Written by Corinna Bechko & Gabriel Hardman
Art by Gabriel Hardman
Colors by Rachelle Rosenberg
After the first issue I wasn’t really sure what to make of this book. The story set up wasn’t overwhelming or anything and I found the art to be passable, but not exciting. Well something really happened in those 30 days in between issue #1 and #2 because this second issue turned out to be just the opposite. Though the story isn’t terribly exciting as of yet and doesn’t seem to hold the serious implications Cade Skywalker’s story did right off the bat, what we did get was a story that was just fun as hell. Here we are dealing with another famous Star Wars namesake in the form of junk dealer Ania Solo. In issue #1 she runs afoul of a Sith Lord who has captured an Imperial Knight and has taken his place. The Sith has lost the Imperial’s lightsaber which was found by Ania and her Mon Calamari friend Sauk. When Ania tries to sell the lightsaber she draws the attention of the Sith who wants the saber back, and that’s where we pick up our story.
Like I said, it’s not terribly exciting or as serious as the first Legacy volume, this issue was just pure fun. On the run from the Sith Lord and his Imperial troops, Ania and Sauk get caught up in a chase that had a Goonies type feel to it that I really loved. There were some other great moments like a rescue from an assassin droid, but the real mystery here is just who is this Sith Lord. Once again the Sith are thought to be extinct after the defeat of Darth Kryatt and his One Sith so it will be interesting to find out who this new guy is as the book moves along. Another interesting aspect is the fact that we still don’t know if Ania is Force sensitive or not. I have to assume that Leia Organa falls in her family tree somewhere, so the Force is obviously with her family, but there hasn’t even been a small hint of Ania’s abilities, if she even has any. I am hoping that this will come into play in the book eventually, even if she has no powers.
I was kind of down on the art in the fist issue, but its definitely grown on me over the course of the second issue. Come to think of it, I don’t really know why I was down on it. I suppose most Star Wars books from Dark Horse have a certain look to them and I felt it wasn’t there in issue #1, but now I’m thinking, who cares. It may not look like I was expecting, but it’s a great looking book, there is no doubt about that. The art really shines during the action sequences, it puts me directly into the action, but never feels confusing the way some books tend to (ahem… AvX!). Through and through we are treated some solid artwork that feels in step with the book.
Overall I really enjoyed this issue and am looking forward to how this adventure continues. Ania is proving to be a great character with a nice cast surrounding her. Though there is much we still don’t know, my hope is that it unfolds with big payoffs.
4 out 5 nerds