Title: Princess Leia
Issue Number: 1
Writer: Mark Waid
Art: Terry Dodoson
Inkers: Rachel Dodoson
Editor: Jordan D. White
Genre: Science Fiction
Cover Price: $3.99 (US)
One of the most exciting prospects of Disney owning both Marvel and Star Wars is that we would have Marvel publishing Star Wars tales again. This is something that hadn't happened since the mid 80s, as Dark House had been doing that since the 90s. Already, Marvel has given us three Star Wars titles: Star Wars, Darth Vader, and Princess Leia, and, coming next month, we will have a fourth one: Kanan: The Last Padawan. This review is, of course, for the first issue of the ongoing Princess Leia comic.
The issue starts mere minutes after the end of Episode IV: A New Hope, as the medal ceremony has ended. We see that people don't seem to like the beautiful Princess Leia very much. They feel that she is a cold-hearted bitch with no feelings. But, this couldn't be further from the truth. She looks for a way to help the Rebellion somehow but is told by the man in charge of this outpost, General Dodonna, that she should just grieve. Not only that, but they need to protect her as she is now she is a major target of the Galactic Empire, who have put a huge bounty on her head. Also, any surviving Alderaanians are to be hunted down and exterminated. Leia isn't one to take this lying down. So, she asks for the help of a pretty, blonde X-Wing pilot named Evaan, who doesn't particularly like Leia and definitely sees her as said being an "ice princess".
Of all the stories that I have read that take place after some point in the Star Wars cinematic universe, this is one of the ones, that I can most definitely seeing having occurred or occurring. Waid has crafted the perfect story for Leia, one that fits her character to perfection. He really captures the spunk and heroism that makes her one of the greatest female characters in the history of sci-fi. He also crafts interesting characters, both new and old, to interact with her, as well as set the pace up for what promises to be an exciting and fun series to read.
This is complemented by Dodson's good looking art. I've always liked the way he draws beautiful women, and he does a great job here with Leia. He is also really good at capturing character's emotions in the panels. It's a fun and bright looking book, just the way this title should be.
The end result is what might be the most promising of the Star Wars titles so far. I really think the sky, (or is it space?), is the limit for this book. Highly enjoyable and a complete pleasure to read, I simply love this issue. Pick it up, ASAP and be sure to keep your eyes open for the second issue, which should hit comic shops this Wed.
***1/2 out of ***