- 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)
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Star Wars: Blood Ties - A Tale of Jango and Boba Fett Paperback – May 31, 2011
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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).Read more ›
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!
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Really good back story of Jango fett and his
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Fantastic illustrations and story provide a lot of background on the most dangerous assassin in the Star Wars galaxy. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Mark
This book is really cool. I really liked it. It is about a boy named Boba Fett and basically is how he grows up.Published 13 months ago by Koons Kids
Only received the kindle version. After 4 months of waiting for the paperback, I ended up cancelling the order because its no longer available.Published 14 months ago by Kindle Customer
It is a comic book. The story is good, but at the end of the day, it is a comic book.Published 15 months ago by Strick9
This was a great story of how past decisions can have repercussions in the future. As one of my friends said, it's a story of legacy and consequences and honour. Read morePublished 16 months ago by J. Marts