Star Wars: Legacy

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Star Wars: Legacy
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Cover of issue 0
Cover Art by Jan Duursema
Publication information
Publisher Dark Horse Comics
Format Ongoing series
Genre
Publication date June 2006 – August 2010
Number of issues 50
Creative team
Writer(s) John Ostrander
Jan Duursema
Penciller(s) Jan Duursema
Inker(s) Dan Parsons
Letterer(s) Michael David Thomas
Colorist(s) Brad Anderson
Collected editions
Broken ISBN 1-59307-716-5

Star Wars: Legacy is an American comic book series set in the Star Wars universe. The series, published by Dark Horse Comics, is written by John Ostrander and Jan Duursema, and illustrated by Duursema and others, with inks by Dan Parsons and color by Brad Anderson. Issue #0, which cost $.25 and introduced the setting and major characters, was released on June 7, 2006.

Set 125 years after the fall of the Galactic Empire, Star Wars: Legacy follows Cade Skywalker, a descendant of Luke Skywalker, as he attempts to defeat Darth Krayt - the new Dark Lord of the Sith - and prevent the return of the Sith to power.

Publication history[edit]

Star Wars: Legacy ran from June 2006 until issue #50, published in August 2010.

Dark Horse Comics finished the Star Wars: Legacy story with a six-issue limited series dealing with the return of Darth Krayt titled Star Wars: Legacy War.[1]

Plot synopsis[edit]

Star Wars: Legacy is set over 126 years after the film Return of the Jedi. The comics feature Cade Skywalker, a descendant of Luke Skywalker, who was trained as a Jedi, but abandoned the order. He apprenticed himself to the pirate Rav and lives among bounty hunters, smugglers and pirates. Cade also dropped his last name. The series begins with an attack on the Jedi Temple and the overthrow of the Galactic Alliance by the One Sith order.

After a great and furious struggle, Cade and his friends manage to kill the evil Sith emperor, Darth Krayt. However, even without their leader, the Sith remain a powerful danger.

Issues[edit]

Key:
Collected (TPB) issue Released issue Future issue
Issue Title Publication date Trade paperback TPB pub date
0 Star Wars Legacy 0 June 7, 2006
Star Wars Legacy 0½ January 2, 2008
Broken Broken
Broken Hardcover
30th Anniversary Collection Volume 12: Legacy
May 9, 2007
1 Broken, Part 1 June 21, 2006
2 Broken, Part 2 July 12, 2006
3 Broken, Part 3 September 13, 2006
5 Broken, Part 4 November 1, 2006
6 Broken, Part 5 November 29, 2006
7 Broken, Part 6 January 10, 2007
8 Allies February 14, 2007 Shards March 19, 2008
4 Noob October 11, 2006
Trust Issues
9 Trust Issues, Part 1 March 7, 2007
10 Trust Issues, Part 2 March 28, 2007
13 Ready to Die June 13, 2007
Ghosts
11 Ghosts, Part 1 May 9, 2007
12 Ghosts, Part 2 May 23, 2007
Claws of the Dragon Claws of the Dragon June 25, 2008
14 Claws of the Dragon, Part 1 July 11, 2007
15 Claws of the Dragon, Part 2 August 8, 2007
16 Claws of the Dragon, Part 3 September 12, 2007
17 Claws of the Dragon, Part 4 October 31, 2007
18 Claws of the Dragon, Part 5 January 2, 2008
19 Claws of the Dragon, Part 6 February 6, 2008
Indomitable Alliance December 24, 2008
20 Indomitable, Part 1 February 27, 2008
21 Indomitable, Part 2 March 12, 2008
22 The Wrath of the Dragon April 23, 2008
27 Into the Core August 27, 2008
Loyalties The Hidden Temple February 25, 2009
23 Loyalties, Part 1 May 7, 2008
24 Loyalties, Part 2 May 21, 2008
The Hidden Temple
25 The Hidden Temple, Part 1 June 18, 2008
26 The Hidden Temple, Part 2 July 23, 2008
Vector Vector, Vol. 2 May 20, 2009
28 Vector, Part 9 September 24, 2008
29 Vector, Part 10 October 29, 2008
30 Vector, Part 11 November 26, 2008
31 Vector, Part 12 December 24, 2008
Fight Another Day Storms November 25, 2009
32 Fight Another Day, Part 1 January 28, 2009
33 Fight Another Day, Part 2 February 25, 2009
Storms
34 Storms, Part 1 March 25, 2009
35 Storms, Part 2 April 29, 2009
36 Renegade May 27, 2009
Tatooine Tatooine February 10, 2010
37 Tatooine, Part 1 June 24, 2009
38 Tatooine, Part 2 July 29, 2009
39 Tatooine, Part 3 August 26, 2009
40 Tatooine, Part 4 September 30, 2009
41 Rogue's End October 28, 2009
42 Divided Loyalties November 25, 2009 Monster July 21, 2010
Monster
43 Monster, Part 1 December 23, 2009
44 Monster, Part 2 January 27, 2010
45 Monster, Part 3 February 24, 2010
46 Monster, Part 4 March 31, 2010
Extremes Extremes January 5, 2011
47 The Fate of Dac April 28, 2010
48 Extremes, Part 1 May 26, 2010
49 Extremes, Part 2 June 30, 2010
50 Extremes, Part 3 August 12, 2010

Collected editions[edit]

The series was collected into trade paperbacks:

Continuation[edit]

