Off on her own, Leia is running around trying to gather up the survivors of Alderaan. She’s being hampered by distrust and paranoia, understandable among a people whose planet was recently destroyed. Survivor’s guilt and blame are a bad combination. Leia and Evaan have added a lot of people to their group, but it’s not all going smoothly. Someone is leaking information to the Empire.
The Princess spends some time figuring out who is doing this. While Leia is dealing with the leak and the complications from it, she’s delegated one of her meetings to Jora Astane, one of her fellow survivors. Unfortnately, Jora isn’t quite as open-minded as Leia, and causes some problems for the mission.
Leia catches her spy, and it’s not at all what most of them expected. Leia’s compassion possibly gets the better of her common sense, and she arranges a prisoner exchange that could prove very costly to her personally. Hopefully whatever plan she has up her sleeve will be able to handle the Imperials– an entire Star Destroyer’s worth.
Plot: The hunt for the spy went well, and Leia’s way of handling it is perfectly in character for her. I don’t think the destruction of Alderaan and the effects on the survivors just after has been explored like this before. I’ll give the plot a 3.5 out of 5.
Art: The art is good. Dodson captures a lot of good facial expressions, especially Leia’s smirk near the end. Clearly, the Princess is up to something. I’ll give the art a 3.5 out of 5.
Positives: The characters are good and have some depth. Leia and Evaan are handled well, and their foe is an irksome Imperial who you really want to smack. Leia’s way of handling the spy would no doubt give the Rebellion leaders fits, but it works for her.
Negatives: Nothing big. I’m not sure about the exchange at the end, but there’s clearly a scheme in motion.
Leia hasn’t gotten a lot of solo attention over the years, and Mark Waid is doing a good job fixing that. I’m enjoying the story, and seeing Leia without Luke or Han is a nice change.
Princess Leia #4
Writer: Mark Waid
Artist: Terry Dodson and Rachel Dodson
Colorist: Jordie Bellaire
Letterer: VC’s Joe Caramagna
Cover: Terry Dodson