I’m a fairly recent convert to Star Wars, in that I’ve always liked it well enough, but The Force Awakens… er… awakened in me a new passion for the saga, as did the unexpected delights of Rogue One.
This 5-issue Princess Leia mini-series does what Rogue One did for the original Star Wars movie — 1977’s A New Hope — but on the other end. Rogue One acted as a prequel, while this story acts as an immediate sequel.
Written by Mark Waid (which is why I bought this book to begin with; I love him), the story dwells on the fact that when the Death Star destroyed Leia’s home planet of Alderaan, it killed her parents and most every Alderaanian in that galaxy far, far away. The first issue is just people exhorting Leia to grieve properly, but after a harsh chat with a feisty fighter pilot and compatriot, one Evaan, the princess decides what she must do is roam the galaxy and try to gather together her remaining people.
Is she a princess or a queen, by the way? Was her Dad “King Bail”? No one ever seems to answer that question, with some “Your Majesty”-ing here, while she refers to herself as Princess Leia. This isn’t a plot hole in the story, though, since royalty in Star Wars is confusing anyway — like how Amidala was elected Queen on Naboo in the prequels.
Speaking of the prequels, Leia actually goes to Naboo here. It’s fun.
I really liked this mini-series a whole hell of a lot, and I’ll be on the lookout for more Star Wars comics in the future. Hell, I might even get into the Star Wars media tie-in novels, except that there are hundreds of those things, and oh dear.
Maybe best not.
TBR DAY 140: Star Wars: Princess Leia by Mark Waid, illustrated by Terry Dodson
GENRE: Marvel, Comics, Star Wars
TIME ON THE TBR: 2 years.
PURCHASED FROM: Minotaur, Melbourne.