Death, Lies, and Treachery (Star Wars: Boba Fett) Paperback – January 21, 1998
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So any book or comic featuring his royal Fettness had better be good. Fortunately, our boy gets his due in this quality Dark Horse collection of three previously published comics (Bounty on Bar-Kooda, When the Fat Lady Swings, and Murder Most Foul). The story, by John Wagner of Judge Dredd fame, is by no means brilliant, but it's clever enough to rise a cut above the more schlocky Star Wars spinoff fare. What really sets this collection apart, though, are the moody colors and expert composition of Cam Kennedy (Star Wars: Dark Empire). From our favorite bounty hunter nonchalantly capping some thug without even turning around to breezing through the defenses of a H'unn's criminal stronghold, Death, Lies, and Treachery is classic Fett. --Paul Hughes
- Publisher : Dark Horse Comics; Gph edition (January 21, 1998)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 144 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1569713111
- ISBN-13 : 978-1569713112
- Grade level : 4 - 6
- Item Weight : 11.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 6.75 x 0.25 x 10.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #808,372 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Overall, this book is unusual compared to most Star Wars books. None of the characters can really be considered the "good guys" except for Magwit, who only appears in one part of the book and is not really a major character. Another reason that it's unusual is that it focuses on a completely different part of the Star Wars universe; the dark, unsafe outskirts. And the final reason is its atmosphere. "Death, Lies, & Treachery" really does describe both the book's storyline and the book's atmosphere. However, this book is still very enjoyable, and the few comic moments that there are are made much more enjoyable when you come to them straight from the serious atmosphere of the previous strip. Anyway, I gave this book a "4" instead of a "5" simply because of it's slightly depressing atmosphere. However, I think that while in the atmosphere that this story required, the book couldn't have been made much better.
There are a few little bits of neat dialogue and interesting character insights into the galaxy's most feared bounty hunter, but, just to give you a general idea, it took me three or four tries before I could actually force myself to read this one through to the end. A part of this is because, even though this book is long, it isn't as unified a series as most of the others, and each of the three issues represented here are 48 pages, so they start seeming long and drawn out in their own right.
If you absolutely love Boba Fett, don't buy this one...it'll ruin him for you. If you, however, fancy yourself a Star Wars collector, then I guess this is a necessary addition to your bookshelf. And to end -- a chronological note. This book is officially supposed to take place after Fett's exploits in Dark Empire I & II.
In this graphic novel, a compilation of three prior comics, Boba Fett is requisitioned to work for Gorga the Hutt, who is trying to woo Anachro. First, Gorga hires Fett to nab Bar-Kooda, who has been oppressing Anachro's father. Then, Gorga hires Fett to return his kidnapped Anachro to him. Lastly, Gorga attemps to rid himself of Daddy-In-Law.
Although the romance of hermaphroditic Hutts (perhaps this was written before that was established in canon?) was a little squicky, I rather enjoyed the novel. I felt Fett was characterized rather well (maybe a little chatty, but really well). His intro, hunting the men on speeder bikes, was pure Fett. Also, I rather enjoyed the story, which is basically just how one Hutt gets married to his love (and how Anachro defies the Hutt stereotype). I liked seeing the interaction of Gorga to Anachro, and Gorga to his Father-in-Law, two scenarios not prevalent in Star Wars and certainly not from the Hutts' perspectives.
The artwork I felt lent itself well to the story. The coloring the same way, though it did grow tiring, all the colors seemed to be the same over and over again.
Certainly not the most clever graphic novel ever made, "Boba Fett: Death, Lies, and Treachery" is an enjoyable yarn that will preoccupy your mind for a while and possibly get you to laughing.
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The art by Cam Kennedy is ugly, with monochromatic washes on many pages that make it look like a child's paint-by-numbers book. You know the sort of thing I mean; little Timmy doesn't yet understand the correlation between numbers and colors, so he just paints the whole page green. Kennedy's work is like that.
And the story by John Wagner isn't much better. It's a trilogy of sorts, all putting Fett at the beck and call of a Hutt even more loathsome than Jabba. His primary foe (or, rather, his primary foe and his primary foe's brother) is a caricature that one can't even begin to take seriously.
by Tom Knapp, Rambles.(n e t) editor