Star Wars: Princess Leia #5

Star Wars: Princess Leia #5

Writer: Mark Waid Artist: Terry Dodson Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: July 1, 2015 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 10 User Reviews: 13
8.6Critic Rating
7.4User Rating

•  The rebel Princess leads her people against the Empire!
•  The conclusion to Leia's most personal mission!
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  • 9.6
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Jul 3, 2015

    A not to be missed treasure for every Star Wars fan. Recommended. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Graphic Policy - Edward Wendt Jul 2, 2015

    Though it has been less talked about than the main Star Wars series, this series likely should have been. It got off to a slow start, but it picked up steam quite quickly, and the entire five issues story reads better together than monthly. With this final issue, it would also be nice to see the return of Evaan, the rare female character in the universe that is written like what most modern comic readers expect from a female character. With this fifth and final issue, Leia proved two things as a character, first of all that she can carry a series, and secondly that she should probably given the opportunity to carry one or two more. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Jul 4, 2015

    Waid and the Dodsons have been having a lot of fun expanding Leia's heroism, and they close things out in grand style. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comicsverse - Danny Rivera Jul 6, 2015

    If you haven't yet read any of PRINCESS LEIA, now is the time"I trust Lucasfilm and Marvel to release a trade paperback, so be sure to grab it. PRINCESS LEIA stands on its own really well, while also being necessary reading for any Star Wars fan. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Richard Gray Jul 6, 2015

    If there is one thing that has made the current crop of Star Wars comics stand out from the crowd, it's the top shelf creators that Marvel has attached to the series. Although Princess Leia was far too short-lived, the slot is ready to be taken alongside the two main titles by stablemate Lando, for the heavy-hitter team of Charles Soule and Alex Maleev. Yet what Princess Leia has proved to Marvel and Disney is that this character, and other strong female characters in the Star Wars universe, are not only compelling and interesting outside of the characters they are normally associated with, but there is infinite scope for expanding the range of stories to be told in a galaxy far, far away. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Multiversity Comics - Matt Dodge Jul 6, 2015

    Mark Waid and Terry Dodson have shown that Leia is every bit the hero, just like Han and Luke. It's a great miniseries and a great reminder as to why this character has remained popular and important, both in and out of Star Wars, for so many years. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Jul 2, 2015

    The Princess Leia miniseries is one that dealt with an area that I liked in the post-A New Hope world that I don't recall seeing being dealt with before in the old canon – though I'm sure it was. It's presented well here by giving her a motivation, something to do and a reconnect to her heritage amid the chaos that the galaxy is becoming embroiled in more and more. With a good concept behind it, some great artwork and the introduction of a well done character in Evaan, the series gave us a largely female oriented cast throughout without even realizing it and avoided all the usual problems of romantic subplots or tension. What we got was a great addition to the overall expanded narrative done up beautifully. This has me hopeful for more in the future, whether it's in this time period or something in the past or future. Especially if it's with this team again. Read Full Review

  • 8.1
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Jul 2, 2015

    Despite a somewhat rocky journey, Princess Leia ultimately reaches a satisfying conclusion in its final chapter. This issue boasts both strong character dynamics and a rousing space battle. What more can Star Wars fans ask for? Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - John McCubbin Jun 30, 2015

    Princess Leia #5 may not have been perfect, but it was still a fitting ending to this mini-series. Giving a strong representation of this Rebel leader, the creative team manage to end things on a high, with there being great depth and drama. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Jul 6, 2015

    The key to Marvel's "Star Wars" comics has been the familiarity. Yes, topnotch talents with recognizable names (at least to comic fans) have been assigned to the books, but each of the titles has brought along a healthy dose of the familiar. Waid, Dodson, Dodson, Bellaire and Caramagna do the same here and give readers a satisfying conclusion that wraps up this battle with style but reminds readers that one battle does not complete a war. Lando Calrissian takes the miniseries spotlight next with a different creative team, but I certainly wouldn't mind seeing this creative team come back for more adventures of Leia Organa. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Ryus Jul 1, 2015

    Wait... was that character... wow, did we just have revealed a new character in this series who will be a supporting character to Leia in Episode 7. Or at the very least helping her get there? I'll shut up now, could just be jumping at shadows. Lol

  • 8.0
    Nicole WrightN Apr 3, 2016

    "I wish there was more of this" is rather weak tea criticism, but it's true. This ends in the right place, but I would have preferred more time to get to know Pareece, Evaan, Beon and so on, before wrapping up Leia's quest to collect and protect the remaining Alderaanians & their culture. Obviously any of the characters introduced here could make further appearances in other Star Wars comics, but I doubt they will get as much development outside of this miniseries-- particularly since its conclusion seems to imply Leia has resolved the conflict between her work for the Resistance and her responsibilties as Princess of Alderaan by delegating (or outright handing off) the latter. That's a rather unsatisfactory resolution to an interesting conflict, even if it explains why Leia can devote 100% of her time to the Resistance in the next two movies without having abandoned her fellow refugees from Alderaan. This is a solid miniseries, definitely a good place to start for fans of Princess Leia or Star Wars in general. At only 5 issues, it's also a manageable commitment for Star Wars fans who want to see more without drowning in a continuity-dense, ever-expanding universe of new canon.

  • 7.5
    JBL Reviews Jul 2, 2015


  • 6.5
    Gizmo Jul 9, 2015

    Final entry is still good, just a little shallow on the emotional appeal at the end. I find the pace feels a little rushed or cluttered too.

  • 4.5
    Inklings Jun 6, 2016

    These Star Wars limited series have been systematically creating startling, brilliant premises and doing everything in their power to tear them down in the end. For examples of this, one need look no further than Princess Leia (though, Obi-Wan and Anakin also ended with a surprisingly loud thud, perhaps more resounding than this one). Someone at Marvel didn't want this thing to get expanded upon. That's all I can think of. Because Mark Waid's writing leading up to this issue certainly didn't invite speculation that he'd been losing his touch. The rock-solid conceit, coupled with a brilliant new character study of Leia that sees her in an active, engaging role fitting her position as royalty of Alderaan, shouldn't have been allowed to fail. But it did, because it simply didn't have room to breathe. Its characters end up flat, its plot rushed and mechanical, its psychological and emotive weft diminished by easy, ham-fisted exposition lodged in the mouths of characters who Waid had done well enough to refrain from speaking in Basic info-dump before this issue. I don't know what went wrong, but this whole experiment needed far more than 5 issues to do what it promised us. Which is a shame, because any negative reception it gets will not be interpreted as "give us more Leia!" which is what I'm clamoring for. It will be seen as angry, entitled comic book fan social dregs bemoaning the encroachment of "feminazism" on their hallowed ground, much like in The Force Awakens. But, where the film succeeded, this issue failed on most, if not all counts.

  • 4.5
    golemgac Aug 31, 2017

    Well, there's not so much to tell about plot - protagonists get from point A to B and so on, it feels like the story of Alderaan's survivors has been wasted. In general art style is colorful and likeable, specially portrayals of Leia and Evaan look really good but sometimes the environment seems to be only half way done, like the artist didn't have enough time. In all this is fine adventure for Leia's (or/and Alderaan's) fans even if it has no re-read value.

  • 9.0
    Cyprian Latewood Jul 9, 2015

  • 8.5
    mseccatore Jul 14, 2015

  • 8.0
    CraigR Jul 7, 2015

  • 8.0
    Jason The Dude Jul 8, 2015

  • 8.0
    NickNightingale Dec 27, 2015

  • 7.5
    MatchesMalone Jul 14, 2015

  • 7.0
    DXO Oct 18, 2015

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