Thursday, August 27, 2009

Boba Fett: Enemy of the Empire

Boba Fett: Enemy of the Empire

2 or 3 years BBY

Whew! You mean not another Han Solo post? Well, don't get too excited, there's at least two more on the way. But for now, I'm glad for a change of pace, especially when that pace is good, old-fashioned bounty hunting.

Colonel Abal Karda has been declared an enemy of the Empire, and has disappeared with an invaluable item. While all others have failed to track down Karda, Darth Vader knows the one man who will get the job done: Boba Fett. But Fett was foolish to accept a commission from the Dark Lord, especially when the prize in question must be kept secret at all costs. Two of the most feared men in the galaxy will go head to head, and it won't be pretty.

There's so much to like about this graphic novel. How can you not love a duel between Darth Vader and Boba Fett? And trust me- it's not one-sided. The storyline, by John Wagner, is beautiful in its simplicity. It's everything you'd want out of a Boba Fett comic- a bounty hunt, dark characters, and action at every turn. Wagner's representation of the Boba Fett character is right on par as well. He's ruthless and cunning, yet retains an odd sense of Mandalorian honor throughout the story. For example, he doesn't kill anyone he doesn't have to and always completes the deal. He's the ultimate "killer with a code", which has always been one of my favorite aspects of him.

For the record, the kooky religion on Maryx Minor called the "Order of Pessimists" cracked me up every time. "Woe, woe, a thousand times woe!".

The artwork in this graphic novel is hit and miss. The cover is awesome, by far one of my favorites. But the Gibson, Nadeau, and Ezquerra team really lack luster with the rest of the artwork. My number one complaint would be that Boba Fett's armor looks way too grimy, with weird dots all over him. And is it my imagination, or does Darth Vader seem kind of punier than usual in some of the scenes? The artwork definitely didn't do him justice.

Either way, awesome and quick read! Don't miss this one!

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