Recently I had the pleasure to enjoy a snowy afternoon with my family and we chose to watch the original "Star Wars Trilogy" in its entirety. My two youngest had not yet seen all three episodes, and my wife and I had never made the time to watch the saga to completion. I was engulfed in the thrill of the big screen adventures – the gallant heroes, the hideous villains -– the stark contrast between good and evil.
"Star Wars: Legacy" is set nearly one hundred forty years after the Battle of Yavin. In that time the tide has turned from a New Republic back into the clutches of a New Empire controlled once more by Sith. This issue focuses on the tides of Star Wars specifically, or, rather more accurately, the life under the tides –- the Mon Calamari and their homeworld, Dac.
Galactic warfare must be difficult to choreograph onscreen, but with static images, the sense of urgency, the bottom of your gut falling out as if on a roller coaster just doesn't happen. Not to say the art isn't lovely, it's just muddled and confusing, as warfare should be.
Omar Francia renders the world of Dac and its inhabitants (temporary and permanent) quite well. He manages to impress some individuality upon the Calamari and does not hesitate to describe any scene in painstaking detail. It works to his credit, but it also serves to overwhelm in some instances where more simple artistic choices would help carry the gravitas set upon the characters.
Tanquar is the primary Calamari protagonist for us to latch onto and in this issue he is involved in a heated philosophical debate with Treis Sinde, an Imperial Knight who claims to serve only the true Emperor. The Sith are represented here by Darth Azard and Vul Isen, as they attempt to awaken an ancient evil so insidious that its very consciousness sucks the life force from beings nearby.
Ostrander crams a lot into this book, but it only tangentially feels like a Star Wars book. It has the philosophical issues that existed in some of the subtexts within the movies, and it has some of the familiar visages of characters that had fleeting screen time, but it just doesn't have the soul of a Star Wars tale. Part of that may be due to my jumping in with this issue, but this is the start of a new storyline. Nonetheless, there is potential here for new adventures with passingly familiar characters.
Licensed books tend to gravitate towards somewhat predictable storylines and this one seems to be no exception, however, the characters used here are not major investments from the Star Wars merchandising machine, so Ostrander and crew might have a little more luck pulling off a surprise or two in issues to come.