With all the Star Wars hubub going on about the direction of the upcoming J.J. Abrams movies you’d think there wasn’t a whole universe of stories to explore, which is why it’s a crying shame not everyone is reading Star Wars: Legacy right now. The book is killing it on the drama, pacing and character moments, and nearly every month I say yes but we’ll ask anyway: is it good?
Star Wars: Legacy #16 (Dark Horse Comics)
Last month a major storyline ended, which means you have no excuse not to pick this issue up. Unless you hate Star Wars and fun. Those of you who hate those things may leave. Okay, still with me? This issue opens with Ania Solo trying to tell the Empress to let her friend and Imperial Knight Jao go free. He’s going to be executed for breaking protocol, even though breaking protocol saved lives. The issue continues to tease the importance of Ania, but really this is all about Darth Wredd, the new big bad Sith to watch out for. The issue actually flashes back to his upbringing and we get a real reason why he ever turned bad. The issue spends eight of its 22 pages (because who counts the cover and summary page) on this character. Considering he’s been involved with this series from issue #1 with scant details delivered on him, this is an important issue.
Written by Corinna Bechko and Gabriel Hardman, I wouldn’t say this is the best they’ve delivered, but it does progress the very intriguing story of Wredd and Jao nicely. Since the moment Jao showed up it was clear they were building up the idea of an accomplished, but maybe wet-behind-the-ears Jedi. Just such a Jedi that’s ripe for the picking of an ambitious Sith. Things are finally coming together between them and it’s exciting to see how Jao will react.
Most of this issue focuses on the coupling going on there, but Ania and her compatriots continue to build towards something as well. Clearly Hardman and Bechko have something in story when it comes to reveals of Ania because there is always a hint that her Solo blood line is special. Unfortunately, besides a brief convo with the Empress she’s basically chasing Jao and the plot is putting her in the right place for the next issue. She doesn’t get much character time nor much to do here.
The art by Brian Albert Thies is good and suits the darker edge of the story when it comes to Ania and Jao. His flashback scenes with Wredd are a little shaky, though. He attempts to give these scenes a cloudy look as if they were dreams, but it comes off as muddy and drab. It doesn’t pop and his work here makes things almost boring to look at.
Is It Good?
This is an ever-so-rocky beginning to the next arc, partly because the art is so muddled for the all important flashback sequence and the issue’s failure in giving Ania much to do. It feels very much like a second issue where the pieces are being put into place rather than any actual action taking place. That said, the setup should please ongoing readers who have been waiting for the Sith and Jedi combination for months.