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Here is the latest in our year-long look at one cool comic (whether it be a self-contained work, an ongoing comic or a run on a long-running title that featured multiple creative teams on it over the years) a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here‘s the archive of the moments posted so far!
Today we look at John Ostrander’s Star Wars: Legacy!
Star Wars: Legacy is based around a pretty darn sound concept – set a Star War series over a hundred years after the events of the original trilogy of films, and then let John Ostrander pretty much have free reign over populating this new universe.
There are few writers more up to the task than Ostrander, who does a wonderful job creating a cohesive universe that works past just being a backdrop for the adventures of the main cast, but as a complex, dynamic group of characters and worlds that are developed enough that they can support their own story arcs separated from the “main” cast.
The “main” cast of the book is a young mercenary named Cade who turns out to be Cade Skywalker, who, like his forebears, is an important figure in the galactic struggle between the various forces of evil and good in the universe.
There is the Sith, there is a scattered Jedi and a vestigial Alliance, but there is also an interesting dynamic with the Empire splintered between those loyal to the Sith and those loyal to the current Emperor.
The Emperor even has his own group of Jedi-like troops called Imperial Knights.
If you check out Adam Hughes’ covers for the first six issues, it will give you a pretty good idea of what the cast of the book looks like (Jan Duursema is the regular artist on the book and did almost all the design work for the series, but there are a lot more artists on the book than just her).
As I mentioned before, perhaps the coolest aspect of the title is that Ostrander has put so much effort into making this a fully realized universe that he quite often has stories that star various other figures who are not directly tied into the “main” plot line (which is about Cade slowly but surely embracing his Jedi heritage).
Here are some sample pages featuring a character we readers have followed through the series run, although he’s only had about three appearances – first as a Stormtrooper, but after he rebels he joins up with Rogue Squadron of the Alliance…
Here’s a look at the “main” characters, Cade and his two mercenary friends, as they are on a mission on Tattoine (a further twist is that Cade’s mother works for the Empire, and she has even more of a twist beyond just working for the Empire, but I won’t spoil it for you)….
As you can see, as is Ostrander’s wont, he has a lot of strong character-based storytelling, but he does not ease up on the action, either.
Star Wars: Legacy is a well-crafted, entertaining comic that is worth the perils of investing in a “new” universe.
There are 44 issues out so far, and seven trades out so far collecting the first 36 issues, with an eighth book out this coming Wednesday (bringing you up to issue #41). So now is an opportune time to jump on to the book! You can get caught up right quickly!
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