Review: Princess Leia #2

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Writer: Mark Waid
Pencils: Terry Dodson
Inks: Rachel Dodson
Colorist: Jordie Bellaire
Letterer: VC’s Joe Caramagna

Princess Leia has set out to find all the remaining members of the Alderaanian people spread throughout the galaxy.  She’s joined by Evaan, a fellow Rebel and Alderaanian.  They are trying to protect what remains of their people and culture from the Empire.

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Princess Leia #2

The story opens with Leia flashing back to her youth.  She was a typical rebellious child wanting to do something more exciting than learn the ways of a diplomat and Queen.  We have never seen much of Leia’s younger life before and it’s fun to watch her with Bail.  It’s also tragic as he must already realize the potential danger he has put them all in by fomenting a rebellion against the Empire.

Leia and Evaan have set course for Naboo, as there is an influential group of Alderaanians living on the planet.  They don’t say for how long this cloister has been on Naboo.  I immediately found myself wondering if this group had been around since before Padme joined the Senate.  Perhaps this is something that caused such a connection between Bail and Padme.  That is a story for another day though as we get no mention of the history of this group of Alderaanians.  Leia passes a painting of the young Queen Amidala.  Padme’s painted face does not hide the emotion or sadness within.  It’s a brief but powerful moment.

Landing under an assumed name and falsified credentials, Leia and Evaan try to make their way through the city incognito.  However, it doesn’t take more than a few steps for them to be spotted by someone from her past.  Lord Junn tells them where to find an Alderaanian band who only perform via hologram at a particular club on Naboo.  Seeing the band perform as a hologram instantly reminded me of the Holiday Special.  It’s a fun easter egg.

Unfortunately, Lord Junn has sold Leia out.  They must fight their way through three large Besalisks.  Leia and Evaan manage to hold their own against the much bigger thugs using the element of surprise.  Although I wonder why they had Leia headbutting one of them, considering the ridges on their heads, I would think it would do more damage to Leia.  It’s still great to see her diving right in and not showing any fear against them.  Leia rallies the people and manages to turn the tables on Lord Junn to get them a ship.

I enjoyed this issue much more than the first issue.  The first book had to setup a lot so that it felt a little off balance, here the book has achieved it’s focus and stays on point.  Mark Waid’s writing with Terry Dodson’s art gives us fantastic emotional beats with the young Leia and the vision of Padme that balances the story and remind both the reader and the characters of what is at stake.

4/5 Kath Hounds

4/5 Kath Hounds

About the Author

Paul joined the EUCantina staff in 2012, combining his love of Star Wars and his obsession with comic books. He has been a Star Wars fan since the early 80's and is always finding a way to tie Star Wars into every facet of his life. Paul lives in Virginia. He loves movies, plays guitar and is TK-5990, a proud member of the 501st Legion.