Poe Dameron #13

Poe Dameron #13

Writer: Charles Soule
Artist/Cover Artist: Phil Noto
Letterer: Joe Caramagna

Poe Dameron #13 wraps up the arc with Terex and the pirates, but does it do it with a roar or a whimper? We knew Poe and Black Squadron would win in the end, so is the outcome really any surprise? On the other hand, what will Poe actually do with Terex? And where will the series go from here?

When the issue starts, Poe is in trouble on the ground with Terex and his pirates. He’s stuck with a commando droid who won’t fight, and Black Squadron is tied up in the air and can’t help in time. Thus begins the first of three miracles. First, Snap downloads a copy of Mr. Bones to the worthless commando droid, turning him into a killing machine who wipes out Terex’s pirate gang. For anyone who has read the Aftermath novels by Chuck Wendig, you’ll know that Mr. Bones is the customer B1 Battle droid that Snap had when he was a kid. Alas, Terex kills the resurrected Mr. Bones, which cues miracle number two: BB-8. Returning out of nowhere, BB-8 zaps Terex which allows Poe to win on the ground. In order to neatly wrap up the entire crisis, the First Order arrives and becomes miracle number three as they attack and wipe out all of Terex’s pirate forces in the air.

In all of this chaos, L’ulo dies, the First Order does not attack Black Squadron but asks for Terex so they can take him into custody, and Poe wins the day. But what does Poe really win? Thus far the commando droid hasn’t revealed any secrets and probably doesn’t have any. He lost a pilot, and he really wasn’t trying to find Terex to stop him in the first place. There’s really no victory in the end, nor any big surprise. If anyone is a winner, it’s Oddy who saved his wife and some of the other slaves. The question there is whether the Resistance will forgive him for all the spy work he’s been doing for the First Order.

All in all, this issue was a little weak. The resolutions were very convenient, the big conflict wasn’t all that worthwhile, and really, this arc didn’t take us anywhere memorable. While Terex was a really fun bad guy, his storyline didn’t go anywhere. Poe’s character arc has remained stagnant and underdeveloped, and the whole series is fizzling out. If the Poe Dameron series what’s to remain relevant, they’re going to have to make some big changes in future issues to make this thing worth reading. As is, they’re on a downhill slope.

I give Poe Dameron #13 a two and a half out of five metal bikinis.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

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