Part of the deluge of new additions to the StarWarsExpandedUniverse that accompanied ''ThePhantomMenace'', this six-issue miniseries is an interesting one; along with ''BountyHunterWars'' and ''ComicBook/DeathLiesAndTreachery'', it's one of the relatively few stories to feature Boba Fett as the main character before much had been established about the Mandalorians and, more importantly, it takes place prior to the expansion of Fett's backstory in ''AttackOfTheClones''. As such, ''Enemy Of The Empire'' is about Boba Fett being awesome without all of the ProudWarriorRaceGuy baggage that's come to be associated with the Mandalorians in the ''StarWars'' [=EU=].

Boba Fett is hired by Darth Vader to locate and execute an Imperial deserter named Abal Karda, who shot dead his commanding officer and absconded. However, it soon becomes clear that the Dark Lord's interest does not lie with Karda, but in the [[MacGuffin plain, kneebshide casket]] that the Colonel took with him when he went on the run; Fett is to return this mysterious box unopened or suffer consequences. Just in case, Vader secretly dispatches a the assassin Nevo and his gang of thugs to shadow Fett, kill him and take the casket when he finds it.

Following Karda's trail, Fett comes across soldiers who served under Karda during the hellish Icarii campaign, a war that Karda decisively won when he unleashed a biological weapon that [[KillEmAll rendered the enemy extinct]] and captured their Queen, a [[{{Seer}} precog]], who he later decapitated personally.

The clues left behind by Karda lead Fett to the desolate, volcanic world of Maryx Minor, where he ambushes and kills Nevo's team and tracks Karda to a hermitage where he has claimed sanctuary, the home of the Ancient Order of Pessimists. After killing Karda, Fett confirms his suspicion that [[spoiler: the casket contains the severed head of Selestrine, which was kept alive by Karda so he could use her precognitive powers to advance his own career. Instead, she avenged the genocide of her people by manipulating him into engineering his own destruction]].

Surviving a pitched battle with Darth Vader that costs him possession of the casket, Fett escapes to hunt another day.


!!Tropes featured in this miniseries include:
* TheChessmaster: While this is typically Emperor Palpatine's defining characteristic, this story shows that Darth Vader is just as good at playing his minions off against one another.
* ColonelBadass: Abal Karda in the backstory, though by the time we see him he's gone completely off the deep end.
* CoolVsAwesome: Boba Fett versus Darth Vader!
* CurbStompBattle: Nevo and his gang find themselves on the receiving end of one when they run into Boba Fett on Maryx Minor.
* DeadpanSnarker: ''Darth Vader'' of all people makes sarcastic jibes at the expense of the assassin Nevo and his crew.
* DeathSeeker: [[spoiler: Selestrine is keen to escape her wretched existence and join the rest of her species]]. In the final issue of the miniseries, [[spoiler: Vader obliges her]].
* FantasyCounterpartCulture: Wookieepedia suggests that the Icarii are intended to be a ''Star Wars'' counterpart to the Zulu.
* ImplacableMan: Fett himself, at least as far as Karda is concerned. In the backstory, the Icarii warriors certainly qualified.
-->''They say you had to kill an Icarii seven times, an' even that might not be enough''.
* LastOfHisKind: [[spoiler: Selestrine's severed head is the last remnant of the Icarii race, which fuels her DeathSeeker tendencies]].
* TheNeidermeyer: General Nim.
* NonindicativeTitle: The full title is technically ''Boba Fett: Enemy of the Empire'', which has lead many to assume that it's about "Boba Fett, ''the'' Enemy of the Empire". "Boba Fett ''and'' the Enemy of the Empire" is probably a better representation of the storyline. Then again, considering that it ends with a fight between Fett and Vader, it's arguably a ''very'' indicative title.
* OnlyAFleshWound: Part of what made the Icarii so dangerous was their ability to keep fighting after suffering grievous wounds; even their severed limbs would keep striking out once they were cut off. [[spoiler: This information is what tips Fett off to the true contents of Karda's casket]].
* OnlyInItForTheMoney: [[spoiler: Selestrine]] informs Vader that while everyone else involved in the story was interested in [[spoiler: how they could use her prophetic talents for their own ends]], Fett was only interested in how much he could get from selling the casket.
* ParodyReligion: The Ancient Order of Pessimists. Their final fate is [[spoiler: annihilation by orbital bombarment]] when the High Hermit commits heresy by proclaiming his intent to look on the bright side in the future.
* {{Precognition}}: The ability that makes [[spoiler: the severed head of Selestrine]] so valuable.
* ProphecyTwist: [[spoiler: Karda is informed that his hated superior, General Nim, will meet an untimely end which will result in his own promotion]]. This foretelling does indeed come true, but not as he would have liked; [[spoiler: Karda kills Nim when he tries to take the casket, resulting in his promotion to Enemy of the Empire]].
* UltimateShowdownOfUltimateDestiny: The series is really one big ExcusePlot to give Vader and Fett an excuse to fight each other (and was basically advertised as such back when it first came out). [[spoiler:Fett technically wins, but forfeits the fight when he realizes that killing Vader would make him the most wanted man in the galaxy]].
* VillainousBreakdown: Abal Karda seems to be undergoing a long, drawn-out one throughout the series. Almost every time he appears he's locked himself in his cell, ranting and raving and shooting anyone who looks at him the wrong way.
* VillainProtagonist: Boba Fett.
* YouCantFightFate: "Your days are numbered, thirty-and-one." [[spoiler: Selestrine tortures Karda with the knowledge that Boba Fett is coming for him and ''will'' kill him, no matter what he tries to do]].
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: Vader plans to pull this on both Fett and Nevo's crew.
* YouKnowTooMuch: Deciding that the Pessimists saw too much during his fight with Boba Fett, Vader destroys their hermitage via orbital bombardment.

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