New this week in comic shops is the return to the Legacy era in the timeline, roughly 150 years after the battle of Yavin. There may be a few spoilers for the first issue, so from here on out, tread lightly and be forewarned.
|Cade Skywalker (middle) is one ugly mutha|
Star Wars Legacy (the first comic series), has grown over time to be one of my favorite eras in the Star Wars universe. I really enjoyed the massive changes to the universe while still keeping it recognizable. Cade Skywalker, while his design left something to be desired, was a pretty cool Star Wars anti-hero, and the supporting cast of characters helped carry the weight of the lead's inadequacies. As a whole, the series had a good, albeit rushed, ending.
Once that series had run its course, I thought that we had seen the last of that era. Thankfully, Dark Horse has resurrected it in the form of a new "Legacy" titled series. This time spotlighting the descendant of the Solo clan, in the form of Ania Solo.
|art by Gabriel Hardman|
Ania, in this series is pretty much a nobody in the universe. She runs a junkyard, and is best friends with a Mon Calamari. In issue one of the story arc "Prisoner of the Floating World" we are introduced to Ania and a few key players in the series. Sauk, the Mon Cal bestie to Ania, from first impressions seems to be an amalgam of C-3PO and Chewbacca, and is reluctantly dragged into trouble when Ania finds a familiar weapon inside an unusual piece of junk.
The first issue is painfully short, or at least reads that way. As with the recently launched Brian Wood penned "Star Wars" series, Dark Horse's latest offerings seem a bit anemic on the page counts. But the story is quite good and a very nice launch point for the series. Corinna Bechko and Gabriel Hardman's script certainly left me wanting more.
The art is a nice change from recent Star Wars comics, in that it has a roughness to it. The blacks are jagged and blocky, and things seem obscured just underneath the the grime. It works exceedingly well for a Star Wars comic. The color palette is more subdued than I would have preferred, but I believe that having this desaturation is intentional to the mood.
One of my only complaints about this book, has nothing to do with the content. The Brian Wood Star Wars series has been including a digital copy code with each issue. I had hoped that this was a trend with any new books, but alas this was not to be the case. I enjoy reading comics on the iPad, and would have loved to have gotten a bonus digital copy to take with me.
If you're of the mind, definitely give this book a shot.
I leave you now with a few more concept drawings by Gabriel Hardman