Review: Star Wars Legacy vol 7 – Storms

After an extended visit to the trade paperbacks in the Knights of the Old Republic series, I’m finally back to Legacy, picking up with the volume immediately after Vector. As you may recall, I wasn’t that taken with the Vector storyline – and even the Legacy portion (which was arguably the most important, and actually had a rather big development happen) didn’t do all that much for me. So, how would Storms fare in the wake of Vector – would it turn things around like Vindication did for KOTOR after it’s Vector arc? Read on to find out.

Prior to Vindication (in the KOTOR series) I felt that book was on a constant flip-flop – one volume would be great, the next could completely be skipped without missing a beat of the story. Legacy had sort of hit the same point (though it began later) just before Vector – with vol 4 not being one I cared much for along with Vector (essentially vol 6) – and I’ve got mixed feelings on vol 7. The good news is the last two issues collected in this book feature Cade and crew in the aftermath of Vector – the bad news is, the other 3 issues just felt a little too much like filler to me.

The first story arc collected in this volume follows up on Dac, home of the Mon Calamari where Darth Krayt has decreed most of the population is to be exterminated. Imperial Knight Master Sindeis helping the Mon Cal rebel against the Krayt’s Empire, while Darth Azard raises a long thought extinct beast from the depths of the world to hunt down the Mon Cal who are hiding from Krayt’s will. But when Sinde is ordered back to Emperor Fel’s side, will he choose to leave his new friends in their darkest hour or choose to disobey his duty to his Emperor?

There’s a lot of good action in this story, with Sinde facing Imperials who he once knew (when they were a part of Fel’s empire, before the split), but honestly the story of Sinde’s conflict over his duty didn’t play out well – and is made even worse by the fact that in a later portion of this same book Fel makes it clear that it’s time to recall Sinde from Dac (leading me to believe not that it was the same scene, but that Fel had previously accepted Sinde’s desire to help the Mon Cal but now he has a more important mission for him – though I guess I’ll find out the next time Sinde shows up). I also didn’t realize at all that Krayt’s Imperials were using a modified AT-AT underwater on Dac – it didn’t look like it to me until I saw it in the sketchbook at the back of this volume.

Then we move on to a one-shot featuring Admiral Stazi of the Alliance working with Fel’s Imperials (specifically Admiral Fenel who was at the decisive battle where the Alliance lost to the Empire) in taking a strategically important world away from Krayt’s Empire. Here we have a story where Stazi winds up saving Krayt’s Imperials from wanton destruction at the hands of his allies (Fenel representing Fel) when Krayt’s Imperials refuse to surrender. Stazi proves to be both a capable strategist as well as a man who will live up to the ideals of the Alliance – and who will not back down to Emperor Fel but demands to be treated as an equal. Again, not a bad story, with lots of space action (though the Alliance fightercraft are really a terrible design, please go back to E-Wings or X-Wings or something) – but also not particularly showing me anything I really needed to know. I miss the kinds of stories that were told in vol 2 of this series – where we were getting completely different viewpoints into life in this version of the EU. Now we’re just sort of falling back into telling retreads of other stories (“where is your duty”, “I will be treated fairly”) featuring the same cast of characters over and over.

Storms, the final story in the volume and the one that returns us to Cade Skywalker is notable for at least advancing a few storylines, even if it’s little more than a breather between Vector and the next story arc. We get to see Darth Wyyrlok’s plans for continuing to use his dead master as a figurehead for the Empire – Wyyrlok informs the rest of the Sith Order that Krayt (who’s body they can see in statis) has been gravely injured and must recooperate, and that he is now regent for his Master’s will. Cade meanwhile takes the gravely injured Azlyn to see his uncle and aunt (who has a hidden/powerful healing talent) to see if they can save his old flame. But Cade lies to his family when they ask if she wants to live (his aunt’s people only heal if the subject wants to be saved – and Azlyn wants to go) and then proceeds to get into trouble in “town” where his cousin Ahnah (romantic interest of Syn) is a part of the constable force – pitting family against each other. In the wake of both of these betrayals, Cade is rejected by Azlyn in her new Vader-like form and told in no uncertain terms by his family to leave town. Cade and crew pack up and head for the Outer Rim, while the Imperial Knights come to bring Azlyn back into their fold.

One of the more interesting aspects of this story is actually where we get a look at Emperor Fel talking to a robed figure spying for him in Krayt’s Imperial court. I don’t remember seeing that in any earlier story, and it makes me wonder who this “traitor” might be. I was kind of unimpressed by Azlyn’s “Vader” suit though – it didn’t seem particularly noteworthy (as looking dark, light, or even “cool” – it just sort of “was”). Considering how cool they can make armor (think Mandos, Clones, Stormies, Vader, Revan) it’s a shame this outfit was so bland. But anyway, all in all I felt this book in total was just sort of a mediocre volume in the overall Legacy storyline. It seems more like a rest stop after the excitement of Vector, a chance to catch up with a bunch of characters and check on their status before (hopefully) moving on with the real story in earnest. If that turns out to be true or not will have to wait for my next review.


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