Graphic Novel Review: Star Wars Princess Leia

Princess Leia

Details:

Title: Star Wars: Princess Leia

Volume: 1

Issue: 1-5

Publisher: Dan Buckley (MARVEL)

Writer(s): Mark Waid

Penciler(s): Terry Dodson

Inker(s): Rachel Dodson

Letters: VC’s Joe Caramagna

Cover Art: Terry Dodson and Rachel Dodson

Released Date: November 3rd 2015

Pages: 120

Genre: Graphic Novel, Space Opera, Action

Synopsis:

When Princess Leia Organa was captured by the Empire, she never betrayed her convictions – even after the complete destruction of her home world, Alderaan. When her rescue came, Leia grabbed a blaster and joined the fight, escaping back to the Rebel Alliance and helping strike the biggest blow against the Empire – the destruction of the Death Star! But in the aftermath of that victory, the question remains…what is a princess without a world? As Leia comes to grips with her loss, a new mission leads her to the underground world of Sullust. The Empire is rounding up fugitive Alderaanians, and that doesn’t sit well with their Princess! But what can one woman do against the Galactic Empire? They’re about to find out! Join the galaxy’s toughest Princess on a quest to save her people and rebuild her life!

First Thought:

I first found this graphic novel discounted in the reading isle of Walmart. I always loved Leia as a kid, but I never thought that she had enough to do in the movies, like she was missing on some action herself. Sure she had great roles in the movies, but I never felt like her entire character was explored in the originals. So when I found this in Walmart I swept it into my basket, happy to fulfil the little girl dream of reading a Leia centered adventure.

Overall Thoughts and Opinions:

As a little girl, I started watching the originals before I saw the prequels, I even remember watching all three of them before going to see The Phantom Menace in the theaters when it was first released. I never knew a time in which I didn’t know Leia, she will always be my first beloved Princess, but as I got older and the more I saw the originals I felt like her character wasn’t explored enough. Sure, from the movies you get that she is a stronger, independent, and sassy young woman who has a soft spot for a certain scoundrel, but you never see how her people saw her and you never saw her grieve for the loss of her homeworld. In a way, this graphic novel, while short, sheds light on those two missing aspects of her character.

Honestly, I am still getting used to the pacing in comics because they’re a lot different than novels and manga. With that said, I thought the pacing of this graphic novel was perfect and it fit beautifully with the action. Would I have liked this graphic novel to be longer? Sure, I would love to read more about the adventures Leia has between the movies, with and outside of the Rebellion. However, this story per se doesn’t really need much more to it. This story was about Leia doing what she could for the survivors of Alderaan, keeping them safe from the Empire, as her way of grieving for the loss of her people, what she believed to be her greatest failure. This story is short, but it’s sweet and to the point as well. Anymore added to this adventure wouldn’t aid it in the long run.

There were some parts of the story that were a little slow, but for the most part it was a thrilling page turner. A lot of the story was driven by the developing relationship between Leia and Evaan. Leia’s actions in desperate times gains the respect and friendship of Evaan, and with Evaan’s help Leia shows her true colors as a leader and allows herself to see past her ‘failure’ to Alderaan. The story was simple, nothing super elaborate and gut wrenching, but enough to fill in some of the color missing from the image of Leia that I had since being a little girl.

The artwork for this graphic novel was amazing, some of my favorite so far! They were able to make Leia feminine but also badass and sympathetic. The coloring made my jaw drop, especially with the different species they featured and some of the hair coloring of the different people. The character designs were pretty amazing; I loved all the elaborate fashions, the different aliens and the cultures they tried to flesh out. I do have to say that the poses sometimes were a bit dramatic, but that didn’t really hinder the art, it sort of enhanced everything, almost reminding people that this is more of a space drama than an action adventure story.

Final Thoughts:

Still hungry for more Star Wars after the recent film? Always loved Leia and wanted to hear more stories about her adventures? Want to read something that is actually canon? Have a little girl, or boy, that you want to introduce to the world of comics? Or even a friend or family member who is insane about Star Wars? Then look no further, because this novel is for you! It certainly was for me!

Ratings:

Art: 5/5

I absolutely loved the art! I loved how feminine they made their female characters and how they added some extra sense of power or strength to the women who weren’t completely feminine. The coloring was fantastic, especially with the blending and color choices. I loved looking at the different character designs and how they portrayed different species, you could really tell a person’s character through their design. Have I mentioned the various covers? Well, I wouldn’t mind having them as actual posters to hang on my walls!

Story: 4.5/5

However short the story was, they did a fantastic job showing the different characters’ personalities and how they changed over time, it was fascinating to see especially the change in body language and dialogue. I honestly don’t mind that this graphic novel was short. I would love to see more Leia adventures, and who knows, maybe they will. However, this story was stronger because of its length. It was only supposed to be a quick adventure for Leia to have after losing her world, allowing her to see past her failure. It also served to add more to the picture of Leia for current and former little girls who idolized her as a princess, and gave fans another adventure in the canon universe of Star Wars, finally explaining what happened to the survivors of Alderaan’s destruction.

Overall (or average): 5/5

“We are not our enemy. We are Alderaan. We answer rage with wisdom. We answer fear with imagination. We answer war with hope.”

Maybe we should think about taking a few notes ourselves?

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