In just a few days, Dark Horse will be launching a new Star Wars monthly series. Simply titled, Star Wars, the comics will be set in between A New Hope and Empire, and will see the return of Luke, Leia, Han, and the gang. If nothing else, the series is taking a unique approach by putting Leia in the cockpit of an X-Wing, quite frequently by the writer's comments.
In an interview with Newarama, writer Brian Wood explained how he's taking a new approach to the classic character,
Leia spends a LOT of time in an X-Wing here, as a pilot equal in stature to Wedge and Luke, and close in skill. If there’s anything “controversial” in what people already know about my story, it’s this idea that Leia is a fighter pilot. That she ISN’T one, actually, since we’ve never seen her doing it.
I simply applied logic to the situation: If we, here, learn to drive at age 16, why wouldn’t someone in Star Wars learn how to fly as a coming of age thing? Luke did, as a farm boy. Wedge did, working his parent’s gas station. Why not Leia, a daughter of privilege? She can handle firearms, she basically takes over her own escape from the Death Star. She survives torture. She BEATS torture, actually. Later we see her on speeder bikes, fixing the Falcon, shooting more dudes, and so on. It’s almost insulting to suggest she can’t fly an X-Wing, the Rebellion’s fighter of choice.
The new series kicks off on January 9th. It'll feature art by Carlos D’Anda and a cover by Alex Ross.