A second volume to the series, which shares the same name as the original, was announced in 2012.[2] Written by Corinna Bechko and Gabriel Hardman, penciled by Hardman,[3] colored by Rachelle Rosenberg,[4] and published by Dark Horse Comics, it will star Ania Solo, a descendant of Han and Leia Organa Solo. The first issue was planned to be released in March 2013,[4] and continue as a monthly, ongoing series.[5]

Plot summary[edit]

The second iteration of Star Wars: Legacy stars Ania Solo, a descendant of Han and Leia. It takes place in the aftermath of Star Wars: Legacy—War,[4] a comic miniseries which was set in the year 138 ABY.[6] As the series begins, Solo is running a junkyard on a backwater Outer Rim planet and living a life far removed from Emperors and royalty.[2] However, the first issue sees her come into possession of a lightsaber and an Imperial communications droid; she discovers that she has been targeted for death,[4] and is launched into an adventure unlike any she has seen before. The backwater world serves as a microcosm for greater galactic affairs, and the story expands outward, showing the reader what is happening in the highest levels of galactic government.[2]

The first issue opened with a "giant lightsaber duel,"[7] and it additionally features the Imperial Knight, Yalta Val—an agent of the Galactic Federation Triumvirate—running into trouble in the Outer Rim. The Mon Calamari refugee Sauk, a friend of Solo's who works at an ice mining facility and gets pulled into the adventure by Solo.[2] In the second issue, Solo is pursued both by local police and by an Imperial Knight determined to kill in order to get the lightsaber back. She is aided by formidable friends she has made as a black market salvage dealer.[8] The series also features Sith, and the Princess Marasiah Fel of the previous Star Wars: Legacy. It may eventually include an appearance by Cade, the earlier protagonist.[2]

Development[edit]

In August 2010, the fiftieth and final issue of the comic series Star Wars: Legacy was published by Dark Horse Comics.[9] The six-issue miniseries Star Wars: Legacy—War followed; published from December 2010 to May 2011, it allowed authors John Ostrander and Jan Duursema an opportunity to wrap up the story.[6][10] On December 3, 2012, Comic Book Resources announced that a new incarnation of Legacy was coming in 2013, written by Corinna Bechko and Gabriel Hardman, and additionally penciled by Hardman.[3] Dark Horse's Vice President of Publishing Randy Stradley soon after indicated that the project had been in the works for a number of months.[11]

Bechko and Hardman indicated via their Twitter feeds how excited they were to be working on the project.[12][13][14] They have both been Star Wars fans since the release of the original Star Wars film in 1977, which they cited as a major influence.[2] Dark Horse letterer Michael Heisler praised their work and asserted that they "know what they're doing."[15] Hardman stated that he and Bechko will be "honoring and building on" the work done by Ostrander and Duursema in the original Legacy,[16] but that the series will be accessible to fans unfamiliar with Ostrander and Duursema's work.[2]

The idea of a female protagonist did not originate with Hardman and Bechko, but after it was pitched to them, it played a significant role in drawing them to the project. Bechko has described Ania Solo as a character who "doesn't take a lot of guff," but who is nevertheless not a traditional badass female. Hardman asserts that she has the potential to be "an inspiring but very down-to-Earth human sort of character, as well." Rather than write a genealogy textbook, the two aim to tell a big adventure story that will eventually answer fans' questions about Solo's lineage.[2]

Rachelle Rosenberg was the colorist and Dave Wilkins was the cover artist. The first issue, Prisoner of the Floating World, Part 1, was scheduled for release on March 20, 2013,[4] to continue as a monthly, ongoing series,[5] with the second issue to be released on April 24.[8] Neither Bechko nor Hardman are worried about the implications that the upcoming Episode VII film: Star Wars: The Force Awakens will have on the Expanded Universe—their goal is to tell an exciting story that will work "no matter what", and they are reassured by the likelihood of Episode VII taking place decades before Legacy.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Exclusive: "Star Wars: Legacy" Series to Continue in "Star Wars: Legacy—War", MTV, August 5, 2010
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i Jeffrey Renaud. "EXCLUSIVE: Hardman and Bechko Resurrect "Star Wars: Legacy"". Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on 2012-12-21. Retrieved 2012-12-21. 
  3. ^ a b Phegley, Kiel (December 3, 2012). "Exclusive: "Star Wars: Legacy" Returns In 2013". Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on 2012-12-21. Retrieved December 3, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c d e "Dark Horse Comics Solicitations for March, 2013". Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on 2012-12-12. Retrieved 2012-12-12. 
  5. ^ a b Randy Stradley (December 3, 2012). "Legacy returns...". Dark Horse Message Boards. Dark Horse Comics. Retrieved 2012-12-04. 
  6. ^ a b Star Wars: Legacy—War 6
  7. ^ status/275687715465469952 on Twitter
  8. ^ a b "Star Wars: Legacy—Prisoner of the Floating World #2". Dark Horse Comics. Archived from the original on 2013-01-28. Retrieved 2013-01-28. 
  9. ^ Star Wars: Legacy 50: Extremes, Part 3
  10. ^ Star Wars: Legacy—War 1
  11. ^ "Jedi Council Forums: LEGACY is back! (Randy Stradley)". 
  12. ^ status/275662875018792960 on Twitter
  13. ^ status/275668252443680768 on Twitter
  14. ^ status/275666005819260928 on Twitter
  15. ^ Michael Heisler (December 12, 2012). "Legacy returns...". Dark Horse Message Boards. Dark Horse Comics. Retrieved 2012-12-12. 
  16. ^ "Jedi Council Forums: LEGACY is back! (Gabriel Hardman, 12/3/2012)". 

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