Written by: Kevin Hunter, Special to CC2K
Perusing this week’s new comics, I came across another interesting biography by Bluewater Comics titled “Female Force Carrie Fisher.” I gave it a thought or two before moving on to the latest offering from Green Lantern, Batman, Justice League and The Avengers, who apparently the world can’t get enough of these days. But something told me to give “Female Force Carrie Fisher” another look, because I thought that this one might be a keeper.
Female Force Carrie Fisher
Writer: CW Cooke
Penciler: Ryan Paule
Colors: Bernat Costa
Letterer: Warren Montgomery
And sure enough, before I could finish thumbing through the latest issue of Captain Atom, I went back and there was only one copy left of “Female Force Carrie Fisher” and decided to review it this week But much to my surprise and for others thinking that this is some Star Wars and Princess Leia love fest, this is certainly not the case.
Bluewater Comics is the same publisher who brought us such graphic biographies as John Lennon, Howard Stern and Tina Fey (again, I ask you -Tina Fey!?). In “Female Force Carrie Fisher,” Bluewater Comics takes a look at the complete Carrie Fisher. From her birth to Hollywood icons Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher, to her early days as a young actress before earning the role of a lifetime in “Star Wars.” “Female Force Carrie Fisher” only glances over Fisher’s role as Luke Skywalker’s sister. The rest is a great story of a famed actress who has worked with everyone from Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi in the classic comedy “Blues Brothers” movie as the hilarious “Mysterious Woman,” to other famous actors such as Billy Crystal in “When Harry Met Sally” to Whoopi Goldberg in “Sister Act” just to name a few. “Female Force Carrie Fisher” also looks into Fisher’s personal life and other work as a best-selling author and screenwriter for her semi-autobiographical book, “Postcards From the Edge,” which was turned into a hit movie that garnered several Academy Award nominations in 1991. Besides the “Blues Brothers,” and work on “Saturday Night Live,” Fisher often showed throughout her career that she has a great sense of humor as she played a nun in another one of my favorites, Kevin Smith’s “Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back” in 2001, and as Peter Griffin’s boss Angela in “Family Guy.”
“Female Force Carrie Fisher” isn’t just about some one-time icon who has only lived by the fame of Princess Leia and “Star Wars.” Fisher is portrayed as a prolific actress, author, screenwriter, script doctor and public speaker who overcame several hardships and demons. For nearly 40 years, Fisher has become an American favorite with an impressive body on work on-screen and on Broadway, and “Female Force Carrie Fisher” does a great job in pointing all this out. “Star Wars” and Princess Leia may have made Fisher a pop culture icon for many generations to come, but they certainly don’t define her as an actress. Sure, readers will want to buy this book for the “Star Wars” and Princess Leia stuff, but they will also be in for a very pleasant surprise to see that there is more to this actress best known as the futuristic bikini clad love of Hans Solo.