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Princess Leia book and comic book recommendations!

Jedi Jondee here on Alderaan,

Leia Organa is appearing in Star Wars: The Last Jedi on December 15th. Her character is expanded on in various stories such as novels and comic books. In Legends, I would recommend The Courtship of Princess Leia (1994) by Dave Wolverton, Leia has to keep the Rebellion together by a marriage to Prince Isolder, so Han takes her to the planet Dathomir, Wolverton put a stamp on the canon with the Nightsisters that became so important in the Clone Wars with the story of Darth Maul. In Canon (and really all books), is Moving Target: A Princess Leia Adventure (2015) by Cecil Castelucci and Jason Fry. This is a pivotal SW event where Leia teams up with Nien Nunb to lead a mission to distract Imperials from the Rebel fleet gathering at Sullust, and retconned taking the Imperial shuttle used on Endor. It really shows Leia on her own, in command, working with Rebel commandos, it is one of the best Leia stories.

I have to bookend this with a disappointing book, Bloodline (2016) by Claudia Gray, this is the after Jedi, before TFA, Leia book, but it almost makes her a supporting character in favor of her support staff, and doesn’t get into Leia as a character. Sorry, I never finished it. Ok, comic books, first Legends. I’ll bring up again, Star Wars #73 (1983) “Lahsbane” by Mary Jo Duffy and Ron Frenz. The story has Leia working alongside and competing with Dani the Zeltron, this is again revealing her strength on her own (relatively) with the Lahsbees, my favorite non-canon alien. There are a few others for Dark Horse; one is a two issue arc of Star Wars: Empire #5-6 (2003), “Princess…Warrior”, by Randy Stradley and Davide Fabbri. This is a comic book expansion of the Star Wars radio story, how Leia gets the Death Star plans, fun, but obviously out of canon.

There is also Star Wars: Tales #11 (2002), “The Princess Leia Diaries”, by Jason Hall and Chris Brunner. This is fun with Leia as a precocious 10 year old girl growing up on Alderaan, but setting up her later life as a Rebel. In canon, obviously there is the Star Wars: Princess Leia (2015) by Mark Waid with art by Terry Dodson. This deals with the unanswered question; how did Leia deal with the death of Alderaan? It also introduces Evaan Verlaine, a Y-Wing pilot retconned at the Battle of Yavin, still she’s a great addition to the Star Wars story. The comic is also essential to the canon by introducing Nien Nunb to the Rebellion and ties into his appearance in Moving Target. The thing I realized when covering this is that the character of Leia works best with another female character, Dani, Evaan, nice to contrast her character with another one.  Princess Leia appeared on an episode of Star Wars: Rebels and is currently in the web series, Star Wars: Forces of Destiny.  Claudia Gray is thankfully returning to young adult novels with Leia: Princess of Alderaan out on September 1st.  There will always be more stories featuring Princess Leia!


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