By Boyd Reynolds | Staff Writer Published: 06/27/2013 10:00 am EST
Publish date: June 26, 2013 Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Showdown with a Sith! It’s a daunting task for anyone, but it’s the challenge facing heroes Ania Solo, Sauk, AG-37, and Jao Assam. Star Wars Legacy #4 begins with Ania Solo’s ship being tractor beamed aboard a Shifalan patrol ship. Now I have to admit, I don’t know much about this series nor this timeline. The story is set 138 years since Episode IV – A New Hope, which leaves me grasping at straws as to what is happening in the Star Wars universe.
Here’s what I figured out.
Solo, Sauk (a Mon Calamari), AG-37, and Jao Assam, an Imperial Knight who wields a lightsaber and resembles a Jedi Knight, are captured. And yet, there is an even greater threat aboard the Shifalan vessel—a Sith who desperately wants the Imperial Knight. Solo and Sauk are imprisoned and waiting for execution, while AG-37 is unplugged. While they wait, Jao is being tormented, suspended in a statis field by the Sith Lord. But Jao is released by an unlikely alley and heads out on a hunt for his Master Val.
I’m taking a guess that Ania is some descendant of Han Solo and Princess Leia. If so, she has inherited one heck of a legacy. Shoot first and ask questions later were the modi operandi of both of her ancestors. At the end of Star Wars Legacy #4, Ania has a clear shot at the Sith, who is making his way onto a small spacecraft. Jao tells her to stick with the plan, as he still needs to find his Master Val so they can take down the Sith together. But Solo doesn’t listen; she shoots and disaster strikes for everyone.
Star Wars Legacy #4 is a good read, and considering I came in with no knowledge of this time period I was still able to pick up rather quickly on who’s who. Perhaps because I’m new to the story, Star Wars Legacy #4 started a little slow, but before I knew it, I was sped to a galaxy far, far away. Writers Corinna Bechko and Gabriel Hardman handle the story admirably. The characters are well developed. The artwork by Hardman is also solid, with emotions that are clearly conveyed and action scenes that are incredibly dramatic. My favorite part is easily the lightsaber duel near the story’s end. The panels and art are so well crafted that the images pop right off the page. Also, a dazzling array of clashing characters and colors (namely oranges, reds and blues) only heighten this tension-filled comic.
Summary:GOOD: Star Wars Legacy #4 started a little slow, but picked up with a great Jedi / Sith lightsaber duel at story’s end. The dramatic cliffhanger left me wanting to pick up Legacy #5 immediately, but alas, this fan-boy will have to wait.
Author:Corinna Bechko, Gabriel Hardman
Publisher:Dark Horse Comics
Published:June 26, 2013