Princess Leia is Marvel’s third new Star Wars comic since re-taking control of the franchise this year. It’s also the third comic to be set in the period between Episodes IV and V. Marvel runs the risk of burning readers out on this particular time period, especially as Del Rey’s novels are also focusing more and more on the Original Trilogy era. Luckily, the focus on Leia and the expert wordplay of writer Mark Waid help this new mini-series stand out among an increasingly crowded pack.
This first issue picks up immediately following the conclusion of Episode IV, giving it a bit of distance from Jason Aaron’s Star Wars and Kieron Gillen’s Darth Vader. The Rebellion’s first order of business after bestowing medals upon Han and Luke (and ignoring Wedge and Chewbacca’s contribution’s) is to hit the panic button and scramble to find a new home base before the Empire wanders by and discovers their new toy has exploded. This puts Leia in a tricky position. The Rebels need leadership and guidance, but all anyone expects her to do is mourn the planet of Alderaan. Making matters worse, she’s now a wanted fugitive with a price on her head to rival Han’s. That makes leaving her room and joining the front lines much more difficult.