"Mouth of Darkness: Hunter in the Shadows" begins on a dark ledge, overlooking a city street. Boba Fett is on the ledge, preparing to assassinate an engineer. Dengar joins him, and reveals some startling news: The Mandalorians are killing all the bounty hunters, and Fett may be next on the list.
What an exciting set-up, but therein lies the story's major flaw! That's all it is, a set-up. When I finished reading "Mouth", I was confused. "How am I supposed to review this?" I asked myself. Was it intended to be the full story, or was it a prologue to a much bigger tale? I decided that it was indeed the full story (based on the fact that the Vault hasn't received any more of it from Brent), and judged it on those merits.
Brent has spun an interesting little character piece. The interaction between Fett and Dengar is dead-on, and the action is well written. The references to the Mandalorians, on the other hand, are slightly confusing. Brent never really explains properly WHY they are killing all the bounty hunters. Or for that matter, WHO is doing the killing.
Brent seems to know his stuff. I especially enjoyed the reference to Puggles Trodd, an obscure bounty-hunter from TATOOINE MANHUNT.
Check this story out! If enough people read "Mouth", and e-mail Brent, maybe he'll add a few more chapters. Because, in the end, that's what this story really needs.
To be followed up on!