku. They secured their legion from the DNA of someone who's the galaxy's most elite assassin and, as the Jedi would find out, it's a stroke of genius that changed the entire fate of the cosmos. After all, this would result in the clones exterminating the Jedi in Order 66 years later in Revenge of the Sith.

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