Comic Review: Poe Dameron #22

Published: December 20, 2017
Rating: Rated T
Writer: Charles Soule
Penciler: Angel Unzueta
Cover Artist: Phil Noto

The Synopsis:

Black Squadron and General Organa have teamed together for an extra-top-secret mission…and it’s up to them to rescue Lor San Tekka! Meanwhile, what’s Suralinda got up her sleeves?

The Story:

Part three of Legend Found, begins on D’Qar, set before General Organa has arrived at Cato Neimoidia (the events shown in part two). Here she is briefing the Black Squadron on the mission, explaining that for this to work they will need three things. The first being dishonesty.

The story returns back to the present time, with General Organa and Suralinda on Cato Neimoidia, inspecting the vaults with Baron Maccon. The frames then switch between the present and the briefing; Leia is explaining to Black Squadron that the second thing they will need is misdirection, while in the present time there are three ships attacking the palace on Cato Neimoidia. Ever confident, the Baron says to Leia that she should come watch as he launches a host of droid fighters to deal with the invaders. These invaders are Black Squadron, although Snap is leading the three fighters with no sign of Poe. While watching the fight, Leia activates something on her wrist…

…Which awakens Poe, who has been kept in one of the crates of dresses. Poe works his way to Lor San Tekka and dispatches the droid guards. The two meet for the first time.

Meanwhile, the rest of Black Squadron find themselves in trouble when the droid fighters, unable to defeat them, start trying to ram themselves into the x-wings. Noticing this, Leia tells the Baron that she is not comfortable keeping her mother’s gowns here and will be removing them. The Baron is very unhappy about this and tells Leia that his doors will forever be closed to her. Contacting Snap, Leia realises how tight a situation Black Squadron are in and activates BB-8, who has been waiting in Poe’s x-wing in orbit. BB-8 quickly descends the x-wing to the planet.

Outside Leia’s ship, two hooded figures dispatch Leia’s guards and get on board the ship. Having collected the gowns, the Baron expects Leia to pay for his services, even though they were only utilised for a few hours. Suralinda begins to load them onto the ship, while Leia has to deal with this problem. Once the gowns are on board, Poe gets back out, explaining that Lor San Tekka is in one of the other crates. Suralinda tells him to get moving, Black Squadron need him and BB-8 is waiting with his ship outside. Neither notice the two dead guards.

Just as Poe heads to his x-wing, both the x-wing and Leia’s ship take off. The two hooded figures are finally revealed as Terex and Commander Malarus…

The Review:

As my favourite series coming out from Marvel at the moment, I was eager to read this issue, and it doesn’t disappoint. The whole premise of the issue is excellent, with flashbacks to Leia explaining to Black Squadron how the mission should work. It made me think of movies like Now You See Me where there is someone having to explain just how the magic works. The fact that Leia mentions she’s picked this up from being around scoundrels just makes it even more perfect. It also helps to keep this series fresh, as Charles Soule is always finding new ways of getting the story across.

The rift that is developing between Snap and Karé was handled very well. It would have been very easy to have gone overboard with it, but Soule manages to drop it into the issue with just a mention, before continuing with the overall story.

I always love when stories make you revaluate your view of the films, and this issue was able to do that. It may seem only a small thing, but the fact that Poe and Tekka have already met before The Force Awakens gave me a smile. I always assumed that when we see them at the start of the film, which was there first encounter. It remains to be seen if they will meet again before the film!

As always the artwork was superb and most notably for the character of Leia. Every frame she is in, she is captured perfectly. With the anniversary of Carrie Fisher’s death, there is some comfort to take that the character she brought to life, is still able to be captured so perfectly in issues like this one.

As always, I have nothing but praise for this comic. The writing and art go hand in hand, delivering the very best that Star Wars comics have to offer. My only complaint, the synopsis! Hopefully Marvel will start matching these up with the issues a little better…

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.