Script: Corinna Bechko & Gabriel Hardman
Art: Brian Albert Thies
Colors: Jordan Boyd
Lettering: Michael Heisler
Cover Art: Agustin Alessio
For the first time since we met her, Ania Solo is no longer on the run. She has been proven innocent of murdering an Imperial Knight, but her freedom was earned at a high cost. Her friend, Imperial Knight Jao Assam has been sentenced to death for desertion. Before Ania can find a way to free him, Jao escapes with the help of the Sith lord, Darth Wredd.
The book opens on Coruscant. Ania is quickly learning that the bureaucratic mentality is the only constant in the universe. She is being blocked at every turn to see Jao or talk to anyone about setting him free.
Most of the book is dealing with Jao and Darth Wredd. Wredd tells his sad, sithly tale to Jao. I really enjoyed the change in art style for the flashback, the artwork goes softer and the coloring almost borders on sepia toned. Like most villain backstories, it’s a tragic story of loss and pain, but like the best villain stories, it’s one that you can relate to.
While Jao is dealing with the Sith, Ania is working to find a way to save him. She finds help in the most unlikely of places, Empress Fel herself. It seems clear that Empress Fel is getting something out of this deal, but we don’t know yet what she gains by saving Jao’s life. Ania sets out with a squad of loyal troops backing her on a hunt to find the Sith and save Jao.
This issue may not have the big action set pieces of the previous issues, but you wouldn’t call this issue boring or slow paced. Bechko and Hardman’s writing is great, between the heavy drama of Darth Wredd’s tale of woe and the fun exchange as Ania mentions her distant kinship with the Empress to a stunned Sauk. Hardman is not doing the artwork this time around though, and while I generally prefer his art, Thies’ art is very much in the same style so it’s not a jarring change.
As the issue closes, the story arc begins to come around full circle, building to the final issues. Legacy continues to be one of the strongest Star Wars titles out right now.
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