SWNN Review: Marvel’s Star Wars: Poe Dameron #2

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Happy May the Fourth!  Our increased look into the galaxy that is Star Wars circa The Force Awakens this week continues with Marvel’s Poe Dameron #2.  Right off the bat, I will say #1 is required reading if you are going to jump in.  Hard Case has a great review of it here.  The issue is stellar and you’d be wise to add it to your Star Wars collection.  Beware, SPOILERS AHEAD…



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At the end of the last issue, we left Poe in the midst of his search for Lor San Tekka, the key to finding Luke Skywalker.  Poe and his Black Squadron ended up on a still unnamed planet amongst a monastic settlement of beings called the Crèche, who dedicate themselves to a massive egg.  Yes, you really should read issue #1 or take a look back, because those two sentences skirt over some more interesting moments.  After Poe has first made contact, he discovers he’s not the only one after Lor San Tekka’s knowledge.  The First Order, lead by a new character called Agent Terex, is not far behind the Resistance pilot.

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Agent Terex strikes me as a cocky and flamboyant officer who is absolutely sinister.  I hope Walking Dead fans don’t pelt me with tomatoes and rotten eggs for saying this, but there is something Negan-esque in his appearance and tone (sans the potty mouth, obviously).  The fact that he enjoys toying with those weaker than him, doing horrible things, and always with a grin and a chuckle the entire time.  Those kinds of villains always make my skin crawl, so I guess Agent Terex is doing his part in the story.  He and his band of Stormtroopers arrived to question the Crèche about where Poe is.  It turns out they are after Poe specifically, as you will catch a note by writer Charles Soule and the Lucasfilm Story Group to read-up on Poe’s story in the Before the Awakening novel published this January.

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Agent Terex took this assignment from none other than the chrome trooper herself, Captain Phasma.  During a flashback we get a glimpse inside Terex’s personal ship, the Carrion Spike (if that name sounds familiar, hold that thought), and I got the sense he is something of a casual servant of the First Order.  Phasma clearly has no respect for him, and Terex hints her feelings are shared with General Hux.  Terex mentions he was once a Stormtrooper in the Empire, but you can see in the above frame First Order loyalists aren’t too keen on being compared with their Imperial predecessors.  Very interesting.  I assumed that the First Order held the Empire in high-regard, but I guess it makes sense they would see their defeat by the Rebellion as weakness.  I’d suggest we keep our collective eyes and ears open for more of this disdain for the Empire via First Order elites.  It made me think back to the end of Claudia Gray’s Lost Stars, where defeated Imperial officers looked forward to the moment they would rise again, only stronger.

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Terex’s ship, Carrion Spike, may sound familiar to you.  That’s because, if you’ve been keeping up with your reading, it was the personal ship of none other than Grand Moff Wilhuff Tarkin (it appears in James Luceno’s 2014 novel, Tarkin).  From Terex’s ample amount of vices he has filled the late Moff’s ship with it, it’s safe to say the agent has converted it into his personal ship to do what he will until the First Order needs a job done.  Terex’s information is what seems to keep him useful to the First Order and well compensated.  I wonder what Tarkin would think of his ship’s fate.

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As Terex prepares to turn up the heat on the helpless Crèche, we meet our hero who has been hiding out in the shadows, waiting for his next move.  Remember, the Black Squad, the finest pilots in the Resistance, are waiting to hear from Dameron for their next move.  Making a quick decision, Poe decides to get some leverage.  The Black Squad takes this to mean they destroy the small, First Order ship that Terex and his Stormtroopers came from.  Another interesting insight is the Resistance pilots mention they are NOT allowed to engage First Order ships unless they are fired upon.  Sounds like there was a very hostile sort of cease fire in place before The Force Awakens.  These Resistance fighters decide if they can’t bring battle to the First Order, let the First Order bring the battle to them.

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L’ulo, who I hope you remember flew with Poe’s mother Shara Bey during and post the Battle of Endor in Shattered Empire, takes matters into his own hands.  To prevent the First Order from identifying him as Republic or Resistance, he begins buzzing the First Order pilots in his A-Wing.  I guess X-Wings are the official ships of the Republic/Resistance.  After a possibly not-so-accidental firing of his blasters that launches TIE retaliation, Black Squadron finishes the TIE Fighter carrying vessel.

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Poe reveals himself to Terex, as soon as he has word that the First Order back-up is out of the picture.  Poe offers up a stalemate of sorts, insisting the two adversaries figure out a way to talk through this.  Terex, slimy as ever, has his Flame Troopers ignite their weapons and take them to the Crèche’s sacred idol, the giant egg.  It would seem that Poe and his Black Squadron underestimated how much resources the First Order is pouring into their hunt for Luke Skywalker.  Speaking in terms of Star Destroyers….


