Script: Corinna Bechko
Art: Gabriel Hardman
Colors: Rachelle Rosenberg
Lettering: Michael Heisler
Cover Art: Dave Wilkins
The Sith plan for the Carreras system and the Surd Nebula is starting to come into focus. However, things are starting to turn against our unnamed Sith turned Imperial Knight imposter. The arrogance inherit to the dark side has revealed his true nature.
Ania Solo and her motley crew have been captured, including the true Imperial Knight Jao Assam, leading to a great scene between Assam and the Sith. Bechko’s writing is just the right amount of villainous monologuing but doesn’t give everything away. The Man in the Iron Mask motif continues through the book and it works. We see how this Sith warrior has been shaped and twisted by what he has gone through and question what shape the real Master Val will be once he is freed.
The Sith’s plan remains a mystery, but some details are revealed. Bechko and Hardman seem to have taken plotting lessons from JJ Abrams and the crew over at Lost. Just enough details are revealed to keep us from becoming frustrated, but the overall plan is still a mystery. This does show a difference between Legacy and most of the other Star Wars books at Dark Horse. Every other book seems to be focused on mini-series with the story wrapped in 5 issues. It’s an adjustment in how the mystery unfolds. This book has more time to draw it out.
Ania Solo is only in her fourth issue ever, however I find her instantly appealing and see so many of the hallmarks of the classic Star Wars characters in her. Watching her grab a blaster and charge the Sith against Assam’s better judgement is a classic Solo moment.
Everything doesn’t end well though. Assam may be dead, the Sith has escaped, and no one knows where to find Master Val. It all wraps up in one big cliffhanger, I can’t wait for the next issue to see where Bechko and Hardman take us next.
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