Star Wars: Reputation
Author: Ari Marmell
Originally Published In: Star Wars Insider Magazine
Reviewed by Melissa Minners
When the Cad Bane first appeared in the Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated series, I and everyone else wondered who this tough as nails bounty hunter was. Where did he come from? What was his backstory? A new short story in Star Wars Insider Magazine by Ari Marmell offers up some answers.
Reputation is set just after the events of The Phantom Menace and before Attack of the Clones. The Duros known as Cad Bane is a hunter at heart and this hunter smells war on the horizon. War is a most profitable industry for a bounty hunter, but if Cad Bane is to make any money, he will have to get his name out there. More than that - he has to be the name on the lips of anyone in the underground world who wants a job done. To a bounty hunter, reputation...a very good reputation...is the key to success.
Thus, Bane takes on a job protecting a Bothan crime boss named Akris Ur'etu. Apparently Ur'etu is being hunted by a Jedi who will stop at nothing to take him out. But things aren't always how they appear and Bane makes quite an interesting discovery on this job - one that will launch his career into the stratosphere, making him one of the most resourceful and fearless bounty hunters in the galaxy.
Ari Marmell has the character of Cad Bane down pat. I could almost hear the drawling speech of Cad Bane as I read Reputation. His fearless, relentless ways are well represented in this tale as is his ruthless style in coordinating the best outcome for himself, despite the needs of his clients. Though almost too short, this short story is one of the most enjoyable I've read from in the Insider, offering us unique insight into a character we knew very little about until now.
For more short stories found in Star Wars Insider Magazine, check out these links:
Star Wars: The Clone Wars: The Pengalan Tradeoff
Star Wars: The Old Republic: The Third Lesson
Star Wars: The Fate of the Jedi: First Blood
Star Wars: Buyer's Market
Star Wars: And Leebo Makes Three
Star Wars: A Fair Trade
Star Wars: The Tenebrous Way
Star Wars: Maze Run
Star Wars: The Guns of Kelrodo-Ai
Star Wars: Hunting the Gorach
Star Wars: Getaway
Star Wars: Roll of the Dice