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Boba Fett Omnibus Review

The best way to describe this book is that it’s a mixed bag. Some of the stories are good and some; not so much. With such a large host of artists and writers, each story gives you something completely different. You really never know what your going to get.

So let’s start with the good, shall we? And the good starts right off the bat with “Boba Fett: Enemy of the Empire”. Written by John Wagner with decent art by Ian Gibson and John Nadeau, this story takes place when Fett works for Darth Vader for the first time. Chalk full of deceit and double crosses, we are treated to a battle between Vader and Fett where we learn where that big ding in Fett’s helmet came from. This story is a nice treat for any Fett fan. Next up is the short story “Wreckage”, written by comic veteran Ron Marz and awesome art by Adriana Melo. This mostly-silent story focuses on Fett retrieving “something” for an imperial officer off of a crashed Star Destroyer. This might have the most touching ending for any Fett story contained in this book. This is followed by another great yarn called “Overkill”. Written by Thomas Andrews with some of my favorite art in the entire book by Francisco Ruiz Velasco, this short story is all about Imperial deceit and forced promotions using Fett as a tool to meet one’s goals…very cool. Up next is my favorite story in the whole book; “Boba Fett: Twin Engines of Destruction”. Written by Andy Mangels and art again by John Nadeau, the entire focus of this story is about Fett taking out his copy cat and rival; Jodo Kast, who sports the same type of armor. I wont ruin the ending but I think you can figure out who ends up on top.

Onto the ugly or not so good. First up is “Sacrifice”, written again by John Wagner with so-so art by Cam Kennedy, this tale is more about the inhabitants on an alien world rising up and rebelling against the empire, with Fett only playing a peripheral role this could have easily been omitted from the book and would not have been missed. Not missing a beat, next up is “Boba Fett: Death, Lies, and Treachery” which might be the most famous Fett mini. Now I have this in the bad category because I’m not much of a fan of the story or the art, but I know there are a lot of people out there who like this tale. It’s not my cup of tea, but I would guess that most Fett fans will enjoy this yarn that has Fett working for Gorga the Hutt who has fallen for his Hutt rival’s daughter. To impress his new love’s father, Gorga sends Fett on a deadly mission to bring back the head of a notorious pirate who has been hurting the Hutt’s rival’s business.

Special note; there is one other story here that I really loved, but I wouldn’t call it a Boba Fett story, more of a Han Solo and Lando Calrissian tale with Fett and all the other bounty hunters; Dengar, IG-88, Bossk, Zukus and 4-Lom playing second fiddle. It’s written by Mike Kennedy with awesome animation inspired art by Carlos Meglia. The “Yavin Vassilika” is a fun read with great character moments riddled throughout with Han, Lando and even Greedo getting in on the action. I don’t want to spoil it but this tale has ramifications that are felt in Star Wars: A New Hope. Just Awesome.

All and all this Omnibus is a pretty good read and is a must have for any Fett fan. So go out there and get it before Lucas decides that all these stories aren’t cannon and messes with the goodness between the covers.

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