Review – Star Wars: Blood Ties #2 – Boba Fett is Dead

Script: Tom Taylor
Art: Chris Scalf
Lettering: Michael Heisler
Cover Art: Chris Scalf
Published by: Dark Horse Comics

Boba Fett is dead and the world is starting to learn you don’t kill someone so famous and so feared without stirring up the pot, vengeance is on the move and those who tracked him down and killed him are now facing judgement. Connor Freeman is the man on the warpath and the powers that be want him not only silent but dead and gone, unfortunately the cards are in Connor’s favor and the game continues.

Part 2 is a complete twist of sorts, we find out more about this plan and about what’s going on with Connor, unfortunately while he survived this encounter he’s not entirely all himself after the attack. The masked stranger reveals himself to Connor setting off a huge flashback of the events leading into Part 1 and elaborating on everything to the point where the story is flipped on its head for what readers thought was going on. The attack path changes course though, instead of just hunting those who started this mess it goes to Blackfel taking this situation to a whole new level against the conspiring group against Fett and any supporters.

Star Wars: Blood Ties #2 is a huge elaboration over the first issue, in some ways it would have been great to know that out of the gate but it builds up the life of Connor and the stress he was going through leading into this. The art continues the painterly qualities and intense detail throughout the book and there aren’t many instances where it stumbles, the characters are handled with care and the environments are engaging. Fans of the series really need to dive into issue 2 so they can feel the full impact of this story, one can only hope they have a miracle up their sleeve to wrap this up in 2 more issues.

Release date: May 30, 2012

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Story:★★★★★ 
Art:★★★★½ 
Dialog:★★★★½ 
Overall:★★★★½ 

Review – Star Wars: Blood Ties #1 – Boba Fett is Dead

Writer: Tom Taylor
Art: Chris Scalf
Letters: Michael Heibler
Cover Art: Chris Scalf
Variant Cover Art: David Palumbo
Published by: Dark Horse Comics

Blood ties is a new expansion to the Star Wars universe, taking place 10 years before the Battle of  Yavin. The story centers around Boba Fett’s legend in the galaxy as a fearless bounty hunter without equal, Blood Ties explores what happens when you cross a legend that has deep alliances and blood ties buried everywhere.

The introduction to the issue is blunt, Boba Fett makes his last stand when surrounded by a hit team and thing’s do not exactly go in his favor. The news is broadcast across the galaxy, even the most fearless force around and most legendary gun isn’t invincible in this life. What isn’t taken to account is that when you stir a fight with such a person, you can’t expect the issue to just go away under the table and everything to move forward. Blood Ties centers around this and circles around Connor Freeman, a friend and ally to Fett who may not be blood but he owes his current life to the hunter. What we know of his past is vague but he’s a man with conviction ready to see retribution paid to those behind this action through systematic destruction.

As a Star Wars installment it’s a pretty hard shift from what I’m used to with the series, it tackles the issue of Boba Fett’s execution in a direct assault, the trickery or complex plotting are skipped over and it’s a brand of old-fashioned justice instead. Top this off with the painterly quality to the whole issue, instead of going for a touch of drama and realism throughout the pages and you have a book that really stands out.

Star Wars: Blood Ties #1 – Boba Fett is Dead isn’t your average Star Wars installment, it’s a rough tale of what happens when you start a war against a force that isn’t completely understood. I really look forward to what Tom Taylor has in store for the rest of this series, it’s certainly going to be an intense one.

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Release date: April 25, 2012

Story:★★★★★ 
Art:★★★★★ 
Dialog:★★★★☆ 
Overall:★★★★½