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Star Wars Legends Epic Collection: Legacy Vol. 2 (Epic Collection: Star Wars Legends: Legacy) Paperback – 30 Jan 2018
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I bought the Volume 2 hardcover collection of the Legacy series as I already own the first three paperbacks which were later compiled in the Volume 1 collection. I will give a little synopsis on the series anywhere to help my recommendation. Set 130 years approximately after the events of Return of the Jedi, Legacy follows the adventures of Cade Skywalker, the latest descendant of Anakin and Luke Skywalker. As a young Jedi trainee, Cade witnessed his father Jedi Master Kol Skywalker murdered during the Sith attack on the Jedi Academy on the planet Ossus by the Sith Lord Darth Nihl. After using the dark side to save his mortally wounded Master Wolf Sazen, Cade departs the Jedi and goes missing during a rampage against the Sith. Though presumed dead, Cade is felt through the Force by Wolf. Meanwhile, the One Sith led by the mysterious Darth Krayt ambushes the Imperial regime after organising the attack on Ossus without the consent of Emperor Roan Fel. Krayt appears to have assassinated Fel and assumes the Imperial throne but the real Fel went into hiding before the ambush, aided by his Imperial Knight bodyguards. Seven years later, Cade has renounced his heritage as a Jedi and a Skywalker and works as a bounty hunter alongside his partners, the flirtatious Deliah Blue and the Jedi hating Jariah Syn.
The Legacy storyline is very much a re-imagining of the classic trilogy plot with a darker and graphic twist. This isn't exactly 'adult Star Wars' in any way but there's definitely a more gothic and gritty feel to it even more than Episode III did. The story takes a lot of turns and there are many surprises concerning certain characters such as which character formerly used to be who and two characters being revealed to be the same person. Many of these twists are surprising and make sense in the overall story arc and the expanded saga. There are also ties to the Republic comic series which isn't surprising considering John Ostrander is the lead writer on the series.
In terms of characters, Legacy really delivers strong people to get involved with. Cade is not the traditional Skywalker who aspires to save the galaxy, instead being a drug addicted and self-loathing bounty hunter who wants nothing to do with the Force and his family lineage. He frequently backflips between his loyalties to his former Jedi comrades and his friends/partners in crime because of his convictions and due to the Sith targeting him for these reasons. Darth Krayt is a truly compelling and intimidating villain. His backstory makes sense in the overall saga and his goals to prevent his disease from slowly consuming him make him standout from other Star Wars villains and he remains a truly awesome character.
The artwork for Legacy is quite varied because of the different artists. Jan Duursema's drawings are definitely the best due to their more human appearance and are used in the main storylines involving Cade and his mission against the One Sith. The artwork in the other story arcs is decent but are definitely overshadowed by Duursema's. The design of the Sith Lords in this series are really creative and colourful and each are separated from the other. Krayt is embedded in a bulky piece of armour with a horned skull as a helmet shielding his face. Darth Talon is covered in Darth Maul-ish Sith tattoos which give her a menacing look. My personal favourite design is Darth Nihl. His white skin contrasts greatly with his slick black hair and archaic armour and his body gives the impression of a scrawny but deadly warrior.
This volume of Legacy collects issues 20-41 and features The Hidden Empire, Vector and Storms arcs collected in paperbacks 4, 5, 6 and 7. Anyone planning on starting this series should start off chronologically and either buy the first hardback volume collection or the first three paperbacks of the series. I personally find this collection to be weaker than the first sets as there is less focus on Cade and the main storyline which deviates a bit too far from the focus of the series. The side stories are still great reads but substantially less involving.
Legacy is a great series that adds more weight and meat to the saga and remains a great pseudo-sequel series to the original trilogy. It's a shame that this series is now being considered non-canon in the wake of the upcoming sequel trilogy as it is a truly great series and worthy follow ups to the adventures of Luke, Han and Leia. Nevertheless, this series is terrific and worth reading if you are a devoted Star Wars fan. You are missing out here if you're not reading this series.
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..."Darth Krayt is Not Pleased!"
