The story opens with a familiar Mandelorean chasing a winged sentient for
bounty. After the chase, Dengar arrives and reveals that the bounty hunter
isn't Boba Fett, but Jodo Kast. (Jodo Kast is a creation of West End Games who
wears the same armour as Fett and sometimes pretends to be him. My take on him
was that WEG wanted a role playing character like Fett, but figured he was
dead after ROTJ.) Dengar informs Fett of the impostor.
A man bandaged from head-to-toe goes to a hunter's guild and hires Kast to
capture a bounty. We then see the man's scarred back as he takes the bandages
off and puts on Fett's armour. Fett and Dengar discuss Kast and life.
Kast goes to Nal Hutta (one of the great locations invented in 'Dark Empire')
to collect this new bounty. After a series of Indiana Jones style challenges
he catches his bounty, only to discover that it's a hologram and that the real
Fett has a gun to his head. A fight ensues, Fett wins and Kast dies (in a
scene that reminded me of one from Mad Max).
To me, more than any other character in the SW universe, Fett belongs in the
comics. Aside from being a "bad guy", he's got all the qualities Batman has:
the cool costume and gadgets, the physical prowess, the detective skills, the
mysterious nature and the cool vehicle. Fett's popularity is visual. He
doesn't belong in novels, he belongs on screen and in comics.
That said, Mangels has a unique understanding of the character. He's
confident, skilled, smart, not "chatty" and not going to take anything from
anyone. I enjoyed the way Dengar-Fett interaction.
I'd say that the art was about average, but visually I got what I wanted out
of a Fett book... Fett in great poses using every bit of arsenal available in
his suit to get the job done. Of course, having two characters dressed like
Fett only enhanced the visual possibilities.
I liked this book because it reminded me of the kind of stories I created time
and time again after getting my Boba Fett action figure in 1979. Pure action,
Those who think Fett is an overrated, flat character won't much care for this
one... but then, why would they buy it?
A fun read, but unnecessary if you've already got the parts in SWGM.