Written by Tim Midura
on Friday, March 14 2014 and posted in Reviews
You can take the boy out of the water-farming wasteland...
Launching its newest arc, Dark Horse Comics released Star Wars #15 by Brian Wood, Stéphane Créty, Julien Hugonnard-Bert and Gabe Eltaeb. Hugh Fleming’s cover features the Princess (Bride) Leia holding a bouquet and a blaster as dual X-Wings fly overhead, all colored in a heavy green and yellow tint.
In an effort to get a Rebel presence established on the strategic Arrochar, Princess Leia agrees to marry the Arrocharian prince, Kaspar. Naturally, this upsets Luke Skywalker to no end, and he becomes reckless during training missions.
Right off the bat, I’m generally cautious about Brian Wood’s take on Leia here - a strong, independent woman marrying herself off for the Rebellion. Though, as the issue goes on, we see that there may be ulterior motives. Luke throwing a hissy fit over Leia’s engagement immediately reminded me of the whiny line about power converters from Episode IV. His offering to Han Solo to join him on the spice trade seemed extreme but fitting. Wedge Antilles stating that the whole galaxy will know Rogue Squadron one day felt forced, but it was nice to see the beginning of the team.
Stéphane Créty and Julien Hugonnard-Bert's art left me torn. On one hand, Luke’s careless flying in the X-Wing training in the canyon was heart-pounding, and on the other, body proportion issues and facial expressions took me out of it. Occasionally heads would seem too big for their bodies and Han Solo looked more like an Asian Al Pacino than Harrison Ford. But the opening splash of Leia and Kaspar in the great hall was a beautiful use of layout and flow as the sole panel bleeds into the splash. For me, the highlight of Gabe Eltaeb's coloring was in the canyon with the gorgeous red rocks contrasted against the green mountainsides.
My first impression of this issue was generally negative, but upon a second reading, I rather enjoyed it. Trying to find out why Leia is acting this way provides a nice mystery to follow as we slowly see the pieces pushed into place. Initial shock aside, I can’t wait to see how this all unravels.
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