Boba Fett: Enemy of the Empire #2 (of 4)
Story: John Wagner
Art: Ian Gibson
Coloring: Perry McNamee
Lettering: Ellie Deville
Cover: Ken Kelly
Reviewed by: JF Boivin (12/27/2006)
Boba Fett finds out from the captain of the freighter Port-Esta Queen that they dropped off Karda at Starstation 12, with braid of hair from the Icarii queen as proof. Darth Vader's assassins also find this information and follow Fett there. Fett finds out from a trading post dealer that a tattooist named Bojam Rees sold an identical braid of hair about ten days earlier. From the tattooist, her finds out that Korda was going by the name Mixxim and got a tattoo on his face. He recognizes the design of the tattoo as the tribal pattern of the Duhma. Before he leaves Starstation 12, Boba has an encounter with one of the assassins trailing him, a human named Gann, and he kills him after getting the info he needed. From his ship's computer, he finds out that a Duhman left the station about nine days earlier aboard the liner Orramas, and he catches up with the ship on the planet Rim 3. The captain of the liner tells Fett that the passenger was dropped off on Maryx Minor six days earlier. Meanwhile, at the hermitage of the Ancient Order of Pessimists on Maryx Minor, Abal Karda is going crazy knowing that Fett is coming for him.
This is almost a detective story. We see a bit of Boba's methods for trailing a target, as he interrogates people and analyzes data in his computer. He even manages to keep the assassins pursuing him at bay, and starts to learn Darth Vader's real intentions keeping him ahead of the game. Finally, the secret is out! Abal Karda's casket contains the still-talking head of Queen Selestrine of the Icarii, and she can also predict the future. That's why Vader really wants to get his hands on the casket. Although Fett still doesn't know what's in it, he knows how badly Vader wants to get it. So badly that he's planning on double-crossing Fett once he finds it. So Selestrine is a "pre-cog" and can visualize the future, so maybe last issue wasn't a flashback and Abal was aware that Fett was after him even before the bounty hunter was hired for the job. So now that Fett knows Karda's location, I imagine next issue he'll be catching up to him.
More cartoony art by Ian Gibson, but it's easy to get used to. The coloring makes it look a bit more realistic, but not by much. But who needs realism for this type of story? The cover by Kelly is just as realistic as can be. Just comare the kneebs on the cover to those in the interior art.
The plot thickens, as Fett is getting closer to his prey. Curiosity might get you to read the rest of the series.
Rating: 6.5 / 10