Star Wars
Poe Dameron, former Republic flyer turned Resistance fighter, is the best pilot in the galaxy. Hand-picked for the resistance by General Leia Organa to lead a squadron on a top-secret and vital mission, Poe sets off to investigate sites of historical importance to the Force — revealing backstory leading directly into The Force Awakens! Follow Poe and his X-Wing squadron on covert missions against the First Order, brought to you by writer Charles Soule (STAR WARS: LANDO, DAREDEVIL) and artist Phil Noto (STAR WARS: CHEWBACCA, BLACK WIDOW)!Collecting issues 1–6 from the ongoing series.

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TitleStar Wars
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LanguageEnglish
ReleaseDec 13th, 2016
PublisherMarvel
ISBN-139781302901103
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GenreMedia Tie In, Star Wars, Sequential Art, Comics, Graphic Novels, Science Fiction, Superheroes, Marvel

Star Wars Review

  • Sam Quixote
    January 1, 1970
    Oscar Isaac’s Poe Dameron was arguably the best new character in The Force Awakens. The perfect blend of Luke Skywalker and Han Solo, Poe stole every scene he was in and it wasn’t surprising when rumours of a spinoff solo movie started doing the rounds. I’m all in favour of that, Disney, but one thing: please, please, please NEVER hire Charles Soule to write the script, he will torpedo any interest in the character like he did in this crappy comic!Remember Poe’s first scene where he’s talking to Oscar Isaac’s Poe Dameron was arguably the best new character in The Force Awakens. The perfect blend of Luke Skywalker and Han Solo, Poe stole every scene he was in and it wasn’t surprising when rumours of a spinoff solo movie started doing the rounds. I’m all in favour of that, Disney, but one thing: please, please, please NEVER hire Charles Soule to write the script, he will torpedo any interest in the character like he did in this crappy comic!Remember Poe’s first scene where he’s talking to Max von Sydow - ever wonder how he found him? No? Me neither, but that’s what Black Squadron is about. In his quest to find Lor San Tekka (which sounds like an Asian curry dish and the premise for a Star Wars food show - “Join Poe and BB8 as they look for the best cuisine the galaxy has to offer!”), he encounters an egg cult and has to bust out Grakkus the Hutt from space jail.For a book about a dashing pilot having adventures in his X-Wing, this one turns out to be astonishingly dull. Bad, unexciting action permeates with unmemorable characters in a pointless storyline that’s impossible to care about. The egg cult story had a derivative flavour to it too like when the Engineer awakens in Prometheus crossed over with corny Japanese kaiju fighting. And the bad guy, Terex, is basically a Star Wars version of Dick Dastardly but not nearly as amusing.If you’re hoping to learn more about Poe and BB8’s past, up yours buddy! The characters are still being developed by the movies and no comics writer like Soule is gonna be allowed to make up canon that might end up contradicting the on-screen character’s history so Poe’s basically a one-dimensional, static character here. Phil Noto’s art is serviceable but as bland as the writing - it’s nowhere near as fresh or vivid as it was in his Black Widow run.Black Squadron was mega-boring. Charles Soule manages to take the most charismatic figure in the new Star Wars movies, suck the personality out of him and drop him in into by-the-numbers forgettable stories. I loved The Force Awakens and I’ll all for comics with those characters but Marvel need to keep Charles Soule away from anything Star Wars in the future - ever since he went Marvel exclusive he’s become such an unreadable hack!
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  • Calista
    January 1, 1970
    There were some good ideas in this story. I don't think Poe's Charisma came through the novel very well. He was very different. I didn't care for the members of Black Squadron at all. There was no characterization. They were dull. The beginning was a little interesting and then we were introduced to the foil or antagonist - Tekka. He is dull also and I didn't like him at all.I thought the idea for the prison with the anti-gravity gun was interesting and creative. I don't know how something like There were some good ideas in this story. I don't think Poe's Charisma came through the novel very well. He was very different. I didn't care for the members of Black Squadron at all. There was no characterization. They were dull. The beginning was a little interesting and then we were introduced to the foil or antagonist - Tekka. He is dull also and I didn't like him at all.I thought the idea for the prison with the anti-gravity gun was interesting and creative. I don't know how something like that would begin to work, but that's besides the point. Seeing the hutts was interesting at least. Tekka was so boring, someone please kill him and give us a better villain. Also, can Poe get his personality back please. This is the Pan sexual space pilot full of charm. He was not in these pages at all.I will probably give the next one a try and see if it gets better. This got some things right and things wrong. Poe is searching for the guy who knows where Luke is at the beginning of the Force Awakens.
