Star Wars Age Of Rebellion: Princess Leia #1 / Writer: Greg Pak / Artists: Chris Sprouse & Karl Story (pg 1-12, 20), Will Sliney, Marc Deering, & Karl Story (pg 13-19) / Colorist: Tamra Bonvillain / Lettering: VC’s Travis Lanham / Marvel Comics / April 10, 2019
Princess Leia to Save the Day
The Death Star has been destroyed. Now Princess Leia Organa and Chewbacca are flying to Tatooine to save Han Solo from Jabba the Hutt. A distress from Lando Calrissian, fleeing from bounty hunters and in need of help, interrupts their mission.
Greg Pak’s story gives us insight into what happened to Leia, Chewie, and Lando between Jabba taking Han and them freeing him. The premise Pak portrays is that out Princess has to become a scoundrel to save the man she loves. Who better to ask than the king of double crosses Lando Calrissian.
Leia as a Scoundrel?
I’m not sure Pak achieves making Princes Leia the scoundrel he wanted her to be. She dons a disguise and beats people up, but nothing so awful that you’d say she’s no longer the Princess we love. Consequently, some of the dialog is a bit clunky, but manages to keep the reader entertained.
Art and Color
The art on the cover by Terry and Rachel Dodson is a beautiful depiction of our rebel Princess. Inside the Princess Leia book, the multiple artists involved bring Carrie Fisher and Billy Dee Williams likenesses alive. Although, four artists on one book may seem extreme, the beauty of the art they create speaks for itself. It is surprising how Chris Sprouse, Will Sliney, Marc Deering, and Karl Story manage to keep the art cohesive.
As a result, these artists capture a depth of expression from the original actors, making you truly feel as if you are watching the movie instead of reading. Tamra Bonvillian’s coloring adds levels to the already beautiful art. The shading of color on Princess Leia’s face alone is gorgeous. The characters are incredibly detailed.
Most noteworthy, I enjoyed my time with these characters again. Any Star Wars fan will covet the addition to the timeline of the Star Wars Universe. Some of the dialog did feel campy, but the original movie’s writing did, as well. The nostalgia for old fans and excitement for new fans makes this book well worth the price.
The Beauty of Bria LaVorgna’s tribute to Carrie Fisher and Princess Leia in the back, makes you forget any clunky writing in the comic. I was truly touched by her words as Leia inspired me, as well. For my generation, this character showed girls they could be strong, soft, smart, badass, and save both ourselves and the boys, if needed. We will forever miss our Princess.
Verdict: 4.5 out of 5