Poe Dameron #19

Poe Dameron #19

Writer: Charles Soule
Artist: Angel Unzueta
Colorist: Arif Prianto
Letterer: Joe Caramagna
Cover Artist: Phil Noto

Poe Dameron #19 wraps up the “War Stories” arc as the good guys win again. It’s not a surprising ending, but it’s a fun journey. Poe and Snap come by a streak of good luck that lets them escape, meanwhile Suralinda creates her own luck as she takes the initiative to free herself, Jess and Kare. That said, not everyone makes it out alive.

Digging into the meat of the issues and spoiler territory, there’s several story lines at play that all converge on the planet Spalex. In space on the First Order ship The Enshado, Poe and Snap are stuck in a prison cell and hoping for a bright idea that will allow them to escape. Luckily for them, brainwashed First Order agent Terex has been ordered to kill Oddy Muva, who is also in captivity. For a while now, there have been hints that Terex is fighting his brain implant. In this issue, those plot points finally pay off. Terex resists the order to kill Oddy, and instead frees him. This allows Oddy to free Poe and Snap so they can all make their escape in some starfighters.

Elsewhere, Suralinda has some explaining to do as she tries to convince Jess and Pava that she hasn’t sold them out. She gives some good reasoning on why she had to tell the First Order officer they were with Black Squadron. To back up her claim, she also elicits a plan which allows them to escape. Poe, Snap and Oddy arrive in the sky to shoot down some First Order TIE fighters, and Oddy ends up making the ultimate sacrifice to take out the First Order ship Enshado. Thus the good guys get their happy ending but at the cost of one of their own.

The story isn’t too bad overall. It ties up a lot of plot lines, takes the time to further develop some characters and some of the remaining plot lines, and squeezes in some surprises, some action, and a little humor. That said, it’s nothing too shocking, too new, and it doesn’t really change or add to the films. It’s more of a side story than anything. However, I can’t help that feel that something is wrong when the most interesting characters in a Poe Dameron series are everyone but Poe himself. Easily the two most interesting characters, in my opinion, are Terex and Suralinda. To be honest, I’d love to see a series starring them rather than Black Squadron and Poe Dameron. With 19 issues under his belt, Charles Soule has failed to capture the magic that was Rogue Squadron, which Micahel A. Stackpole was able to achieve back in the day. The Poe Dameron series just doesn’t have the right mixture of ingredients to make it great.

Story aside, the artwork in Poe Dameron #19 is really good. There’s a lot of great panels, tons of attention to detail, and it avoids feeling rushed or cheap. Even the minor panels get attention and superb coloring. Visually, it’s extremely solid.

In the end, I give Poe Dameron #19 a four out of five metal bikinis. It’s not essential reading, but it’s fun and enjoyable. While it could be better, it’s certainly better than nothing.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

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