Thursday, August 2, 2012

Chris' Midichlorian Corner for August 1st, 2012

Greetings again Star Wars fans. Welcome back to the Midichlorian Corner. Since this week was a little light on Star Wars books, I decided to go back and review the OTHER Star Wars book Dark Horse published last week. This time I'll be covering the last installment of Star Wars: BloodTies - Boba Fett is Dead

I came into this one quite late in the game, but the prologue got me fairly caught up. Apparently the galaxy believes Boba Fett has been killed by a group of mercenaries. But our bucket-headed bounty hunter hero has other plans. The hunt is on for the man who hired his attackers. In his search, Fett finds out that the "man" behind the attack is actually a woman who works for the planetary governor of Concord Dawn, where Fett's half brother Connor Freeman, former wife Sintas Vel, and daughter Ailyn have taken refuge from Fett's supposed killers.

A lot goes on in this issue and yet not much happens. All we see is a raid, a shootout, and a verbal confrontation. It's the climax, so naturally we can expect lots of action, but it would have been nice to see a little bit more than that. Now granted, I didn't get a chance to see what came before, but nothing I saw here had much of an impact on me. It didn't really feel like anything was at stake or like Fett was really being challenged. He makes such short work of the mercenaries, one might think he could have done it with one hand while covering his eyes with his other hand. There was just no sense of danger, mainly because this takes place at some point before/during the original trilogy, and therefore we KNOW Boba Fett survives. Even with a certified badass like Boba Fett, while we're reading, we still want there to be a SMALL thrill of danger. Otherwise, despite all the gunfire and explosions, it's all just a little boring. After thoroughly enjoying Darth Maul: Death Sentence last week, I was really expecting more out of Tom Taylor.

I was also extremely underwhelmed by the Chris Scalf's art. The faces are oddly proportioned and the characters don't seem to be moving so much as they're posing. The "painted" look that he uses is also fairly distracting and when you're not looking directly at any of the characters, you notice that it allows him to be a little lazy with the backgrounds, often times only realizing buildings with a few shapes with no real detail. Pretty much the only one drawn well is Fett. Perhaps this was done put the focus on him or differentiate him from the rest. I'm not sure. But I'd have much rather seen the same care and detail put into the rest of the characters too. 

I don't mean to sound too harsh. It's entirely possible that I'd have enjoyed this a lot more if I'd been invested in it from the start, but coming in at the end like this definitely didn't do it any favors. It feels odd to say this about an arc titled "Boba Fett is Dead," but I really hope the next arc brings more to the table. Boba Fett is one of my favorite characters from anything EVER, and it would be really nice to continue on with his adventures. 

Until next time everyone, may the Force be with you.

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