"She knows that if she lets her culture die… then they're gone forever."
―Mark Waid, about Princess Leia's responsibilities as the last of the House of Organa[src]

Star Wars: Princess Leia is a Star Wars comic miniseries written by Mark Waid and penciled by Terry Dodson. The five-issue series, published by Marvel Comics from March to July 2015, centers on the character Leia Organa between the events of Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope and Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back. The series addresses how Leia deals with the destruction of Alderaan, her homeworld, as she tries to find survivors of the attack that are scattered across the galaxy.[1]

Development[edit | edit source]

Marvel editor-in-chief Axel Alonso commented the company's commitment to diversity was why they settled on a Leia miniseries.[5] Editor Jordan D. White offered Waid the series as he had been looking to write something with a female lead.[6]

Waid loved the character of Princess Leia because, despite being set up as a damsel in distress, she wasn't, and proved to be more adept in a firefight than the heroes. "That was so unique at the time, and sadly, it's still a little unique," he said.[1] He claimed she would have been his first choice for writing a Star Wars comic even if he hadn't been offered the job.[7]

He opted to explore Leia's feelings about the destruction of Alderaan because "a character is really defined by how they react in the lowest moment of their life," and decided she would still feel a responsibility to her people, something other members of the Rebellion may not agree with.[1] He decided to avoid using other primary characters from the films so Leia would not feel like a guest star in her own book.[8]

Dodson said that he would establish a "working likeness" for Leia that would make her recognizable to the reader, without making the artwork slavishly loyal to photographic reference of Carrie Fisher.[8] He also noted Leia's varied wardrobe in the films, "a great tradition" which he would try to honor when designing new costumes for her in the series.[9]

Media[edit | edit source]

Color code key:
Collected (TPB) issue Released issue Future issue
Issue Title Publication date Trade paperback Hardcover
1 Part I March 4, 2015[10]
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Princess Leia[11]
November 3, 2015[2]
Heroes for a New Hope cover.jpg
Heroes For a New Hope[12]
November 15, 2016[12]
2 Part II March 18, 2015[13]
3 Part III April 29, 2015[14]
4 Part IV June 3, 2015[15]
5 Part V July 1, 2015[3]

Bibliography[edit | edit source]

Notes and references[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 StarWars.com SDCC 2014: Inside Marvel's New Star Wars Comics – Exclusive on StarWars.com (backup link)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Amazon favicon.png Star Wars: Princess Leia on Amazon.com (backup link)
  3. 3.0 3.1 PRINCESS LEIA #5 (OF 5). PREVIEWSworld. Archived from the original on January 13, 2016. Retrieved on July 2, 2015.
  4. Helmet Collection logo small.png Star Wars Helmet Collection 34 (Highlights of the Saga: Alderaan Survives)
  5. Alonso, Axel (2014-08-01). Axel-In-Charge: AiC on CBR TV - "Star Wars," "SHIELD" & Avengers NOW!. Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on September 20, 2020. Retrieved on August 1, 2014.
  6. Truitt, Brian (2014-07-26). Leia takes starring role in 'Star Wars' miniseries. USA Today. Archived from the original on December 8, 2019. Retrieved on July 27, 2014.
  7. Guerrero, Tony (2014-07-27). SDCC 2014 Interview: Mark Waid Talks STAR WARS: PRINCESS LEIA. Comic Vine. Archived from the original on September 20, 2020. Retrieved on July 27, 2014.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Burlingame, Russ (2014-07-27). SDCC: Mark Waid and Terry Dodson on Marvel's Star Wars: Princess Leia Miniseries. ComicBook.com. Archived from the original on September 20, 2020. Retrieved on July 27, 2014.
  9. Asselin, Janelle (2014-07-27). Waid & Dodson Talk 'Star Wars: Princess Leia'. ComicsAlliance. Archived from the original on September 5, 2020. Retrieved on August 8, 2014.
  10. Princess Leia #1 (of 5). TFAW.com. Archived from the original on March 26, 2016. Retrieved on March 4, 2015.
  11. Marvel Book Previews (September–December 2015) (PDF). Edelweiss (2015-04-08). Archived from the original on August 24, 2019.
  12. 12.0 12.1 Amazon favicon.png Star Wars: Heroes For a New Hope on Amazon.com (backup link)
  13. Princess Leia #2 (of 5). TFAW.com. Archived from the original on March 29, 2016. Retrieved on March 4, 2015.
  14. PRINCESS LEIA #3 (OF 5). PREVIEWSworld. Archived from the original on September 20, 2020. Retrieved on July 2, 2015.
  15. MarvelLogo.svg Princess Leia (2015) #4 (of 5) on Marvel Comics' official website (backup link)

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