Review: Princess Leia #3

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

Princess Leia’s mission to gather the surviving people of Alderaan has lead her to Sullust.  Here she has found an enclave of her people, but they have no interest in being saved by Leia.  Instead they are ready to turn their weapons on her and brand her a traitor.

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Princess Leia #3

Beneath the surface of Sullust lies an Alderaanian encampment led by Preserver Jora Astane.  Needless to say she is not very happy to see Leia and Evaan arrive on her doorstep.  Her first order is not to greet the princess but rather to order soldiers to meet her, and not as a welcoming party.  Astane doesn’t trust Leia, instead she seems to blame Leia for everything and accuses her of being an Imperial spy.

Astane is paranoid and a bit over zealous, but you can’t blame her.  I’m not sure how widely known Leia’s involvement in the Rebellion was, but everyone knew she was an Imperial Senator.  Astane does admit that they are being hunted by the Empire and her fears are proven right when the Empire tracks them there.  Astane is not really a villain, she is more misguided.  She wants to do what is best for her people, but is not up to deal with the stress of Alderaan being destroyed and now being on the run from the Empire.  Mark Waid finds a good balance with the character, we can relate to her even as we see her jumping to the wrong conclusions.

They were partially right though, Leia’s ship did lead the Empire to them.  However, it’s not because of Leia, there is a spy in their midst.  Young Tace is in constant contact her sister Tula.  Family is important, except when your sister is part of the Empire.  We saw the two of them talking at the end of the last issue and this issue opens up with their conversation.  I don’t think that Tace realizes what she is doing.  Leia and company do hear part of a conversation, but it’s unclear whether Leia knows who is behind it or not.  I’m curious to see how that will play out once the identity is revealed.

This issue definitely gives us more action.  Possibly even more than the two previous issues combined.  At first it’s just small things as Leia quickly disarms and embarrasses the soldiers sent to detain her, but it quickly escalates as Leia and Evaan are on the run from the Alderaanians and then the Empire’s invading Stormtroopers.  Leia is tough and a fighter, but she isn’t an unstoppable force here either.  This really feels like the person who blasted their way off the Death Star.

Waid’s writing handles the characters very well, none of them feel cartoonish which can happen in a story like this.  The Dodson’s art is good, but some of their panels depicting motion and action made me go over them more than once to figure out what was happening.  The art style fits the book very well though.  The creative team is strong and I hope that they get more chances with Leia beyond this mini-series.

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.