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A graphic novel by Ron Marz and Tom Fowler (2002, Dark Horse Comics)
Book 1 of a Bounty Hunter duology
27 years before Star Wars: A New Hope

Jango accepts an assignment to re-acquire a stolen artifact for a client, which means being away from his son.



Read on August 25th, 2006 for the second time  
    The artwork made me think that the drawings on these pages had been over-magnified. The broad brush strokes made the frames seem like large posters. Unfortunately, they showed things to be way too close up. Jango wasn't in so many of the frames as much as parts of him were.

I didn't care too much for the story, either way. It certainly wasn't bad, and it had enough momentum to move forward, but there was nothing really interesting about it. We are supposed to see how Jango has a dual identity, where he is soft and a real family man when it comes to his son, but he is hard as nails when going after his prey. I like the way Jango is both challenged by men who want to have the prestige of defeating him in a duel, and the bunch of women soliciting other things from him, reminiscent of Boba Fett's conversations with the other sex in Return of the Jedi. As I mentioned below: for all of this, I thought it lacked the passion to really pull the story off.



Read on October 14th, 2002  
    Rather passionless, and with completely uninspiring artwork, but the story was rather well laid-out.

As soon as I opened this book, I let out a sigh of disappointment, as the artwork looks really unfinished. Of course, that's not the case, as the artist simply paints with broad brush-strokes. However, it makes it very difficult to see what's going on, who is who, and just generally unpleasant to the eye -my eye, anyway.

We pick up two things about Jango in this book. First is his loyalty. Foremost, he loves his son, but like so many working parents, can't seem to find the time to spend with young Boba. Boba Fett idolizes his "father", and though he is disappointed when Jango leaves, he pretends to understand. When Jango says at the end that nothing could pull him away from Kamino again, we know that he's dead wrong. Jango is soft, unlike Boba Fett will be. Characters say Jango is the best bounty hunter in the galaxy, but he is nowhere as good as his son will be. Jango even goes back to save Zam Wesell when she is captured by that creature at the end. That is his softness and loyalty showing through. Although he likes hard currency, he is willing to do what is right, at the same time. So I wonder what happens to make Jango send her into fatal danger in Attack of the Clones, then.

The second thing that we are supposed to learn about Jango Fett is that he is an amazing bounty hunter. His quarry feel "honored" that he was sent against them. He garners many challenges as he walks through the cantina, and Zam knows that he will complete the job, so that she can take the idol off his possession once it is done (rather like Raiders of the Lost Ark). So we also learn that he's predictable. He always works alone, but never stops to consider that he might be double-crossed.

Of course, nobody double-crosses him twice. He makes sure of that, like with the Dug that hired both him and Zam to obtain the idol. Still, he left the Dug alive instead of killing him. I guess that's a better way to make sure the message gets out...

Zam makes two appearances in this book, at the end when she takes the idol away from him (and gets attacked by that giant bug so that he gets it back), and at the very beginning, which was a humorous moment. Is this Black Sun theme something of a continuing sub-plot among the comics? I thought Darth Maul killed all of the Black Sun vigos ten years ago. What does that mean for Darth Sidious' plans, which is the reason for Maul's actions in the first place -what plans would they have disrupted (which must now be completed) that he lets other vigos fill those positions at this time?

In any case, the humorous bit comes after Jango successfully kills the vigo and goes to collect his payment from a Hutt, only to find that Zam had killed the Hutt and expected payment from that same vigo! So they are both out of a large bounty!

This story is obviously continued in Zam Wesell, as the artifact is now in the hands of a malicious Republic general who plans to use it to, perhaps, take control? I don't like the idea that it might channel the Force, implied by the way the thief that Jango tracked down was force-sensitive. The Force seems more like a crutch that the writers used to make Jango's fight a little tougher.

The fight scenes didn't do anything for me in this book. Mostly because of the artwork, I think, they were difficult to discern, and the close-ups were way too close, so that we saw an arm or an elbow, and missed much of the fights. In this case, I don't really know if Jango is good or just lucky. Still, the story was well-scripted (even if there wasn't a lot of dialog in many sequences to keep me interested). With good artwork, it could have been really interesting, I think.


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