21 February 2012

Legacy's End Week, Day Two

Comic trade paperback, 120 pages
Published 2010 (contents: 2009)
Acquired April 2010
Read January 2012
Star Wars: Legacy, Volume Eight: Tatooine

Story: John Ostrander and Jan Duursema
Script: John Ostrander
Pencils: Jan Duursema and Kajo Baldisimo
Inks: Dan Parsons
Colors: Brad Anderson and Jesus Aburto 
Letters: Michael Heisler

Most of this volume of Legacy consists of the story "Tatooine," a complicated story of conflicting agendas in the way that Legacy does best.  Cade Skywalker and company are on Tatooine to sell goods they've pirated off Imperial shipments, only things are getting a little hot.  Meanwhile, Moff Nyna Calixte has sent her daughter Gunn Yage to investigate the same problem... but Calixte has come in disguise as Imperial agent Morrigan Corde... and Corde is Skywalker's mother.  There's also a criminal mastermind and some bounty hunters and a corrupt Imperial moff to deal with, too.  It sometimes gets a little confusing, as you might imagine.

The best part of Tatooine is that we finally get a story that is interested in Delilah Blue.  Blue is Cade's Zeltron engineer-- like all Zeltron women, she's sexy and sexual, but beyond the fact that she turns Cade's hydrospanner (in every sense of the word), we don't really know much about her.  In Tatooine, Blue pretends to be an Imperial missionary to make some money, and we gain a sense as to what life she used to live and what motivates her to be with Cade.  It's a little late in the game, but it's much-needed at this point.

Much of the story pairs Cade with Yage, and in true Star Wars tradition, they seem to be attracted to one another because they don't know they're brother and sister.  Which is fun in its own way, I suppose.  It's also nice to see Cade experiencing some of his family history by running around the old Lars farm.  So it's certainly a fun and worthwhile story, but at a certain point seems to wear out its welcome; there's only so much quadruple-crossing you can read before you get bored.  For me, it was when they all went into space to talk to the crimelord or something.  I was done, but the story wasn't.  Still, there were a couple promising revelations at the end.

There's also a side story at the end, "Rogue's End," focusing on a Mandalorian member of the Alliance's Rogue Squadron, who we've seen a couple times in the series previously.  It's all right-- I wasn't super-invested in this guy to begin with, and this story doesn't really make me a big fan, though it's interesting enough.

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