Bravo to writer Charles Soule and artist Phil Noto on another great issue!  This issue builds upon the excitement that #1 started, and we Star Wars fans are given a little bit more context of the galaxy’s political climate before TFA‘s opening crawl.  Soule manages to keep the momentum of this story going, despite the flashback, and set us up nicely for the third.  Noto’s art is something I’m a sucker for, but I don’t think my bias overstates that he gives us a warm, Star Wars feel with his colors and lines.  The disaster that was the Chewbacca series only had one thing consistently in the plus column for me and that was Noto’s work.  I’m very happy Marvel put him on this series.


You really don’t have a reason NOT to be reading the Poe Dameron series.  It’s a great prologue to the events of TFA.  The art and writing are among the best of the SW comics so far.  Plus, Poe will certainly have a role to play in the next two films of the Sequel Trilogy, so it wouldn’t kill you to get to know him a little better.  Something tells me he will have a huge roll in Episode VIII.  Why not get to know Poe Dameron a little bit better before that curtain goes up in 2017?


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Purchase this issue at your local comic shop or digitally through comiXology.



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Kyle Larson lives in Portland, Oregon. When he's not running trails, he's reading and writing.

Kyle Larson

Kyle Larson lives in Portland, Oregon. When he's not running trails, he's reading and writing.

18 thoughts on “SWNN Review: Marvel’s Star Wars: Poe Dameron #2

  • May 5, 2016 at 6:30 pm

    wait… that’s yet again another new star destroyer?

  • May 5, 2016 at 7:22 pm

    In this issue we get confirmation that, as many of us theorized, the First Order is racist toward non-humans. The conversation between Phasma and Terex even revealed that the Empire was, too, but the First Order is more so.

    I have not read any of the new-canon novels, so maybe this has already been established?

  • May 5, 2016 at 7:31 pm

    Maybe the First Order chose to flame the egg because they were hungry?

    • May 5, 2016 at 10:23 pm

      Remember the First Order over all is all about results. So the flame on the egg was extortion to get Poe to reveal himself.

      • May 5, 2016 at 10:40 pm

        I knew that , but comment was meant to be a joke. : )

    • May 6, 2016 at 11:46 pm


  • May 5, 2016 at 7:50 pm

    Agent Terex was fantastic. I heard his voice at Tim Curry, played somewhat dastardly, somewhat not unlike Tim Curry voice Palpatine on the Clone Wars. Hoping to see more of him, and not just in issue 3. He’s a great advesary for Poe.

    • May 13, 2016 at 7:00 pm

      I think this Terex could be the stormtrooper that stayed with Queen Trios after the war with the barons

  • May 6, 2016 at 6:08 am

    I’m enjoying this series so far, but maaaan all these new Marvel Star Wars comics are way too short.

  • May 6, 2016 at 6:08 am

    Maybe Phasma gets executed in the first few minutes of VIII? It’s hard to believe she can let Starkiller Base get blown up due to her cowardice and not pay a hefty price for it.

    • May 10, 2016 at 2:47 am

      Snoke and Kylo might not be aware that that’s what happened, but if they are, I hope they brutally execute Phasma to show that they don’t take any shit from anyone.

      • May 10, 2016 at 3:28 pm

        I’d love to see that but then the SJW’s would say it’s a sexist film, yada yada yada.

        • May 11, 2016 at 2:26 am

          They’d all get super triggered.

          • May 11, 2016 at 1:51 pm

            You know it! They’ll probably go the opposite direction with her in the next one after the criticism they got and make her more powerful than Rey or something though.

  • May 6, 2016 at 10:36 am

    I think Chewbacca is an interesting character who could really get a good series, especially with Wookie culture. I don’t see him as a flat or static character, meaning there’s potentially a LOT to be fleshed out. Let’s not forget that, at least in Legends, he has a life debt to Han Solo because Chewie was the son of a Wookiechief and got abducted into slavery where Solo saved him, or that he has a family he rarely sees.

    You cant tell me he doesnt have a very uniqie and interesting point of view and story. He deserves a second shot. Maybe a Tarkin-style character analysis novel. Kasshhyyk is fertile ground (pin not intended). Black Krssantaan’s character could also be developed. Anyone with me on that?

  • May 6, 2016 at 11:45 pm

    So with the events of Shattered Empire, showing how Poe’s mom helped Luke rescue the last 2 x trees from the Jedi temple (which Palpy had repoed & held in his collection…), and planted it near the home on Yavin IV where Poe grew up: Are his piloting skills the result of natural skill, or a lifelong contact-high w/ a very old (strong?) “Force Tree”?

  • May 13, 2016 at 5:30 pm

    I believe Agent Terex is the stormtrooper captain that stayed with Queen Trios after the war with the barons, in the end of Darth Vader comic iusse 19

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