Tribute: Carrie Fisher Book Review

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Okay, when I first heard Carrie Fisher was getting a tribute comic book, I was insanely excited. FINALLY someone else appreciated her humour, talent, wit, intelligence, and contributions to the film industry enough to make a comic based on her life—even though it’s released after her death.

Well, I finished reading it today—and I’m not entirely sure how I feel about it.

The cover artwork is incredible. The interior artwork leaves something to be desired.

It’s not bad by any means, but some of the likenesses only vaguely look like the people they’re meant to illustrate—the When Harry Met Sally section is a good example of this.

As for the content . . . I appreciate how detailed the writers were in profiling her entire career—they even referenced her 1978 TV movie Leave Yesterday Behind with John Ritter (which I love and watch at least once a month). But they also mischaracterized or misinterpreted a lot of things, like saying acting was Carrie’s passion (not necessarily true) and implying Eddie Fisher simply “moved on” from Debbie Reynolds with Elizabeth Taylor (that’s DEFINITELY understating what happened and its impact on Hollywood culture at the time).

I can understand why the writers didn’t want to emphasize the Debbie/Eddie/Elizabeth thing, but it was a pretty big deal at the time, and it impacted Carrie and her brother Todd. At the very least, it should have been mentioned accurately.

The factual misrepresentations and slightly odd artwork aren’t dealbreakers, but they definitely stopped me from fully enjoying the book. Every few pages, I’d cringe at least a couple of times and think, “well . . . not really.”

However, the epilogue was beautifully done—framing it as a conversation between Carrie and Daisy Ridley on the set of The Force Awakens while Carrie gives Daisy advice was perfect. If the epilogue was published on its own, I would have been happy.

Overall, I enjoyed it, and I’m happy it exists. However, I wish it had been a little more accurate—both in its story and art.

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