Comic Review: Poe Dameron #21

Published: November 29, 2017
Rating: Rated T
Writer: Charles Soule
Penciler: Angel Unzueta
Cover Artist: Phil Noto

Black Squadron is on a mission…Impossible? Not for Poe Dameron’s crew! It’s prison break time!

The Story:

The issue begins on Cato Neimoidia, with Paw Maccon (the owner of the security vault that was broken into) discussing with an imprisoned Lor San Tekka, what is to happen to him. Maccon informs the human that there will be a trial. The Neimoidian then spots a luxury craft on one of his rivals landing pads and we find Princess Leia arriving on Cato Neimoidia.

On D’Qar, Poe and Snap are testing their x-wings through some ruins. Snap informs Poe that he and Karé have broken up. Distracted, Snap makes a mistake that almost causes Poe to crash his x-wing, but with the usual Poe skill, he is able to save himself. Ever the optimist, Poe tells Snap that everything will work out.

Back on Cato Neimoidia, Leia has brought gowns of her mother, Padme Amidala, to store in the security vaults. Before she agrees to anything, Leia tells the Neimoidian that she wants to see the vaults for herself to ensure they meet her standards. The Neimoidian is only too happy to oblige.

On D’Qar, we find Jess working on her x-wing. BB-8 asks her what she is doing, which she replies that she’s trying to configure her x-wing so it doesn’t require an astromech. Seeing her struggle, BB-8 goes off to find IVEE, who agrees to fly with Jess.

At the trial, Lor San Tekka, fights for his right to have broken into the vault, but Maccon finds him guilty. Maccon quickly exits to deal with some pressing business.

Leia is busy examining the vaults, when there is suddenly a loud boom. Armed and ready, Leia comes face to face with Maccon, who has broken into his rivals vault. Explaining to Leia that he has done this to show how weak the security is, the Princess agrees for her possessions to be stored in his vault. As she watches the gowns being taken away, Leia comes Poe to tell him the mission is a go…

The Review:

I often complain that comics sometimes rush too much through events and not go into enough detail. Equally, I complain that they are going too slow and something needs to happen. It is a fine, delicate line between the two. This issue of Poe is one of the slowest paced of the series, and yet the amount of detail contained within it made me still satisfied as a reader.

The first, and most obvious, part of the story that I loved, was seeing Leia outside of D’Qar. Here she is, getting into the thick of it, even with a blaster in hand at one point. This is the Leia that was missing from The Force Awakens, and I hope we get to see far more of her in this role in the remainder of the story arc. What was also fantastic was the expansion of her back story. At some point, Leia has found out who her real mother was and has inherited some of her possessions. This raises questions as to what else she may have and does Luke possess any of these items? The other nod back to the Prequels that I loved, was the super battle droid guards on Cat Neimoidia. Having had a droid army, it stands to reason that the Neimoidian’s would keep using the technology they had in the prequels.

The humour of Jess and the astromech’s comes back. I really like this sub plot, it is handled incredibly well by the writer. The development in this issue is the kind nature of BB-8 to help Jess find someone who will fly with her. BB-8 coaxes his own girlfriend to fly with her. With Jess’s history this has me very concerned about IVEE but even more so for BB-8. Although a droid, BB-8 is the very essence of what the Resistance is about, and if IVEE follows the fate of other astromech’s, what effect will this have on BB-8? Am I caring more for a droid than some of the main characters…. er….yes!

Although I was very excited to see Lor San Tekka last issue, he played only a minimal role in this issue. That said, his statement at the trial was very interesting and, again, I think it may have shown clues to the direction The Last Jedi will take. He mentions that at one time the light and dark sides were united and that this should happen again. A lot of fans are speculating about Episode Eight and I know I’ve been wondering about Luke saying, “The Jedi must end.” We know from The Force Awakens that San Tekka believes the Jedi are needed. Both maybe right and we are heading to a light and dark union, the so called grey area. If San Tekka reached this conclusion from all his research into the force, are we to assume that Luke has also reached this thinking? Of course it is very possible that the writers have placed this here as a red herring for fans, but it’s fun to speculate!

As ever, I can’t fault this series. The art and writing are some of the very best from Marvel and I always eagerly await the next issue. If you haven’t already started reading this series, now is the time…

Availability:

Poe Dameron is an ongoing series available from Marvel. This issue is available via the Marvel App and all good comic book stores. This issue retails at $3.99.

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Mark 'Spooked Hippie' Alders
Mark’s day job is a primary school teacher, where in his classroom you will find life size cut outs of Darth Vader and Chewbacca, trying his best to educate the youth of today in the ways of the force.