Writer: Tom Taylor
Artist: Chris Scalf
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
(Victor Valley)–The most infamous bounty hunter in the Star Wars universe is dead. The scourge from The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, and countless expanded universe tales has met his maker, and the effects are felt throughout the galaxy. This new series from Dark Horse starts off with this startling revelation, and goes full steam ahead from there.
Story: When you think of some of the bounty hunters seen in the epic Star Wars universe: Bossk, Dengar, Cad Bane, Jango Fett; none of them have made more of an impact than the masked Boba Fett. His costume, his demeanor, his ship: Boba has always stood above the rest of the crowd. It was only a matter of time before everything caught up to him, and now is that time. His death is surrounded by controversy: who did it, and why?
That’s where this book goes, to what happened after his death. Being such a prominent name, Fett obviously has ties to some powerful people, hence the name Blood Ties. Writer Tom Taylor is no rookie when it comes to Star Wars, having written over 30 Star Wars issues and counting. He flexes his expertise, as this feels like a start to a solid, new chapter in the Star Wars universe.
Art: One thing that constantly troubles the comic book community is when you get a comic with a mind-blowing cover, but when you open it up, the art is not what you expected. Have no fear: cover artist Chris Scalf provides not only the covers, but the interiors as well. This makes for an engaging book with painted imagery that may be the best looking Star Wars interior art I have ever seen.
Overall: There have been a lot of Star Wars books released as of late, but none grabbed my attention like this. It brings the flavor you would expect from a Star Wars book, but blows away expectations with stunning artwork. Highly Recommended, I give Star Wars: Blood Ties-Boba Fett is Dead #1 a perfect ***** out of 5.