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  • Paul E. Morph
    January 1, 1970
    Phil Noto's artwork was great as always on this book... shame about the story.Nah, that's a little harsh. It was OK. You'll probably get more out of it if you actually enjoyed The Force Awakens....
  • Holden Johnson
    January 1, 1970
    Marvel has done amazing so far with the new star wars canon comics.Poe Dameron Vol 1: Black Squadron contains issues 1-5 of the new Poe Dameron comic from marvel. This is one of the few series in the new marvel comic selection that takes place in unknown time periods during and around the events of episode 7, The Force Awakens. So, of course, this makes me very excited to see more into the new universe.This volume was very exciting and showed me several things that I love in any star wars media: Marvel has done amazing so far with the new star wars canon comics.Poe Dameron Vol 1: Black Squadron contains issues 1-5 of the new Poe Dameron comic from marvel. This is one of the few series in the new marvel comic selection that takes place in unknown time periods during and around the events of episode 7, The Force Awakens. So, of course, this makes me very excited to see more into the new universe.This volume was very exciting and showed me several things that I love in any star wars media:New planets.New aliens.X-Wing Squadrons.BB8.Poe is a confident, charming pilot and the Black Squadron, consisting of Snap Wexley, who is one of the main characters from the Aftermath Series by Chuck Wendig, is Black 2. I have a love of X-Wing squadrons and any story that deals with average, ordinary citizens doing amazing things.Sure I love the force, Jedi, Sith, Lightsabers, etc, but there's just something about ordinary joes taking on evil that puts me on the edge of my seat.Can't wait for the rest of the series and Volume 2!
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  • Lata
    January 1, 1970
    Charming Poe Dameron is sent on a mission by General Leia Organa to find Lor San Tekka. With the help of BB-8 and the members of Black Squadron, Poe travels from place to place, with First Order Agent Terex (I kept thinking T-Rex!) showing up on the same mission.Some action, a little mystery, with more to be revealed, hopefully, of how the First Order seems a little ahead of the Resistance.
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  • Chad
    January 1, 1970
    This was the first one of the Marvel Star Wars books I was bored with. Disney has such a tight control on what can be done with any of the characters that all these EU stories involving anything with the new movies are bland and uninteresting. Adding Charles Soule to the mix doesn't help. His writing for Marvel has been uninteresting at best and that trend continues here. The plot of this whole series is the hunt for Max Von Sydow. He's supposed to be this big explorer now so each story line is This was the first one of the Marvel Star Wars books I was bored with. Disney has such a tight control on what can be done with any of the characters that all these EU stories involving anything with the new movies are bland and uninteresting. Adding Charles Soule to the mix doesn't help. His writing for Marvel has been uninteresting at best and that trend continues here. The plot of this whole series is the hunt for Max Von Sydow. He's supposed to be this big explorer now so each story line is just going to a new planet to get leads to the next planet on a never ending hunt until sales decline enough to kill the series. In the second story in the book, Lors is supposed to have visited a Hutt on a prison planet. Soule couldn't even be bothered to give us a reason why Lors would go to a penal colony in the first place. Grrr, this book just makes me mad after seeing how good Marvel's other Star Wars books are.
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  • Allie
    January 1, 1970
    My rating is me being a bitch. Kind of. Usually before I read any book I'll look up the reviews, to see if my bookish friends liked them or just to see what the ratings have averaged out to. If I would've seen the reviews before reading this, I wouldn't have read it. Fortunately, a friend came and dropped this on my table and told me to read it. He does this often and, truthfully, some of his recommendations are pthhhpbb. That said, I'm glad I read this. I liked the story and the illustrations. My rating is me being a bitch. Kind of. Usually before I read any book I'll look up the reviews, to see if my bookish friends liked them or just to see what the ratings have averaged out to. If I would've seen the reviews before reading this, I wouldn't have read it. Fortunately, a friend came and dropped this on my table and told me to read it. He does this often and, truthfully, some of his recommendations are pthhhpbb. That said, I'm glad I read this. I liked the story and the illustrations. Seems like a lot of reviewers had a problem with Charles Soule, but I'm still fairly new to the graphic novel world so I'm pretty unbiased. I planned on giving this 4 stars, but because I want to up the overall rating average, I'm giving it 5. So there.
