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Star Wars Legends Epic Collection: Legacy Vol. 2 Paperback – January 30, 2018
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..."Darth Krayt is Not Pleased!"
The above exclamation accompanied an extreme close up illustration depicting the masked face of the galaxy's dark Emperor by artist Dan Scott from the cover of "Star Wars: Legacy" comic issue #22. As Volume 2 of this hardcover reprinting of co-creators' John Ostrander's and Jan Duursema's "Future of Star Wars" begins, things are not going as planned for Sith Master Darth Krayt. While successful at seizing the throne of the galactic Empire, the Dark Lord is finding it difficult to achieve complete victory over those who oppose his rule. Gar Stazi, former admiral of the Galactic Alliance Fleet, is using the remains of his stellar armada to attack key strategic military centers of the new Sith Empire, to undermine its control of the galaxy. Meanwhile, Krayt has failed to achieve his desire to gain the rumored Force healing abilities of Cade Skywalker, direct descendant of the legendary Jedi Knight Luke Skywalker, abilities the Sith Lord coveted in hope of staving off the lingering effects of Yuuzhan Vong torture on his body. But his response to these setbacks is typical of a Master of the Sith:
"It is time...the entire galaxy learn what it costs to oppose me!"
"Star Wars: Legacy," Volume 2 recounts how millions of the galaxy's citizens become even more victimized by the merciless ambitions of the Dark Lord and his army, the One Sith. It also details Cade Skywalker's continuing quest to find his place in the troubled galaxy and whether his legacy in the Force will follow that of his ancestor, Luke Skywalker, a champion in the Light of the Force, or that of Anakin Skywalker, who fell to the Dark Side. A pair of Cade's companions, Kee and Jariah Syn, describe the commander of their shared ship, the Mynock, in a brief exchange during battle:
"Captain Cade's gotten dangerous. Tell me, Syn--Don't all this Force stuff make you nervous?"
..."I'm just glad the Captain is on our side! Mostly."
This 424 paged hardcover collects the original "Legacy" comic issues #20 through #36, and issue #41, first published by Dark Horse Comics in 2008-2009. These single comics were later republished in trade paperback collections with the following titles:
(Volume 4)Alliance (Issues #20-22 and 27)
(Volume 5)The Hidden Temple (Issues #23-26)
Star Wars: Vector, Volume 2 (Issues #28-31)
Note: These particular "Star Wars: Legacy" comics were the concluding chapters to an ambitious 12 part story-arc called "Vector," which ran through all the Dark Horse Comics Star Wars titles through out 2008. For the sake of offering Star Wars fans complete information, the "Vector" story serial was premiered in: "Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic #25-28; continued in "Star Wars: Dark Times #11,12; then appeared in "Star Wars: Rebellion #15,16, and again climaxed in the above "Star Wars: Legacy" comics. The entire "Vector" saga was reprinted in a 2 volume trade paperback collection in 2009.
(Volume 7)Storms (Issues #32-36)
"Star Wars: Legacy" issue #41, "Rogue's End," was first reprinted in "Legacy" (Volume 8): Tatooine.
Many of the drawn or painted covers to the original comics are included in the book, used mostly as illustrated heralds to new chapters in the developing story. The contributing artists include: Adam Hughes (who created the cover to the tome's dustjacket), Doug Wheatley, Dan Scott, Omar Francia, Daniel Dos Santos, Sean Cooke, and series co-creator, Jan Duursema. The covers to "Legacy" issues #23,25,26,28-30,33 and 35 are regretably not reprinted in this collection.
"Star Wars: Legacy" continues to depict an epic struggle between the forces of good and evil in a war ravaged galaxy. Each side of the conflict plot and plan, hope and dream. Author John Ostrander further builds on his growing cast of interesting characters and deepening plot threads while collaborating with a wider range of pencil artists, like Omar Francia and Kajo Baldisimo. Still, Jan Duursema remains this reviewer's favorite artist on "Legacy," and one of my all time favorite "Star Wars" illustrators. Her detailed, non superhero style is perfect for this tale she helped bring to visual reality. As a creative whole, all the talented artists working on this distinctive "Star Wars" adventure have made it an exciting addition to this beloved saga.
This is a great comic series and comes with this Star Wars fan's highest recommendation!
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