It’s May the 4th, and later this month will be the 39th anniversary of the original Star Wars’s release. It makes me wonder why Marvel didn’t just release all of this month’s Star Wars comics this week, but I’m ok with Poe Dameron’s second solo issue for now. Also, I only picked up 4 issues this week, so I’ll just review them all and skip the first impressions post.
Written by Charles Soule, Poe Dameron 2 picks up where the last issue left off, with Poe searching for Lor San Tekka’s whereabouts. The First Order just arrived to complicate matters in what’s normally a peaceful small group in an asteroid that worships a giant egg. It’s weird, sure, but it’s fitting for the Star Wars Universe. It’s also nice to see more tidbits of information on the relations between the First Order and the Resistance.
The tense situation grows more tense as the issue goes on. There are some humerous moments with Poe’s Black Squadron above as they engage First Order pilots, and Poe trying to negotiate with Agent Terex. Poe’s suave sense of humor is on full display in this issue, and his squadron mates are given more personality than they had in the movie. The issue gets pretty serious by the end though, as the true nature of the First Order threat is revealed, along with Agent Terex’s brutal methods.
The art and colouring by Phil Noto is great as usual. There’s a lot of visual storytelling going on, from the flashbacks to Agent Terex’s office and the servants and displays in the background, to Stormtroopers facing down the egg worshippers while Poe and the egg leader speak with Agent Terex. There’s a great montage of the atmospheric battle, displaying Black Squadron’s tactics with a bunch of smaller panels circling around a large one with a big explosion. Facial expressions do a great job at conveying emotions, whether it’s Terex’s smug look when he’s threatening people, the half serious look in L’ulo’s face when his “finger slips” and the amused smile when Poe brags about his squadron above.
This is a fun comic, and while the story is straight forward, there’s a lot of potential drama going on. It’s a shame that Poe isn’t in the Force Awakens all that much, even though there are behind the scenes reasons for it. For fans of the highly skilled pilot, this series will help ease your wait for Episode 8. If you enjoyed The Force Awakens, and Poe in particular, you should give this series a chance, even if you don’t normally read comics.
Also, Captain Phasma makes an appearance. It’s a minor one, but still.