Writer: Mark Waid
Art: Terry Dodson & Rachel Dodson, with Jordie Bellaire
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Summary from Comixology: “When Princess Leia Organa was captured by the Empire as a Rebel spy, she never betrayed her convictions, even in the face of the complete destruction of her home world, Alderaan. When her rescue came, she grabbed a blaster and joined the fight, escaping back to the Rebel Alliance and helping strike the biggest blow against the Empire, the destruction of the Death Star. But in the aftermath of that victory, the question remains; what is a princess without a world?”
I’m not a widely-knowledgeable Star Wars fan by any stretch of the imagination. My fellow 4LN writers, Bill and Cam have me beat there by a margin so wide it should have it’s own zip code. However, I have seen all the Star Wars movies, plus I have the Endor movies on DVD! I used to love those as a kid. Ah, nostalgia… Anyway! Cam called dibs on reviewing Star Wars #1, and Bill called dibs on the hot guy at the end of the bar… I mean… he called dibs on reviewing Darth Vader #1, so I figured I might as well do Princess Leia. Wait. That’s not what I meant…
I really enjoy Mark Waid’s work. Particularly, his Daredevil. That was the first thing I read by Waid, and then I ended up reading his whole run of Indestructible Hulk. The guy just knows how to write really good stories, and he’s off to a great start here with this new book. Princess Leia is a great character. She’s probably the most recognizable female character in all of sci-fi (along with Ripley from the Alien series, and Leeloo from The 5th Element), and Mark Waid clearly knows how important she is. I loved how he totally nails her character traits. She’s strong, opinionated, abrasively unapologetic… but she’s not without her flaws, and those are mostly due to her aforementioned positive traits. Sometimes she can be “abrasively unapologetic” to a fault, and Waid shows us examples of that. I like how he humanizes the character in ways that you don’t anticipate. The movies did a good job of evolving the character, but Waid takes it to a whole new level by showing us how that strong, opinionated girl from A New Hope became the leader we see in The Empire Strikes Back.
Additionally, the artwork here is on-point. I really feel like it balances well with the story in that its not too aggressive or raw. It’s good, clean work, and it’s perfectly colored. The Dodson’s and Jordie Bellaire are a really great art-team and I think they’ll continue to do great work.
I really didn’t find anything in Princess Leia #1 that I would consider a “low” point. To quote Cam, “Three for three on good first issues. Marvel is taking the Star Wars property seriously.”
The Final Say:
Princess Leia #1 is a great read. I highly recommend it for those of you who have adolescent daughters, sisters, nieces, granddaughters, god-daughters, etc., you’ll find this is a great book to introduce to them. It’s very kid-friendly and Leia is a good role model for young girls (Jabba the Hutt-captive-costume excluded… but there’s none of that silliness here.) I’m awarding Princess Leia 4 out of 5 stars. It’s very good and If you’ve picked up the other new Star Wars books, you’ll want to pick this up as well!
I think the best musical accompaniment to this comic is Florence + The Machine. Something strong, unapologetic, clever… and all without sacrificing femininity. That pretty much describes Princess Leia, right?