PRINCESS LEIA #3
Written by Mark Waid
Art by Terry Dodson, Rachel Dodson, Jordie Bellaire
Published by Marvel Comics
Release Date: April 29, 2015
Every so often in your life-long relationship with comic books, you read a comic that reminds you why you fell in love with them in the first place. Your heart flutters, your fingers stumble awkwardly as you scramble to turn the page, you’re filled with a warmth that you haven’t felt in weeks….months…perhaps even years. I am pleased to confirm with you that yes, Princess Leia is that special book that will reignite your love for not only Star Wars, but comics in general. In a world where stories have become jumbled and confusing, where characters have become cliché tropes more often than relatable (sadly, the female variety especially) and body proportions becoming less and less recognizable as humanoid, here is your magical revival elixir!
Princess Leia is still very much the people’s princess, rounding up the refugees of the recently obliterated Alderaan to do everything in her power to keep them safe and hopefully rebuild their community. Leia cares very little for the hefty price on her head, that’s for her right hand woman Evaan to worry about. The not-quite-yet-peas-in-a-pod pair and their snarky banter is the glue that holds this story together. It’s refreshing to see a friendship blooming so slowly and keeping that spark that makes their relationship so unique. The skeleton crew of Leia, Evaan and good old R2-D2 find themselves amidst people they cannot trust despite appearances and have to band closer together than ever to round-up the alderaanians and get out of there unscathed. Just when everything seems to be going their way, the question arises…is there a traitor in their midst? Time will tell as our heroines “pew pew pew” their way across the galaxy and (hopefully) dodge the Empire.
Terry Dodson’s art continues to be one of the most elegant displays hitting the stands today. I remember when I first saw his work on Captain Marvel and I was blown away by the sheer beauty of it. Here on Princess Leia, that grace and elegance is present and captivating as ever. His women are beautiful, but never over the top or unrealistic. Walking that line cannot be easy, but Dodson is a master. He and Mark Waid were the perfect choices for this book, providing us with a visual delight for all the senses.
The Verdict: 9.5/10