Ania Solo just wanted to make a couple of quick credits from a salvaged lightsaber and return to running her lunar junkyard. Instead, she and her Mon Calamari friend Sauk–with the help of the decommissioned assassin droid AG-37 and the brash young Imperial Knight Jao Assam–saved Master Yalta Val from the renegade Sith Darth Wredd.
Though victorious, the heroes paid a heavy price. Jao and AG-37 were gravely injured, while Ania and Sauk are fugitives from the Carreras system–the only place Ania has ever called home.
Worse, Darth Wredd escaped. Unexpectedly, however, the Sith warrior has not gone into hiding…
That’s how scripters Corinna Bechko and Gabriel Hardman, artist Brian Albert Thies, colourist Rachelle Rosenberg, letterer Michael Heisler and cover artist Livio Ramondelli set up the sixth issue of the latest Legacy title.
First and foremost, Legacy #6 delivers a whopping dose of fun. As the first issue in the second arc, this one sets the stage for where we’re heading next, and from the looks of things, it’s going to get awesome. This issue packs in some action, lays down some story development, and foreshadows the threats and challenges yet to come. It has all the ingredients necessary to engage readers and keep their interest at an all time high. Just don’t get too attached to the cool looking Snivvian on the cover.
When I first saw the cover reveal for this issue, I was excited for a couple reasons. For starters, I’ve become a fan of Livio Ramondelli’s artwork. It’s a little outside the norm, but presents intriguing imagery and innovative lighting. His work on the Transformers comics is truly gorgeous. Here, we get but a taste. On the other hand, this cover got me excited for Snivvians. Whenever I see one, I think of Gryph from the Knights of the Old Republic series. The mere thought of a Darth Gryph had my jonesing for this issue. Fair warning, though, the Darth Snivvian doesn’t stay around for long.
The other Sith on the cover is Darth Wredd who made himself known to the galaxy in the last issue. Here, he’s changing tactics. Rather than capturing Jedi and making announcements on the holonet, he’s killing Sith. Yes, a Sith killing Sith. While it’s not completely made clear why he’s killing other Sith, it’s safe to say he’s not doing it to earn points with the Jedi. Imperial Knight Jao calls him out as a megalomaniac, so maybe Darth Wredd really thinks he can kill all the One Sith off so he can be the only Sith left. In a way, he’s turning into Darth Bane, which would be fun to see.
While Wredd’s out killing his brethren, Ania Solo and her friends get picked up by the Triumvirate. There’s some nice dialog and plot development for each character. Ania gets offered a cushy job on Coruscant and has to decide where her destiny lies. She also hints more at her backstory and how she wound up in the Carreras system. Jao and Val have to come to terms with their desire to hunt down Wredd and their duty to following orders. Sauk gets a job offer with AG-37, but he also gets a chance to help rebuild his homeworld of Dac. There’s a lot of choices being setup for each character. Where their paths will lead them is left somewhat open, but the fact that those paths are presented for the reader adds a lot toward anticipation. I for one am looking forward to where the next few issues will be heading.
There’s also a new artist on board for this issue. Brian Thies is taking over for Gabriel Hardman and will be doing the rest of the issues in this arc. Brian’s style is kind of similar to Gabriel’s and is helped by the coloring from Rachelle Rosenberg who has done all the coloring so far for Legacy Volume 2. There is still a dark, gritty atmosphere to the panels, but there’s also some nice details in the characters’ faces. For instance, the Snivvians look perfect with their walrus like appearances. The the Sith Snivvian gets an extra touch. When he goes into combat mode, he turns into something monstrous and bestial. The backgrounds are kept pretty subdued for the most part which adds extra emphasis on the characters. Ania’s appearance changes subtly, but owes more to a different hairstyle than any change in her face. My one gripe would be the lack of attention to detail with K’Kruhk and Gar Stazi. Brian definitely has a minimalist style. Nevertheless, he captures a lot without using a lot of detail. Furthermore, the coloring really helps make up the difference. There’s one part in particular where Jao has a Force vision. It’s very heaving on lighting and dominated by reds. The few panels that form that scene are some of the best in the issue.
The strongpoint of Legacy #6 is definitely the story. The dialog is sharp and the plot development reinvigorates the story better than ever. Corrina Bechko and Gabriel Hardman brought out their A game for this issue. While the art takes a backseat with simpler imagery, it still delivers some expressive and emotionally charged panels with impressive coloring. Combine the great storytelling and nice artwork together, and I give Legacy #6 a five out five.
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