Review: Star Wars: Poe Dameron #1

Poe_Dameron_1_CoverSet before the events of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, be there for Poe’s daring adventures as they take him to the edges of the galaxy and back. Hand-picked for the Resistance by legendary General Leia Organa, follow Poe, BB-8 and a squadron of X-Wing pilots on a top-secret mission that could hold the key to saving the galaxy. But with the full might of the First Order on their tail, will the operation be short-lived?

While you might be watching Star Wars: The Force Awakens since it’s out now for personal viewing, there’s probably a lot of questions you have, some of which is the beginning of the movie which has Poe getting some needed information and the First Order in pursuit. Well, if you care about that plot point, this is the comic for you!

The comic has Poe going on a secret mission for Leia to track down Lor San Tekka, aka the Explorer, who has information as to where Luke is. Not only do we get to learn more about this plot point, but we also get to learn more about Poe and some of the X-Wing pilots that we see in the film. The comic is a straight up prequel to The Force Awakens, and Marvel, to their credit is underplaying that a lot surprisingly. It’s that important and tied-in it seems.

The comic is fantastic in its introduction, the characters, the settings, there’s just so much added to the Star Wars universe here, and at the same time is very welcoming to new readers. You don’t need to know what’s happened before, but it definitely helps.

The art by Phil Noto is top-notch full of excitement. He nails the characters, the ships, the universe, it’s a fun read and looks fantastic. His ability to build the movement and excitement when Poe is flying towards the beginning of the comic which you can feel the claustrophobic setting.

Also included is Chris Eliopoulos who handles a back-up story that’s beyond adorable involving BB-8. It’s a great addition to the comic.

The first issue met my expectations and then some adding so much to the Star Wars cannon, way more than I expected. The comic is also fantastically relevant to those wanting to learn more about The Force Awakens. This is a must get for Star Wars fans.

Story: Charles Soule and Chris Eliopoulos Art: Phil Noto and Chris Eliopoulos
Story: Art: Overall: Recommendation: Buy

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review