In Review: Star Wars: Legacy #10
The cover: Imperial Knight Yalta Val and some aquatic stormtroopers are speeding through a water pipe. They must be headed into immediate danger as Val has his lightsaber lit for what they encounter when they surface. Decent cover by Agustin Alessio but it’s a pretty pale cover with this coloring. I wanted Val’s suit to be a brighter red and the logo to be outlined in something other than white. It’s just bland; and the faded yellow on the Legacy logo isn’t helping. A good image lessened by the colors. Overall grade: C+
The story: Well things came to quite a head last issue, didn’t they? This is the blow out action issue where, in classic Star Wars style, there are several fronts of attack. Ania and IG are in his ship taking out combatants in zero gravity. Additionally, a strike force has arrived with Admiral Gar Stazi and Yalta Val to assist. Inside the factory ring, the slaves are beginning to revolt against their captors, thanks to Sauk’s prodding. Elsewhere on the ship, Jao is battling Darth Luft, lightsaber to lightsaber. One of the most impressive features of the original Star Wars movies was the sense of chaos in the battles they created, and how each battle effected the other. That’s what you can find in this issue by Corinna Bechko & Gabriel Hardman. Page 6 creates the ultimate chaos to the situation, which helps or hinders some characters. I was thankful for the action that occurred at the top of Page 9 because that’s the logical thing that would happen and I was glad to see both writers not shy away from this danger. The solution to this problem was anxiety producing, but never in doubt. Page 19 was surprising for how that problem was overcome, but it is the simplest way for it to happen, so it was okay. The final page includes a nice cameo from an infamous individual, and the male character’s reaction was good, though I was happier for the female character’s final line. It was a good, “Hell, yeah!” ending. Fun to read with plenty of action! Overall grade: A
The art: I’m back to hot and cold with Brian Albert Thies’s art. Page 1: I loved Ania but those ships leave a lot to be desired. On Page 2 I was confused where the mechanical object came from in panel three, and on Page 3 I was confused on how to read Ania’s line because of her face: sarcasm or honesty? I have no idea what I’m looking at in the final panel on 3; it looks like a close-up of a hamster’s water bottle. Things greatly improve on Page 4 with the slaves rising up and things also look pretty good on 5, though Luft is too shaded to see him clearly, and I would think that the goal would be to clearly give the reader a shot of the antagonist to know what the hero is up against. The water and its effects in space looked really good. When blaster fire or lightsabers are in the panels, things look good: I really liked the layout of the first panel on Page 12: it establishes distance, height, and the present danger below. Pages 20 and 21 have some really loosely drawn humans that are hard to make out any details on; that bottom panel on 20 is just a mess. This issue seems to be a suggestion of images. Overall grade: C-
The colors: Dark colors on dark art hurts. Lightsabers, blaster shots, and explosions in space are the only colors that stand out. The rest of the book is just an overwashed of blues, browns, and blacks. Even the sound effects are rendered useless because of the coloring. Rachelle Rosenberg, can’t things be a little brighter? Overall grade: C
The letters: Michael Heisler creates some good dialogue, narration, and sound effects, but the latter would have stood out more had they been colored brighter. Overall grade: A
The final line: I’m enjoying the story, but I’m getting really tired of this “dark” legacy. Heck, Dark Times is more easily seen than this title. Overall grade: B
Patrick Hayes was a contributor to the Comic Buyer’s 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. He’s since moved to a high school where he’s taught 9th grade and currently teaches 10th 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.