Friday, May 12, 2017

Classic Cover Comparison: Star Wars: Rebel Heist #2 and Star Wars: Rebel Heist #2 Sketch Variant

Each issue of Star Wars: Rebel Heist tells a story of one of the main Star Wars heroes from the point of view of a Rebel recruit. Star Wars: Rebel Heist #2 focuses on Princess Leia.

Star Wars: Rebel Heist #2a - Dark Horse Comics, U.S. (June 2014)
A variant sketch cover was also published.

Star Wars: Rebel Heist #2c - Dark Horse Comics, U.S. (June 2014)
sketch variant
The sketch and standard cover have Princess Leia dressed in different clothing.  The sketch cover, which would have been drawn first, shows Leia in a jumpsuit with some black highlights.  Her holster is strapped low around her waste and also to her leg.  It appears that cover artist Adam Hughes might have been given a preliminary design of her outfit to draw the cover from.  On the standard cover, her outfit now has a high collar, a long flowing cape, and is all white.  Her holster hangs down in the front and is not attached to her leg.  She also has an electronics device attached to one wrist.

Princess Leia on the cover more closely matches her look inside, except for a few details.  Inside, she is wearing her hair in buns like in A New Hope.  Additionally, her holster, belt, and cape are colored grey.  Both designs are inspired by the white outfit her mother, Padme Amidala, wore in Attack of the Clones including the cape.  Leia wears another slight variation of this outfit in the Rebel Jail story arc in Marvel's Star Wars #16 - 19.

Side-by-side comparison

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