I am really enjoying the adventures of Boba Fett in the comics.
Taking place before The Empire
Strikes Back, we get to see how
Vader and Fett meet, and why they seem to have mutual respect for each
The artwork was superb. I don't think I've seen Fett drawn
with so much detail. His gear and his posture, as well as the attitude
and confidence he displays were all conveyed perfectly.
The story itself is very linear, for a change. There are
four points of view, but three of them are very small. It is Boba
Fett we care about.
Vader contacts Fett to track down an Imperial officer who killed
his superior and fled with a casket of mysterious contents. Vader
doesn't care about what happens to the man. He wants the box, and warns Fett not to open it, but does not explain why.
Vader is smart, however. He knows that Fett will open the
box, and probably won't want to give it up. So he sends a small group
of assassins after him. Once the box has been secured, they are to
kill Fett. But he somehow knows that they will fail.
The Imperial officer has taken refuge in the sanctuary of the
Order of Pessimists, who are very funny in their ways. Always fearing
the worst, they are prepared when their doom falls upon them. Almost.
Fett tracks the man easily. He has left a trail that is
difficult to follow, but easy for Fett, who shows his confidence and lethality
in almost every situation.
Through the trail, he discovers what is in the casket.
The Imperial officer had been involved in the battle for a savage people's
world. He was enthralled by the one woman who didn't fight against
him with force -their leader. She was a woman who could predict the
future. The savages could come back to life after being killed even
six or seven times. These were all clues.
The Imperial officer discovered a virus that could kill all the
savages, but he kept the seer alive. She gave him many predictions,
all of which came true. He killed his superior by accident, trying
to keep her secret. She almost died, her welcome rest, but he cut
off her head, and she survived. Now she is driving him insane with
Fett has arrived just in time. He kills the officer, as
well as his potential assassins, but knows that the seer could bring a
good price if he brought her to the black market. But
Vader arrives, intent on taking the prize and killing Fett.
A great battle erupts between the two, and Vader gains respect
for Fett. But he decides enough is enough, and uses the Force to
seep the life from his enemy's body. Just then, Fett kicks the seer's
head over a cliff and into the fiery pit below. Vader refocuses his
energies, and saves the head, releasing Fett.
In a sadistic twist, it is revealed that while Vader was concentrating
on saving the head of the seer, Fett had him within his sights, and could
have killed him.
Back on his ship, Vader gets many predictions from the seer.
She reveals that Fett will be useful very soon. Some predictions
are contradictory, but one is clear. The Emperor will want his treasure.
Sure enough, the Emperor calls. Vader uses the Force to kill the
seer, and tells the Emperor that she was killed in the struggle with Fett.
I really enjoyed this little adventure.