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If you didn’t already know, on Wednesdays (Aka New Comicbook Day) I work at Richmond Comix on Richmond’s South Side, where they are nice enough to give me a Pick of the Week! I post that pick on Instagram and Twitter, and then review that book/series here on Thursdays! Nick’s Pick this week was Princess Leia #1!!!
Marvel Comics made a lot of noise with the first two reboot titles, Star Wars and Darth Vader, and this week the third and final of the trilogy launched with Princess Leia’s first issue. At first it seemed kind of unnecessary to title the book Princess Leia instead of just Leia, but after reading the first issue it makes perfect sense. The initial story puts heavy emphasis on the fact she is a Princess, which is easy for us to forget in all her adventure with Luke and the boys.
The opening picks up right after the medal ceremony that ends Star Wars Episode 4: A New Hope. The Empire seeks to snuff out the Rebels after losing the Deathstar, and have put a bounty on all Alderannians to get to Princess Leia. Leia seeks to help the Alliance and step into a leadership role, but they are more concerned with keeping her safe now that there is a larger target on her.
In the meantime, the lower ranks of the Alliance seem to think the Princess uncaring and unfaithful to her remaining people. They refer to her as “Ice Princess” as she coldly moves forward without properly mourning the loss of Alderan according to her people. Frustrated at being a figurehead to the Alliance leaders and a heartless ruler to her people, Leia enlists the aid of an Alderan faithful named Evaan to find a new location for the Rebel home base.
Evaan herself is one of the many who commonly refer to Leia as “Ice Princess”, but swears her allegiance to her regardless. A true spitifre, yet incredibly respectful of Leia’s deceased mother, Evaan struggles with her desire to keep the memories and culture of Alderan alive and supporting a Princess who seemingly ignores those same principles. The two butt heads constantly, but are a formidable team as they head out to no doubt cause trouble in the galaxy.
I enjoyed the book, but I have to admit it that it is the least appealing to me personally. I really enjoyed the artwork Terry Dodson provided, but Mark Waid didn’t really grab me in the writing. Yet. I think this book has alot of potential, and I’ll continue to pick it up for a while, but it didn’t quite grab me like the other Star Wars books from Marvel. What do I know though? Maybe you’ll love it? Check it out for yourself and see what you think!
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