February 10, 2015

Princess Leia #1 Variant Covers Might Turn Me Into a Collector

Marvel's Princess Leia #1 will be here on March 4, 2015. She's been present in many Star Wars comics of yore, but here, she's taking the spotlight. Writer Mark Waid and artist Terry Dodson will focus on Leia Organa between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back. This is a women who is a leader in the Rebel Alliance but also lost her entire planet. Imagine losing your home, your culture, and everyone and everything you ever knew. It's a crippling blow, yet Leia pushes forward. 

For those of us who have been curious to know how she made it through, this comic will be fascinating. Waid explained in an interview on Marvel.com in July:

"...how does she really cope with losing her entire world once the events around that loss have calmed down somewhat? Does she choose to be the princess of nothing—or does she set out to rebuild her heritage and her civilization? You can probably guess the answer."

I'm looking forward to the comic (maybe I'm drooling), but until I can get my greedy hands on it, I'll gaze at the many beautiful variant covers. I'm not anywhere close to a serious collector of variants, but that's probably going to change with Princess Leia #1. Why? See for yourself:

Regular cover by Terry Dodson

Variant by Mark Brooks (I think this one is my favorite)

Variant by J. Scott Campbell

Teaser variant by John Cassaday

Action figure variant by John Tyler Christopher

Variant by Butch Guice

Movie variant

Variant by Alex Ross

Variant by Skottie Young

And why not look at some interior pages before you go?

I barely have words to express how excited I am to read this comic.


  1. I like the fact that none of the variants feature the slave outfit.

    1. Agreed. In fact, I thought there wasn't any of slave Leia until I noticed her in the bottom corner of the Brooks cover. At least it's only from the neck up.

  2. I wasn't impressed by the opening writing for the base Star Wars title, but I'll at the very least grab several of these variants... Though I do despise how they are marked up in price before they ever hit the shelves.

    I've got a decent Skottie Young collection going on (I put them in frames and hang them in my by my daughter's crib), so I'm definitely looking forward to that one!

    1. I admit that I'm not completely sold on the Star Wars comic either. I thought I was the only one!

    2. It felt like a superhero story in my Star Wars mag. Which is especially unfortunate since the most recent Dark Horse "Star Wars" relaunch started so strong.

      Ended up giving it a scathing review over on The Arbitrary Nerd, though I suppose I should give it a few more issues...


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