Star Wars: Vector Volume Two

Star Wars: Vector Volume Two
Star Wars Vector review
  • North American Publisher / ISBN: Dark Horse Books - 1-5958-2227-5
  • Release date: 2009
  • UPC: 9781595822277
  • Contains adult content?: no
  • Does this pass the Bechdel test?: no
  • Positive minority portrayal?: no

This is the second part of an ambitious undertaking that saw one character, Celeste Morne, influence events of four ongoing Star Wars continuities over several millenia. Volume one saw her intervention in Knights of the Old Republic and Dark Times, while her contributions to Rebellion and Legacy comprise this collection. When Vector was planned the concept was that one character would have play a pivotal role in all the continuities covered.

Rebellion is set squarely in the Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia Star Wars era, and with the Empire in serious danger Darth Vader recalls Celeste Morne, a Jedi he’d failed to turn to the dark side and left isolated on a remote moon, considering how she might be of use in wiping out the nascent rebellion. Dustin Weaver’s art is superb on this portion. He knocks himself out providing cast likenesses, and his space and action scenes are similarly impressive. Unfortunately Rob Williams’ plot isn’t from the top drawer.

Star Wars Legacy is the series set 132 years after events in the Return of the Jedi. For readers of Rebellion, it’s pretty well as you were, but with a very different Skywalker leading a band of rebels against the Sith Lord controlling the Empire. Cade Skywalker took a momentous decision at the end of The Hidden Temple, concluding that the solution to any number of problems was to assassinate Darth Krayt, but before he can really plot how to achieve this his craft is hi-jacked from hyperspace into the tractor beam of an Imperial destroyer. On board is Celeste Morne.

After an initial misunderstanding she comprehends the situation, viewing Darth Krayt in much the same manner she saw Darth Vader. From there the premise of Vector certainly applies. This sequence by the regular Legacy team of John Ostrander and Jan Duursema is far better written. Morne is dangerous because she is the method by which an extremely powerful Sith Lord is imprisoned. Muur, though, can extend his influence to those in her vicinity, which is why she’s chosen to remain isolated. There’s a good sequence as he slithers his way around Cade’s ship, another as his past as revealed, and Ostrander’s drawing out of how Muur tempts Krayt plays well. Morne also has some interesting observations about Cade and his connection to the force.

The concluding chapter squirms all over the place with surprise laid upon surprise in what might be the best individual sequence in the series. This is a game changer for Legacy, and the plot continues in Storms.