||A boring story and unexplainable plot
machinations sink this tale, even though it has some great artwork.
Strangely enough, it was the artwork that
brought this book up into the realm of readable. It was also the thing
that I was most worried about, since the characters, especially young
Jango, looked way to cartoonish. The characters are drawn in the same
style as the Underworld comic Yavin Vassilika. However, many of the
characters simply seemed a little larger than life. I would have never
guessed that Dooku was the same person portrayed in
Attack of the
Clones, but that doesn't matter to me all that much, as long as his
characterization stayed the same.
The artist draws really good battles
and backgrounds, however. They are not the best I've seen in Star Wars
comics, but seeing Jango in a forest, on a rooftop, or just about
anywhere left me appreciating this work. I think the artist does the
best job with clothing. Even the Mandalorian armor seems to have
muscles, and the robes of the Governor almost had character of their
Unfortunately, the four stories told in
this book are not interesting in the slightest. I was never a big fan of
Boba Fett when he got some background in the original expanded universe
books, and especially in the horribly written
Bounty Hunter War Trilogy.
It seems that his father is also such an anonymous character for me. His
other adventure, with Zam Wesell just before
Attack of the Clones, was
mediocre, as well.
The frame story for this book deals
with Darth Tyranus recruiting Jango Fett to be the Prime Clone, for
creating the clone army that will appear in Episode II. Tyranus
therefore has to recite his history, first as a young man being
recruited into the Mandalorians, then as a young man on his first
command, as told by a tortured associate of his. Then Dooku recites the
battle between Jango and the Jedi, which destroyed his company, and the
last part comes directly from Jango's mouth.
It seems that Jango had the same
tortured youth that so many of heroes have, of watching his family get
slaughtered by evil men. Why, then, I wonder, does he get revenge only for
his father? He never even mentions his sister or mother when citing his
hatred for the main bad guy, Vizla. He is taken in by Jaster Mereel,
head of the Mandalorians, since Fett's father was killed by his rival,
leader of the Death Watch, a branch of the Mandalorians. He helps set a
trap for Vizla, who seems to have forgotten that his quarry escaped, and
is likely to come after him. How Vizla missed killing Jango, when he had
a knife slicing somewhere near the frightened boy, is beyond me. I have
trouble believing that Jaster wouldn't slice Vizla's body up, instead of
leaving him there... to rise from the dead, so it seems.
For Vizla returns in the next segment,
setting up an ambush to catch the Mandalorians, who seem to be simply
mercenaries for hire. To be fair, the author does a fair job of setting
this story up, beginning with Jaster's trust in giving Jango this
command. This is the story where most of the beautiful artwork comes in.
Jango's colleague, Silas, gets a remarkable transition from his tortured
face to the flashback. Unfortunately, there is a ridiculous shot of
Jango running, in which he looks very awkward, and cartoonish. Jaster is
killed by Vizla, but in bringing Jaster's body back, Jango is seen as
the one who should lead the group, now, instead of the second in
command, who left the leader to die. Technically, I wonder how Jango's
flame thrower can target so far from his body?
In the third section, after curbing an
uprising for a planetary governor, he is betrayed, as the governor seems
to also be dealing with Vizla. Why? Who cares, says the story! The Jedi
are called in to deal with the Mandalorians, and it seems that they take
their sweet time, as Jango makes it all the way back to his encampment
just as the Jedi get there, too. It is a slaughter, as the Mandalorians
fall to the Jedi. It seems that many Jedi are killed, too, but I didn't
see it. The way Jango killed that Jedi is very stupid. Since Dooku says
that he killed many Jedi with his hands, I have to assume that this was
a remedial Jedi team, led by Dooku himself. This appears to be the
catalyst for Dooku leaving the Jedi Order. He claims that the Council
gave many such overwhelming and bad decisions. I just don't see it.
In the last part, Dooku wants to know
how Jango escaped slavery, since the Jedi gave him over to the governor
after their battle with him. How could they embrace slavery, which Padmé
says is illegal in the Republic during The Phantom Menace? His escape is
stupid, and also takes only two pages. The rest of that tale relates how Jango tracked down Vizla (through the governor, who miraculously doesn't
appear to die), and kills him. It was kind of neat to see Fett smashing
through the cockpit screen of that ship, but the battle afterwards left
a lot to be desired. In the first part, it was Jaster who left Vizla
alone, wrongly thinking he was dead. Now, Vizla thinks he has killed
Jango. After the encounters they have had, I think Vizla would cut
Jango's head off to be sure. But no, Jango gets to jump Vizla in the
escape pod, and the leave before the ship explodes. But for some reason,
they don't fight inside the pod, all the way down to the surface. Or if
they do fight, neither one of them is killed, and I don't see how that could
happen. In such close quarters, they should have killed each other. Jango ends up literally feeding Vizla to the wolves, and watches, to
make sure that this time, the man won't be returning from the dead.
In the end, Jango poisons Dooku, who
uses the living Force to cure himself. Both being impressed with the
other, Jango accepts Dooku's offer, asking only for Boba Fett along with
his money. Ho, hum...
What more can I say? The four stories
had a common element, in the enemy, but none of them were long enough to
tell us much. I think an entire graphic novel dealing with Jango could
be interesting, but to cut it up piecemeal just doesn't satisfy me.
There were also several spelling or grammar mistakes that sucked any
momentum that the story did accumulate.
This story allows us to get to know the
ill-fated Jango Fett, but the person that I met just didn't seem to be