Sunday, December 27, 2015

Modern Marvel: Star Wars: Darth Vader #1 Alex Ross Store exclusive (12 Days of Boba Fett Covers)

Celebrating day three of the 12 days of Boba Fett covers!

An Alex Ross painting of Darth Vader flanked by Stormtroopers is used for the 1 of 50 incentive cover for Stars Wars: Darth Vader #1.  A black & white version of that cover is used for the 1 of 200 incentive cover.  It is his cover for the Alex Ross Store exclusive that features our favorite bounty hunter.

Star Wars: Darth Vader #1p - Marvel Comics, U.S. (February 2015)
Alex Ross Store exclusive
For many Star Wars fans, their first exposure to Boba Fett was in the Star Wars Holiday Special which aired on CBS on November 17, 1978.  Much of the special plays like a variety show that was a staple of television programming in the 1970s.  One of the variety show segments is a 9 minute cartoon that tells the story of Luke Skywalker rescuing Han Solo and Chewbacca and is the inspiration for the Alex Ross Store exclusive cover.  Han and Chewbacca are sent on a mission to get a talisman for the Rebellion, but a video signal from the Millennium Falcon shows there is a problem.  Luke, C-3PO, and R2-D2 use a Y-Wing Fighter to follow the Falcon which crashes onto a liquid covered planet.  The Y-Wing Fighter also crashes into the thick goo and the fighter is attacked by a dinosaur-like creature.  Boba Fett arrives riding another of these dinosaur-like creature and saves Luke.  Boba Fett tells Luke he knows where the Falcon is and leads him to the ship.  During the trip there, C-3PO tells Luke his misgivings about trusting Fett.  When they find the Falcon, Luke, Fett, C-3PO, and R2-D2 board only for Luke to succumb to a sleeping virus caused by the talisman.  Han is also infected.  Fett and Chewbacca, astride Fett's mount, travel to the nearest Imperial controlled city to retrieve an antidote.  At the city, we learn that Boba Fett is working for Darth Vader, who refers to Fett "as the best bounty hunter in the galaxy."  Their plan is for Fett to gain our heroes trust so they will take him to the hidden Rebel base.  C-3PO and R2-D2 intercept the transmission between Fett and Vader and after Fett uses the serum to revive Luke and Han, C-3PO informs the others of Fett's plans.  Fett, using his jet pack, takes off but not before he threatens to meet our heroes again.

The cover by Alex Ross shows Boba Fett astride the dinosaur-like creature.  He is holding a staff that he uses to control the beast.  The painted cover is how Fett would have looked to Luke when he is rescued.

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