Star Wars #15

Star Wars #15 (of 20)

Writer: Brian Wood
Penciller: Stéphane Créty
Inker: Julien Hugonnard-Bert
Colorist: Gabe Eltaeb
Letterer: Michael Heisler
Cover Artist: Hugh Fleming

A common plotline in the Star Wars Expanded Universe whenever a story is set around the time of the movies, is finding a new Rebel Base. In Star Wars #15, Leia tackles that issue by trying to secure a base on the planet Arrochar. The cost is that she must marry the planet’s prince. It’s an odd change of pace for the story as all the characters react to the wedding. Hardly any of them seem very positive about it.

The issue opens with a bit of grandeur to set the mood for the occasion. Dressed in clothing fit for Queen Amidala, Princess Leia marches through the halls of the Arrochar palace to meet with the royal family. The thing to note is Leia’s facial expressions. Throughout the entire issue, she appears disgruntled, angry and defeated. While she doesn’t voice much dissent to the idea of marrying a guy just so the Rebels can park a base on his planet, the artwork definitely fills in the void. Leia doesn’t look very happy with the idea at all. And yet her desire to do whatever it takes to help the Rebellion has pushed her to this decision.

Petulant Luke about to crash because he wants to marry his sister…

Of course Wedge and Han have their reservations about Leia’s desperate action to secure a Rebel Base, but Luke takes things the farthest. Through this story, we see perhaps the most jealous Skywalker outside of Anakin that’s ever been portrayed in the EU. Like Leia, a lot is told through expressions. Luke looks pissed off and dripping with jealousy. He secretly follows Leia around to catch a glimpse of the man she’s going to marry. During flight maneuvers, he’s so distracted that Wedge grounds him…again. Luke goes so far as to approach Han with the idea of leaving the Rebels. It’s weird seeing Luke this way.

…close call.

As a reader, I’d have to say this is a very un-entertaining story progression for Luke. I like the Princess Leia aspect of the story. Being willing to put her personal opinions aside in order to do what’s best for the Rebellion makes perfect sense. It’s a natural decision for her character. But Luke being jealous that his sister is marrying some guy instead of him? That’s just a little icky. Sure, Luke doesn’t know it’s his sister yet, but the readers all know, and it doesn’t make it any better. The whole thing just feels uncomfortable and creepy.

Jealous Luke spying on his sister.

The strength of this issue is definitely the Leia plot. Seeing Leia struggle between duty and desire is intriguing. Even the cover is reflective of that conflict. She’s dressed in her simple white gown with a wedding bouquet, some flowers in her hair, a staircased background for an altar, and a blaster in her hand. It shows she’s a fighter. That blaster is like symbol of the Rebellion, something she’s not willing to let go of. Yet perhaps that blaster isn’t so much the Rebellion, but her own desires. On the very steps of marriage commitment, she’s clinging to something completely contradictory. A symbol of fiery determination. The artwork and the story present some interesting aspects of Leia and her character. Where it’s all going, we’ll have to wait and see.

While the Luke subplot is a bust, I really like where the Leia plotline is going. The artwork is pretty good with lots of details, clean lines, rich colors and eye catching layouts. The story has some thought provoking elements. It’s not perfect, but it gives you a lot to think about. Thus I give Star Wars #15 a three and a half out of five metal bikinis.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

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