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Stars Wars Legacy and The Star Wars

First off I am not a prequel guy. Whether it be Stars Wars or any other franchise. I’m looking at you The Flintstones In Viva Rock Vegas! I want new stories that push a collective universe forward not filling in that 3 month period when Yoda was between grades five and six at the Jedi Academy 800 years ago. No thanks.

With Dark Horse’s Star Wars Legacy (Volume 1) I enjoyed this extended universe set 130 years ABY (that’s after the battle of Yavin for you non Star Wars geeks). Cade Skywalker was a flawed descendant of Luke Skywalker that continually walked the line between the light and dark side of the force. That made for some great stories. They had a good run ending it at Issue 50 and one mini series. Most importantly, it pushed the Star Wars universe forward.

Star Wars Legacy Vol 2

Volume 2 of Legacy (click here to read a preview of issue 6) follows Ania Solo, descendant of Han and Leia.

Initially I was really excited about this title as Volume 1 was pretty good. Unfortunately I don’t see Ania Solo being the standout character that Cade Skywalker was in volume one. Could be just early days, her character needing to be fleshed out. Might be Ania being the reluctant hero versus Cade the over the top daredevil Jedi / space pirate.

I have a different idea. Writers Corinna Bechko & Gabriel Hardman needed to introduce Ania Solo with a few issues thereby building her up, rooting her in the Legacy universe. Instead the series is already at light speed and hip deep with inherited characters from volume 1. These characters over shadow Ania and don’t give her a chance to come the forefront. For example, in the first six issues Ania has only been on the cover three times and one of those was from behind.

On top of all that the art is simply okay. It’s adequate to tell the story but beyond that it personally doesn’t wow me. At times it can be very flat and washed out and due to the sketchy nature of the art, detail can be lacking.

The big event in Star Wars comics this year for me is The Star Wars. Based on George Lucas’s original rough-draft screenplay form 1974 and Ralph Mcquarrie concept artwork (which I loved as a child). For fans it’s interesting to see where Star Wars originally started and contrast that to the final films we know so well.

The Star Wars #1

Issue one (of eight) introduces us to strange but familiar characters like General Skywalker, Annikin Starkiller and a much less disfigured Darth Vader and Emperor. The art by Mike Mayhew and colours by Rain Beredo are beyond excellent giving it a very detailed and painted look. See for yourself in this seven page preview. Unlike Legacy it visually looks like a film with the posing and layout. You can tell this is a prestige project for Dark Horse with the quality of the art and even the cover is of a glossy thicker paper stock.

Unlike a prequel this story is different enough to stand on it’s own merits and opens up a new universe for our imagination, pushing things forward.

Comics: November

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Universal War One #2 & #3

I’ve really enjoyed Denis Bajram’s Universal War One that Marvel has translated into English. Hopefully the remainder of his series will soon follow?

What is there not to love in this wonderful series? A story that you think you know where it’s going, turns it and surprises you at the end. Amoral, dregs of the military criminals that have some really major character flaws, who grow emotionally and somehow Bajram gets you to care about them. Not an easy task. Immense space battles. Battlestar Galactica season four should really take some tips from UW1.

I really liked the band of brothers, miltary screw up, space war theme of the series and I remembered a similar series called Alien Legion. When the s hits the f the characters in these two series pull together, get the job done despite the animosity them feel towards one another. If you can find Alien Legion, it’s a good read!

So hurry up Marvel and get the rest of Bajram’s Universal War One out pronto!

Pax Romana #3

Another stand out series for me has been Pax Romana by Jonathan Hickman. Taking essentially a black and white book and adding a few colours for the entire book Hickman has a really unique style. But unique in the comic biz usually means months between issues. For example I picked up issue #1 of Pax Romana in January… nine months ago.

SS #2SS #3SS #4

Squadron Supreme #2, #3 & #4

Remember how I was talking about if Squadron Supreme would keep my interest? Well it didn’t and now my interest is dead.

It’s not a bad series per say just not something I’m willing to spend my time and money keeping it going. You can look at each cover and know which hero they are carbon copying, personally not that interesting. The art is good, though there occasionally is some variation of the line quality and that puts me off.

It’s real shame I really wanted to like this series.

Top 10: Season Two #1

It’s great when a favorite book comes around again. Although Season Two is not written by Alan Moore, Zander Cannon does a great job in the writing department and Gene Ha adds a painted element to his excellent artwork.

While the precinct deals with the lost of one of their own, a new Commissioner ruffles some feathers and twelve dead bodies appear literally on their front doorstep.

They only downside is that it’s a four part mini-series.

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Star Wars: Legacy #27, 28 & 29

Issue 27 was a good stand alone story featuring one of the Sith up to no good looking for ancient Sith knowelege in the deep core.

Now issues 28 & 29 begin to finish up the Vector storyline that has spand all the Dark Horse Star Wars books and eras from the Old Republic to 125 years after Luke Skywalker. I usually hate multiple title crossovers, but Vector seems to stand well on it’s own in the Legacy series.

Grant Morrision’s Doctor Who #1

Even thought this title is a reprint of Grant Morrision’s Doctor Who comics from the 1980’s it’s still a super fun read. For the classic fans, one word… Frobisher! Morrision talked with MTV about the reprints and his love of Doctor Who, check out the interview.

Doctor Who: The Forgotten #2

Yet another Doctor Who series from IDW, they must really like Doctor Who over there. That’s three series they are publishing. But this is the only new ongoing one of the three with the tenth Doctor. I missed the first issue, but I can fill in the blanks pretty well. Doctor and Martha in danger, Tardis missing and the Doctor missing key memories from his past regenerations. It’s so great to see some second and third Doctors show up in the book as the Doctor’s memories slowly return.

I’m going to start a new format for my comic reviews here on VOX. Since I’m buying a few more titles now I’m going to start reviewing the books in regards to story arcs. I think this will same me time and will give you dear read a more concise review of the comics I’m reading.

Till next time, remember to keep them bagged and boarded.