Star Wars: Princess Leia #2

Star Wars: Princess Leia #2

Writer: Mark Waid Artist: Terry Dodson Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: March 18, 2015 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 17 User Reviews: 12
7.9Critic Rating
7.3User Rating

• When Princess Leia Organa was captured by the Empire as a Rebel spy, she never betrayed her convictions, even in the face of the complete destruction of her home world, Alderaan. When her rescue came, she grabbed a blaster and joined the fight, escaping back to the Rebel Alliance and helping strike the biggest blow against the Empire-the destruction of the Death Star. But in the aftermath of that victory, the question remains...what is a princess without a world?
•  Writer Mark Waid (Daredevil, S.H.I.E.L.D.) and artist Terry Dodson (Avengers & X-Men: Axis, Uncanny X-Men) bring us a story of Leia's quest to help her people and find her place in the galaxy.
Rated T

  • 10
    Newsarama - Oscar Maltby Mar 19, 2015

    Combined with a solid story of action and intrigue, all of the above makes Princess Leia #2 one fantastic read. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Mar 21, 2015

    An excellent book for old and new fans. Leia journeys to a familiar world on a mercy mission and finds plenty of trouble. Recommended. Read Full Review

  • 9.3
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Mar 21, 2015

    A really tense story that nails the ‘Star Wars' tone and looks utterly uh-may-zing. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge, III Mar 18, 2015

    Princess Leia #2 is Leia as she deserves to be presented; a capable, strong, and intelligent lead with goals and agency far removed from the men in her life. It is a pity that it took us this long to get a book like Princess Leia but I am overjoyed that is it here now, when we need it the most. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Mar 19, 2015

    The second installment of the series carries events forward from the first very well and provides for an engaging and fun book while also keeping it properly serious and even a little threatening at times with what's going on. Leia's not a blank slate even based just on the movies, and what we get here is a solid exploration of her in the post-ANH world where she's had a lot of loss and is refocusing herself on a mission that's smart, makes a lot of sense and isn't something that I'm aware of being done before, at least not in the comics. Waid's dialogue is on point and there's a lot of good stuff here throughout and he's really making me like Evaan even though I know I shouldn't on some level. Combined with the beautiful artwork from Dodson, who does some great stuff with young Leia in the couple of ages we see her, it just leaps off the page and has a whole lot of appeal in providing these new views of her. A great book all around. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    The Latest Pull - Nate Stout Mar 19, 2015

    This issue does an amazing job of developing Leia and showing just how much burden she feels as the princess of a dead world. Mark Waid is giving us a side of our princess that isn't shown (or at least not often) in the movies, which, along with the comic book series Star Wars and Darth Vader, currently makes up the entirety of the Star Wars Universe. You would be hard pressed to find a writer better suited to fleshing out Princess Leia. With dialogue that felt both understandable and at home in the Star Wars Universe (an oddly difficult aspect to master) and a consistently fast-paced story, Waid is giving Leia a voice of her own. Being a figure head isn't good enough for her. This is a Leia that wants to see action and make a difference for her people. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Graphic Policy - Edward Wendt Mar 19, 2015

    After the relatively flat introduction, this series might have seemed to be heading into the direction of mediocrity, but this second issue evidently does what it needs to do to establish something more for the character. It may not be exactly the character that the fans are used to, but it doesn't matter as the character is taken out of the grey zone between those two episodes and thrown into the modern day by doing so. There are some fun action sequences here but there are also some deeper moments. It may not be a masterpiece, but the way that this is heading, it will at least serve as an effective modern update for a beloved character. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Word Of The Nerd - Sean Ian Mills Mar 20, 2015

    Princess Leia #2 continues Marvel's strong start with their Star Wars comics. This book distinguishing itself by being more character and dialogue-focused than either Star Wars or Death Vader, and we're all the better for it. Writer Mark Waid really gets into Leia's character, and he sends her on a quest that is both deeply personal and hugely important to the galaxy. Star Wars looks to be in good hands with both Marvel and Disney. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Mar 18, 2015

    This book continues to show that Princess Leia doesn't need the likes of Han Solo or Luke Skywalker to take part in dangerous missions. Getting a chance to deal with the loss of her home planet and continue her duty to her people while trying to thwart the Empire's plans at the same time is great to see. Mark Waid is showing the different layers to Leia as well as what she is capable of doing. The Dodsons are really getting into the groove with the art, giving this book it's own vibe while still feeling like it fits perfectly alongside the other Marvel Star Wars comics. With plenty of twists and turns, this books simply channels the spirit of Princess Leia and the feeling of the Star Wars universe. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Nerds Unchained - Michael Bowie Mar 24, 2015