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  • Clarissa
    January 1, 1970
    This was okay. I wanted to love it. I really did but the plot felt predictable and a little boring at times. Of course, this is a direct prequel to The Force Awakens, so that may be part of it but I wasn't pulled into the story. I adore Poe Dameron and BB-8 but I don't get the same charm that I loved from the movie that I do here. The artist does a good job making him look almost exactly like Oscar Isaac but, alas, the writer could not transfer his persona to the page. BB-8 is still great though This was okay. I wanted to love it. I really did but the plot felt predictable and a little boring at times. Of course, this is a direct prequel to The Force Awakens, so that may be part of it but I wasn't pulled into the story. I adore Poe Dameron and BB-8 but I don't get the same charm that I loved from the movie that I do here. The artist does a good job making him look almost exactly like Oscar Isaac but, alas, the writer could not transfer his persona to the page. BB-8 is still great though. I hope this gets better.
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  • Michelle Curie
    January 1, 1970
    Poe Dameron was my favourite new character in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, so the fan in me was curious to find out how a series with him as the protagonist would play out. Not that anyone would forget, but the former Republic flyer turned Resistance fighter is the best pilot in the galaxy. Black Squadron is set before the events of The Force Awakens and focusses on his and General Leia Organa's efforts to find the map revealing Luke Skywalker's current location. In the adventures that follow h Poe Dameron was my favourite new character in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, so the fan in me was curious to find out how a series with him as the protagonist would play out. Not that anyone would forget, but the former Republic flyer turned Resistance fighter is the best pilot in the galaxy. Black Squadron is set before the events of The Force Awakens and focusses on his and General Leia Organa's efforts to find the map revealing Luke Skywalker's current location. In the adventures that follow he has to find Lor San Tekka, who might know more, a quest which confront him with things like space jail and a cult worshipping a giant egg. The art by Phil Noto is pleasing to look at, but yet not the artist's best work. Charles Soule did a good job at tying Poe Dameron and his droid BB-8 into their own adventures and making their voices sound like those we've got familiar with in the movies. We meet some other familiar faces along the way, too, as characters like Leia and Captain Phasma make their cameos along the way, the latter making an interesting statement about the difference between the Empire and the First Order: "The First Order is not the Empire. We are purer. We have been through the crucible and emerged stronger." The problem was less the characters however (even though most of the secondary characters were forgettable), but more what they were doing. The storyline itself wasn't horrible, but also not truly exciting or engaging. I guess this is a read that will only be interesting for people who are keen to lay their hands on everything Star Wars related - but beware, there won't be much new stuff waiting here for you.
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  • Julie
    January 1, 1970
    Oh gosh, this comic book was a delight! 4.5 stars. It covers some of Poe's shenanigans with Black Squadron (Jessika Pava, Snap Wexley, et al) in the leadup to The Force Awakens, on their search for Lor San Tekka -- and their clashes with Agent Terex, a First Order intelligence operative who is amazing, all mustachioed charm and whimsy as he and Poe wind up in a new cat-and-mouse game, an almost Wile E. Coyote and Roadrunner-esque situation. There's a prison break. There's an exasperated Leia. Th Oh gosh, this comic book was a delight! 4.5 stars. It covers some of Poe's shenanigans with Black Squadron (Jessika Pava, Snap Wexley, et al) in the leadup to The Force Awakens, on their search for Lor San Tekka -- and their clashes with Agent Terex, a First Order intelligence operative who is amazing, all mustachioed charm and whimsy as he and Poe wind up in a new cat-and-mouse game, an almost Wile E. Coyote and Roadrunner-esque situation. There's a prison break. There's an exasperated Leia. There's his ace pilots, the comfortable camaraderie and love in the group. There's Phil Noto's gorgeous, photo-realistic artwork that looks so much like the actors that it's uncanny. The whole thing read like an actual Star Wars movie, and I loved it. Only very slightly rounded down because I would have liked to see more from Jess & Snap & co, and I hope they're developed more in subsequent volumes (since where else am I gonna get to see them??).Also the very last add-on in the volume is a teeny tiny story where BB-8 takes it upon himself to stage a meet-cute for a Resistance pilot and technician, and it is the cutest.
