CONTINUING THE UNSEEN EVENTS OF THE FORCE AWAKENS! Poe Dameron managed to escape the First Order – but only just! Meanwhile, the rest of Black Squadron is on their most daring mission yet. Follow everyone’s favourite Resistance crew as Poe Dameron tells Rey and Finn his adventures during the events of The Force Awakens!
The Awakening part two opens aboard the Falcon, with Leia thinking about Han while she is in the cockpit. After exchanging a moment with Chewbacca, Leia is relieved of her seat by Nien Nunb. She walks in on Poe retelling the battle of Takodana to Rey and Finn. Leia tells Poe that they need to talk, but after she has had some rest. Finn uses this excuse to leave and go check on Rose, leaving Rey and Poe alone. Poe continues to recall what happened after the battle…
…The story moves to D’Qar, where Jess, Snap and Karé are inspecting a ship that Jess has built for the reconnaissance run on Starkiller Base. The ship has the essentials; no engine, no weapons and can’t be piloted by a droid. Someone must carry the ship and drop it off to make a fly by before picking it back up. Snap and Karé decide to do the mission so they can spend more time together, with Snap in the recon pod and Karé piloting the x-wing that is carrying it.
Once Snap is dropped, he flies by Starkiller Base and gets the data that the Resistance needs. However, he runs into trouble. The heat that the pod generates is huge, causing the air in the ship to be very hot and the docking assembly (to reattach to the x-wing) to be burnt off. Karé, not leaving her husband to die, uses the s-foils of her x-wing to trap Snap and bring him back to D’Qar. Before they jump, Snap explains to Karé that to take the First Order base down, the Resistance is going to have to sacrifice a lot of lives.
The story for this issue is surprisingly short, shorter than any other comic I’ve read. Yet it didn’t feel like this. The one word that sums this issue up is links. There are lots of little moments in this comic, crucial moments, that help develop the characters and add up to an issue that delivers.
From the very first scene, these moments are small but poignant. We open on Leia seeing Han in the cockpit of the Falcon, and then explaining to Chewie that she is seeing echoes. One of the things missing from the sequel trilogy films is the main characters dealing with their grief over Han. With Luke and Chewie, the scene was cut, for Leia and Chewie there wasn’t even one! Yet here we see Leia remembering her husband and sharing that with Chewie. It is a beautiful moment, one I wish we could have seen on film in The Last Jedi. However, the art is outstanding and takes you every step of the moment perfectly, it’s the next best thing.
We also see Poe debunking any theory that he is force sensitive and referring to a tree where he grew up. This link back to the Shattered Empire series is very welcome and shows that Poe is aware of the importance of the tree that Luke gave to Poe’s mother. One must wonder if that will play a part in Episode IX.
The integrating of Black Squadron into the events of The Force Awakens seems effortless and fills in the gap from the film as well as keeping the momentum of the series going. Which is what this whole issue comes down to. The writing by Soule is flawless, the way he weaves various parts of the films, of past comic series and of the Poe Dameron series is a joy to behold. Added to this the humour that continually comes through is always just right, not too much as some have argued The Last Jedi is.
Although this may seem like a short issue, the details and moments shown here are anything but. There is a reason that Soule is so favoured by fans and this comic shows why. Because even when there isn’t much going on for the characters, there are important moments going on for the reader. If you haven’t already, this is a series that you need to get, if not for the outstanding writing, then for the art which is the equal of its storytelling counterpart.
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.