Comic Review: Star Wars: Princess Leia by Mark Waid

25013184Star Wars: Princess Leia by Mark Waid and Terry Dodson

Published by Marvel Comics on November 3, 2015

Genres: Comics, Science Fiction, Space, Action, Adventure

Pages: 120 Format: Paperback Source: Library

4.5/5 Stars

When Princess Leia Organa was captured by the Empire, she never betrayed her convictions – even after the complete destruction of her home world, Alderaan. When her rescue came, Leia 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? As Leia comes to grips with her loss, a new mission leads her to the underground world of Sullust. The Empire is rounding up fugitive Alderaanians, and that doesn’t sit well with their Princess! But what can one woman do against the Galactic Empire? They’re about to find out! Join the galaxy’s toughest Princess on a quest to save her people and rebuild her life!

I was so excited to finally read Princess Leia by Mark Waid and Terry Dodson after hearing such great things about it when it was released as single issues. After the destruction of the Death Star, the price on Leia’s head is high but she will not be kept hidden away. She institutes a mission of her own to save any Alderaan’s left in the galaxy and preserve their culture and way of life, all with the Empire on her heels.

The story was out of this world amazing. We always see Leia as this rebel leader and fighter going up against the Empire. Now we get to see the consequences of that; the destruction of Alderaan, and how she deals with the loss of her people especially her parents Bail and Breha Organa. The movies certainly gloss over this but Waid gets to the very heart of the matter.

The introduction of Evaan, an Alderaanian pilot within the rebellion, is the catalyst for the narrative. She has strong opinions of the Princess, constantly questioning her motives an actions. Evaan was the perfect counterbalance to Leia and the building of the relationship was well done. Got to love ladies helping ladies.

I’ve got to say the only thing that slightly threw me was the art in these issues. Especially the first one. It’s much more cartoony then most stuff I read and it was a bit jarring. The colors were bright and gorgeous though bringing vibrancy to each page. The art style did grow on me as I got further into the tale.

Overall I really liked Star Wars: Princess Leia by Mark Waid and Terry Dodson. Even though the art wasn’t my favorite, the narrative definitely carried this comic above and beyond. It was a story that needed to be told and I was so happy with how well it turned out. If you love Leia, you definitely need to read this.

Have you read Princess Leia by Mark Waid? Ready for The Force Awakens in a couple of weeks? If you couldn’t tell, I’m jumping for joy just thinking about it!

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4 thoughts on “Comic Review: Star Wars: Princess Leia by Mark Waid

  1. I’m not a huge comic book collector, but I made sure to go out and buy some original printings of this one, the Vader one, and then just the basic Star Wars. I really love the art and they look good next to the couple of vintage Marvel Star Wars comics that I got from my pops.

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