Legacy fans can rejoice as the Star Wars comics return yet again to that era as Legacy: Prisoner of the Floating Worlds #1 by Corinna Bechko and Gabriel Hardman hits stores today. It’s been 138 years since the Battle of Yavin and the galaxy is most certainly a very different place which is quite fitting as our new hero has new trials to face.
This review contains mild spoilers for the issue.
Like most first issues, Legacy #1 sets the stage for the story to come. The galaxy is still recovering from the last war and is lead by a grand new triumvirate. Imperial Knight Yalta Val has been sent to Carreras to help connect the Outer Rim systems to the rest of the galaxy when the Sith attack. Meanwhile, Ania Solo, a junkyard dealer on Carreras, stumbles upon a lightsaber and finds plenty of trouble to go with it.
One of the nice things about this book is that it is accessible to both those who did and did not read the original Legacy comics. While this is certainly a sequel to the events of the previous comic, Bechko and Hardman give new readers enough context clues so they won’t feel completely lost. Although the galaxy is certainly quite different from the one 100 years ago, this issue absolutely has a very Star Wars feel to it. The plot is decent enough although it’s difficult to really pass judgement since this first issue really is mostly exposition. That said, the writers certainly left me intrigued and wanting to know what’s going to happen next with both of the plot threads started here.
Hardman’s art is also a nice touch for the book that works especially well for the battle sequences. I also have to applaud him for the costume design for Ania and predict we’ll see at least a few Ania costumes at conventions this summer.
The most important thing about Legacy #1, of course, is that it introduces readers to Ania Solo, a descendent of Han and Leia. The Solo Attitude is definitely strong with this one. Ania certainly has the potential to become a wonderful character but it’s difficult to form a definitive opinion about her from one issue alone. She’s smart, she has dreams and ambitions, and she definitely has the Solo charm. Bechko and Hardman seem to be setting up Ania and Sauk, her Mon Calamari friend, to have a friendship like Han and Chewbacca.
Legacy #1 is an enjoyable enough issue that left me intrigued and wanting to know more. I give it a 4/5 and suggest that you give it a try.