Friday, December 29, 2017

Retro Dark Horse: Star Wars: Jango Fett (12 Days of Bounty Hunter Covers)

Jango Fett, the father of Boba Fett, makes his debut in Attack of the Clones.  Fett is the genetic template for the clones used as the Grand Army of the Republic.  Additionally, Fett is an accomplished bounty hunter and wears Mandalorian armor, not unlike his son years later.  Fett is hired by Count Dooku to assassinate Senator Padme Admidala and Fett in turn hires Zam Wesell to do the work.  Fett is forced to kill Wesell after her attempts to kill Amidala faisl and she is captured by the Jedi, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker.  Fett flees to Kamino and is pursued by Obi-Wan Kenobi who he briefly fights.  Fett and his son escape Kamino for Geonosis where he is killed in the Petranaki arena by Mace Windu.

Many of Boba Fett stories have been told in the Expanded Universe by Dark Horse and the introduction of Jango Fett greatly obfuscated what was known about Fett's past.  In the Expanded Universe, Jango Fett was made a Mandalorian to try to fit with the established background for Boba Fett, but in the new continuity, since none of those Boba Fett stories are canon, Jango is not a Mandalorian.  Jango Fett's appeal to fans is largely based on his bounty hunting suit looking similar to Boba Fett's suit.

Dark Horse published two one-shot comics in 2002 prior to the release of Attack of the Clones; Star Wars: Jango Fett and Star Wars: Zam Wesell.  Fett's first comic book appearance is in the Jango Fett one-shot and the story continues in the Zam Wesell one-shot.  In the one-shot, Fett crosses paths with Wesell twice; the first time they end up killing each other's employer, resulting in both losing out on the pay for the jobs.  They cross paths again when Fett and Wesell are hired by the same employer to retrieve an idol from the planet Seylott.  Fett ends up saving Zam Wesell, so he is the one who ends up delivering the artifact to their employer and collecting the reward.  During some of the story, Fett interacts with his son and is shown to be a loving and caring father.

Star Wars: Jango Fett b - Dark Horse Comics, U.S. (March 2002)
The cover for the Jango Fett one-shot is a publicity photo of Fett in full armor wielding his pistol.  In the background is a picture of the asteroid belt where the dogfight between Fett in Slave I and Obi-Wan Kenobi in his Jedi starfighter occurred.

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