Friday, June 13, 2008
Review: Invincible (Star Wars: Legacy of the Force)
Invincible Book CoverBy Troy Denning. ISBN 978-0-345-47746-0. A mediocre end to a mediocre series that began with a promising start. Overall, the "Legacy of the Force" experiment should reiterate the central lesson of the "New Jedi Order" arc: Lucas Licensing should avoid long, multi-author series with the blistering schedule that tie-in fiction demands. The idea of the Skywalker legacy birthing another Sith Lord is potent, but the execution was flawed; instead of simply retreading the mistakes of Anakin Skywalker, the authors should have explored the differences. Perhaps the biggest difference is that Jacen Solo knew he was a parent. Because each author interpreted they dynamic between father and daughter differently, the relationship was robbed of its potency. She was still the most interesting thing about this series, but thanks to the events of this final novel she's pretty much guaranteed to be screwed up her whole life. The climactic moment is antithetical to the themes of redemption that have made Star Wars so enduring: the problem with Invincible is that it's darkness but without depth.

Adam Lenhardt is a print journalist from Albany, NY. He currently reviews films from Boston.
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