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  • Bhanuj
    January 1, 1970
    The story, the artwork, the plot, everything was below average. Poe Dameron is my third favorite character from Star Wars after Yoda and R2D2. You can say, that I have a little man-crush on the best pilot in the whole galaxy. I was super excited to find that Poe has his own series but I am super disappointed after reading it. The story is a prequel to Episode 7. The volume 1 collects issue #1-6. Everyone wants to find out where Luke Skywalker is, but before they find out the map to Luke skywalke The story, the artwork, the plot, everything was below average. Poe Dameron is my third favorite character from Star Wars after Yoda and R2D2. You can say, that I have a little man-crush on the best pilot in the whole galaxy. I was super excited to find that Poe has his own series but I am super disappointed after reading it. The story is a prequel to Episode 7. The volume 1 collects issue #1-6. Everyone wants to find out where Luke Skywalker is, but before they find out the map to Luke skywalker they must find the person who has the map. The artwork was average. I hated the way they made Poe look. There were no interesting dialogues. Not a single memorable dialogue in the whole volume. It could have been an interesting tale, but it wasn't. The plot was very thin and dull. The jovial jibe between the characters that has been the corner stone of the Star Wars series was blatantly missing.
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  • Anthony
    January 1, 1970
    I was expecting a lot from this, but it's overall pretty average. I won't complain about BB-8 and Poe getting their own comic, but we don't really get into their history much. Instead, we're introduced to a lot of other characters that'll be supporting players coming up. Probably why this arc was called Black Squadron. I hope the next arc is better.
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  • Ivy
    January 1, 1970
    5 🌟Enjoyed seeing Poe and the other members of Black Squadron. Hope they find Lor San Tekka soon. Didn't really like the prison very much. Wonder who the spy in Black Squadron is. Can't wait to read Poe Dameron #2: The Gathering Storm!!!
  • Sesana
    January 1, 1970
    Essentially a direct prequel to Force Awakens, the story of how Poe found Lor San Tekka, and, I presume, how the First Order was right behind him. The story was fairly good, and there's some nice action sequences. But there's some truly awful dialog in there. Nice art, though.
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  • Lance Shadow
    January 1, 1970
    Star Wars: Poe Dameron is yet another comic book series released by Marvel that focuses on a side character from the films. This series is meant to be a direct prequel to The Force Awakens. Despite the slight feeling of pointlessness to it all, writer Charles Soule and artist Phil Noto delivered a very fun read and I look forward to seeing how this story connects to the opening scene on Jakku.This is one of those stories that much like Drew Karpyshyn's Old Republic novel Annihilation, I really l Star Wars: Poe Dameron is yet another comic book series released by Marvel that focuses on a side character from the films. This series is meant to be a direct prequel to The Force Awakens. Despite the slight feeling of pointlessness to it all, writer Charles Soule and artist Phil Noto delivered a very fun read and I look forward to seeing how this story connects to the opening scene on Jakku.This is one of those stories that much like Drew Karpyshyn's Old Republic novel Annihilation, I really like despite the obvious flaws and more than a few goofy moments. THE STORY: This comic follows the exploits of ace pilot Poe Dameron right before The Force Awakens opens. Poe is assigned to find galactic explorer Lor San Tekka (the old man played by Max Von Sydow that gets murdered on Jakku by Kylo Ren) by General Leia Organa, and he assembles Black Squadron to pull it off. This team, composed of Snap Wexley, Jess Pava, L'ulo, Kare Kun, and their technician, Oddy Muva. Snap and Jess actually appear in The Force Awakens during the battle of Starkiller Base alongside Poe. I also did a bit of research and found that Oddy is not the alien that dies in that battle when his X-wing gets shot down. This trade paperback actually compiles two shorter story arcs that each take up three issues, "Black Squadron" and "Lockdown". The first 3 issues, which are what I call "The Black Squadron Trilogy", follow Poe and his pilots as they journey to Lor San Tekka's most recent known location, a strange planet called Ovanis. Poe gets in contact with a local cult who developed a close relationship with San Tekka as the squadron is ambushed by Terex. In the second set of issues, which I call "The Lockdown Trilogy", the pilots head to Megalox Beta, a planet with extreme gravity where a private prison system operates. After getting betrayed by their escort of guards, Poe and the gang must fight their way out of the prison, and against Terex. THE BAD: From the opening crawl of the first issue, you will find that this series will have little to no real tension and it's going to be highly predictable. It is interesting to learn what happened leading up to The Force Awakens and seeing some of the film's background characters fleshed out, but the fact that about half of these people are alive during the events of the film means you won't be