Comic Review: Poe Dameron #23

Published: January 24, 2018
Rating: Rated T
Writer: Charles Soule
Penciler: Angel Unzueta
Cover Artist: Phil Noto

The Synopsis:

General Organa’s covert mission on Cato Neimoidia has hit a serious snag, and the mission to find Lor San Tekka is in jeopardy! Can Black Squadron survive an attack from the least expected source?

The Story:

The fourth part of Legend Found takes us straight to the skies of Cato Neimoidia, where Black Squadron (minus Poe) is faced with hundreds of droid fighters. Thinking that they might not be able to make it, the squadron heaves a huge sigh of relief when they see Poe’s black x-wing coming to join them.

On the ground, watching the battle above, Poe is panicking, knowing that Black Squadron will think he is piloting the x-wing. Poe quickly asks Baron Maccon if he has any fighters. Maccon is only too pleased to say that he does, for a price.

Back in the air, Malarus injects herself with some sort of stimulant before announcing to the rest of Black Squadron that she isn’t Poe and is about to kill them all. Meanwhile, Poe quickly inspects the ships that Maccon has to offer before taking one into the air.

We then move to Leia’s stolen ship, which is in hyperspace. Terex has taken over the ship and is trying to resist the programming from his artificial implants. The only way he is able to do this is by using a riot baton to put a charge through the implants, it’s clearly painful. Terex then finds Lor San Tekka before having to zap himself again.

Malarus is struggling to target Black Squadron, due to the huge amount of droids in the air. This gives time for Poe to reach Malarus before she destroys anyone. Because of her stims, Malarus is able to perform some impossible manoeuvres in Poe’s x-wing that lead her to being on Poe’s tail. Clicking the trigger, Malarus finds that she can’t fire because BB-8 has awoken and locked her out of the controls. The x-wing begins to fall. Not one for leaving his droid, Poe performs a Top Gun trick to rescue BB-8 before the x-wing crashes in on House Reya and she is surrounded by battle droids.

Terex comms Captain Phasma on Leia’s ship and tells her he wants the implants removed. Phasma states that the First Order would rather have Terex dead than do that. Not one for giving up, Terex tells Phasma he can offer something for the removal….Lor San Tekka.

The Review:

Poe Dameron is my favourite ongoing Star Wars comic that is being produced by Marvel at the moment. The combination of incredible art and thought provoking storylines are perfect. However, this issue seemed to fall short of the high standard that this series has set itself. The artwork, as always, is some of the finest that you will see and in that regard I have no complaints.

The writing, which is usually so thought out, had a slight problem this issue; it didn’t have enough depth. When I finished the comic, I was surprised to see it finished so soon, most issues from this series feel like you’ve been through an entire movie. This one seemed so short. Now, I think this really isn’t a problem when you look at other comics in the Star Wars line but when I compare it to other Poe issues, I kind of want more. But then the other point of view to go with is that some issues are just going to be fighting with not much story depth and surely that’s ok too! I mean I love a bit of dog-fighting! I guess this series is a victim of its own success, the bar is set so high for this series, that not every issue can possibly meet the expectations of the reader.

The other big issue I had, was when Malarus announced her arrival to Black Squadron. I mean seriously? I know bad guys are arrogant and think they will win, but rather than just shooting Black Squadron down before they realise you’re not Poe, you are going to say, ‘Hey, I’m not Poe, better be careful!’ I don’t buy it and it just seemed like a missed opportunity to see how long it would take Black Squadron to realise Poe wasn’t with them. Better yet, have IVEE saving Jess from the rogue x-wing! Just give me something a bit more believable.

Now don’t get me wrong, there were good parts in this comic, brilliant in fact! The dogfights were fantastic, having BB-8 save the day, amazing, and finally seeing Terex being, well, Terex again, great! I may come across as being overly critical on this comic but that is only because the standard this team has set themselves is so high. I would still be reading this issue of Poe Dameron more than any other issue that is coming out this month, because even on its bad days, this series still rocks…

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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