Star Wars
Boba Fett - Man With a Mission

Authors: John Wagner, Ron Marz, Thomas Andrews and John Ostrander
Artists: Cam Kennedy, Adriana Melo and Francisco Ruiz Velasco
Titan Books
RRP: 9.99, US $12.95
ISBN-13: 978 1 84576 464 7
ISBN-10: 1 84576 464 1
Available 22 June 2007

Boba Fett, the greatest bounty hunter in the galaxy, faces four of the most dangerous missions of his career. Whether it's confronting an Imperial ship designed to wipe out entire alien species, taking on both sides in a vicious civil war, entering an abandoned star destroyer to seek a mysterious prize, or settling a dispute between an Imperial outpost and the local royalty, there's no job too perilous for the man in the Mandalorian armour - if the price is right...

Man With a Mission collects together four different Boba Fett tales that follow Star Wars's most popular bounty hunter on four very different missions.

2000 AD fans can be forgiven for thinking they are reading a Judge Dredd tale when they flick through the first story, Sacrifice. It's not surprising really as Dredd writer and artist John Wagner and Cam Kennedy work together on this tale. I wonder if Kennedy had tongue firmly in cheek as he drew Fett on his Bounty Chopper? It looks a lot like Dredd on his Lawmaster. Even the alien race that employ Fett's services are dressed in headgear that readers will recognise from residents of Mega City One.

Next up is Wreckage, which follows Fett as he undertakes a perilous mission to retrieve a mysterious item from an abandoned star destroyer. Just what is so valuable that an Imperial officer would employ the services of Fett?. Until the final page, I thought this was supposed to be Grand Moff Tarkin from A New Hope. As it wasn't, I was at a loss to explain why the artist had chosen to model the character on Peter Cushing.

Overkill is not so much a Fett story, being more concerned with following the acts of the Imperial commanders who have employed his services. In a bid to move up the chain of command, one officer has taken matters into his own hands - hiring Fett to insure that a ruthless job is carried out efficiently. Although, when he realises that he's gone too far, how can he call the bounty hunter off the job? But then, nothing is as it first appears.

Agent of Doom is interesting in that it takes place after the events of Return of the Jedi. Here, an alien species wants to employ Fett's services in order to right a wrong. However, this is a poor race, on the brink of extinction and they don't have enough money to employ the galaxy's greatest bounty hunter... that is until it's pointed out to Fett that his reputation has taken a serious dent after being eaten by the Sarlaac and letting Han Solo escape from this clutches so many times. So, in the end, Fett agrees to embark on an almost impossible quest so that his reputation will be restored throughout the galaxy. This story is also drawn by Cam Kennedy. And, like Sacrifice, features a humanoid alien species that wears headgear similar to the residents of Mega City One.

At the end of the day, this is an enjoyable collection of tales that will be welcomed by Boba Fett fans across the galaxy.

Darren Rea

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