Review: Princess Leia #4
With the Disney purchase of Star Wars, it allowed for the consolidation of well of the Star Wars products to Marvel, another Disney company. In so doing for the first time the comics were going to provide canon stories for the series. This got a lot of people pretty interested, even if the choice of era was a little confusing to them, the period between episodes IV and V. For most this was not as enticing an era for the series, as the action in Hoth seemed to follow logically from what had come before. There was a gap, but it was not one which was hard to fathom. AS well the characters were still relatively unpowered and learning how to be something bigger. Among the first wave of series from this release was Princess Leia. While pretty no one doesn’t like the character, she is also rarely mentioned among people’s favorites from the series, her often aloof attitude to her allies in the story having had the same effect to those reading and watching.
Thus far this series has been somewhat successful at breaking that image, and with this issue, nearly completely erasing it. There are some benefits to the modern presentation of this character. With the evolution of the role of women in fiction in the past forty years since the release of the first movie, it is almost a form of revisionism to include a female action star from that time. That is to say, one of the easiest ways to make Leia more approachable is to write her in the modern day. This issue deals with the continuing saga to reunite the people of Alderaan after the attack by the Empire which destroyed the planet. The story gets deeper as the characters are shown to be more fragile and stronger than before, as Leia has to deal with the Alderaanian spy for the Empire.
There were many that picked up this series hoping to see a change in the character, in order to make her more approachable. The earlier issues in this miniseries were a bit slow to get started, but at this point the series has found its heart and its hero. Princess Leia might still have a long way to go before reaching the cult status of some other Star Wars characters like Wedge Antilles or Boba Fett, but with stories such as this one she could finally be on her way.
Story: Mark Waid Art: Terry Dodson
Story: 9.3 Art: 9.3 Overall: 9.3 Recommendation: Buy