Review: Star Wars: Legacy #15

It’s another crazy day in the life of Ania Solo as Legacy #15 by Corinna Bechko and Gabriel Hardman hits comic store shelves today.  Will Ania survive the glass rain and the most inhospitable planet this side of Mustafar?  Will Ramid’s sacrifice be in vain?  Will something about this quest to track down the Sith ever go right?  (Okay, so maybe only some of these questions will get answered in Issue #15.)

Stuck out in the middle of a glass rainstorm, things continue to look bleak for Ania Solo even though her friends have finally tracked her down.  Thankfully, none of them are about to let this strange bounty hunter take their friend without a fight. But how do you stop a bounty hunter with a light whip who seems hell bent on finding and capturing Ania Solo?

Corinna Bechko and Gabriel Hardman have a gift for being able to wrap up a story arch with a satisfactory end while also planting the seeds for the next one.  It’s the best of both worlds when it comes to cliffhangers and resolution.  They also absolutely have a gift for characters.  Both Ania and AG-37 absolutely shine in this issue as does Jao Assam although in a different way.  Sauk, of course, continues to be adorable friend perfection.

As gorgeous as these covers by Agustin Alessio are, I wish that Dark Horse would let them stand-alone and not tack words on the front.  Too often, the words tend to spoil plot points that come up later in the story that the cover alone might not necessarily.  And while we’re on the subject of the cover, Alessio renders a fantastic stormtrooper (or whatever their equivalent at this point in the timeline is now called).

One thing that I really like about Gabriel Hardman’s art in this issue is how he’s not afraid to have blank space in between panels.  It creates a far more interesting page when an artist doesn’t feel the need to absolutely cover it.  It’s visually intriguing and a good story telling method.  I believe this is his last issue doing artwork for the book which is a shame.  I’d love for Legacy to continue for years so we can get more of his Star Wars artwork every month.

My only complaint with the book isn’t really a complaint but rather a Solo fangirl’s frustration.  We still don’t know who the hell Ania Solo is yet!  Somehow, Bechko and Hardman have managed to give us more information about Ania’s history, create more mystery, and leave us hanging on the same question that many of us have been asking since Ania was announced.

Legacy #15 gets a 4/5 from me along with the recommendation and the eternal question of ‘Why aren’t you reading this book yet?’

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