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
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.