For decades thousands of voices have cried out, and Marvel has felt the imbalance in the force.
Princess Leia, rebel spy and all around ass-kicker is getting her due in this series of new Star Wars comics from Marvel. The blaster toting princess will have her time to shine when Star Wars: Princess Leia 1 and 2 (of 5) hit shelves this month, giving us new canon, and more meat to Leia’s own adventure.
“When Princess Leia Organa was captured by the Empire as a Rebel spy, she never betrayed her convictions, even in the face of the complete destruction of her home world, Alderaan. When her rescue came, she 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?”
Writer Mark Waid (Daredevil, S.H.I.E.L.D.) and artist Terry Dodson (Avengers & X-Men: Axis, Uncanny X-Men) tell the tale of a princess with a cause, fueled by the destruction of her home world, and just where she fits in as the battle for freedom in the galaxy wages on. The story will also give readers a peak at what life was like for a young princess on Alderaan, and how she handles the loss of everyone she loves.
In addition to a great story, the new cover art and variants deserve kudos in their own right. Here are a few of the beautiful covers for the first two issues.
While some of the variants still embrace the sexier side of Leia, over all they evoke the strength and determination of a character long undervalued. One must consider we are dealing with a young woman who joined the rebellion long before her twin brother would ever hear the name Ben Kenobi. A woman who would not break under pressure administered by her own father’s torture bot, and who never backs down from a fight, even while wearing a dress.
Star Wars: Princess Leia does more than just strengthen the story of the rebel princess, but also sees a second strong female rebel teaming up with Leia. Could this mean that the cries of female fans (and their male supporters) really have been heard? That equal representation will be an integral part of the new Star Wars canon, and that there is balance to the force at last? After all, it should be known by now that we can be pretty and still kick some Imperial butt.
And if that doesn’t convince you…
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