Written by: Jody Houser
Art by: Luke Ross
Published by: Marvel Comics
Chronology Placement: Set a year before the events of “Attack of the Clones”
The relationship between Jango and Boba Fett has always been an interesting one to me, as Jango opted to ‘conceive’ his son through a cloning process rather than the traditional way of siring one’s offspring. Using his own DNA as a template, it is clear that Jango wanted his legacy to be identical to him in every way and this short adventure by Jody Houser shows him moulding Boba Fett to succeed him as the greatest bounty hunter in the galaxy – a role he would ultimately fulfil. Houser manages to nail the characterisation of both Fetts and their unusual father-son dynamic, capturing Jango’s wisdom and subtle tenderness towards his son and Boba’s willingness to learn. Despite its brevity, the story is an effective glimpse at how the pair operated as a duo before the events of “Attack of the Clones” and demonstrates how deadly and self-sufficient Boba is on his own.
Luke Ross is the perfect choice to illustrate these villainous one-shot comics as his art really emphasises the grittier corners of the Star Wars universe. As with his work on the Darth Maul mini-series, Ross can draw the hell out of a cantina scene and his bounty hunters evoke the right level of deviousness and menace. The Mandalorian armor is one of the most iconic costume designs from the Star Wars franchise (alongside Darth Vader himself) and Ross really brings it to life in this issue, adding a slightly regal touch to the character as he stands out amongst the rest of the scum and villainy. This was a fun ‘done-in-one’ adventure, but I would love to see this creative team return to the characters for an extended jaunt, perhaps with some of the other recognisable bounty hunters from this time period.
Score – ★★★★ ½
Star Wars: Age of Republic – “Jango Fett” is available in a digital format from Comixology and Amazon, or collected in the trade paperback, “Star Wars: Age of Republic – Villains“, which is also available from Comixology and Amazon.