    For what disappointment there is in this issue, there was far more to make me happy. As we head into the second half of this mini-series the plot and the conflict therein has been well established and I for one am finding it very intriguing. While the issue does end on a bit of a cliche, I cant deny that its going to make next issue very interesting. If this series lacks anywhere, its in the lack of drama surrounding Leia herself since we know she survives the series to appear in the Episode 5 movie. But that doesnt mean this journey isnt going to be entertaining. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    IGN - inthebusiness Mar 18, 2015

    On the visual side, artist Dodson gets to flex his action-oriented muscles a bit more this go round, as Leia's turn at rescuer goes somewhat awry. His pencils again stand out as clean and engaging, though they also tend to run more static than fluid. Dodson's handle on expression, a bit similar from character to character last issue, makes a marked improvement, though Leia and Evaan still look like carbon(ite) copies at times. Ultimately we still need a bit more from this book to fully buy in, but nevertheless, Princess Leia appears in fine hands with this creative team. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Unleash The Fanboy - John McCubbin Mar 18, 2015

    Princess Leia continues to be a wonderful addition to the Star Wars canon, as though it's not quite as captivating as the other two series (Star Wars and Darth Vader), it still brings joy to this fanboy. The wonderful character depth and interaction also makes it a series worth following, with the plot also continuing to entice. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Marykate Jasper Mar 20, 2015

    Altogether, "Princess Leia" still needs to work out a few kinks, but it's already much stronger than issue #1. If the series continues to improve this way, it'll become a real must-read. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Fanboys Inc - Jeff Ayers Mar 21, 2015

    This book is still producing an enjoyable story and interesting look at Leia's character, but I worry that it has the potential to be blas and trite if the story telling just moves along at a pre-determined pace. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    AiPT! - David Brooke Mar 18, 2015

    Princess Leia continues to be a good, but slow burning, story that captures the essence of what Leia lost when Alderaan was destroyed. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Mar 21, 2015

    Princess Leia is proving to be a fun read. It's nothing groundbreaking and it's not too memorable but it entertains and that should be all you are looking for in a comic book. This particular issue utilizes the cast very well and sets up some character dynamics for future issues. Nothing special but worth checking out if you are curious or a fan of the genre. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    All-Comic - Matthew Tupper Mar 22, 2015

    There is not only strong competition from other comic publishers and Marvel series but also now from other Star Wars series.Princess Leia#2has some problems that keep it from being a great comic, and hopefully it can progress into a series worthy of the title character. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Nicole WrightN Apr 3, 2016

    Leia and Evaan's trip to Naboo zips along without losing any momentum from the first issue. Although unavoidable considering the target audience is people who are already Star Wars fans, the callback to Queen Amidala doesn't add much other than a great illustration. At least it's a reminder that Naboo's governing system is probably worse than our own, although I might prefer a longer explanation of who Lord Junn is and how he knows Leia, since I've never heard of the character before. Leia's memories of Bail's parenting lectures are perhaps my favorite parts of the issue. If Bail is representative of Alderaan's ruling class, it's very easy to understand why Evaan is such a committed royalist.

  • 8.5
    Inklings Jun 5, 2016

    Mark Waid is an undisputed talent; his script here is witty, naturalistic, and perhaps most important, Lucas-esque while not being an expository bludgeon like in the Prequels. Thus, we're given a fun, funny, intriguing, and emotional romp through a galaxy far, far away without skipping a beat. You can pick this up after watching A New Hope and not find a seam, the writing is that stylistically attuned. As for the issue itself, the story is engaging, the reveals intriguing, and the characters genuine and purposeful. The settings and flashbacks flesh out the worldbuilding in ways that make sense to the present story, while also giving us new insight to Alderaan and its peoples. I just wish some of the plot points weren't so damn predictable, and the art so... clean. It's weird to take issue with an art style's cleanliness, but to me, it doesn't service the story or the world we've come to know in the films. Star Wars thrives on its lived-in, used-future feel, and when a comic comes along and actively goes against that aesthetic with flat colors, overly-polygonal structures, and clean lines, while washing panels free of detail or grime, it makes me question whether the artist ever paid attention to the films in the first place. Not to say that Dodson isn't talented: he clearly is. I just don't see how his style services this particular world or its story. Otherwise, a commendable issue.

  • 7.0
    Gizmo Mar 23, 2015

    Never trust a guy with a mustache, I saw that coming a mile away. Decent issue with goo artwork. Nice cliffhanger at the end.

  • 5.5
    JBL Reviews Mar 22, 2015


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  • 7.0
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