- Series: Star Wars: Poe Dameron
- Paperback: 144 pages
- Publisher: Marvel (December 13, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1302901109
- ISBN-13: 978-1302901103
- Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.2 x 10.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 38 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #122,225 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Star Wars: Poe Dameron Vol. 1: Black Squadron Paperback – December 13, 2016
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This series is to date ( as far as I know) the only Comic "series" to tacke the the newest Trilogy continuity. I believe Marvel has doen some mini-series in this era , but as far a long runnin series I think thiis series is your ticket, if you want a book set during this era.
This series starts off, with the Resistance being formed but before the events of the Force Awakens. I am not sure how long before, but I would estimate maybe a yearor so. Overall the series is pretty captivating and delves into the actions of Poe and his "Black Sqaudron" during the Cold War between the Resistance and the First Order.
The story is a serious one, but doesn't go into the dark depths of the Star Wars universe like some of the Dark Horse titles did. I am ok with this, and this is defenitely a Star Wars story that is suitable for younger readers, but not "kiddy."
I think the art style is pretty good, not as good as some of the stuff Dark Horse sent us, but it is quality. I would compare it to the new Marvel Star Wars series that they put out which focuses on the main characters of the Original Trilogy.
Overall, I recommend picking this series up, it is fun. I don't think is "seminal piece" of Star Wars comics lore (like Dark Empire by Dark Horse), but it is a fun way to explore the New Trilogy era.
Now, this book comes along and breaks my expectation. Not only is it a damn good Star Wars read, the stories have made me like the Poe Dameron character more than I did before!
Here's what I like about this book:
1. We finally get a story that adds depth to the new movie and continuity! I love reading about Luke and Leia and Han, but, damn, man! It's time to learn about the new characters from TFA. This book does that.
2. The story references and continues from the young adult novel Before The Awakening. You don't need to read that book to enjoy this comic (I didn't read it), but you've got some continuity there--and that's cool!
3. The story also fleshes out part of TFA. In the opening scene of Episode VII, we see Poe meet with Lor San Tekka. This comic shows where that quest began--with General Organa's orders to seek out the Explorer and try to learn where it is Luke Skywalker has fled. This story adds more depth to the movie.
4. We see the creation of Black Squadron, and we get to know the original pilots: Snap Wexley, Kare Kun, L'ulo, Jess Pava, and Oddy Muva. It is nice to get some more depth on these characters. For example, did you know that Snap and Kare are romantically involved? Did you know L'ulo practically raised Poe, and Poe's parents were Rebel Alliance fighters? Yep. Poe spent his childhood on Yavin 4! Jess is a wiz with starfighter mechanics--always trying new gear and systems. And, Oddy starts off flying an old surplus A-Wing because the Resistance doesn't have enough of the T-70 X-Wings.
5. Agent Terex is an excellent antagonist. He's a royal, pompous, ass--a real Imperial. And, his personal ship is the Carrion Spike. Well, that's Grand Moff's Tarkin's personal vessel..or was, 35+ years ago. How did Terex get his hands on it?
6. There's cool, Star Warsy Space Opera stuff! An ancient city in the center of a mountain. First Order stormtroopers on hoverpacks. Japanese-Godzilla-like-giant-monsters! A prison that needs no walls as it is set on a high gravity world. The prison is set in a 1G field, and if anybody leaves that field, the 8Gs of the world outside will kill them. Cool stuff!
7. The stories are interesting and fun and feel like Star Wars. They're also a large dose of humor. Reading Poe and Terex go at it verbally is a hoot! And, BB-8 gathers the astromechs from the squadron to go about their own little mission. Cracks me up, this line of astros, following BB-8, single file, all electronically hooting and humming. What a scene!
8. Papa Toren returns! Did you read the Lando book? Lando met with Papa Toren, and it was Toren who put the contract out on Calrissian. He's this interesting alien. Silent. And, the's got these little guys with wings that buzz around him, doing his communicating for him. So, here we are, 40+ years later, and Toren is in prison! Neat connection for those who catch it.
Yes, I loved this book. And, I can't wait for volume two to come out (the wait is too long!).