After being absent from the previous issue, lead character Cade Skywalker and his crew return to the pages of Star Wars Legacy. As expected, the issue didn’t disappoint.

Note: This series takes place 137 years after the Battle of Yavin.

Brief plot synopsis:

After being betrayed to the Sith by a former crew member, an alien named Rav, Cade Skywalker and his squad of pirates seek some payback. They find Rav at his Golded Gorg Cantina and force him to swear an oath of loyalty to Cade, which he squeamishly does. Unknown to Skywalker, Rav has plans of his own, as he is spying on his old friend for a more sinister employer who is Sith in nature. To complicate things, a mysterious figure has been stalking Cade and his crew, keeping tabs on their every move…

Some thoughts on the issue:

-John Ostrander’s writing is on par with what we have come to expect with this series. He makes an effort to prevent secondary plots and characters from being forgotten by readers as they get a page or two in the issue, and the lightsaber wielding Imperial Knights are the first to come to mind. I find their story intriguing as they are neither Jedi nor Sith but still posses Force powers. I look forward to reading where Ostrander goes with the Imperial Knights, considering their Force allegiance is interestingly colored grey at best.

-Jan Duursema revives her role as Legacy artist in this issue, bringing a more definitive style that is less cartoony than Alan Robinson’s art in Legacy #22. She captures facial expression very well, and her battle scenes are clear and complete with mayhem and disjointed limbs.

-Inker Dan Parsons smooth lines and solid facial definition don’t go unnoticed, and colorer Brad Anderson’s lightsaber trails look totally cool.

-Just when I was about to knock the high number of Star Wars slang terms in this issue (while cool, they can be jarring at times as everyone may not know what a ‘Manky Gornt’ is), I read the letters page and discovered a pleasant surprise. In every future letters column of the series Assistant Editor, Freddye Lins, has added a ‘Huttese Glossary.’ This glossary defines the Star Wars slang terms used in each issue. How great is that? All comic books should have letter columns.

-Some one liners:

“Mind the helm. I’m going to go talk it out with Blue. (I hate talking).” – Cade Skywalker

“Hey Artoo– Go tell Syn that he wants you.” – Cade Skywalker

“Hey, why can’t you fly the ship?! I want to impress Ahnah with my big gun!” – Jariah Syn

-Remember that 1996 book, Shadows of the Empire? Well, the mafia-esque gang, Black Sun, has survived into the Legacy era and makes an appearance in this issue.

-Speaking of survival, I am convinced that R2-D2 is indestructible as he makes an appearance under the ownership of Cade Skywalker. R2’s constant presence throughout the ages parallels that of the characters in the Vertigo series, Fables. This is to say that R2-D2 can never cease to exist as long as normal people love his character enough. I’ve faced the music; this mystical boon is clearly attributed to R2 as he never seems to go away…

The final word:

Star Wars Legacy remains at the top of my list of Star Wars titles. It’s an energized, original story about the Star Wars universe as we don’t know it.

3/5 stars

Star Wars Legacy #23