I love Star Wars. And really, who doesn’t? Star Trek fans would argue that they don’t and say the “knight saving the princess storyline is old as time” and yada yada yada, but we all know they’re lying to themselves and watch it privately at night in their Tauntaun sleeping bag (which I do in fact own myself).
In Star Wars: Blood Ties #1 indeed it does appear that “Boba Fett is Dead”. Hunted down by a group comprised of unlikely allies lies Fett’s smoking corpse. The story has an unknown protagonist hunting down everyone who was a part of the assassination in search of who ordered the hit. It’s full of characters I’m unfamiliar with in the Star Wars Universe, but it doesn’t matter, the story is solid and the art by Chris Scalf is amazing. The art is like brilliant water colors on a tan Tatooine canvas. There’s some really dark action sequences involving torture and even a bad ass Sparta kick makes an appearance!
But let’s be honest, not all of the Star Wars Universe is created equal, some stories are just better than others. You want to know what makes a story “better”? Boba Fett, that’s what makes a story better. You add the most feared bounty hunter in the galaxy to the mix and BLAMO! instant success. But in the newest 4 parts Blood Tie series Boba Fett is merely there as a name on a corpse for the first two pages. Besides the obvious question of “is he actually dead?” stands the second part of the question, was Fett added to the book as a mere selling point? Obviously like the now-over-populated zombie genre, you just add a zombie and a series is revitalized, so lies the Blood Ties series. Add “Boba Fett is Dead” and it’s supposed to sell like hotcakes. I’ll admit, I took the bait hook line and sinker and I’m assuming others will too. I don’t blame them, and I don’t blame Dark Horse. This series is going to have closure and I’m sure Fett isn’t really dead. You’ll just have to start with Star Wars: Blood Ties #1 and pick up #2 “Conner Freeman is Dead” to see where this gruesome series goes next.