Title: Star Wars Forces of Destiny Leia
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Writers: Elsa Charretier & Pierrick Colinet
Artist: Elsa Charretier
Colorist: Sarah Stern
Letterer: Tom B. Long
Cover: Elsa Charretier; Chrissie Zullo & Annie Wu
This month IDW begins its weekly series based on the Forces of Destiny animated short series/toy line. What a fantastic way to start a book, beginning with our favorite princess, Leia. The setting of the story is after the destruction of the Death Star on the remote system of Hoth. Leia is teamed with Han Solo and Hera Syndulla (from Star Wars Rebels). They are seeking a crashed star ship that could save the rebels’ necks. I’ve always enjoyed a decent story involving Leia. Since the story is set during Empire Strikes Back, it makes it way better. Charreitier and Colinet do a great job of bringing each character to life even when a stubborn Tauntaun gives Leia some grief. It also creates part of the lesson in the story as well. The addition of Hera: One, continues to validate the characters full existence in the known Star Wars universe and secondly it’s nice to see her outside the of the television series. The artwork reminds me of the Batman Animated Series. Considering this group of stories is based on an animated beginning, it works very well here. Forces of Destiny is fun book for Star Wars fan and a quality read for younger readers.