Old Friends: Darth Vader, Boba Fett, Emperor Palpatine
Synopsis: When Darth Vader said to Boba Fett personally "no disintegrations" in The Empire Strikes Back it was always indicated there was a history between the two. This story describes what is perhaps the first meeting between them and shows us an object that could have changed the fortunes of the Galactic Civil War.
Review: Boba Fett is requested, by Darth Vader, to hunt down Abal Karda, an enemy of the Empire, who was a Colonel of the Lightening Battalion. They were a group of soldiers who fought a war with the tribe called the Icarii, whose limbs were possessed of their own intelligence after being cut off. Karda, for some reason, murdered his superior officer and fled with a casket. According to Vader, it contains papers relating to the Icarii campaign. Before Fett leaves, Vader gives him instructions not to open the casket from Karda when he retreives it. Fett suspects there is something else in the casket and leaves looking for Karda. Vader suspects Fett will betray him when he finds the casket and sends a group of assassins to follow Fett. And so the story begins......
What progresses is an intersting cat-and-mouse game between Vader and Fett with the Bounty Hunter constantly second-guessing the Sith Lord. This does tend to drag in places but at the end Vader and Fett confront each other in an all-out battle that doesn't disapoint!!
However, compared to the good parts, the enjoyment of this comic series decreases slightly. Ian Gibson's art is pretty bad in places, but John Nadeau improves on this later on. There are also alot of goofy aliens (Fraal the mutant dog is a good example), that sort of downplays the sinisterness of the story. The colors are pretty bland, but not everywhere. And then there is an unsatisfying conclusion to the story, it makes you want to see more of Fett and Vader as enemies.
But if you like Boba Fett or Darth Vader, or both, you'll love this story!
Title: Boba Fett: Enemy of the Empire