Comic Book Review – Star Wars: Princess Leia #1

Posted February 17, 2016 by Kathy in 3 Stars, Book Review / 2 Comments

Comic Book Review – Star Wars: Princess Leia #1Star Wars: Princess Leia Series: Star Wars: Princess Leia #1
by Mark Waid
Illustrator: Terry Dodson
Published by Marvel on March 4, 2015
Genres: Comic Book
Pages: 23
Format: Ebook
Source: Purchased
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three-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!

It’s been a while since I’ve read a comic book so Star Wars: Princess Leia #1 was a fun departure from what I usually read. The story picks up at the end of Star Wars IV: New Hope after the medal ceremony for our heroes. Princess Leia is dealing with the destruction of her home planet Alderaan and the death of her parents. Instead of grieving Leia wants to save any survivors. Everyone around her labels her as cold-hearted and wants her to act as a weak damsel in distress. I found this funny since I also felt it was odd in the movie that we never saw Leia grieve for her loss. Instead we see a strong character determined to take action in her own hands. We meet a new character Evaan so this series does step away from the movie franchise. This adds unpredictability to the story which is what I was looking for. Overall I thought this was a good start for this series and I plan to read the remaining issues. The artwork was really good and the dialogue had humor but I just wish this was longer.

Rating Report
Plot
three-stars
Characters
three-stars
Writing
three-stars
Pacing
three-stars
Artwork
four-stars
Overall: three-stars

Reading this book contributed to these challenges:

  • 2016 Star Wars Book Reading Challenge

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2 responses to “Comic Book Review – Star Wars: Princess Leia #1

  1. This looks good. I recognize the writer Mark Waid he’s usually a pretty good comic writer so I’m not surprised this is a good one. It’s nice to see a story where Leai takes center stage and is a tough protagonist- and nice to hear that the art is good too, as a lot of Marvel’s stuff lately hasn’t been as good art wise.

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    • Kathy

      It’s been a while since I read a comic book so this was a fun read. I do like that Leia takes center stage so I’m curious to see what happens in this series. Thanks Greg!