The clean, sterile, drably colored art of the opening page of “Star Wars: Legacy” #14 strikes me as much more “Star Trek” than “Star Wars,” which is a bit of a surprise fourteen issues into the series by Corinna Bechko and Gabe Hardman. The characters, tech and setting are not recognizably native to that galaxy far, far away, but the artist removes any doubt once readers turn the page to find AG-37 (an IG-series assassin droid) and Sauk (a Mon Calamari) trying to pick up the trail of their comrade, Ania Solo on the rugged surface of a planet with harshly used vehicles adorning the landscape.
Hardman and colorist Jordan Boyd give readers a world they can sink into. The coloring makes “Star Wars: Legacy” #14 every bit as lived in as any other story in the Expanded Universe. Hardman’s work depicting this crew is spot-on, giving the universe around Ania Solo and her crew the same lived-in, worn-down look that “A New Hope” has when compared to “The Phantom Menace.” The planet Ania and her supporting cast are on is barren and rocky, while the modes of transportation around the characters have elements of the “Millennium Falcon,” TIE Fighters and even the speeder bikes from “Return of the Jedi.” Add in a Solo with a price on her head, and everything is familiar for fans of the “Star Wars” franchise.
The story brings further familiarity in that it has the underlying sense of intrigue permeating the action, quite like “The Phantom Menace.” The main plot of “Star Wars: Legacy” #14 focuses on the various parties converging on Ania Solo, but the “why” for some of those interested parties is inconclusive and attention-grabbing. Bechko and Hardman have done a nice job keeping the cast tight while making the galaxy larger around that cast. Now, however, the story of Ania Solo has reached a critical point. One of the cast falls in defense of Ania. A merciless bounty hunter with an electrowhip and cybernetic hand is locked in combat with Jao Assam and acid is raining from the skies. Where the writers go is wide open, and so far they have yet to disappoint.
With little more than a handful of issues remaining before Dark Horse relinquishes the “Star Wars” license, Bechko and Hardman show no signs of altering their plans. They are sharing an adventure of Ania Solo with readers and doing a fine job of it. “Star Wars: Legacy” #14 is a solid example of what Dark Horse and these creators have brought to the larger Star Wars universe. With a solid cast of likeable characters, this would be a fine addition to any universe and is a consistently entertaining read.