Pros:Another excellent comic from the Star Wars universe. The quest continues.
Cons:A little action heavy over plot development.
The Bottom Line: Where as Knights of the Old Republic explores Star Wars past, This title explores the future. A very fun read.
Star Wars Legacy: Broken Story by John Ostrander Art by Jan Duursema.
A History Lesson (from the front piece).
After the death of Emperor Palpatine, the defeated Imperial forces pulled back to Bastion, near the Unknown Regions, and called a truce with the New Republic. The Jedi, under Luke Skywalker, again became agents of peace across the galaxy.
That peace was shattered by an invasion of fanatical extra-galactic aliens called the Yuuzhan Vong. These “Far Outsiders” killed trillions and devastated entire worlds, taking Coruscant itself and fracturing the New Republic. A Galactic Alliance of remaining systems, Jedi, and the Imperial Remnant finally defeated the invaders, exiling them to the living planet, Zonoma Sekot.
Meanwhile, a new breed of Sith, a legion of them led by Darth Krayt, kept patient watch. Emerging from hiding on the planet Korriban, the Sith formed an alliance with the newly forged Empire. Together they manufactured an incident that sundered the Galactic Alliance and began a brutal war. The Jedi alone remained to defy the Sith and now they are few.
However, the name SKYWALKER still burns among them- a legacy of hope in a galaxy of darkness….
It is 125 years after The Battle of Yavin. The Sith forces attack the Jedi Temple on Ossuss . Kol Skywalker holds the ground so that his Padawan Shado (a Twi’lek male) can take a shuttle and get the younglings to safety. One of the Padawans is Cade, Kol’s son. He resists going. But when his Master Sazen has his arm amputated, and a mortal wound landed, he finally obeys and carries his master to safety. On the shuttle, he uses the Force to drag Master Sazen back from the brink of death, a power that touches on the Dark Side in that it forces the Force to the wielder’s will. Cade them takes one of the fighters, and holds off the Sith fighters so the shuttle can escape.
It is 130 years after The Battle of Yavin. Cade is the Captain of the Mynock a tramp freighter. With Jariah Syn, a bad@$$ human, and Delian Blue, a curvaceous lady with reddish skin and blue hair, they are bounty hunters. An accidental run in with a Bothan who was not their prey, reveals the Bothan to be a Jedi. They capture the Jedi, and the original mark, and call it a good day. You can see how far the noble Cade has fallen.
Meanwhile, Darth Krayt, Dark Lord of the Sith, has a meeting with the Emperor, Roan Fel. He executes him and declares himself Emperor. Of course, he was too easy to kill; the Emperor is a Jedi Knight. This was just a duplicate.
But now the die is cast. He asks his new Hand, or personal assassin, Darth Talon (a smoking hot red Twi’lek female, covered in Sith tattoos) to capture the Emperor’s daughter, Marasiah Fel, and use her as bait.
The problem, (from the Sith point of view) is the Princesses assistant, Astraal Vao is Shado Vao’s sister, and she is seeking him out for help. The ship they hire to get them away? That would be the Mynock.
What follows is a life and death struggle. So much depends on the Legacies; the Princess’ legacy of duty and service, and Cade’s Legacy, the Skywalker Legacy. But Cade is broken, and hence, the title.
This story is very entertaining. By setting it outside the era of the movies, it gives the writers more freedom to take the plot in bold new directions. Having said that, the book was a little heavy on Jedi/Sith lightsaber duels. Still, several very intriguing storylines have been set up, and there is great promise of development to follow.
The art is really stand out. There is an almost Alan Moore feeling to the realism; the entire book looks somewhere between being drawn and coloured to being painted. I have never come across Duurasema’s art before, but I will be looking for it in the future.
Star Wars is a mythic Saga of good fighting evil, and hope. This book carries that Legacy quite nicely.
May The Force Be With You.
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Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season One
Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season Two
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Star Wars Clone Wars Volume One. and
Star Wars Clone Wars Volume Two.
Check out these Star Wars Novels:
Star Wars Legacy of the Force: Sacrifice
Star Wars Legacy of the Force: Invincible
The Cestus Deception.
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed
Luke Skywalker and the Shadows of Mindor
Republic Commando Order 66
Check out these Star Wars Comics:
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Jango Fett: Open Season.
Rites of Passage
Star Wars Rebellion: My Brother, My Enemy.
Check out my reviews on Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic.
Days of Fear, Nights of Anger.
Check out the Future of Star Wars in Legacy:
Star Wars Legacy: Broken.
Star Wars Legacy: Shards
Star Wars Legacy: Claws of the Dragon
Star Wars Legacy: Alliance
The Star Wars Role Playing Game:
Star Wars Role Playing Game
Star Ships of the Galaxy
Threats of the Galaxy
Knights of the Old Republic Campaign Guide
The Force Unleashed Campaign Guide
Scum and Villainy
The Clone Wars Campaign Guide
Check out all the Star Wars Saga:
Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones
Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
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