worrying about what will happen to them. There's also the fact that The Force Awakens opens with Poe finding Lor San Tekka shortly before Kylo Ren axes him, so you know exactly what's going to happen- Black Squadron is going to find San Tekka and outsmart Terrex. And even though I like this series and I often go into the Star Wars novels and comics with this idea in mind, I can see why others would be turned off by it.The comic definitely has its cheesy moments, from those weird flying monsters in the Black Squadron Trilogy to the fact that Agent Terrex sometimes comes off as the stereotypical mustache twirling James Bond villain. I also find Phil Noto's art to be inconsistent. Noto happened to be the artist behind Star Wars: Chewbacca, and while I thought he did a good job, it wasn't anything special either. With the Black Squadron Trilogy, I was thinking that Noto made progress since Chewbacca and I was quite happy with it. The action was about the same level of quality (just ok) but the character design looked great. But then during the Lockdown Trilogy there are multiple panels that just looked rushed and a bit cheap. THE GOOD: One of Charles Soule's strong points in all three of his Star Wars comics series has been the dialogue, even with the mediocre Obi-Wan and Anakin. I laughed frequently at the banter between Poe and Terrex, and there was an interesting dynamic between the pilots of Black Squadron. I never read the X-Wing books from Michael Stackpole and Aaron Allston, but from what I hear many Star Wars fans enjoy those books for the diversity of the cast and the relationships between Wedge Antilles and the pilots of Rogue and Wraith Squadrons. I think Soule does well with a similar dynamic here. Despite his occasional cheesiness, Agent Terrex can also be cunning and intimidating and makes for a fun bad guy for Poe to battle. I really like his dialogue and have a good time reading his lines with a Steve Blum voice. Soule does a fantastic job with the characters of Poe Dameron and BB8, getting them spot on from what we saw in the Force Awakens with Poe's snarky one liners and BB8's cute and silly antics. I also think he does a great job fleshing out the extras from the movie. Finally, I really like how much Soule connects this comic with the rest of cannon by bringing in elements of other books and comics. (view spoiler)[ Papa Torren from Soule's very own Star Wars: Lando, Grakkus the Hutt from Star Wars, Vol. 2: Showdown on the Smuggler's Moon, L'ulo from the comic book miniseries Shattered Empireand the Carrion Spike from Tarkin all show up. I especially like how the Carrion Spike is now Agent Terrex's personal craft. (hide spoiler)]The comic does a great job distracting from the weightless story by putting in easter eggs from previous canon novels and comics as well as provide wonderfully entertaining dialogue and a great portrayal of Poe Dameron. This comic isn't perfect by any means but I still had alot of fun with it. THE CONCLUSION: Charles Soule's Poe Dameron is not as good as Lando, but in my opinion he has redeemed himself from the misstep that was Obi-Wan and Anakin. I recommend this to those who miss the fighter squadron dynamic of the X-wing books and/or closely follow the Star Wars canon because this will be a rewarding read. Not the best comic book collection in the new canon, but I enjoyed it enough. If you don't care about the events directly lleading up to The Force Awakens, this is passable. But if you don't care about that and just want to read about Poe Dameron flying around with his pilots kicking First Order Buckethead butt, have fun!Update: final rating is 3.5, rounded down. I just finished legend lost and liked it much more than this one, so I needed to show the comparison better. Gathering storm still sucks but I’m keeping that same rating. It’s 2.5 Stars.
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  • Jessamyn Leigh
    January 1, 1970
    Poe is a precious noble loyal sea turtle. I love BB-8. I love the rest of the squad. All of them going on adventures? Sign me up. Phil Noto's art is always the prettiest and I'll never be over the way he does stuff with color. Basically this is everything I could want in a comic.
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  • Jonathan Maas
    January 1, 1970
    Just awesome. I highly recommend it!
  • Scott S.
    January 1, 1970
    This one started promisingly enough - with Dameron (quipping in a similar manner to the silver-screen version) engaging in the expected brave and/or reckless piloting, and then assembling a squadron for two special missions - but did not quite rise above B-level plotting. (The events depicted take place just before The Force Awakens.) The villain Terex, who appeared to resemble actor Robert Shaw in looks and DC's Sinestro in uppity / arrogant manner (ugh), was an average antagonist. BB-8, though This one started promisingly enough - with Dameron (quipping in a similar manner to the silver-screen version) engaging in the expected brave and/or reckless piloting, and then assembling a squadron for two special missions - but did not quite rise above B-level plotting. (The events depicted take place just before The Force Awakens.) The villain Terex, who appeared to resemble actor Robert Shaw in looks and DC's Sinestro in uppity / arrogant manner (ugh), was an average antagonist. BB-8, though, acquits himself nicely and probably should've received equal billing with the title character.
