Princess Leia #5
Princess Leia #5 (of 5)
Writer: Mark Waid
Penciller: Terry Dodson
Inker: Rachel Dodson
Colorist: Jordie Bellaire
Letterer: Joe Caramagna
Cover Artists: Terry and Rachel Dodson
Princess Leia #5 ends the mini-series with a tidy little bow, but it doesn’t accomplish much. There’s a lot of hand waving, and in the end, none of the characters feel like they’ve changed much at all. Nor does the fate of the Aleraanians feel like they’ve been altered in any significant way given what’s happened in this series. Leia went on an adventure that, sadly, is quite forgettable.
The series started in one direction, but fell somewhere completely different. When it started off, Leia was the ice princess, the Alderaanian who she no tears for the loss of her parents or her homeworld. There was never an explanation for it. She simply didn’t have time to grieve and had more important things to do. Rather than grieving, she quickly went off on another adventure despite what everyone else in the Rebellion wanted her to do. Yet her two woman crusade to unite all the survivors of Alderaan is quickly abandoned in issue five as she decides to go back to the Rebellion and hand it all over to Evaan. Again, there’s not much reasoning behind the decision. Through this series, Mark Waid has shown very little skill in capturing believable characters, especially with their motivations and decision making. The closer you look at the plot, the sillier it gets. I was hoping issue five would accomplish something, but it fell far short of any significant.
Visually, the comic opens up to some very underwhelming scenery. The panels look half finished in their blaring lack of detail. I have to hand it to the artists, they’re consistent with their style. Throughout the series there has been a lack of any detail in background scenery. The characters have a very animated quality that makes them feel cartoony. It robs the comic of any cinematic effect, and instead makes it feel like a cartoon. Unfortunately it’s not a style a like, at least not with a series such as this.
In Princess Leia #5, we see Leia double cross the Imperials, and mend the relationship with the Aleraanians on Espirion. What we don’t see is what the deal was with Jora. In issue four, she purposely sabotaged the diplomatic meeting with Espirion. In issue five, she stays quiet. Further more, she stays in the picture. Leia doesn’t remove her from power. It really doesn’t make any sense. Yet it does make me wonder if these characters are going to tie-in elsewhere. That’s the best reason I can think of for these half developed characters who’s fates are left hanging.
On its own, Princess Leia #5 isn’t too bad. The story ends, there’s some action, some tidying up of loose ends, but it’s nothing special. The artwork is underwhelming, and the series overall is disappointing. Even still, I give this issue a three out of five metal bikinis as it could have been a lot worse. That said, I wouldn’t recommend this series to anyone.