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SPOILER Marvel's Star Wars Princess Leia #5

Discussion in 'Star Wars: Books & Comics + Legends' started by Kyle, Jul 1, 2015.

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    Well, issue #5 concludes the Princess Leia story. I know my last reviews of this series have been pretty down on almost all aspects of the book. Unfortunately, this will be no different than the others. If you have been following this story from issue #1 and still have interest in the fate of Alderaan's survivors, by all means pick this up. If you are debating on starting this series I would steer you away from it because after issue #2 this really goes off the rails.

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    Princess Leia was taken prisoner by the Empire at the end of #4. Her Alderaan cohorts manage to bail her out and once Leia gets her hands on a blaster we see just how much mercy she has left for the Empire. It's nice to see Leia and her people get retribution for the senseless slaughter brought upon their home world. Again, this takes place almost immediately after the events of A New Hope, so the emotional wounds are still fresh.

    I won't go into the ending, but it is a happy one, and every adversary has a satisfying conclusion. Leia rejoins her new friends on Yavin IV to continue the Rebels plight. Let's just say I'm a sucker for exploding Star Destroyers.

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    Once again, don't rush out to buy this issue or any others from the Princess Leia series unless you are really hard up for new Star Wars material. The art is mediocre and the caedence of the writing is horrendous once you find yourself in the middle of issue #3. I apologize for the negativity, but compared to the other excellent Star Wars comic series we've had as of late, this one falls short. It's a shame, because I felt the first two issues were excellent.

    This concludes the Leia series. Lando is up next and look to this section of the Cantina for my review next week.

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    Good timing for me on this review. I was just thinking about trying to pick up the back issues on this and catch up, but based off your review I'll wait for it to show up on MU I guess. Doesn't sound all that great. Hopefully Lando is better.
     
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    Yeah, it's nothing crucial to the canon. I'm hopeful about Lando as well
     
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    IMO this series is for the new Star Wars canon completists like myself. I have collected and absorbed all the comics and novels that have come out since the establishment of the new canon. However, that being said...I will probably never re-read these 5 issues. They look good in my collection, but other than that...meh... The art is unique and the story is original, I'll give it that. But it was disappointing overall and I was left underwhelmed at the end of issue five. I was hoping for a bigger payoff, but as of now, this story seems to have no overall importance to the Star Wars saga in any capacity worthy of noting. Girl power is about the extent of this series' impact. There were some high points, like the canon introduction to Sullust, but this series just doesn't compare with the other three in print.
     
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    Thanks @Kyle...again! :)
     
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    I couldn't have said it better. I really had high hopes for this one and it was almost a total let-down for me.
     
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    Another great review @Kyle! I gotta say, I myself enjoyed the series. It really fits in with the heroic, old-school tone that ANH brought, especially considering Star Wars was a blockbuster when more serious and emotional movies were the thing for many movie awards. I do admit it was off-the-rails, but I do like and understand now why Leia doesn't like being called "Your Worshipfulness" in TESB by Han. Sure, it's a bit mocking, but also, because she saved and united her people, before giving up her royalty to Evaan. I really liked that, and I do admit this series doesn't do too much for the canon, but for Leia's true reaction to Alderaan, I believe the series was very nice. Plus...

    NIEN NUNB IS AWESOME!
     
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    Your opinion echoes many that I've heard so far and I'm sad that Leia wasn't served better. But, I'm new canon completist so I am going to pick the comics anyway at some point now the run is complete.

    I do look forward to Lando's comic, but at the moment the most for SW #7 (as you can see by my new avatar). Kenobi all the way!
     
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    If you want it all as far as the new canon goes, this series is at least worth that. There are some good cameos/Easter eggs. Mostly what I'm trying to convey with these reviews is that no one should rush out to buy it. To be fair, this series had a lot to live up to when put next to the other SW comics coming out.

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    Which makes me wonder why they felt compelled to tell this story, at least ahead of the many other projects they have in the pipeline. I think the main thing we learned from this limited series is that there were many survivors of Alderaan, and Leia sought them out to relocate them and protect from the Empire. Why do we need to know this, right now? I'm guessing the Alderaanian survivors are relevant to Aftermath and ultimately Episode VII.
     
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    Good thinking there. Evaan and New Alderaan could be visited in the books. Not New Alderaan from the old comics, but the planet they eventually will settle on.
     
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    Maybe it's a good thing that nothing REALLY BIG & important to the canon happens in the comic (i have not read it, but i would like to read the Vader comic if it's released in sweden) Death stars blowing up & main characters dying is for the films, if something really important happened in any of the comics, some people would start to talk about it & the rest would have no idea what they were talking about. Maybe it is difficult to write canon without anything important happening. Vader comic seems interesting, but know i really want to read Leias just to see how bad it could be :D (IMO all the old comics from the 80s was kind of uninteresting, but i still enjoyed them) PS. Artwise it seems like they put all energy into getting a good cover & hasted through the rest
     
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    To offer a different point of view, the Leia series has been my favorite of the three Marvel OT series out now. I've enjoyed the issues more than either the Vader or SW series, except for #6 of each of those, which were tremendous (and tremendously important in canon). Kanan: The Last Padawan is my second favorite.

    I love the character of Leia; she's probably my favorite in the OT. I don't find her dour at all; she combines many of Anakin's and Padme's best traits, and is a general badass. It was great to see her command her own adventure, and also see her grow as a character. I did not expect the subject of her final conversation with Evaan, but it works. I hope we see more of Evaan and the New Alderaanians in the future.
     
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    Welcome to the Cantina! Glad you offered your point of view on the series. You're saying that you're a huge Leia fan, so what Leia fan wouldn't want to see her star in a new story? I appreciate that point of view a ton.
     
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    I actually think the "Princess Leia" series is more necessary than any of the other Star Wars comics. The fate of the Alderaanian survivors and how Leia dealt with the destruction of her home was uncharted territory in the new canon. Compare that to "Star Wars" and "Darth Vader", which have been forcing in major confrontations and events that simply don't vibe well with what we saw in the original trilogy (Vader vs. Luke, Han's wife, Boba vs. Luke). If you want to talk about essential storytelling, I think Leia (including her connections to Alderaan's survivors, as well as Naboo) was by far the character most deserving of some added focus.
     
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    I did not like it. The worst of all of the new comics, imo. The art is weak and the story is not that good too.
     
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    I, akin to 90% of the rest of our hive of scum and villainy, regard the Leia series as the least impressive. The artwork is a little different, but I can cope with that fairly well; the same goes for the general story and feel of it. My main source of anguish is the broad array of characters that receive little to no development because of the short span of the series. I'm just really hoping Lando doesn't fall to the same fate. Jora and Evaan were dealt with in an acceptable manner, but even in their cases, the dialogue was somewhat bumpy. That said, there's a lot to live up to when you have characters like Janus in Kanan that seem to evolve so naturally and seem to possess an abundance of personality.
     
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    One thing is tugging on my mind somewhat after reading this one... At the end we see Leia return to Yavin IV, but surely, given the Empire knew of the Rebel's location, the length of Leia's zipping about and such would be long enough for the Rebels to gain resolution on their situation, pack up and leave. Why did they not do so? We know from the other comics and novels that the Rebel fleet is on the move shortly after this in search of a new home, but why did they hang about so long?
     
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    I went back and read the series in one sitting. IMO, it does flow a little better that way. I do have some issues with the series but the biggest one is: If the Rebels were supposed to evacuate the base immediately then why did Leia and Co. go back to a base they know is about to be raided?

    Interesting.

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