Jedi News Comic Review: Star Wars Legacy #18

By systematically seeking out and killing fellow Sith, Darth Wredd became the enemy of all Sith. Eventually the Sith located Wredd on the desolate floating planet where he was holding Imperial Knight Jao Assam captive.

Ania Solo, Sauk, and AG-37 arrived with a contingent of stormtroopers to rescue their friend Jao, and found themselves in the middle of a war. Hopelessly outnumbered by Sith warriors, they fought as best they could, not knowing that word of their situation had been sent to the Empire.

Empress Fel arrived, bringing scores of Imperial Knights to the fight, hoping to wipe the Sith from the galaxy, and bring Darth Wredd to justice…

The Review

At eighteen issues, the end came way too fast for the second run of the Legacy series. Following their own bunch of characters, Corinna Bechko and Gabriel Hardman laid out a series of fun adventures and a great overall story. They threw down the gauntlet by choosing the great-great-something-granddaughter of Han Solo as their main character, and succeeding in fulfilling the challenge of expectations. While Ania Solo is a very different character from Cade Skywalker, she’s certainly no less interesting, and Legacy #18 bids her and her friends a fine farewell.

To kickstart the fun, this issue opens with a dramatic array of panels showcasing the death and destruction of the massive battle between Sith and Imperial Knights. Bodies are strewn across the landscape. Yet the next page change the beat, and throws readers right back into the action as Master Draco and Ania and company are cutting down Sith one-by-one. The story ramps up further with a series of surprises and casualties. The stakes are raised, more people enter the fight, and it becomes a battle of absolute victory. There is no middle ground. One side or the other will be totally annihilated.

Through this issue, there are a lot of standout scenes. One of my favorites was the crazed Darth Wredd giving himself fully to the dark side in battle with a lunatic grin plastered on his face. Other memorable moments include the Empress charging into battle, and a very nice cameo at the end tying in to John Ostrander and Jan Duursema’s Legacy series. The final page, however, is one of the best endings I’ve seen for a Star Wars comic series. It’s just perfect. It’s fitting for the characters, gives the readers something to smile at, and leaves the story on an open chapter that feels just right for the series. This is a cast of characters that will always have one more fun adventure ahead of them, and while we may never see them again, it was great to have seen them in action.

For the final issue of the series, Legacy #18 does an outstanding job of bringing it all to an end. For starters, there’s an epic battle. It brings about lots of drama, tension and action. They squeeze in a few laughs and lighthearted moments, and end the story with two great hooks. I think this is something that fans will be able to look back at and say, “job well done.” While the art is a bit of a rollercoaster ride for the series, the storytelling has been consistently strong with some standout characters.

It is with that that we must say goodbye. While I would have loved to have seen Gabriel Hardman close out the series’ artwork, Brian Albert Thies didn’t do too bad of a job. Agustin Alessio did some stunning covers, which helps pick up some of the slack. Yet, with this final issue, Corinna Bechko and Gabriel Hardman really bring it home with the direction of the story and the characters. They definitely earned a five out of five.

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Skuldren runs Roqoo Depot with his co-admin Geralyn, covering Star Wars news, reviews, interviews and other sci-fi and fantasy material. He writes the The Databurst From the 501st covering all 501st events around the world each week, as well as the Podcasts in Review covering various Star Wars podcasts. And you can read many of his comic reviews right here on Jedi News.