Princess Leia #4
Princess Leia #4 (of 5)
Writer: Mark Waid
Penciller: Terry Dodson
Inker: Rachel Dodson
Colorist: Jordie Bellaire
Letterer: Joe Caramagna
Cover Artists: Terry and Rachel Dodson
There is a glimmer of hope in Princess Leia #4, but it’s a slim one and it all depends on the next issue. This series is about to end and Leia’s grand scheme to reunite all the surviving Alderaanians hasn’t amounted to much. This issue doesn’t add any punch to the series, but it does have a tease.
In this issue, Leia finds the spy, confronts the Imperials, and sends an envoy to Esperion. There’s nothing too special about the characters, dialog or artwork. The only things that really jumps out in this issue is the old Alderaanian woman who turns out to be a bigot. She doesn’t like half-Alderaanians. She also appears to be turning on Leia again. It’s not the best storytelling move as it makes Alderaanians look bad and it undermines Leia’s character. She failed to recognize that this lady is crazy, something that there was plenty of proof for, and instead put her trust in this woman to represent Leia’s mission. Big mistake.
The artwork is still very hit and miss. Some panels are so simplistic that they’re almost impressionistic. There’s the feeling that there might be people in, ships and buildings in a panel, but they’re not entirely there. Some panels, however, are really good. For instance, toward the end, there’s some excellent shots of Leia in the desert. It’s night and day how the art can swing so far from one side of the spectrum to the other. Yet on the whole, it averages out to something less than adequate. It’s just too cartoony and simplistic for my liking.
I’m optimistic that the last issue might pull something off. While Princess Leia #4 didn’t raise the bar, there’s still hope. I give this one a two and a half out of five metal bikinis.