Legacy – War #1

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 #1 starts out with a beautiful image of a Sith ship flying through space and a chilling monologue by Darth Krayt. Together it is a good sign of what to expect throughout the series. Issue #1 is a dazzling array of panels filled with wonderful character art and luscious colors. The story stretches across both past and future as Krayt dwells on the past, and he and Cade both dream of the future. War kicks off the new series by giving readers a tantalizing taste of what’s to come.

Silver toned Marasiah.

One observation I noticed when looking through War #1 is that the tone of the colors changes in relation to the mood. At first their are full, vibrant colors as the story begins, but then there is a violent shift. When Krayt reflects upon all that’s transpired to take him to this point, the art is done in a two page spread of varying shades of red. The heavy emphasis seems to be two-fold: to show the pain Krayt has endured, and to highlight his alignment with the Sith. As the story transitions to Cade Skywalker and the Mynock, the colors are subdued with a lot of gray. The dour colors are an excellent reflection of the grim mood of the crew. The trend continues on Coruscant with Moff Nyna Calixte and panels washed in blue. In these scenes the colors mirror the sadness of Nyna as she too thinks about the past. Throughout the issue the tones change subtly with the moods of the characters. From silver toned panels of the Imperial Knights, to golden bronze overcasts on Coruscant, the colors provide a nice variety to eye. On a psychological level the colors do a good job of underlining the emotion of both the text and imagery.

Subdued gray tone aboard the Mynock.

 

In these images the subjects set the tone rather than colors.

Not surprisingly most of the best art in this issue involves Darth Krayt. First off Krayt dominates the cover with his mismatched eyes and different colored lightsabers creating an off-colored balance between the two. Easily the best scene is the two page spread where Krayt thinks about what he has gone through to get to where he’s at. This scene takes an array of images highlighting events from the Legacy series: his time as A’Sharad Hett, his run-in with Karness Muur, his battle with Celeste Morne and the betrayal of Lord Wyyrlok, and finally his reawakening. Later on Krayt confronts Darth Wyyrlok and they battle each other in a very nice set of action packed panels making full use of both lightsabers and Force attacks. Overall the art maintains a good balance of character details, action panels, and transitions. There is never the feeling that the art is being sacrificed due to time constraints or that an image was done without the artist’s full enthusiasm. The art is just top notch from beginning to end.

The story takes off from where Legacy #50 left off. Krayt has reawaken from near death and has regained his power. He has also found a new focus: War. Rather than trying to bring order to the galaxy, he has decided now that the only way forward is to destroy it and rebuild it from the ashes. His conclusion is to engulf the galaxy in war. To build upon this theme, Cade Skywalker is still fighting his own demons, though this time they are not plagued by drugs but nightmares. Slowly he is coming to the realization that he needs to decide what his role in the galaxy needs to be. Like Krayt, he comes to a conclusion: he can no longer stand on the sidelines. In Moff Calixte’s storyline she questions her own role in the galaxy, but unlike Cade, she doesn’t make any new decisions yet for her future. The Imperials remain vague in their part of the plot, but it does provide some build up to the incarcerated Antares Draco whose fate lies at the hands of his torturer: Darth Havok.

Color, emotion, and action.

 

The mix of strong art, vibrant colors, and a good, enticing storyline made Legacy – War #1 an excellent start to the new series. All of the important storylines were touched upon and on the artistic side there were some really good panels highlighting different characters. There really just isn’t anything to complain about. I give this issue five out of five brass bikinis.

Reviewed By: Skuldren
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  1. Great review Skuldren. Nice take on the shifting colors and how they portray the mood of the scene.

  2. Thanks for the review, Skuldren. Interesting insights. I used to follow the Legacy series. Fell off my radar this past year. It was nice to do some catching-up. A great read. Well done!


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