When I was a little Tom, I loved Star Wars. I watched the movies, I had the toys and it sparked my imagination. The Star Wars Universe is notably known for being very expansive and to be filled with all kinds of colourful and sometimes strange characters. There is only one point of criticism; there are hardly any strong female characters in the main movie universe. I can name 7 to this date; Padme Amidala, Mon Mothma, Princess Leia Organa, Rey, Maz Kanata, Jyn Erso and Captain Phasma (although the point of Phasma is to be more of a gender neutral character, in my opinion). Of these six, four are main players, the other three are supporting characters. I know there are more in the cartoon series and the expanded universe.
So I loved it when Marvel dedicated a mini series to the original Princess: Leia. Don’t get me wrong, I love the Jedi and the Sith and everything in between, but it’s a breath of fresh air to have a series just about Leia. Mark Waid and Terry Dodson gave Leia a unique adventure, while at the same time giving her more depth. Both are veterans of the comic book industry.
What is it about?
The story opens with the medal ceremony at the end of A New Hope. Leia is criticized for not showing any emotion when she says a few words in remembrance of Alderaan.
She learns the Empire is now actively seeking out and hunting any survivors of Alderaan. Because she has a bounty on her head, she can’t openly participate in the rebellion at the moment. So she convinces rebel pilot and royalist Evaan Verlaine to accompany her and R2D2 to find the remaining surivivors of Alderaan and make sure they are save.
What follows is an adventure filled with twists and turns and even very cool space battles. The relationship between Leia and Evaan is great. Evaan is a very welcome addition to the Star Wars family and she can hold up a mirror to Leia. I loved this series; the art is good looking and the writing is interesting. Plus it’s time for Leia to shine, I value her far more after this series.
Recommended for Star Wars fans of all sizes and genders, old and new. It gives so much more life to the character of Leia and it adds another depth to the Universe in the whole.