Legacy – War #4
Writer: John Ostrander & Jan Duursema
Cover Artist: Jan Duursema
Interior Art by: Jan Duursema (pencils), Dan Parsons (inks), Brad Anderson (colors), and Michael Heisler (letters)
Legacy – War #4 is the first issue in the series that begins to feel like the end. Consequences fall heavily on the characters, and hard decisions are made. Yet there is still no end in sight for the war. The fallout from the battle for the Hidden Temple is a mixed bag. In the end, the future is uncertain for all sides.
Issue four dealt out some heavy consequences for the parties involved. Major and minor characters died. Grief and revenge await the survivors as they flee for their lives. Emperor Fel, hit hard by the news, decides to change his mind about Maladi thus unleashing a Pandora’s Box of danger for the future. Yet with all the gloom and doom, Krayt does not get his ultimate victory.
With the fallout of the battle, neither side gets the victory they wanted. Krayt failed to wipe out the Jedi once and for all and Cade slips through his fingers once again. Plus the Dark Lord’s careless actions damaged his already fragile alliances. On the other side, Fell, Stazi, and the Jedi failed to defeat the Sith and defend their base. Yet even though they are forced to retreat, they do not leave the battle empty handed. Overall it may be a tactical victory for the Sith, nevertheless the strategic outcome is still up in the air.
With only two more issues left, there is a lot that still needs to be resolved. Will Cade kill Krayt? Will Krayt’s death punctuate the end for the Sith Empire? What about Hondo Karr, the Mando in Joker Squad or Cade’s half-sister Gunn Yage? Will Emperor Fel come out a hero, or will he succumb to the temptations of the Dark Side?
Regardless of all the questions left unanswered, this issue provided a rock solid, action packed, and drama dripping story with excellent art. Most of the art focuses on the events of the story with mild detail, but there are a few face shots sprinkled in that help bring home the emotion. But the true driving factor of the issue was the story, especially as it reaches the climatic end of the series.
(Worth noting: at the end of issue four is a three page bonus preview of Crimson Empire III.)
With such a good balance of story and art, I have to give it four out of five metal bikinis.