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  • Roy
    January 1, 1970
    This was pretty subpar to anything Ive read in the marvel star wars universe. Poe is on thr hunt, taken around the galaxy trying to find a certain someone. Hint its a certain someone related to the films. The art is pretty average at best.
  • Neil R. Coulter
    January 1, 1970
    I'm glad people (and opening-crawl texts) so often mention that Poe Dameron is the Best Pilot in the Galaxy (tm), because if they didn't, I would assume he's really uninteresting and helpless. Poe's highlights:**gets captured in the first few minutes of his film debut**his ship gets destroyed on a middle-of-nowhere planet**recites lame, quippy dialogue ("Who talks first? You talk first? I talk first?") in the presence of a cool villain**entrusts important information to a childlike droid rather I'm glad people (and opening-crawl texts) so often mention that Poe Dameron is the Best Pilot in the Galaxy (tm), because if they didn't, I would assume he's really uninteresting and helpless. Poe's highlights:**gets captured in the first few minutes of his film debut**his ship gets destroyed on a middle-of-nowhere planet**recites lame, quippy dialogue ("Who talks first? You talk first? I talk first?") in the presence of a cool villain**entrusts important information to a childlike droid rather than guarding it himself**leads the enemy to a peaceful village, which they completely destroy**needs to be rescued by a complete stranger**tries to escape in a TIE fighter without disconnecting a cable**imposes his will on a stranger's identity ("Well, I'm not going to call you that. Let's see, 'FN.' I'm going to call you Finn. How about that?")**gives clunky expositional dialogue ("That's right. He's a BB unit, orange and white, one of a kind.").**crashes and destroys the second of two ships he has flown in the first few minutes of his film debut**wakes up from the crash landing and ditches his new buddy on a planet in the middle of nowhere**returns to the Resistance base without trying to find his droid and the important information that was the whole point of the mission**arrives on Takdana a little bit too late to save Maz Kanata's thousand-year-old castle, and also too late to save Rey; also allows Kylo Ren to escape, even though Kylo flies a ship that's identifiable because it's different from all other First Order ships**keeps shooting at Starkiller Base, even though it does no good until someone else more or less blows it up for him**repeats generic pilot lines, such as "Give it everything you got!"That's Poe. Can't wait to see what he gets up to in Episode 8.But until then, we have the Poe Dameron graphic novel. And even though, as I've just indicated, Poe is far from the greatest Star Wars character, this graphic novel is even stranger and more disappointing than I expected. The dialogue is about as bland as possible, and the artwork is unexceptional.The story includes odd elements, such as a group of people who guard a large, blue egg that contains their savior. Except that when it hatches, it actually contains a monster who doesn't seem to fit into the Star Wars universe at all. And there's never any further explanation. But it does lead to some, what should I say--fantastic? lines that haven't been uttered before in a Star Wars story (or, dare I say, elsewhere):"He's got a detonator--He's threatening the egg!""If you talk now, maybe I can see about saving their savior. If not . . . my men will get to enjoy the galaxy's largest omelet."Not Star Wars's finest moment. (But still not quite as bad as Aftermath.)Why does Lucasfilm even have a "story group" if they're going to approve books like this?
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  • Kathleen
    January 1, 1970
    Poe Dameron is my cute, sweet, ridiculous space son, so naturally when I saw a graphic novel about him, I picked it up. This volume collects the first six (? maybe four?) issues in the series and two separate story arcs in one long quest to find Lor San Tekka. It's essentially a prequel to The Force Awakens, and explains how Poe got to Jakku in the first place. Sort of. Part of the way there, anyway.I have to admit, the first arc is ehhh. We see Poe hanging out with a strange sort of egg cult, t Poe Dameron is my cute, sweet, ridiculous space son, so naturally when I saw a graphic novel about him, I picked it up. This volume collects the first six (? maybe four?) issues in the series and two separate story arcs in one long quest to find Lor San Tekka. It's essentially a prequel to The Force Awakens, and explains how Poe got to Jakku in the first place. Sort of. Part of the way there, anyway.I have to admit, the first arc is ehhh. We see Poe hanging out with a strange sort of egg cult, trying to get Lor San Tekka's location from them, and then the First Order finds him. His squadron tries to protect him while he tries to get out. The action is kind of unconvincing and standard.The second arc is much better, or at least I enjoyed it a lot more. Lor San Tekka's next stop was a Hutt on a prison planet. Unfortunately for Poe, the First Order arrived there at roughly the same time, and the Hutt proposes a contest: whoever breaks him out of the prison will get the information. Cue prison break movie. It's a great deal of fun.Finally, they added a short little comic at the end that is essentially "BB-8, MATCHMAKER" and it's perfect. Love it.
