It's an injustice as grave as Chewbacca not receiving a medal at the end of Star Wars: A New Hope — Princess Leia, leader of the Rebellion, ace-shot with a blaster, and all-around kick-ass heroine never got to fly starships with the boys. Well, thanks to writer Brian Wood, Leia finally gets her chance in the pilot's seat in Dark Horse's upcoming Star Wars #1, due out on January 9. Says Wood (courtesy of Newsarama):
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.
Hells yes. The series is set in-between A New Hope and Empire Strikes Back and includes, amongst other things, Leia forming her own stealth X-Wing squadron, which is so awesome I can barely stand it.