Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Retro Dark Horse: Star Wars: Legacy #11 (12 Days of Bounty Hunter Covers)

Cade Skywalker is the child of Jedi Master Kol Skywalker and was being trained as a Padawan when the Jedi Academy on Ossus was attack by the Darth Krayt's Sith.  His father Kol was killed in the battle and a starfighter Cade was piloting was shot down over Ossus, leaving Cade floating in space.  Cade was rescued by a pirate named Rav and was befriended by another youth in Rav's crew named Jariah Syn.  Cade denounced and hid his Jedi heritage and, in debt for saving him, becomes a member of Rav's crew.  After some time, Cade leaves Rav's crew and captains his own ship the Mynock.  His crew includes his friend Syn and a Zeltron named Deliah Blue.

Star Wars: Legacy #11 is the first of a two part story Ghosts that has Cade Skywalker begin to come to terms with his legacy.  Cade Skywalker has returned to the Jedi Academy on Ossus as the life he has made for himself as a pirate and bounty hunter begins to fall apart.  Cade's secret of being a Jedi has been revealed to his friends and he also feels guilty for turning in a Jedi, Hosk Trey'lis, for a bounty.  While high on death sticks, he is visited by the ghosts of Mara Jade and Anakin Skywalker.  He is also found by several surviving Jedi Masters of the massacre on Ossus who Cade asks to resume his Jedi training.  What makes Cade a fascinating character is he neither fully embraces the light or the dark.  He is easily the most nuanced Jedi in Star Wars literature.  His early upbringing as the son of a Skywalker has foster an innate desire on his part to do good, but the hardship he has faced made him practical about how and when he did that.

Star Wars: Legacy #11a - Dark Horse Comics, U.S. (May 2007)
Interestingly, Legacy #11 is only the 2nd cover to show this troubled Skywalker despite him arguably being the lead character in the title.  Previously, he was only shown on Legacy #2.  The reason for this is simple, the writers John Ostrander and Jan Duursema had put a lot of work into building a complex and rewarding look into the future of the Star Wars universe.  They introduced a lot of characters and spent the necessary time setting up the state of the galaxy in the first ten issues.  I know myself and many fans were disappointed when Dark Horse chose to end this title after only 50 issues; it was easy to see there was much, much more that could have been done with the situations and characters and sales did not warrant this title ending.  I highly recommend this title to fans of Star Wars, despite it being a glimpse into a future that will not exist in the new continuity.

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