- 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 (32 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #809,289 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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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!
I loved the art, but I have a feeling it's digital. That doesn't fully matter to me, but I like the way that drawn art looks and "feels." Some of the words have a shadow and seemed blurred.
Boba faces a Bayeg as a child, and confronts what many consider to be the worst fear in the galaxy. He and Jango head to Atzeri to kill a man who happens to be a rogue Clone. I especially liked that there was such a thing. It shows that the men had personalities and were different, despite their conditioning. Jango is shocked at what he sees, but the look on his face on page 36 when he sees Connor Freeman made me laugh.
Fast forward quite a few years - maybe 15-20. Boba's made a name for himself and the Guild is currently called "The League of the Bounty Hunters." Freeman has also made a name for himself, causing Boba to go after his bounty. The two face the other hunters in a pretty interesting battle where Boba's weapons were briefly explained to the reader. That was wonderful!
I truly had to laugh when Boba took a three-credit bounty.
Tom Taylor wrote this four-issue mini-series collected in this trade paperback. Firstly, Dark Horse isn't known for producing durable TPBs and this one is no exception. However, the story here is interesting as it spans from Attack of the Clones well into the original trilogy. It weaves a neat tale regarding Boba Fett's past and present and works well. Not the greatest Star Wars book I've read, but not the worst, either. The art, by Chris Scalf works well but uses lots of colors to seem more artsy. Otherwise, it's a decent story with an interesting twist. Uunfortunately, like a lot of Dark Horse books, you only get a single textless cover in the book. Just one to pick up and read if you find it cheap.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is an unforgettable tale of Jango and Boba Fett. The art is amazing and jaw dropping already but the story is even better! Read morePublished 19 days ago by Roger Pirrone
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 16 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 17 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 17 months ago by Kindle Customer