Script: Brian Wood
Pencils: Stephane Crety
Inks: Julien Huonnard-Bert
Colors: Gabe Eltaeb
Lettering: Michael Heisler
Cover Art: Hugh Fleming
The Rebel Fleet has evaded the Imperials long enough to find safe harbor while they negotiate for a more permanent presence on the planet Arrochar. There is just one small thing, Princess Leia has agreed to marry Prince Kaspar of the planet’s royal family.
Right away I’m already wary of this story. We’ve already read this story, when it was published as the Courtship of Princess Leia. Now this is story is not exactly the same, at least not yet, but it does feel very familiar. I do have faith in Brian Wood and the creative team to give this story an unique twist. It’s not just the marriage plot that feels familiar, much of this book feels very familiar, like it’s just a mish mash of different elements lifted from other places.
The book opens with everyone questioning Princess Leia’s motives here, even Threepio seems to think she has made the wrong choice here. She feels that Arrochar could be a new centerpoint for the rebellion, comparing it to Alderaan’s role before. It seems she has decided that it is entirely up to her to make the sacrifice.
While Leia is trying to convince everyone, including herself, that this marriage is a good idea. Han and Luke are dealing with it in other ways. Luke seems more distracted and distraught, even going so far as to propose leaving the Rebellion to become a smuggler with Han and Chewie. Han doesn’t want to leave though, he is beginning to accept more responsibility with the Rebellion and is definitely noticing his feelings for Leia.
The best part of the book is the Rogue Squadron training run through the canyons of Arrochar. It’s not that every issue has to have a big flashy action scene, but there are just so many odd choices made with the characters and their motivations that seeing these Xwings flying maneuvers can feel like the only real Star Wars moment in the whole book.
This is not a bad book, it’s a book that has made a lot of unusual choices. I hope that in the next issue more of these choices will come together and make sense. I do continue to trust the creators, especially considering the terrific issues we’ve gotten in this run so far.
Advanced Review Copy (ARC) courtesy of Dark Horse. All staff members can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.