I’m really going to miss the day that Dark Horse is no longer able to publish anything from the Star Wars universe. I know that that day is getting closer and closer, but I promised myself that I would try to take advantage of each opportunity that I had to read my favorite comics from my favorite publisher. My monthly pull list is really going to shrink at the beginning of next year. But until then, I’ll keep reading as much as I can. So I’m glad to say that Star Wars: Legacy is one of the best Star Wars books out there, if not one of the best books in general. I jumped on to this series a little late, but it’s safe to say that I am on the edge of my seat every time that I pick up an issue. Corinna Bechko and Gabriel Hardman have found a way to stay loyal to Star Wars mythology, but bring something new and original to the universe. That couldn’t have been an easy feat. I have been a Star Wars fan for as long as I can remember, but I haven’t always been a fan of the newer stories that have been told. I’d like to think that the original trilogy never happened, and sometimes I still think that it was just a really bad nightmare after a night of heavily roofied drinks and greasy snacks, but the painful truth manages to surface from time to time. Anyway, I’m getting off topic. This comic is an instant classic, and I can’t wait for the hardcover omnibus that will inevitably take its place of honor on my shelf. So here’s what going on this month. After Ania crash lands the ship on which she is being held captive, she appears to be the only one that survived. Except maybe for Ramid. He may not be completely out for the count just yet. Unfortunately, there is a bounty hunter eagerly waiting for Ania to remove herself from the wreckage. Bust like most bounty hunters, this one isn’t really too concerned about the state of her bounty. Alive is good, but dead works just as well. I don’t know who this bounty hunter thinks they are, but Ania doesn’t plan on being taken without a fight.
The script this month is really strong. This comic has one of the best casts in current comics. That makes it easier for a writer (I assume) to keep the dialogue strong and relevant. You actually care about what these folks are going through, especially when it isn’t just filler for the lack of story that actually exists in a lot of stuff that is being published today. The fact that this team isn’t on some kind of committee, is a sin. I’ll be curious to see what they move on to when this series eventually ends. I mean, there can only realistically be nine more issues, right? Maybe they’ll continue the series as Marvel. Who knows? I would still feel weird though. Dark Horse has kinda been my home for comics for a while. Luckily, Angel, Faith, and Buffy will still be around. I think that I’d start pulling my hair out if they ever left. But I digress.
And what more can I say about Gabe Hardman, other than that this dude rocks? His art just feels like Star Wars. He was obviously meant to draw this universe, if you believe in fate that is. His work kinda feels like movie concept art to me. I’ve always liked that look, but it is expertly constructed here in Legacy. Good stuff, man.
Well I’m still stoked for whatever happens next. And I guess that that’s all you can ask for when reading an ongoing series like this. You know, I always end up leaving a series after the fourth or fifth issue if it hasn’t managed to blow my skirt up yet. I knew right off the bat that I would be reading this until the end after the first issue. Well I at least hoped that I would. Looks like I will be.
Writer: Corinna Bechko & Gabriel Hardman Artist: Gabriel Hardman Publisher: Dark Horse Price: $2.99 Release Date: 3/26/14