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Star Wars: Legacy – Volume II (Book 1) – Prisoner of the Floating World

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Though the original Star Wars: Legacy series came to a close, the people in charge at Dark Horse Comics felt there was more story tell in this time period.  Enter a sequel series (which is less of a sequel and more of a spin-off).  Two years have passed since the end of War, and the galaxy is united under a somewhat fragile triumvirate of the Jedi, the Empire, and the Galactic Alliance.  Though the Sith are still out there, things are relatively stable in the galaxy.

But this being Star Wars, we can’t have any of that.  We find a new group of characters to follow in Legacy II being led by Ania Solo, a descendent of the original trilogy’s Han Solo.  Clearly series creators Corinna Bechko and Gabriel Hardman are taking some cues from the first Legacy series.

Legacy II has a lot of good and bad.  I like how it is not trying to repeat the steps of the first series in a story sense.  While the galaxy is threatened, it is less of “we need to overthrow the oppressive government”.  Instead, we have an outside threat trying to burrow itself in to take over.

Yes, we have a new Sith bad guy as our primary nemesis, but the execution of his character is very different from what came before.  He wants to rule the galaxy, but he is a total wild card in that he doesn’t necessarily ally himself with the Sith.

On that end, it seems to work.  Where it struggles is that our new heroes are kind of boring.  We have Ania who follows in a similar path of Han Solo in being an essential nobody who is forced into the galactic spotlight unexpectedly.  That is okay, but there isn’t anything interesting about her.  She’s a total screw-up, yet people continually want to work with her and/or trust her.  That is fine, but she’s never really accountable for her screw-ups.  Towards the climax, she doubts herself and her abilities, but she is given a pep-talk on how she is related to Han Solo, so that’ll, somehow, make her great.

That doesn’t wash with me, but I blame the writing.  More on that below.

The rest of the characters are just dull or unmemorable.  We have two forgettable Imperial Knights, Ania’s whiny Mon Calamari friend Sauk, and AG-37, a droid who inexplicitly Ania for no real reason whatsoever.  I don’t know.  Maybe there is room to grow, but I’m just having trouble connecting with these characters.  When I was reading this, there were times I actively didn’t care what happened to them.  At all.

But all of this I attribute to the writing.  Nothing here is subtle.  I feel that Bechko and Hardman are trying too hard to make this a pure action spectacle.  There is nothing wrong with that, but the action really serves no major purpose.  One thing just leads into another without any time to decompress.  Enhancing this problem is that we just jump from scene to scene without much of a transition.  The narrative flow is just clunky.

Not off to a good start, but I’m in it to see where this series goes.  Given that the Disney acquirement of Star Wars kind of forced this series to end early, I am curious if a complete story will be eventually be told.  Or if the plot threads begun here will be left dangling at the end.  Perhaps I’ll be singing a different tune and will want to see more of these characters and their adventures by the time I finish.

Stray Thoughts:

Given Star Wars lore and Ania’s family line, what is her connection to Cade Skywalker?  Shouldn’t they be distant cousins?  And to Empress Fel for that matter?  Maybe I’ll just settle for what her bloodline connection to Han is.

And if she is related to Han and Leia, does she have Force abilities?

How did she get separated from the Solo clan?

Is Darth Wredd part of the One Sith?  His master?  What he even around during Darth Krayt’s rule?

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