Alex Ross Variant Cover for Marvel's Star Wars: Princess Leia #1 Is Lovely, But Where's Leia?
I'm incredibly excited to read Marvel's upcoming Star Wars: Princess Leia series. It's going to be a great chance to really explore a character who, in my opinion, has been somewhat underserved by the franchise in recent years. With the release of Star Wars: Princess Leia's first issue just around the corner, Marvel has unveiled a special Alex Ross variant cover, which for all intents and purposes is lovely, but also has a couple of rather glaring issues, including the fact that the comic's titular hero is nowhere to be seen.
Yes, Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker are very much linked to Leia, after all they are family, but why have the booted their daughter/sister off the cover of her own comic? Admittedly variant covers often attempt to portray some of the issue's fringe themes, but surely no matter what that fringe theme is it should at least refer to the titular character? We'll have to wait until the issue's release before we can really understand what this cover is all about, but I would just like to have one more groan...
...Can we talk about how many fingers Luke Skywalker is sporting in this cover? On close inspection it would seem as though the heir to the Jedi has managed to gain at least one, if not two bonus digits on his lightsaber-wielding right hand.
This might all seem a bit 'nit-picky', but after the first 3 entries into Marvel's Star Wars comics, my expectations have been somewhat elevated.
Marvel's Star Wars: Princess Leia #1 is released next month. Check out the official synopsis for the series, below:
"When Princess Leia Organa was captured by the Empire as a Rebel spy, she never betrayed her convictions, even in the face of the complete destruction of her home world, Alderaan. When her rescue came, she grabbed a blaster and joined the fight, escaping back to the Rebel Alliance and helping strike the biggest blow against the Empire-the destruction of the Death Star. But in the aftermath of that victory, the question remains...what is a princess without a world? Writer Mark Waid (Daredevil, S.H.I.E.L.D.) and artist Terry Dodson (Avengers & X-Men: Axis, Uncanny X-Men) bring us a story of Leia's quest to help her people and find her place in the galaxy."