Poe Dameron #6

Poe Dameron #6

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

Poe Dameron #6 wraps up the Lockdown arc as everything comes to a climax and a finale. Poe and Black Squadron survive the prison riot, BB-8 and the droids pull off their mission in space, and the good guys win in the end. While the big picture is predictable, there’s some fun surprises that get things from point A to point B. Overall it’s a pretty fun issue.

Things start out with BB-8 running away from the giant security droid and Poe and company brawling in Grakkus’ prison fortress. As you might expect, BB-8 is successful in pulling off his mission which in turn enables Poe and crew to rescue Grakkus so they can get the intel they’re after. Along the way, they defeat Terrex not just once, but twice. On top of all that, we get a Leia cameo and a Phasma cameo. It’s not really all that spectacular, and there’s nothing game changing about the issue, but there are some smaller details that make the issue worthwhile.

In retrospect, it’s interesting how much the small details matter. For instance, Terrex jokes with his fellow criminal allies about eating a roasted Hutt and what it would taste like. Papa Toren actually answers the question and suggests the best way to eat Hutt. It’s dark humor, but it hits the spot and adds some color to the vilains. A couple panels later, we see an injured Snap Wexley bleeding from the head as Poe tries to help him. This little visual cue adds to the drama and intensity of the situation. To pull off their escape scheme, Poe turns off the shield for Megalox Beta, which unleashes the extreme gravity on all the prisoners, pinning them to the ground. Yet Charles Soule takes things up a notch by using that gravity shift to kill a character. It doesn’t have any affect on the immediate story, but it serves as a potential plot seed for future stories. Someone will be wanting revenge against Poe Dameron. On the other hand, Terrex abandons his criminal allies, wantonly attacks the Megalox orbiting facility, risks the lives of his crew aboard the Carrion Spike and then slinks off in retreat when everything fails. Each of these actions defines his character. It defines his loyalties, his boundaries and his self-control. He can be cold, quick thinking, and even in a fit of rage, he can still be rational. This issue shows just how dangerous and deadly Terrex can be to everyone around him.

Artwise, this issue is another solid piece of work by Phil Noto. The panels do a great job of conveying the action and bringing the reader along for the ride from scene to scene. There’s great panels showing off the emotions of the characters, the intensity of the battles, and the aftermath of those conflicts. The only weak spot would be the cover which is kind of odd looking with an upside down BB-8 depicting a scene that doesn’t happen in the story. Otherwise it’s good visually from beginning to end.

With Grakkus rescued, the storyline keeps the future rather open. There’s no definitive destination for Black Squadron now that this mission is complete. While the hunt for Lor San Tekka is still far from over, Leia hints that they need to find the mole that’s leaking info to the First Order. Hopefully this means a change in pace for the story and some room to further develop the characters of Black Squadron.

Poe Dameron #6 is a pretty good issue with the culmination of the prison story and it’s solid visuals. Charles Soule and Phil Noto both knock out their duties and deliver on both fronts. I give it a five out of five metal bikinis.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

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