The first page of Star Wars: Blood Ties Volume 3 – Boba Fett is Dead is a wonderful splash page of the recently dead Boba Fett. I honestly don’t think this next bit counts as a spoiler since the surprise is spoiled before the first page of the comic, but if you want your experience to be completely unsullied, skip the rest of this paragraph. This book takes place about a year before the events of Star Wars: Episode IV— A New Hope. Eagle-eyed readers might notice that this means that the book takes place before the first appearance of Boba Fett in the Star Wars Holiday Special.* Clearly, Boba Fett survived his death, but that’s not really the point of the story.
So, what is the point of the story? This comic sets out to offer some backstory and character revelations for the most infamous bounty hunter this side of anywhere. The story begins with the corpse of Boba Fett and explores the reactions and experiences of those who were close to him. We mostly follow Connor Freeman, who is the son of a clone of Jango Fett. (The D is silent.) Boba Fett is also a clone of Jango, and he and Connor consider themselves to be half-brothers. Connor is an interesting character with a good balance between being capable of taking care of himself and being in way over his head.
The story does a nice job of working as a straightforward action affair and a character-driven exploration of backstory with a little bit of comedy thrown in for good measure. There are some great action set pieces that set up impossible situations for our characters. One of these in particular is one of my new favorite Star Wars action bits, which we all can agree is a very high bar.
The character study in this book isn’t the best, but it is always serviceable. The characters here behave realistically and are all driven by internal and external motivations. (My English degree is finally paying off.) It is well done, even if the book feels a little more plot-driven than character-driven.
The biggest surprise here is the funny. It isn’t a comedy, but there are some moments here that are genuinely funny that don’t change the serious tone of the comic. My favorite bit is when a young girl explains that “kissing causes space worms.”
As a whole, this story definitely is a worthy addition to the Star Wars canon. It manages to balance the desire for new information about Boba Fett without destroying the mystery and menace of this beloved character. This one is a pretty easy recommendation.
Four and a Half Space Worms out of Five.
* That link is to the Wikipedia page for the special. I asked my editor if I could link to video of the special, and she said that I could if I never wanted to write for FBC again**.