Poe Dameron is the unsung hero of Star Wars:The Force Awakens, so it seems perfect that he gets his own comic series. Set a bit before Episode 7, it sees Poe being handpicked by Princess, no, General Leia Organa to locate the mysterious Lor San Tekka who holds the last piece of a map to the hidden location of Luke Skywalker. Lor San Tekka seems like a really popular guy in the Star Wars universe as the First Order is also hot on the trails of looking for him, they have assigned Agent Terex (a security enforcer for The First Order) to capture Poe Dameron and have him hand over the data to Luke’s location.
The Poe Dameron comic series is written by Charles Soule who also wrote the fantastic 5 part Lando Calrissian series as well and the artwork is by the great Phil Noto (he does all the artwork for the Marvel Star Wars comics as well as a lot of the covers for the new cannon novels)
Issue 1 shows Poe being tasked to assemble a team of some of the best pilots in the galaxy, this team becomes black squadron. They journey to one of the last record planets that Lor San Tekka was seen on called Ovanis. Once there they come across the crech, an ancient tribe who protect a glowing blue egg which they worship. The First Order tracked Poe and his company to Ovanis and launch an attack upon them and the tribe, who only seem to care about protecting their egg and not much else, Enter the main villain of the arc, Agent Terex. A suave bad guy that looks like he jumped straight out of a James Bond movie and into a galaxy far far away. He serves under Captain Phasma. We love how the new cannon comic books and novels reference each others events, a quality that was lacking in the old expanded universe comics and books. Theres a scene between Terex and Phasma where Phasma talks about a certain mission that saw Poe Steal data from a new republic senator who had info for the First Order, that was something that happened in the “Before The Awakening” novel that set up key characters in The Force Awakens.
Issue 2 picks up with the dogfight still happening in the sky between the First Orders TIE fighters and Black Squadron in their X-Wings while Poe and Agent Terex try to both get information on Lor San Tekka’s whereabouts from the natives. This happens for a few pages before The First Order decide to take control and set aflame the Crech’s glowing blue egg hoping this will give them some answers.
The start of issue 3 sees the glowing blue egg crack open and a giant Godzilla like creature emerge to wreck havoc. Another giant monster fights the creature from the egg while on the ground Poe and terex hash it out, a great scene even Toho would be proud of. Once the creatures are done and dusted, Terex and Poe reach a civil agreement to leave each other alone for the time being. Terex isn’t quite done with him yet though.The covers for each issue are superb, Once again Phil Noto weaves his magic with every single issue.
That’s it from us for now .
May the force be with