What is amazing about this announcement is how quickly things have changed! Less than two years ago, Dark Horse told fans:
Unlike other publishers, Dark Horse has never been one for prolonging a series simply to do so. Our comics come from a place of creativity and artistic expression, and this applies to all of our titles, whether creator owned or licensed property.
through action-packed character driven shorter arcs (the other series preferred lots and lots of expositional dialogue to tell a very convoluted story).
So why kill off Legacy, a Star Wars comics success story? For whatever reason, Dark Horse seem to like doing a big change all at once rather than winding down series as and when. The preference has been since for mini-series rather than long-running series. It seems silly though that as Legacy had better sales figures, even on a bad month, than any other Star Wars comic to kill it. Legacy could have been ‘the’ ongoing Star Wars series whilst other stories were told as mini-series. But the series was killed off, and in May 2011 Legacy: War #5 marked the last issue to be released. John Ostrander and Jan Duursema went to work on their
next record-busting series, Dawn of the Jedi.
Now, Dark Horse have decided that Legacy should be back. With the creative team working on a different series, they have brought in Corinna Bechko and Gabriel Hardman to tell new Legacy stories. This is a shame for fans on the series, as it is the brilliant understanding of Star Wars that the team of John and Jan have that makes their comics extra special, a cut above the rest. Fortunately Bechko and Hardman will be coming up with new characters and settings by the sounds of it, leaving the fate of the previous characters to the team who created them. If anyone had asked for an opinion on the return of Legacy before, it would have been huge anticipation – but knowing it won’t be the Star Wars dream team behind it, it’s hard to be any more excited than for any other Star wars comic.