By: Cynthia A.
Star Wars: Dawn of the Jedi #2
Force War: Part 2
Xesh is one of my favorite characters in the Star Wars expanded universe. He was born a slave, a hound to the Sith who want nothing more than power. But they’re Sith, so no duh right. But now he has evolved into something more, a friend to the Je’daii. (This story takes place 36 000 years before Episode IV folks.) It sets in the foundations of the Star Wars Universe, with some very interesting twists. Lightsabers are thought to be part of the dark side of the force.
But the best part was that the connection between Xesh and Shae has fully been explored! She told him she loved him and he responded in kind and…yes, I am sappy, deal with it. But this was a connection that has continued to blossom since the beginning, since they first met and this love between them was inevitable considering the bond that they have is just incredible. The writers have done an amazing job of creating the pair of characters, of showing just how much they impact one another, and the art team has done an equally good job of highlighting the connection with facial expressions and body language. So much is conveyed in such little detail, it’s amazing. And then there is a moment where they switch, where Xesh fights out of love and Shae out of her dark anger. That moment, without even meaning to, shows how deep the connection between these characters is.
Hands down, this is one of the best Star Wars comics out there.
STORY: J. OSTRANDER & J. DUURSEMA
SCRIPT: J. OSTRANDER
PENCILS: J. DUURSEMA
INKER: D. PARSONS
Star Wars: Legacy II #10
Prisoner of the Floating World
Ania is finally, after 10 issues, becoming likable. Her character never really had much of a backbone, spent half of the earlier issues whining and running. Granted her character always had strong foundations in friendship and caring about her friends, but other than that, there was little to be admired about her character.
However, now her exterior has been toughened up but the events that have led to her running for her life. She is a tough character now, no longer bland, and a fighter above all else. Even when things looked bleak in this last issue, with the Imperial Knights to her rescue, she continues to fight given she has very little to fight with. So finally, her character has a spine.
Overall, this is becoming a decent enough issue. It has a lot to live up to considering the last Legacy series was epic with a strong beginning and foothold, but this new Legacy is getting there, making its own foothold in the Star Wars Universe. It’s certainly action packed, but the story line has gone off on a tangent from its original creation. That would be the biggest flaw in this series. It almost feels as though the writers meant to establish a mini-series but now have expanded it into an ongoing series, but in a way that caught them off guard, disrupting the flow of the story as a whole.
Nevertheless, I’m still willing to give this series a shot considering that the main character is finally beginning to resonate off the pages.
SCRIPT: C. BECHKO & G. HARDMAN
ARTIST: B. A. THEIS
COLORS: R. ROSENBERG