Brandon Borzelli's Geek Goggle Reviews
Star Wars Legacy II #18
Dark Horse Comics
Bechko, Hardman & Thies
The final Star Wars single issue to be published by Dark Horse Comics is a real epic. It has plenty of Imperial Knights battling a boat load of Sith. The comic is one huge battle but continues a lot more when wrapping this thing up. Overall I enjoyed this comic even though it strayed a little too far into the first Star Wars Legacy for my liking. This is as good a way as any to close the door on Star Wars comics from Dark Horse.
The brunt of the comic is Empress Fel and her Knights against all of the Sith. The rogue Sith, Darth Wredd, is fighting along side Fel, as he is trying to get one of the rogue Knights to come into his new Sith order. The book tries to keep its focus on Ania Solo, a non-Force sensitive character, but her role seems to be on the outskirts of the action. I wasn't really thrilled to see this because the series is about her whereas the first Legacy series was more focused on Fel, the Knights and the Sith – although as supporting characters to Cade Skywalker. This issue seems to put Ania in a supporting role. However, the end of the battle puts a terrific spotlight on Ania and definitely uses her character well.
The book then tries to wrap up all of the loose ends in the end of the book. Not every character gets a chance to shine but at least the characters all find their new place in the galaxy as the book closes out. The comic contains a nice little surprise at the end of the book and final image pays homage to a classic Star Wars image from 1977. The ending couldn't be better really.
The artwork is very good. There are some images where the artwork really takes a hold of an image and makes worthy of a poster. However, there are some spots where the book struggles. For example, the panel where Fel is looking for Darth Wredd, there is a character (the only one with a definitive outline) in the background that appears to be Wredd. Is it? I kind of doubt it but the image just isn't clear. Generally the book does a good job artistically.
Star Wars Legacy II is a fun series. With it only being 18 issues long there really isn't a good enough reason for a fan of the genre not to try it out. It definitely is a Solo-like comic book and this final issue uses the character to perfection. Even the most die-hard Han Solo fan would smile at how his distant descendant is used in this book. I enjoyed this comic book and found it to be a proper ending to the series. Dark Horse did the property right for over twenty years and there is a massive back catalog that proves me right. Check it out someday.
4 out of 5 Geek Goggles