Sunday, January 9, 2011

COMIC: Top of the Stack - Star Wars: Legacy - War #1 (Review)

Written by John Ostrander
Pencils by Jan Duursema
Cover by Jan Duursema

Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Price: $3.50

The week of December fifteenth brought a plethora of big DC books to my stack, along with a few stubborn ducks via BOOM! Studios but it was the return of the characters from the cancelled Dark Horse Comics series, Star Wars: Legacy, in the first of a six issue mini-series, Star Wars: Legacy - War, that climbed to the top of the stack. Veteran comic book scribe John Ostrander reunites with artist Jan Duursema to bring the creative team of the award-winning Star Wars: Legacy series to the next chapter of that universe.

Legacy - War starts from the events in the Legacy finale, Darth Krayt once leader of the One Sith and thought to be dead at the hands of Darth Wyyrlok is alive and the revelation of his return sent ripples through the Force to all Sith ... and Cade Skywalker. Wyyrlok's betrayal has awoken a fiercer attitude from Krayt who immediately sets forth to reclaim his leadership position with his goal to bring the galaxy to war so that the galaxy can experience the pain and rebirth he went through. But opposition forces are gathering, including a newly resolved Cade Skywalker who is determined to follow his destiny and destroy Krayt.

With the creative team from the series back on this mini, the book feels like a continuation more than a new mini-series. Duursema drew a fierce cover with Krayt on it that stands out from other books, and with the interiors Duursema continues to expertly create beautiful panels, especially scenes involving Sith characters. One of the reasons I have been attracted to the Legacy universe is that focus on the Sith, and the many unique designs they come in like the beautiful but deadly Twi'lek Darth Talon.

This first issue sets up the battlefield that the upcoming war is going to take place in and who are the main characters that will be involved in it. I do not know what plans are for the universe after this mini but I always remember feeling like the last issue of Legacy did not feel like a finale and I hope that this mini-series delivers some finality and resolve if this is the last look in on these characters.

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