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Posted May 29, 2005
Many sides of a complex character
Collecting issues #5-6, 20-22, and the Valentines special of the Stars Wars: Empire series, this graphic novel focuses on one of the most complex and interesting characters in the Star Wars universe: Princess Leia. ¿Princess¿ Warrior¿ shows Leia in the days just before Star Wars: A New Hope. Still a Senator, moving through the galaxy in her Blockade Runner, she¿s trying to bring aid to the fledgling Rebellion. Unfortunately for them and her, she¿s drawn too much attention. When faced with her first tastes of battle, Leia finds her values, character, and strength tested severely. This story also features Captain Antilles as a major character, a treat for die-hard fans. ¿ A Little Piece of Home¿ takes place shortly after Star Wars: A New Hope. Leia¿s former boyfriend and his brother managed to escape the destruction of Alderaan because they were vacationing on a moon they owned. That moon would make an ideal Rebel base. But as she rekindles her feelings for Raal they find themselves in impossible circumstances, struggling for their lives. But that struggle is just as hard as Leia wining the respect of Raal¿s older brother, Heeth. Heeth and Raal are some of Leia¿s last connections to her home planet, will she loose them, too? ¿ Alone Together¿ is 3 months after the Star Wars: A New Hope, and the fleet is adrift. Han, Chewie, Leia, and Deena Shan, a newcomer to the Rebellion. Deena is nursing a huge crush on Han Solo, but that¿s placed by the wayside when the four must answer a distress call on a distant planet. Easily my favorite story of the four, it¿s a funny, quick, entertaining lead. ¿ A Valentines Story¿ takes place just before Empire Strikes Back. Leia, Han and Chewbacca are piloting two spacecraft to the new base at Hoth. Han and Leia are in one craft, Chewbacca in another. Caught in a storm as they try to land, they all crash, but after Han and Leia attempt to rescue Chewbacca they struggle together to survive. They also bond together in their own way. A touching and sweet tale in many ways. This graphic novel shows many aspects of Leia, and shows her growing up, as well as filling in some of the gaps between movies. Highly recommended for Star Wars fans or anyone interested in reading about a strong female lead character.
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Posted May 23, 2009