on 29 March 2008
This is the second trade paperback of the amazing Star Wars: Legacy series. It takes place primarily around 137 ABY (After the Battle of Yavin) with a notable exception of the first story that takes place at 130 ABY. It features the mighty John Ostander and Jan Duursema team as well as other great artwork by Adam DeKraker, Travel Foreman and Colin Wilson.
While Star Wars Legacy: Broken threw us in at the deep end with an extract from Darth Krayt's Holocron and a flashback showing the fall of the Jedi Academy on Ossus, Shards begins by reviewing the climactic events of 130 ABY from a different perspective. We get an insight into how the Sith-Imperial War that tore asunder the Galactic Alliance was orchestrated by the Moff Council and the Sith. A fact I found interesting was that the Galactic Alliance by 130 ABY had evolved from having a single person in the position of Chief of State to having a Triumvirate. We also see the events that led to Emperor Roan Fel fleeing for his life as the Sith make plans to usurp his Empire after the conclusion of the war. This I found was a pivotal story as it showed that while Roan Fel has a great deal of responsibility for the dark state of the galaxy it also showed that he was not aware of the full picture until the war was over. This was valuable to me to make Roan Fel more of a sympathetic character.
The rest of the plot takes place seven years later and helps to give a more rounded view of the galaxy at this time while also pushing the plot forward in ways that will payoff down the line. For instance the introduction of the Galactic Alliance remnant fleet and its brilliant leader Admiral Gar Stazi. They are both introduced in an attempt to secure an alliance with the Imperial forces loyal to Roan Fel. This tale is full of intrigue, betrayal and shocks that have implications in the most unexpected ways. Then towards the end of the volume we return to the primary plot line as we catch up with Cade Skywalker as he journeys to the ruins of the Jedi Academy on Ossus. Where he has to try to come to terms with his past. The art of this section was outstanding and brought back some great characters from the Star Wars Republic comics and also from the New Jedi Oder series of books that will be a real treat for those fans who are familiar with them.
Like the first trade paperback this is THE must read Star Wars comic series out there. It really builds upon the plot of Broken but takes time to put more flesh on the bones in terms of back story and the broader galactic situation. It has it all great story, great characters and great art and I can't recommend it highly enough.