“Leia’s mission leads to the underground world of Sullust! The Empire’s forces are on her trail and gaining! Join the galaxy’s toughest Princess on a quest to save her people!”
Last time, Leia, Evaan, and R2-D2 successfully rescued some Alderaanians from Naboo. “Orbiting the fiery Outer Rim planet of Sullust aboard their newly acquired ship, the Lord Junn, the team has just found another cluster of survivors, only these may not be as welcoming as the last. Unbeknownst to the crew, one of their own is feeding their every movement directly into Imperial hands. With the bounties adding up, it’s only a matter of time before the Imperials catch up with her Royal Highness…” Issue #2 was filled with adventure, betrayal, and dancing. Who knows where #3 will take us? Also, the person feeding their movements isn’t doing it on purpose; she’s just calling her sister, who happens to be an Imperial officer. We’ve never seen a lady Imperial officer, so that’s pretty cool.
The issue opens on the sisters; Tula, the officer, feeds where Leia and the Alderaanians are to her commander, who says that she scores “very high on obedience, but rather low on loyalty.” I’m hoping she finds a way to betray the Empire without getting force-choked to death. The Lord Junn drops off Leia, Evaan, and R2 to the Alderaanian enclave on Sullust; they are none too happy to see the princess. Their Sullustan guide, Mr. Tivvy, says that he thinks “that the local Alderaanians have gone insane.” They’ve also cut off all communication from outside the compound. After they learn that they pooled all their money and bought the land they’re on, the rifle squad shows up. Leia, Evaan, and R2 make short work of them in a brief but effective fight scene (KRAK WHUMP ZRRK!).
For some reason, the leader of the compound, Preserver Jora Astane, isn’t impressed with Leia AT ALL. She doesn’t like that they arrived in an unregistered shuttle, and she thinks that Leia’s going to deliver them to the Empire instead of rescuing them. Seems a bit paranoid, eh? Evaan chews Jora out for being so paranoid and not preserving Alderaanian culture, but Princess Leia recognizes that they’re just frightened and don’t know what to do. Surveillance of the Lord Junn discovers the transmission to Tula, and at the EXACT same moment, an Imperial Cruiser enters orbit. Uh-oh. Jora orders her soldiers to “shoot to kill,” and Leia and Evaan beat a hasty retreat. They get pinned down, but R2 saves the day (of course) by opening up a hatch in the floor. However, one of the riflemen ominously says, when asked if they should go after the escapees, “We wouldn’t last an hour among the rockrenders. And neither will they.”
R2 comes up with a wild plan (do all astromechs have the ability to become this plucky?), and the Empire decides to hang back and see where Leia goes next instead of ending her journey here. I think the first two issues were a bit stronger than this one, but it did have some excellent moments for everyone. Only two issues left in this mini-series, but don’t worry; Lando’s getting his own soon, and you can bet I’ll be reading (and reviewing!) that. Issue #4 of Princess Leia will be out on 5/27!
Written by: Mark Waid
Art and Cover by: Terry Dodson