Oscar Isaac’s breakout character from Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, gets the Marvel Comics treatment. The first three issues of Poe Dameron tells the story of how the best pilot in the galaxy begins his quest to find the Jedi Master: Luke Skywalker.
General Leia Organa has picked Poe Dameron to lead a mission to find Lor San Tekka, the only guy in the universe with a vagabond complex that knows where Luke Skywalker is. Poe and his trusty droid BB-8 assemble a team that will get the job done; they assemble “The Black Squadron.”
First allow me to rave about Phil Noto’s art. We all love it, right? His pastel, glossy style brings these outer space heroes to life in a way not many artists could. One of the things that you can say about Star Wars films is that, even though it can get dark sometimes, it’s always visually vivid. Noto translated that well into this book and I loved every single panel of it.
Say what you will about Episode VII, we can all agree (excluding all you haters) that the new characters introduced are amazing. My favorite was Poe Dameron and Charles Soule does a great job at expanding this character while keeping the charm that Oscar Isaac gave him.
The story is small in comparison to the huge adventures these characters go on during the movies, but the minimal plot is large enough to introduce life-threatening, antagonistic situations. For starters we get the main villain of the initial issue trilogy: Agent Terex. Soule establishes him well as a villain we should all be weary of. Even Captain Phasma seems to take appropriate distance. Added to that you have an egg incubating an unborn savior that may or may not be on our heroes’ side. Of course this is nothing the Black Squadron can’t handle… Eventually.
For me, these first three issues are close to perfect. There are some coincidental mishaps that work in favor for the resolution, but lets not worry too much about who shot first. Read these issues to get introduced to completely new set of Resistance fighters that you’ll fall in love with. Read them to fear a villain that you would like to see in the movies (played by Michael Keaton). Also read this book to reassure your love for Poe Dameron and BB-8.
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