In Review: Star Wars: Legacy #3
The cover: Imperial Knight Jao Assam strikes a powerful pose after cutting a tentacle from a gigantic creature. This is the type of power and majesty I like to see on Star Wars covers. Great job by Dave Wilkins. Overall grade: A
The story: Our cover star, Jao comes upon a massive fleet of ships in the Surd Nebula. While not too far away, Ania, Sauk and AG-37 are being persued by two fighters. A change in direction from Sauk and the typical Solo escape-chaos allows the trio to get a momentary reprieve. This story by Corinna Bechko & Gabrial Hardman brings all the characters together, information is exchanged, knowledge is learned, and the story moves forward at a breakneck pace. What is “Not-Yalta-Val” up to? It’s still unknown, though he’s definitely flexing his Sith muscles more in this issue. Page 21′s dialogue nicely echoed some dialogue from Star Wars: Episode IV. This continues to be lots of fun! Overall grade: A+
The art: Gabriel Hardman is living the dream of crafting epic visuals for the Star Wars universe. His ships are great, aliens amazing (the one in the final panel on Page 6 would be fit chasing Charlton Heston with a rifle), his action terrific (all of Page 7!), and his layout and composition classic (Page 21′s first panel scale magnificence, to the final panel’s comic book perfection). The man can do no wrong. Overall grade: A
The colors: Due to this section of the galaxy, things just aren’t that bright. I’m still wanting the coloring by Rachelle Rosenberg to pop, but much of the book is faded. Even the original film had spectacular colors. I want it in the comic as well. Overall grade: B
The letters: Excellent job by Michael Heisler, who gets to cut lose, literally, this issue with some great sound effects. My favorite bit this time was Page 6′s communique from a distance. Just enough to be almost legible, yet tiny enough to get me thinking. Overall grade: A+
The final line: Action and mystery in the Star Wars’ future that will please. Overall grade: A
Patrick Hayes was a contributor to the Comics Buyers Guide for a few years with “It’s Bound to Happen!” He had to give that up to teach 8th graders English for 19 years, and only recently has been teaching 9th graders English. He reads everything as often as he can, when not grading papers or looking up Star Trek, Star Wars or Indiana Jones items online.