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This review of Star Wars: Forces of Destiny — Leia contains minor spoilers.

There was real excitement when IDW Publishing revealed in 2017 it would be carrying over the stories from the popular series of Star Wars: Forces of Destiny animated shorts into its own five-issue comics series.

The inaugural issue, with its focus on Princess Leia, doesn’t disappoint.

The first of the five-issue series is written by Elsa Charretier and Pierrick Collinet, with art by Charretier, colors by Sarah Stern and letters by Tom B. Long.

It wastes no time diving into the story, opening on the frigid wastes of Hoth with Leia’s narration setting up the story and giving us, as readers, more insight into what drives her ever onward and upward, despite the galaxy’s best attempts to foil her at, seemingly, every turn, no matter how major or minor.

There’s a nice cadence to the story, progressing as it does and the appearances of some notable favorites — Han Solo, Hera Syndulla and, of course, tauntauns and wampas — only add to the flavor.

Ultimately, this is a story about bridging divides and working together, even if those who can aid you come from unexpected quarters. Charretier and Collinet have pieced together a solid story and her art, amplified by Stern’s colors, propel it to lofty heights. It’s a great way to start this series and to add to the legend of Leia, too.

Star Wars: Forces of Destiny — Leia is in comic shops, selling for $3.99, and on Comixology.

(For more detail and discussion, tune into the next episode of Comics With Kenobi.)

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