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  • Lydia
    January 1, 1970
    Aw, Poe Dameron. <3 I have to say, I fell in love with the man when he came onto the screen in The Force Awakens. He had just the right amount of swagger and sweetness to make him into a hero I wanted to cheer for. Skilled, valiant and warm. In this comic, he's a little more like a cheeky space cowboy, tackling a nigh-impossible mission that he always seems to scramble out of, just in the nick of time, hair mussed in a way that somehow makes him all the more attractive.I really loved Phil Not Aw, Poe Dameron. <3 I have to say, I fell in love with the man when he came onto the screen in The Force Awakens. He had just the right amount of swagger and sweetness to make him into a hero I wanted to cheer for. Skilled, valiant and warm. In this comic, he's a little more like a cheeky space cowboy, tackling a nigh-impossible mission that he always seems to scramble out of, just in the nick of time, hair mussed in a way that somehow makes him all the more attractive.I really loved Phil Noto's artwork -- his way of drawing faces is captivating and recognisable, and the colour palettes are beautifully harmonised. The story, however, was a little disappointing. I'd like to read more, because I love Poe, but sometimes I felt things happened in the storyline only so the plot could be propelled. I don't mind campy plot points or villains, especially in comics, but the writing could've been so much neater, tighter and more gripping. That said, I followed along well enough considering I'm a casual Star Wars fan and plan to read the next issue, if only to see Poe's charismatic little smirk one more time.
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  • Christine
    January 1, 1970
    Poe Dameron was the only thing I liked about Force Awakens, outside of Leia. BB8 was nice, but (he's R2, right? Finn was interesting but confusing, and Rey was a Mary Sue (not surprising since Luke was a Marty). But Poe was fun.There is not much back story about Poe, and there are some actions that make me question certain plot points. Look, I know all the myth points about SW, but honesty, there are so many plot holes in the movies that you ride a dragon carrying a train though them. And yes, I Poe Dameron was the only thing I liked about Force Awakens, outside of Leia. BB8 was nice, but (he's R2, right? Finn was interesting but confusing, and Rey was a Mary Sue (not surprising since Luke was a Marty). But Poe was fun.There is not much back story about Poe, and there are some actions that make me question certain plot points. Look, I know all the myth points about SW, but honesty, there are so many plot holes in the movies that you ride a dragon carrying a train though them. And yes, I love SW, but I also can't turn off English lit brain. Sorry.It's a fun series, not deep, but entertaining enough. Nice addition of two women in Squadron which made me happy.
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  • Renata
    January 1, 1970
    This was a pretty fun read! I think a lot of what I enjoyed about Poe--Oscar Isaac's charm, cool flying scenes--are a little hard to translate into comics format though? But it was fine. I guess it maybe ties in to some of the novels that I haven't read? I feel like I understood it fine, as a reader willing to accept a bunch of new rando pilot characters, but I guess some of those randos have their own stuff going on elsewhere? My level of Star Wars geek is only "moderate" so \_(ツ)_/ This was a pretty fun read! I think a lot of what I enjoyed about Poe--Oscar Isaac's charm, cool flying scenes--are a little hard to translate into comics format though? But it was fine. I guess it maybe ties in to some of the novels that I haven't read? I feel like I understood it fine, as a reader willing to accept a bunch of new rando pilot characters, but I guess some of those randos have their own stuff going on elsewhere? My level of Star Wars geek is only "moderate" so ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
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  • Dana
    January 1, 1970
    Phil Noto is one of my favorite comic artists and Poe is one of my favorite Star Wars characters so I kind of had to pick this up. Was expecting a bit more out of it (and wanted more backstory than just the immediate events leading up to TFA), but it wasn't so bad. I'll be picking up the next few volumes and hopefully I like them more!
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  • Dreximgirl
    January 1, 1970
    I really loved this graphic novel. Poe was my favourite character from The Force Awakens and I really enjoy getting to know him and his team better in this graphic novel series. Looking forward to reading volume 2 :)
  • Becca
    January 1, 1970
    While I find the story average and a little predictable... I sure as hell enjoy staring at Oscar Isaacs face.
  • Hong
    January 1, 1970
    This was super silly AND I LOVED IT.
