Boba Fett #6 - Pursuit
by Elizabeth Hand
Published by Scholastic
Scott's Rating: 2 out of 4
This is the final book in the Boba Fett series.
After barely escaping General Grievous with his life, Boba Fett runs across another foe – Anakin Skywalker. Anakin helps Boba repair Slave I, but he’s determined to take him in for questioning. It’s then that Boba decides to play his information card. He offers the Republic information about Count Dooku in exchange for his freedom.
Anakin escorts Boba Fett to the Jedi Temple for a meeting with Palpatine. However, it’s there that Boba Fett sees his chance to exact revenge on Mace Windu for the murder of his father, Jango. Will Boba Fett successfully face off with the Jedi Master or be killed in the process?
The strongest thing about Boba Fett – Pursuit is that it features a number of very significant first encounters. It shows the first meeting between Anakin and Boba. It shows the first meeting between Palpatine and Boba. It also features the first meeting between Boba and Mace Windu after the death of his father Jango Fett. For these reasons this book is very important to the Star Wars Expanded Universe because it sets up a lot of what is to come.
The rematch between Mace Windu and Boba Fett is probably the most exciting part of the whole story. Despite the fact that you know Boba Fett is outmatched, his boldness in facing him is quite impressive. The fight ends up being a little bit longer than you might otherwise suspect. The fact that it takes place in Palpatine’s office also makes it intriguing. This sets up the encounter between Palpatine and our favorite bounty hunter. It’s there that Boba establishes his relationship with the future Emperor and they make the deal that will allow Boba to begin hunting down and killing Jedi. It’s amazing to me that Lucasfilm is allowing all this to be set up within a children’s novel rather than the adult series. Despite that, it’s cool to see.
Also of significance is a brief dogfight between Asajj Ventress and Slave I. This marks one of the noteworthy appearances of the Clone Wars character in the Expanded Universe.
This book also features the very first meeting between Anakin Skywalker and Boba Fett. This is yet another relationship that becomes important, especially in The Empire Strikes Back. Unfortunately, it is rather anticlimactic. Rather than fighting or teaming up for a big battle, they set their ships down on a moon and Anakin helps him repair Slave I. It’s not exactly what I had hoped to see.
Boba Fett also meets up with Elan Sleazebaggano, one of the most annoying characters in the Star Wars Universe. At one point he even says to Boba Fett, “Yo! Whassup!” Talk about ripping you out of a galaxy far, far away.
Unfortunately, despite the numerous cameos and first encounters, this final book in the Boba Fett series isn’t quite as good as the others. This is mainly because Fett doesn’t grow much as a character as he did before. It seemed like most of what happened to him was nothing more than setup for his encounters with Palpatine, Skywalker, and Windu. The other books were better able to combine the cameos with the characterizations.
The aforementioned “Whassup” was pretty ugly.