Review posted November 14, 2013.
Chronicle Books, San Francisco, 2013. 64 pages.
This book, along with its companion, Darth Vader and Son will make anyone who’s ever seen Star Wars laugh out loud.
The assumption is what it would have been like if Darth Vader had been a real Dad to his kids. This one looks at life with Leia during the rebellious teenage years. The references to the films, twisting them slightly, are hilarious.
It’s all done as comic panels, so the references to the films are visual as well as quotations placed in a new context.
I like the one where Leia knits her dad a “Cozy” for his helmet. He wears it, looking ridiculous, and thinks, “Just tell her you like it.”
Or, referencing the film: Leia’s sitting down at a table with Darth Vader at the head. He says, “SO, WE MEET AT LAST.” She says to Han Solo, sitting next to her, “Behave yourself, or my Dad will totally kill you.”
On a related note, when Han is frozen in carbonite, Leia’s protesting, “You are so mean! All he did was kiss me!”
I love the way Star Wars is so ingrained in our culture, he can write these comics knowing full well that most readers will know exactly which scenes he’s referring to.