  • Alexander Sison
    January 1, 1970
    I was excited when I first heard about this. Helmed by Charles Soule( The writer of the excellent Obi-Wan and Anakin miniseries as well as the entertaining Lando series), and illustrated by Phil Noto who did the illustrations for the Chewbacca miniseries and the amazing Before the Awakening novel(Which I would recommend but not require you read before this comic, as this comic also acts as a direct follow-up to that book) who would cover Poe, arguably one of the most endearing characters of The I was excited when I first heard about this. Helmed by Charles Soule( The writer of the excellent Obi-Wan and Anakin miniseries as well as the entertaining Lando series), and illustrated by Phil Noto who did the illustrations for the Chewbacca miniseries and the amazing Before the Awakening novel(Which I would recommend but not require you read before this comic, as this comic also acts as a direct follow-up to that book) who would cover Poe, arguably one of the most endearing characters of The Force Awakens, whilst providing us with more story about the shrouded events leading up to the new trilogy. Sure winner, right? Well, yes and no. While the title does bring Poe and Black Squadron on an intriguing mission for the Resistance, this first story arc feels quite unremarkable. Perhaps it's because Soule chooses to use this arc mainly to set up his characters, old and new(A few familiar faces from the New Canon pop up) while trying to get us used to the idea that Episode 7's events are still quite a ways off. That isn't to say it doesn't have its positives. There's Terex, the prime antagonist of this series, who seems built primarily to stand up to Poe's witty remarks. BB-8 is even an active member who actually does contribute heavily in the plot unlike his very minimal role in the movie(He's even got a bonus story focusing on him). New locations galore, and also some great fight sequences both in space and ground. One of the main criticisms and defenses used for Force Awakens was that it supposedly set forth with the objective of mainly setting up for future storylines, leaving a lot of the plot unresolved. Now whether or not you agree with that sentiment, I felt that sentiment mirrored a lot of my feelings for this book. Overall, it's ok I guess because you do get to know Black Squadron better as well as fleshing out some of the detail behind The First Order's capabilities. However, if you were looking for something to really delve into Poe's full backstory and why he's like that, you'll find that in Before the Awakening, not here. Or at least, not yet. This is a fully-grown Poe whose been at this for quite a while and is nearing the point we saw him in the movie. So here's a caveat: While I admit I didn't really enjoy this arc all that much, I do believe all this was necessary to set up the second arc which in my opinion is miles better and just really soars because of the setup. It's only halfway through at this moment, but it already feels miles better in comparison.(Perhaps this will prove true for the doubters of the movie as well, when Episode 8 swings around). And if you're a Poe Dameron fan like I am, then you'll want to collect this and future installments of the series. My recommendations for these hardcore fans would be to read Shattered Empire, Before the Awakening, and this series in that order. Neither one is needed to enjoy the other, but they do complement each other in impressive ways.
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  • Emily
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed Poe’s story... but I also didn’t. It’s not that Black Squadron’s not good, I just felt like Poe’s character is contradictory to what we know now about him. After seeing the Last Jedi we see Poe be irresponsible, taking chances to be a hero rather than thinking about losses: he is still working on being a leader. In Black Squadron, which happens before the events of the Force Awakens, Poe seems like a decent leader even reprimanding a member of the Black Squadron for being a hero and ri I enjoyed Poe’s story... but I also didn’t. It’s not that Black Squadron’s not good, I just felt like Poe’s character is contradictory to what we know now about him. After seeing the Last Jedi we see Poe be irresponsible, taking chances to be a hero rather than thinking about losses: he is still working on being a leader. In Black Squadron, which happens before the events of the Force Awakens, Poe seems like a decent leader even reprimanding a member of the Black Squadron for being a hero and risking the lives of others ( just like he does a few years/ months later in the events of the Last Jedi). I realize that this was written long before the Last Jedi was even in production, but it just doesn’t work with Poe’s timeline. He reverts in his character. It’s possible, just not very likely. That said, the artwork was a decent representation of the actors. And even though I thought it was a little ridiculous and unimportant, I liked the giant egg monsters. They kind of represent the good and the bad yet they came from the same place. It kind of reminded me of the struggle of the dark and the light side of the force with the Jedi. The weird part is the dark monster is the good one, while the light is not so good. It makes you sit back and think/speculate the direction of the films, considering that this book is technically canon. Foreshadowing possibly? And in all honesty the end frame of the battle is definitely reminiscent of a sixth with a light saber. Just saying.
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