Review by Rodney Ford
Writer: John Ostrander
Penciller: Adam Dekraker
Colorist: Ronda Pattison
Letterer: Michael Heisler
Cover: Colin Wilson
Assistant Editor: Dave Marshall
Editor: Randy Stradley
“After the death of Emperor Palpatine, the defeated Imperial forces pulled back to the planet Bastion and called a truce with the new republic. For decades, peace flourished, until an invasion of extra-galactic aliens called the Yuuzhan Vong killed trillions and devastated worlds. A galactic Alliance of remaining systems, Jedi, and the Imperial remnant finally defeated the invaders.
Peace was restored, but decades later the Imperial remnant once more proclaimed itself an Empire– with a more benign Emperor on the throne. A century passed, and a new breed of sith, numbering more than two and lead by Darth Krayt, emerged to join the newly reforged Empire. Together they manufactured an incident that sundered the Galactic Alliance and began a brutal war. Now, the Empire is poised to regain control of the galaxy. Yet the intention of it’s sith allies remain shrouded…”
Characters: Emperor Roan Fel, Darth Krayt, Imperial Knights
If you haven’t picked up an issue of this series, now is a good jumping on point. Especially since Dark Horse is releasing a trade of the first six issues coming in April (Star Wars: Legacy Volume 1—Broken *Collects issues #1-3 and #5-7 of the Legacy ongoing series.). This issue focuses on a back story of Emperor Roan Fel and his dealings with the sith Lord Darth Krayt. Let me take a minute to explain a bit about Legacy and where it falls in the star wars time line.
Legacy takes place approximately 130 years after the battle of Yavin (the end of episode IV). The story centers on Luke Skywalker’s descendant, Cade Skywalker, who’s father along with nearly all the Jedi on Ossus are wiped out by the Sith. The story moves forward seven years and Cade is a bounty hunter, hunting down renegade Jedi. Did I get your attention? Good, now there’s a lot more to Cades story so go out and pick up the trade or the individual issues if you can find them.
Now let’s get back on topic, this issue sheds some more light on what happened just prior to the attack on the Jedi Temple on Ossus. The story revolves around Emperor Fel and a couple of his Grand Admirals. Admiral Veed strikes a deal with lady Maladi, to kill the emperor so he can take the throne. Needless to say there’s a lot of double dealing and miss trust to go around. I liked this story, but I think it could have been better if they had lengthened the story out one or two more issues. Obviously this would take away from the main plot line of the series but it is interesting to see how everything started.
I’d like to talk about the artist that penciled this issue, Adam Dekraker. His style stays on track with the rest of the star wars legacy books. I like the way most of his characters come off looking truly evil or at least menacing. The panels are well laid out, giving this book a lot more depth. I also need to note the colorist, Ronda Pattison. As it turns out Adam finished the pencils and Ronda worked her coloring magic to complete this issue, with out an inker.
But that is a tale for another article, which I will be posting here later this week. Adam has been nice enough to answer a few questions about his past present and future work in the comic industry. I’ll post a link on my comic space page when the article is ready to go. Until then I hope you like my review, feel free to stop by my page or just drop me an email. (www.comicspace.com/greenloontern)