Saturday, April 16, 2016

Saturday's Series Spotlight: Star Wars: Legacy 2 by Corinna Sara Bechko & Gabriel Hardman

A sequel, or second volume, to the series, which shares the same name as the original. Written by Corinna Bechko and Gabriel Hardman, penciled by Hardman, colored by Rachelle Rosenberg, and published by Dark Horse Comics, it stars Ania Solo, a descendant of Han and Leia Organa Solo. The first issue was released in March 2013.

Star Wars: Legacy 2 Volume 1: Prisoner of the Floating World
Nearly 140 years after the events in Star Wars: A New Hope, the galaxy is struggling to maintain a newfound peace. Ania Solo is just a girl trying to scrape a living by salvaging the debris from the recently ended war, but when she stumbles upon a damaged communications droid and a stray lightsaber, she--and her friends--find themselves in peril. Suddenly they are wanted by the local authorities and a determined Imperial Knight. Ania discovers that the lightsaber is the center of an evil plot involving impostors, galactic communications, missing planets, and the Sith! Collects Star Wars: Legacy #1–#5

Star Wars: Legacy 2 Volume 2: Outcasts of the Broken Ring
Ania Solo and Imperial Knight Jao Assam break with the Galactic Triumvirate to track down the Sith Lord Darth Wredd. The trail leads Ania and Jao to a dead Mon Calamari planet—and another Sith Lord and his army of pirates! Collects Star Wars: Legacy #6–#10.

Star Wars: Legacy 2 Volume 3: Wanted: Ania Solo
Ania Solo and her friends discover that she is a wanted criminal!

With a bounty on Ania's head for the murder of an Imperial Knight, even her pals Sauk and former Imperial Knight Jao Assam are wary. Before she can explain, their ship is compromised, the friends are separated, and Ania is captured by one bounty hunter, while another is in pursuit. Left behind, Sauk and Jao discover more about Ania's past as they race to repair their broken ship and save her from imprisonment--or death! Collects Star Wars: Legacy #11–#15.

Star Wars: Legacy 2 Volume 4: Empire of One
When Darth Wredd breaks Imperial Knight Jao Assam out of prison, he clearly has big plans that involve both the Triumvirate and the remaining Sith. If Jao could be turned to the dark side, the whole Triumvirate could be in jeopardy. Empress Fel enlists Ania Solo and her friends in a covert rescue mission--but Ania and her pals are unaware they're headed into a showdown between the Sith and the Imperial Knights (and their stormtrooper allies) that could alter the balance of power in the galaxy! Collects Star Wars: Legacy #16-#18.

This is all considered non-canon now and falls under the category now listed as Legends or alternate timeline.  Personally, this timeline will be canon but even without factoring that personal opinion in, I loved seeing the far future of the Star Wars family names we have all come to love and hate.  If you are a Star Wars fan, I highly recommend checking out this graphic novel series.  If you are not a SW fan but love science fiction and graphic novels, I recommend checking it out, it is set up far enough in the future that having no knowledge of SW characters really will not hamper you enjoyment.


Volume 1: Prisoner of the Floating World

Author Bios:
Corinna Sara Bechko
Corinna Bechko has been writing comics since her horror graphic novel Heathentown was published by Image/Shadowline in 2009. Since then she worked for Marvel, DC, Boom!, Image, and Dark Horse, among others, on titles such as Planet of the Apes, Star Wars: Legacy, Savage Hulk, Aliens/Vampirella and Invisible Republic. She was recently short-listed for the Aeon Award for her prose short Sooterkin. She is a zoologist by training.

Gabriel Hardman
Writer/Artist: INVISIBLE REPUBLIC and KINSKI from Image Comics. Storyboard Artist: INCEPTION, INTERSTELLAR.

Corinna Sara Bechko

Gabriel Hardman

Rachelle Rosenberg (Illustrator): GOODREADS

Dave Wilkins (Illustrator): GOODREADS

Volume 1: Prisoner of the Floating World
Volume 2: Outcasts of the Broken Ring
Volume 3: Wanted: Ania Solo
Volume 4: Empire of One