The above exclamation accompanied an extreme close up illustration depicting the masked face of the galaxy's dark Emperor by artist Dan Scott from the cover of "Star Wars: Legacy" comic issue #22. As Volume 2 of this hardcover reprinting of co-creators' John Ostrander's and Jan Duursema's "Future of Star Wars" begins, things are not going as planned for Sith Master Darth Krayt. While successful at seizing the throne of the galactic Empire, the Dark Lord is finding it difficult to achieve complete victory over those who oppose his rule. Gar Stazi, former admiral of the Galactic Alliance Fleet, is using the remains of his stellar armada to attack key strategic military centers of the new Sith Empire, to undermine its control of the galaxy. Meanwhile, Krayt has failed to achieve his desire to gain the rumored Force healing abilities of Cade Skywalker, direct descendant of the legendary Jedi Knight Luke Skywalker, abilities the Sith Lord coveted in hope of staving off the lingering effects of Yuuzhan Vong torture on his body. But his response to these setbacks is typical of a Master of the Sith:
"It is time...the entire galaxy learn what it costs to oppose me!"
"Star Wars: Legacy," Volume 2 recounts how millions of the galaxy's citizens become even more victimized by the merciless ambitions of the Dark Lord and his army, the One Sith. It also details Cade Skywalker's continuing quest to find his place in the troubled galaxy and whether his legacy in the Force will follow that of his ancestor, Luke Skywalker, a champion in the Light of the Force, or that of Anakin Skywalker, who fell to the Dark Side. A pair of Cade's companions, Kee and Jariah Syn, describe the commander of their shared ship, the Mynock, in a brief exchange during battle:
"Captain Cade's gotten dangerous. Tell me, Syn--Don't all this Force stuff make you nervous?"
..."I'm just glad the Captain is on our side! Mostly."
This 424 paged hardcover collects the original "Legacy" comic issues #20 through #36, and issue #41, first published by Dark Horse Comics in 2008-2009. These single comics were later republished in trade paperback collections with the following titles:
(Volume 4)Alliance (Issues #20-22 and 27)
(Volume 5)The Hidden Temple (Issues #23-26)
Star Wars: Vector, Volume 2 (Issues #28-31)
Note: These particular "Star Wars: Legacy" comics were the concluding chapters to an ambitious 12 part story-arc called "Vector," which ran through all the Dark Horse Comics Star Wars titles through out 2008. For the sake of offering Star Wars fans complete information, the "Vector" story serial was premiered in: "Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic #25-28; continued in "Star Wars: Dark Times #11,12; then appeared in "Star Wars: Rebellion #15,16, and again climaxed in the above "Star Wars: Legacy" comics. The entire "Vector" saga was reprinted in a 2 volume trade paperback collection in 2009.
(Volume 7)Storms (Issues #32-36)
"Star Wars: Legacy" issue #41, "Rogue's End," was first reprinted in "Legacy" (Volume 8): Tatooine.
Many of the drawn or painted covers to the original comics are included in the book, used mostly as illustrated heralds to new chapters in the developing story. The contributing artists include: Adam Hughes (who created the cover to the tome's dustjacket), Doug Wheatley, Dan Scott, Omar Francia, Daniel Dos Santos, Sean Cooke, and series co-creator, Jan Duursema. The covers to "Legacy" issues #23,25,26,28-30,33 and 35 are regretably not reprinted in this collection.
"Star Wars: Legacy" continues to depict an epic struggle between the forces of good and evil in a war ravaged galaxy. Each side of the conflict plot and plan, hope and dream. Author John Ostrander further builds on his growing cast of interesting characters and deepening plot threads while collaborating with a wider range of pencil artists, like Omar Francia and Kajo Baldisimo. Still, Jan Duursema remains this reviewer's favorite artist on "Legacy," and one of my all time favorite "Star Wars" illustrators. Her detailed, non superhero style is perfect for this tale she helped bring to visual reality. As a creative whole, all the talented artists working on this distinctive "Star Wars" adventure have made it an exciting addition to this beloved saga.
This is a great comic series and comes with this Star Wars fan's highest recommendation!
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