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Star Wars: Blood Ties - A Tale of Jango and Boba Fett Paperback – May 31, 2011

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Product Details

  • Series: Star Wars (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Horse; 1st edition (May 31, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595826270
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595826275
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.2 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #308,092 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Tom Taylor can be followed on twitter @TomTaylorMade.
Once a professional juggler and fire eater, Tom Taylor is now a #1 New York Times best-selling and multi-award-winning comic book writer, playwright and screenwriter.
Currently writing BATMAN/SUPERMAN for DC Comics and ALL-NEW WOLVERINE for Marvel, Taylor is well known for the INJUSTICE: GODS AMONG US series and SUPERIOR IRON MAN, as well as his many STAR WARS series, which include STAR WARS: BLOOD TIES (winner of the 2012 Stan Lee Excelsior Award).
Taylor is the co-creator, executive producer and lead writer of the CG Animated series, The Deep, based on his graphic novels of the same name.

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I am the editor in chief of a science fiction-oriented website, and I absolutely loved this comic. In order to give it the recognition it deserves, I'm posting my site's review of issue #1 of this trade below. Do know that the issues in the rest of the trade uphold the quality evident in the first. If you love Star Wars, and especially if you love Boba Fett, you will love Star Wars: Blood Ties. My review of issue #1:

Star Wars: Blood Ties is based on an interesting premise -- the observation that in the Star Wars universe, "Wars have been fought, governments have fallen, or tragedy has been averted because of one character's blood relation with another." This series takes that approach to analyzing Jango and Boba Fett. This is a father/clone relationship that definitely has its peculiarities and that can serve not only to reveal some of who the two characters are as they relate to the rest of the Star Wars canon but also how strongly even the most cold-blooded individuals can feel a blood bond with another. This debut issue kicks things off with Count Dooku sending the duo on what seems to be a generic assassination job, but it ends with perhaps the only kind of twist that could ever trip up the infamous Jango.

Writer Tom Taylor does a superb job of making Jango's tough love on Boba never feel like anything other than love (though Jango would probably never admit that himself). Even when he straps a jetpack on Boba, sprays him with a scent that attracts a monstrous dragon-like creature, orders him to take one of its teeth, and goes outside the cave to wait on him to complete the task, it genuinely feels like he is indeed doing what he believes is best for the boy (in this case, building his strength and courage).
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I've never been a huge fan of graphic novels, but bought this one on a whim, mostly because I had a craving for more Boba Fett stories. I have to say THIS is the way to write a story about Boba and Jango Fett. The characterization of the two is extremely deep without ever diminishing them. Boba is a ruthless bounty hunter, but he also idolizes his father. Jango will kill in cold blood on a contract, but also try to right moral wrongs. As another reviewer mentioned, the relationship between them feels real. You get the sense Jango wants the best for his son, even if that means tough love. There are also some poignant moments, such as when Boba Fett asks himself how he can make his dead father proud. Overall, you can tell Tom Taylor put a lot of thought into the story.

However, the artwork really makes this graphic novel come alive. I could never get into Star Wars comics that looked like something from a newspaper cartoon strip. There's no reason comic artwork can't be art. Chris Scalf blew me away with his art in this series. It's gorgeous. It looks almost photorealistic. Jango and Boba really look like their onscreen counterparts. One hologram of Dooku almost scared me because it looked just like Christopher Lee. The color tones are generally brown and blue, which set the mood far better than the vivid colors in most comics. Best of all is the motion. Chris Scalf manages to convey a sense of motion by blurring the image that looks awesome. When Slave I flies by the comic panel, it really feels like Slave I is flying by.

While the movies upset some fans by showing Boba as a kid, if you're going to take Boba Fett's helmet off, this is how you do it! This comic manages the Jango-Boba relationship and character arc far better than anything else I've seen, either in the Clone Wars, EU, or movies themselves. I heard Taylor and Scalf are working on a new Boba Fett comic. I can't wait!
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Most Boba/Jango stories I've read are just about the bounty they take and once its over, that's it. This was goes deeper. Its not just any bounty Jango takes on and it affects Boba's future. Great story. I'd recommend this to any Star Wars fan.
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"It's about legacies. And the question-- how do you make a dead man proud?"

Boba Fett is given a bounty--but this bounty is different. This bounty ends up having ties--to his father, Jango Fett.

Me and graphic novels have a love/hate relationship. I really want to love graphic novels, but I end up with a lot of graphic novels I end up hating. Either because I am hopeful I will find a good one or I am too dumb to call it quits, but I still occasionally buy graphic novels that pique my interest. Which is why I started reading this one.

At first, I wasn't impressed. Sure, the art was actually very decent, but having Jango throw his barely 10 year old son at a dangerous animal to show him "fear"? Not really what I would call "loving" parenting, even for a bounty hunter. And the whole bantha poodoo about if Boba can face the fear from a beast that he can face any fear? Uh uh. Try living with cancer, a family member's death, a divorce, a tragic accident. I can guarantee that no fear from a beast can cure the fear from those situations.

But even then I didn't let it drag me down. And I'm glad. Because the story immediately improved. A LOT.

The artwork is gorgeous. The characters actually look like who they are supposed to be (in some cases, Jango and Boba look so much like their actors, it is creepy). The action, for the most part, is well done. At the beginning, I had to review several panels to determine what happened, but at the end, I had no problems following the flow of the story and of the combat.

The characters were great. Boba Fett is in top form. He is a ruthless bounty hunter, yes, but he still has a moral code that we haven't quite seen since he became a clone in Attack of the Clones. Connor Freeman was great.
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