Over at Comic Book Resources, new Legacy comic writers Corinna Bechko and Gabriel Hardman stopped by to discuss the new series and all-new protagonist, Ania Solo:
The lead character of this adventure is the great-granddaughter of Han Solo and Leia Organa. Beyond that, what can you tell us about her?
Hardman: As far as her actual lineage goes and exactly how she’s related to Han and Leia is something that is a little bit of a mystery and we’re not going to be paying off anytime soon. A lot of the “Legacy” era has been about these larger-than-life Emperors and royalty — we’re taking this down to much more of a ground level. Ania Solo is somebody that is not a part of that world, and she doesn’t have a personal connection to it. She may have even turned her back on it.
Bechko: She’s living in a backwater, Outer Rim system. She runs a junkyard and she doesn’t have that many prospects, and that’s where we start things. Our story takes off there.
Hardman: That’s where the big change in her life is going to happen. She’s launched into an adventure that involves much bigger stakes than anything she’s been up against before.
Bechko: She’s certainly brash enough to recognize an opportunity when she finds it. It’s not necessarily bravery, but it’s maybe not something a wiser person might do.
Now is Ania a Jedi? She is from a pretty powerful lineage so it makes sense that she’d be carrying on that important legacy in some …
Hardman: She finds a lightsaber.
Awesome. Does she know how to use it?
Bechko: No, absolutely not. [Laughs]
Hardman: We’re so far out in the middle of nowhere that they’re not even entirely sure what it is when they find it. She’s not overly Force-sensitive. She’s a character that relies on her wits, and when she finds this lightsaber, it really just gets her into trouble and draws some seriously unwanted attention that launches her into this story.
Okay. I love this. This is the sort of character I’ve been lobbying to take the lead of an Expanded Universe plot for ages and for the first time, I’m legitimately interested in picking up a Legacy comic.