Jango Fett One-Shot
Story: Ron Marz
Art: Tom Fowler
Lettering: Dan Jackson
Reviewed by: Mike Cooper (2/25/02)
When he is hired by a mysterious unseen employer to retrieve an ancient alien artifact, Jango Fett has no idea that his path will cross with that of a woman from the past--the beautiful, deadly, Zam Wesell--the only other bounty hunter worthy of being called Fett's equal, and who is seeking the same prize. Somebody is playing them against one another, and their survival will depend on whether they decide to be allies or adversaries...
This one-shot is really the first of a two-part story (concluded in the Zam Wesell one-shot), but I will try to review each part on its own credentials.
The story starts out with a great concept: Jango and Zam kill each other's employers before either can collect a fee. This seems to be the epitome for of their entire relationship as we've seen it thus far; they get on each other's nerves, but not enough to really be considered enemies. The bits of interaction we get between them really flow well, and it sets the standard for what to expect from these two in the EU. That seems to have been the general point of this overall story: setting up the bounty hunters of AotC. Well, that and getting Yarael Poof out of the way. If I have any complaints, it's the fact that Zam mentions never having seen Jango's face before, when she does just that in the Bounty Hunter video game. But I suppose that's a problem on Lucasarts' end, not Marz's.
Fowler's style is one I don't run into much in comics these days (and trust me, I read a lot of comics). It's sketchy, but coherent, and manages to stay very consistent without losing the nice painterly quality. The fight scenes had a tendency to get kinda confusing, however, due to the aforementioned sketchiness. He might have benefitted from pulling out a little bit in some of the panels. Overall, it wasn't too much of a detraction. In fact, I think I liked the art here better than in Zam Wesell. But there I go comparing the two.
Very enjoyable, and a nice quick read. Surprisingly, it also manages to stand on its own without relying on much of a "To be continued" element at the end (though it is definitely there).