Script: Corinna Bechko & Gabriel Hardman
Art: Gabriel Hardman
Colors: Rachelle Rosenberg
Lettering: Michael Heisler
Cover Art: Dave Wilkins
In the far reaches of the Outer Rim the Empress Marasiah Fel and the Triumvirate have dispatched Imperial Knight Yalta Val on a diplomatic mission to bring the disparate pieces of the Galaxy back together under a unified galactic ruler. Master Val quickly realizes that not everyone in the galaxy wants peace. The Sith continue to have a role to play in the galaxy.
Val is ambushed by a Sith who wipes out his whole squad and is saved by another Sith. This newest Sith Lord has plans for Master Val and he needs him alive.
The story shifts to a junk dealer with a shadowy past and a famous surname. Ania Solo finds herself in position of two very interesting objects a comm droid that might be the only survivor and witness of the attack on Master Val and his lightsaber. Ania is the great-great granddaughter of Han and Leia, although her exact lineage is yet to be revealed. She does have the Solo charm and luck though. Since she’s a Solo she can’t help but find herself pulled into the adventure.
“Master Val” shows up after his fight with the Sith seemingly the only survivor of the attack. However he seems to be a different man than the last time we saw him. Master Val still has a role to fill in the Sith’s plans.
Diving into the Legacy era can seem to be daunting for people who have never read any of it before, but this marks a good jumping in point. We have all new characters, a brand new adventure and of course there is Wookieepedia to help fill in the gaps.
There is so much to enjoy here. Ania Solo looks to be a great new character, a worthy successor to the Solo name. Gabriel Hardman’s unique art helps to really set this series and time apart from everything else on the shelf. I hope that the rest of the series can deliver on the promise of this issue.
Advanced Review Copy (ARC) courtesy of Dark Horse. All staff members can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.