Script: Corinna Bechko & Gabriel Hardman
Art: Gabriel Hardman
Colors: Jordan Boyd
Lettering: Michael Heisler
Cover Art: Agustin Alessio
Ania Solo is trapped on an inhospitable planet where it alternates between raining glass and raining acid. She reconnected to her old flame Ramid, only to have him be killed by the bounty hunter who now threatens her. Just when it seems things can not get any worse for her, she finds herself trapped in an even worse situation.
Ania Solo’s mysterious past and why she is the most wanted woman in the galaxy finally begin to take shape. A large part of this story is exposition as the villain begins to monologue like a Bond villain and explain everything that has been going on. It is a bit of an info dump, but after 14 issues building up and establishing this mystery it is nice to finally get the pieces in place. There is more going on here than just the villain revealing their dastardly deeds and how they perpetrated them.
We get a lot of backstory and holes filled in during this issue, I do wish we could’ve gotten to know a bit more about the Bounty Hunter. She has been an interesting villain, but we never even got a proper name for her. As her story is revealed we get only hints about what her life was like before she crossed paths with Ania Solo. I would’ve liked to see them explore the backstory for the Bounty Hunter and Ania as a flashback or through some method other than a monologue. The art and layouts do make it visually interesting at least.
Picking up right where we left off in issue #14, Ania is trapped out in the acid rain. She is saved by the assassin droid, AG, but at a high cost. It says a lot about the writing of Bechko and Hardman that we care for a droid and we feel for him when he is switched off.
It’s lightsaber versus energy whip as Imperial Knight Jao Assam faces down the Bounty Hunter. This is most of the action in the book. They continue the fight that started last issue and then rematch after the Bounty Hunter catches up to Ania. It is very satisfying to see the Bounty Hunter get what is coming to her.
Of course, the cavalry shows up too late and misses out on the important information being revealed. Ania is arrested and taken back to Coruscant to face trial for her supposed crimes. It becomes slightly cliche here. I did feel an echo of Ahsoka’s finale from Clone Wars, wrongly accused based on circumstantial evidence. I do wonder if there is still more going on among the Imperial Knights than has been revealed.
Everything that we have been enjoying about Legacy continues in this issue. The weakspot here is the monologue, but there is more than enough good to counteract that one annoyance. Bechko and Hardman continue to tell a fantastic Star Wars story that always leaves you wanting more.
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