Saturday, September 3, 2016

Retro Dark Horse: Star Wars: Legacy #1

The third and most anticipated new Star Wars title released in 2006 was Star Wars: Legacy.  Legacy proved to be another ground breaking title by Dark Horse by exploring the period 100 years past any previous Expanded Universe story.  Dark Horse was the first to delve into the past history of the Star Wars universe and it only makes sense they would be the first to explore the universe after the main heroes of the movies had passed on.  The series tells the story of Cade Skywalker who, after surviving a Sith attack on the Jedi known as the Massacre at Ossus which saw his father Kol Skywalker killed, denounced his Jedi heritage to pursue a less savory life as a pirate and bounty hunter.  In keeping with the Legacy title, the series is rife with references to events and characters from the Expanded Universe.  Introduced are descendants of many Expanded Universe characters and it even includes the fate of the Yuuzhan Vong, the main protagonist from the epic The New Jedi Order series of novels published by Del Rey.

Star Wars: Legacy #1 is the first part of a 6-part story titled Broken.  The story starts with the Jedi once again defeated as the new Sith regaining control of the galaxy by overthrowing the Emperor of the New Empire.  Darth Krayt leads the One Sith, a new Sith order that philosophically believes more dark side users are necessary, in contrast to the Rule of Two which dominated the era of the movies.

Star Wars: Legacy #1a - Dark Horse Comics, U.S. (June 2006)
Star Wars: Legacy #1 would go back to print twice, with each reprint sporting a white background and a new dressing color.  The second print has the white background and yellow dressing.

Star Wars: Legacy #1b - Dark Horse Comics, U.S. (June 2006)
2nd print
The third print has the white background and grey dressing.

Star Wars: Legacy #1c - Dark Horse Comics, U.S. (June 2006)
3rd print
The cover shows Darth Talon flanked by Darth Krayt on her right and Darth Nihl on her left.  The first six issues all feature 3 posed characters, reminiscent of the Return of the Jedi mini-series published by Marvel.

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