This is a relatively old trilogy that details what happened to Boba Fett after his fall in the Sarlacc, his recovery, and his partnership with Dengar. It has some overlap with a few of the stories found in the Tales of the Bounty Hunters
anthology collection. Along with stories like Enemy of the Empire
, it takes place before Fett was revealed as a clone
and before the Mandalorian Proud Warrior Race Guy
backstory was set in stone.
There's also a parallel flashback storyline covering Fett's time in the Bounty Hunter Guild, his one-sided rivalry with Bossk, a behind the scenes plot orchestrated by the Corrupt Corporate Executive
Kuat of Kuat, and an ongoing subplot revolving around the rivalry between Darth Vader and Prince Xizor, leader of the Black Sun crime syndicate, which was also an important feature of the Shadows of the Empire
This work provides examples of:
- The Bait: Poor poor Zuckuss..
- Blackand Grey Morality: Within the Bounty Hunters' Guild, you've got people like Fett and Zuckuss, who are interested and money and adventure respectively, and people like Bossk, who's more or less a serial killer, cannibal and slaver. And from the X-Wing Series, a cop killer, too.
- Butt Monkey: Zuckuss is this for the entire guild.
- Contract on the Hitman: Basically the premise of the entire plot. Everyone always wants Fett dead. Yesterday.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Kuat of Kuat.
- Cybernetics Eat Your Soul: Played straight with D'harhan, who thinks of himself as a weapon rather than a man.
- Dangerously Genre Savvy: Kuat, who after hearing of Fett's death by Sarlacc, decides to carpet-bomb the nearby area anyway since he susupected Fett would survive. Of course, Fett being Fett, he survives the bombing too.
- Determinator: Boba Fett personified.
- Kuat even lampshades this a few times, always insisting that he'll find a way to come back.
- Dude, Where's My Respect?: Zuckuss compalins that in spite of his long, successful career and considerable skills as a hunter, everyone else treats him like a novice who's "lucky" to be included in the guild.
- Groin Attack: Neelah does this to Dengar when they first meet.
- I'm a Humanitarian: Bossk kills and eats Cradossk, his own father.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: Neelah. She gets better.
- Shoulder Cannon: An extreme variation with the mercenary D'harjhan, an old partner of Fett's who has replaced his entire head with a laser cannon powerful enough to penetrate the armour plating on small starships.