Monday, April 11, 2016

Star Wars: Poe Dameron #1 Comic Book Review

Poe Dameron really wasn't given as much of a spotlight as I figured he would in "Star Wars: The Force Awakens." He's an important element of the story, as he acquires the map to Luke Skywalker and leads the attack on Starkiller Base. However, for a majority of the film, we are left with the possibility that he's dead. Dameron doesn't even get a place on the cover of the Target-exclusive Blu-ray release. What sort of treatment is that for the guy who blew up the First Order's most powerful weapon?

Marvel Comics gives the ace Resistance pilot his due with the new Star Wars: Poe Dameron miniseries. Writer Charles Soule (Star Wars: Lando, Daredevil) and Artist Phil Noto (Star Wars: Chewbacca, Black Widow) flesh out our hero and give him the substance and back story we so longed for as the end credits to "The Force Awakens" rolled. Issue #1 promises a tale of bravery, adventure, and drama as it unfolds before us.

Poe Dameron, former Republic flyer turned Resistance fighter, is the best pilot in the galaxy. Hand-picked for the resistance by General Leia Organa to lead a squadron on a top secret and vital mission...Poe sets off investigating sites of historical importance to the Force. Follow the hero and his X-Wing squadron on covert missions against the First Order in Star Wars: Poe Dameron #1.

Writer Charles Soule crafts a story that lays the groundwork for the first scene of "The Force Awakens." You get the feeling this comic is going to lead us up to the very moment before the movie opens. Let's just say Poe didn't get his mission and then just jump in an X-Wing fighter with BB-8 and show up on Jakku. Nothing is ever that easy in the "Star Wars" universe. There has to be some perilous exploits along the way.

Artist Phil Noto does a wonderful job of capturing the looks of the different characters we were introduced to in "The Force Awakens." Poe Dameron looks like Oscar Isaacs in comic book form. There's absolutely no doubt who we're looking at when General Leia makes her appearance.

A cute short story is included as an added bonus for Star Wars: Poe Dameron #1. The eight-page tale is entitled "SaBBotage" and was written by Chris Eliopoulos with Jordie Bellaire. Basically, it shows BB-8 hosting his own brand of "Love Connection" in a Galaxy Far, Far Away.

Issue #1 of Star Wars: Poe Dameron is rated T for Teen. It has the same tone and content as "Star Wars: The Force Awakens." If you allowed your children to see that, then the comic is safe for them.

Star Wars: Poe Dameron #1 gives fans what was missing from "The Force Awakens." I'm not saying the film was flawed in any way. You can only do so much in a two hour movie. I'm just saying that Marvel has made up for any lack of the character with this first issue alone.

Star Wars: Poe Dameron #1 is available now in print and digital editions.

Click on the image below for a sneak peek inside issue #1 of Star Wars: Poe Dameron.
Star Wars: Poe Dameron #1 Preview

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