Jango Fett Graphic Novels #1: “Star Wars: Jango Fett”

Jango Fett getting held up by Zam Wesell
Jango Fett getting held up by Zam Wesell

While I have been working on a series considering Boba Fett in television and movies, I wanted to take a diversion.  Having recently dealt with Jango Fett in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones, in which we actually find out about him, I wanted to take some posts to explore his character more in-depth.  While Attack of the Clones represents the only time that Jango Fett appears in either television or movies, he does appear in several graphic novels.

While I have tended to stick to simply on-screen Star Wars content, this marks the first time I am seriously considering printed material. The first of these comics appeared months prior to the release of “Attack of the Clones”.  Released by Dark Horse Comics, the first graphic novel about Jango Fett was called Star Wars: Jango Fett, which was first printed in January 2002, with the story created by Ron Marz.

Zam Wesell and Jango Fett finding out they had both been hired for the same job
Zam Wesell and Jango Fett finding out they had both been hired for the same job

Focussing on Jango Fett doing a couple of jobs, it also shows briefly his relationship with his son, Boba, and his run-ins with Zam Wesell. Jango Fett is able to successfully complete both of his jobs and does it without much fanfare, although he is shown as a hard worker and fighter.

Zam Wesell suggesting that Jango Fett and Zam should work together
Zam Wesell suggesting that Jango Fett and Zam should work together

We see that he bumps into Zam Wesell on both of these jobs and that they seem to have a tense relationship as competitors in the same field.  After taking care of his first job, he returns to accept payment, when he sees that his employer has been offed by Zam Wesell, who was hired by the mark of whom Fett had taken care.

Jango Fett shooting creature in the back
Jango Fett shooting creature in the back

They are next seen bumping into each other on a following job (because both of them had “struck out” with receiving payment on their previous jobs).  Apparently, they had both been hired to retrieve a little idol, with Fett getting to it first (in the process, shooting a creature in the back), but then Fett being held up by Wesell.  When a creature then attacks Wesell, with Fett getting the idol back, Fett saves Wesell from the creature.  This prompts Wesell to suggest to Fett that they team up, which Fett brushes aside, since he works alone.  Eventually, Fett brings the idol to his hirer, who describes him to the ultimate employer, as “abrasive, but extremely capable.”

Jango Fett coming back to Boba from a job
Jango Fett coming back to Boba from a job

This book primarily establishes Jango Fett as an effective bounty hunter who occasionally bumps into Zam Wesell – albeit in a competitive way.  It is also interesting to consider who/what is in charge of Boba whilst he is away.  This book answers it by placing a droid (MU-12) taking care of his son, Boba.

In sum, what we see of Jango Fett in this graphic novel:

  • He is a hard-working and humble bounty hunter
  • He is in stiff and close competition with Zam Wesell for jobs
  • He is rough around the edges (“abrasive, but extremely capable”), yet he still saves Wesell, despite competing for the same job
  • He prefers to work alone
  • When he is away on jobs, he has a droid who takes care of his son, Boba
The new villain emerges at the end
A new villain emerges at the end

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