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Star Wars Comic Set During Original Trilogy To Feature Princess Leia As An X-Wing Pilot

This is certainly some news I can get behind. Dark Horse Comics are putting out a Star Wars comic. “There have been Star Wars comics before,” you say. Ah ha! But this is Star Wars and only Star Wars – a series set during the original trilogy, with the cast you know and love. Writer Brian Wood (DMZNorthlanders) takes the reins for this sci-fi excitement and oh yeah, Princess Leia is totally going to be an X-Wing pilot. 

The plans, exclusively revealed on io9 today, sound like everything you’ve always wanted out of a Star Wars comic. With a cover (not the image above) from comic art master Alex Ross and interior artwork by Carlos D’Anda and Gabe Eltaeb on colors, Dark Horse is sure to have a hit on their hands.

Wood mentioned on his tumblr that LucasFilm asked for him personally, which is a huge honor. He said the series “will be set in the original trilogy, using the classic characters, and will pretend like its 1977 and no other films were ever made or books ever written aside from A New Hope.”

So where do we step into this story? Wood told Comic Book Resources, “Luke is hurting from the death of his family and Ben, Leia is in mourning for her family and her entire planet, while trying to shoulder the burden of managing the Rebellion alongside Mon Mothma. Han is still kind of a jerk. Luke only has the barest sense of what the Force is, and will attempt to learn what he can on his own.”

But Wood has some really interesting plans for Leia. “[She's] not going to be sitting around in a gown attending a lot of meetings — she has her blaster and an X-wing and is out there with Luke and Wedge working on building the Alliance back up after losing so much. I really wanted to put Leia into the mix, holding her own in battle.”

Other than that, Wood faces a bit of a challenge, he has to remember to write like he’s in the 1980s and not the 2000′s. ”I have to remember who the characters are at this point in time,” he told CBR. “To not write the Luke and the Han that I know, but write who they were in 1977. To stay in character. That’s harder than you might think since so much of who they are as characters developed in those later films.”

(via Brian Wood, top image via Adam Hughes)

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  • gia manry

    This made my day. I even forgive the awkward “sexy” pose in the bottom panel of that page.

  • Anonymous

    I’ll read it! Even though my first thought was “pfft, that’s just a bad idea for a politician to take the helm of a ship! She’s too important an asset to the Rebellion to be risked like that! She helps hold the Rebellion leadership together!” the part of me that is screaming “woooooo!” is louder.

  • Anonymous

    This article should actually say “an X-Wing,” instead of “a X-Wing.” :P

  • Jill Pantozzi

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  • Seth Adam Sher

    I remember when Leia piloted a Y-Wing fighter in the book Splinter of the Mind’s Eye.  While the concept of Leia as an accomplished pilot is nothing new, I’m glad she’s getting more piloting experience in the new work…

  • Anonymous

    She’s climbing into a Y-wing in the top picture.

  • DaVeO52

     I love action Leia. But will she always have her hair in the buns? ;)

  • Anonymous

     Oops! Good to know. :)

  • Jerilyn Nighy

    Does this mean no green bunny men?  

  • Jerilyn Nighy

    You won’t forgive it when you see Threepio striking that same pose, a few panels later.

  • Anonymous

    What sexy pose?

    I swear, some people find the strangest things to be sexy.

  • Anonymous

    Well, we’ve all had regrettable hair fixations. They’re like her version of the perm or butterfly clips.

  • gia manry

    I don’t personally find it sexy (which is why I put the word in quotes), but I always sort of assume that’s the goal when I see an excessively slender (and long) waist followed by impressive child-bearing hips thrust to the side in an awkward pose that surely no one aiming a gun would actually stand in.

    Lacking any other way to explain why the pose is so awkward, I assume it’s that way in order to be “sexy.” =P

  • gia manry

    Ahhh, but Threepio isn’t bound by human anatomy!

    Seriously though, I wish the comic page shown looked a little more like the top image.

  • gia manry

    It does seem impractical for a helmet, no? It might be an awfully tight fit. Headache city.

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  • Anonymous

    But its no more awkward then it is sexy: which is to say, not at all.

  • gia manry

    I disagree, but it’s just my (layperson’s) opinion. :)

  • Magic Xylophone

    Uh, what? A politician piloting a fighter? Where does that come from?

    I mean, I think Hillary Clinton is pretty badass, but that doesn’t mean I’d want her to fly an F-15 into combat.

  • LS

    Splinter of the Mind’s Eye is one of the worst books in the entire EU, though. =P

    Personally I’m a little wary. Leia has always been a badass, and I love seeing her be a badass. But there’s not much support for her being an ace pilot during that point in continuity. Or even a pilot of any kind.

    To me it begs the question: If Leia was an ace X-Wing pilot during the original trilogy, then why did she sit on the ground during the assault on the death star? She wasn’t doing anything useful at the time. She played no major role in coordinating the attack. If she could have helped, why didn’t she?”

    There is a tendency in the star wars EU–a bad one–to make everybody capable of filling every role. Leia is good in a firefight, and she’s a competent enough diplomat and politician that she was leader of the galaxy for a years and years. She’s enough of a badass.

    What the Star Wars universe really needs is NEW badass ladies, and to better develop the ones we have. It has been far too long since Mirax Terrik was really featured in something.