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I really dig the "offshoot" projects by Dark Horse and DC. Some good examples are the Preacher specials, like Ancient History and Cassidy; and Michael Stackpole's X-Wing Squadron series, set in the ever-famous Star Wars universe. (Oh, and yet another good example is Image's Curse of the Spawn series.) What these projects do is take a smaller character or concept out of the larger whole and develop it separately into a brand-new creative landscape: mining new ore from an old, reliable mountain. Boba Fett is one more such offshoot from the Star Wars mythos. Remember the existential "bounty hunter?" That high-tech body armor and cool blast-pocked helmet? We never learned much about him in the movie, did we? Well, now he's ready to strut his stuff in this new book, and we get to peel a few layers off of the onion of his mystery. Not too many, but just enough, which is why I hope Dark Horse turns this offshoot into a full-fledged series.
Here's the gist: In the intergalactic underworld, where every cosmic scumbag, killer, pirate, dope dealer, and spaceship jacker get together for a beer, there's one name that's always whispered in the utmost dread. Ally McBeal? No -- you guessed it. Boba Fett is the ultimate badass for hire. There are more rumors floating around him than you can shake a mag-pulse pistol at. Some swear he's a bona fide Mandalore warrior, while some claim he wears the feared battlesuit as a spoil of war. But all agree that this guy is grim news if someone has the dough to put a contract out on you. (After all, his job references include Darth Vader.) On to the story: Gorga the Hutt (one of the Hutt clan, of course) gets a quick case of the hots for a similarly disgusting pile of slop named Anachro, and Gorga's gotta have her, even if it means knocking off Bar-Kooda, the baddest pirate in the sector. Enter Boba, hired to fix the problem. I won't spoil the story, but let's just say that this book is a romp, with an interstellar traveling magic show, cannibalism, deep-space triple-crosses, and action, action, action. Check it out!