Ossus Library Index Star Wars Timeline




A graphic novel by Andy Mangles, John Nadeau, and Jordi Ensign (1997, Dark Horse Comics)
5 years after Star Wars: A New Hope

Boba Fett tracks down a bounty hunter who is impersonating him.



4 stars

Read on July 14th, 2002 for the second time  
    I first read this story when it was in what was then Star Wars Galaxy Magazine. I laughed at a lot of what was happening, and I loved the way Boba Fett remained so mysterious. Nothing has changed. The story is just as good as I remember it.

The first part does nothing to dissuade us from thinking that this is Boba Fett we are watching. He is a little clumsy -but so was Fett in Return of the Jedi. It is only when Dengar arrives that we find out this is an imposter -Jodo Kast, using the Mandalorian armor to increase the price of his bounties, because Fett wears the same armor. The action is nice and swift, even if this isn't Fett we're watching. And the dialog is very crisp and refined. No extras here. The first laugh line we get comes in the form of Dengar's transmission to Fett: Sarlaac Food! Ha!

Fett's grand entrance comes in the second act, where he towers above everybody, and defeats somebody claiming to be a Sith -but who isn't, obviously. A simple job for Fett. He uses the money to set a bounty on an imaginary figure, and hired Jodo Kast for the job. I like the way he is all bandaged up, as if he's still hurting from being partially digested by the Sarlaac!  I love the way Dengar does all the talking, while Fett simply walks on, up to his ship, and barely makes two-word answers, every ten sentences! This keeps the figure mysterious, and shows his efficiency.

The third part shows us the setup on Nal Hutta, in an abandoned Hutt clan house. Most of this chapter once again shows us Jodo Kast in action. Although he isn't Boba Fett, he's very good. He dodges the laser blasts (!), manages to get out of several traps, and even gets past a bunch of leech-like flying beasts that he mistakes for mynocks. There is barely any dialog, except for Kast talking to himself, and it is done in short sentences, much better than what we get in Aurra Sing.

Finally, Kast ends up where Fett wants him -on the far end of a blaster. In the fourth part, the two bounty hunters do battle. It's a good battle, and once again we see that Kast is a very good fighter. But in the end, of course, he loses. Fett hits him with a poison dart, and then strips him of his armor, setting his rocket pack to self-destruct. What a way to go -and a lesson learned. Don't cross Boba Fett.

I would like to know who Dala and Shysa are. Are they alien species that Fett expected to find under his opponent's mask? Or are they specific people he thought were behind it? I don't recognize the names.

Dengar also gets to mention Manaroo, who appeared in the Tales of the Bounty Hunters and the Bounty Hunter Wars. I wonder how it comes about that he still hasn't given up the trade!

The artwork was high-class. Everything was done in the blue-green of Fett's costume, and there weren't even too many other characters to interfere. I liked this story. I think what really sets it apart are the crisp action and dialog. Especially the lack of dialog. Boba Fett doesn't have to say anything, yet people still get his point. Dengar is hilarious when he mentions that he must be talking to himself! Fett's quite impressive. Actually, I've been impressed with all of Boba Fett's graphic tales.


Back to Top

All Star Wars material and covers are Copyright Lucasfilm Ltd and the publishers.
All reviews and page designs at this site Copyright (c)  by Warren Dunn, all rights reserved.