Friday, June 28, 2013

Legacy II #4

Star Wars: Legacy, Vol. 2 #4With the introductions done, the story of the new Legacy comics can really take off, with Our Heroes attempting an escape the likes of the Falcon's flight from the Death Star.

Sauk and Ania have established themselves as cautious and reckless respectively, and the pure amount of times they've played those roles in scraps that turned out different ways mean it's impossible to pin down gender roles for them - which is a great thing. Ania has really come into her own as a lucky, impulsive, salt-of-the-earth type of character, and she's distinct enough from other Star Wars females while still being heroic. 

The second female character is the Shifalan Governer Biala, who has a larger active role in this issue. Her former role, where she was blind to and disconnected from the dealing of the Jedi and the Sith, is over.

That doesn't mean that the good guys are winning, though. The issue ends on a violent (although bloodless) cliffhanger.

The Sith Lord is many of the things a Sith should be: conniving, cruel, and imposing. In a red-lit sequence toward the middle of the issue he tries to convince Jao to join him - or maybe to convince Jao that he's going to turn Val, since the Sith explains the mask Val is imprisoned in as the same one he wore during his "excruciating" training.

 All of the scenes with Jao and the Sith are lit in red, while the governor, looking through a hologram, is lit blue. It's not a subtle expression of their morality, but it was cool. The artists play a lot with color in this issue, with different rooms having different color schemes and the glow of a lightsaber turning entire panels stark black and blue. 

The Sith Lord doesn't have one overarching trait like Darth Maul's ferocity or Count Dooku's regal bearing. On one hand, the fact that he is average in appearance makes him more realistic and frightening. On the other, he still doesn't have a name, and I feel like he's teetering on a line between bland and effective. His conversation with Jao has certainly made me wonder whether we'll find out more about him in future issues.

A bigger problem I had with this issue was that some time-skips seemed odd. Although in one panel it appears that the governor will free Ania from a cell while Jao is dealing with the Sith, in the next Jao is leading Ania out and the governor is nowhere to be seen.

Neither Ania or Jao know where Val is or what the Sith wants, but this doesn't make the story feel formless. Legacy has been effective in making me care about the relationships between the characters - Jao and his master, Ania and Jao, Ania and Sauk - which carries the story along nicely.

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