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Review: R2-D2 and BB-8 Swap War Stories in Marvel’s Star Wars: Poe Dameron #28

Written by Charles Soule
Art by Angel Unzueta
Cover Art by Phil Noto

The Awakening – Part III

CONTINUING THE UNSEEN EVENTS OF THE FORCE AWAKENS! As Starkiller Base targets the Resistance for elimination, it’s up to Poe Dameron and Black Squadron to mount a frontal assault and take the weapon offline-as long as their friends on the ground can get the shields down!

 

SPOILERS AHEAD

 

The Poe Dameron comic run continues to fill us in about the unseen events of The Force Awakens, but also serves as a bridge to The Last Jedi. Soule also gives us tidbits from the events after the last movie, primarily character interactions on the Millennium Falcon and hints as to where they might go in the future.

 

In the last issue we have seen the reconnaissance mission of ‘Snap’ Wexley and Karé Kun, which provided the Resistance with the plans for Starkiller Base. As this issue opens, the two characters discuss the attack on the base from The Force Awakens. One of the characters participated in it. He describes the almost insurmountable odds the Resistance fighters were facing, while relying on an uncertain ground mission led by a ‘maniac’ – Han Solo.

 

The participant in the assault remembers all the pilots that were lost that day and regrets not knowing all of their names. He hopes to find out and honor them, but wonders if the Resistance will even last another week. The other person advises him to choose hope over despair, in the most heartbreaking way for the readers.

 

 

The ‘maniac’ Solo, together with Chewbacca, Finn, and Rey, manages to complete the mission, enabling Poe to destroy the oscillator. Twelve fighters went to the base, but only seven came back. The person who wasn’t at Starkiller is grateful for the story, because stories are important. He sometime feels that it was his destiny to witness events and see the galaxy evolving.

 

That is the moment Soule chooses to reveal the identities of the two speakers.

 

 

It was BB-8 who was telling the story to R2-D2 who was still in his sleeper mode at the time. He is however a legend in the little droid’s eyes, having flown in many famous missions.

 

C-3PO is having none of it; not only is the subject depressing, but their loud ‘conversation’ is interrupting his work. The golden rod is helping Rey translate one of the books she pilfered from Luke. The language the Jedi used were unusual, the best he can come up with is: “The Force is the light, the Force is the dark. Jedi choose the light, for all it reveals.”

 

It’s obscure as pretty much anything the Jedi say, but Rey’s optimism always comes through.

 

 

Elsewhere on the ship, Poe is inquiring about Rose’s health and gets an insight into the First Order’s treatment of its troops from Finn. Poe shows why he is one of the most beloved new characters: while he cannot know if Rose will be all right or if they will defeat the First Order, he just chooses to believe so. He is an optimist.

 

 

Finn wants to know what happened while he was in the coma. The last thing he remembers is fighting Kylo Ren. One would think that blowing up Starkiller Base would mean victory for the Resistance. It seems at the time the Resistance believed that too.

 

On D’Qar, C-3PO discovered that the First Order regrouped sooner than they predicted and Leia is forced to order the evacuation. Poe comes up with the plan we see play out at the beginning of The Last Jedi. His chances of survival are not great, but Leia promises the Resistance will do anything to even the odds for him.

 

In the hangar, Jess Pava oversees the last preparations of Poe’s X-Wing, especially newly installed and never tested booster which could blow up beneath him. The rest of the Black Squadron arrives to tell Poe that they will join him on the mission. However, Leia has another mission for them. Before Snoke consolidates his power across the galaxy, they have to reach out to their allies. Even if everyone on D’Qar dies, if they succeed, the Resistance will live.

 

 

Poe’s optimism seems to deflate a bit, since the Resistance didn’t get an answer to their distress call from Crait, nor an update from the Black Squadron. When C-3PO interrupts them with timely news, the hope is revived – but not for long.

 

 

Before jumping into the review, we have a piece of news. A couple of days ago, it was revealed in Marvel September Solicitations that issue 31 will be the last of Poe Dameron run. Charles Soule also confirmed this news on twitter.

 

 

With the story ending in just three issues, it is clear now why Soule decided to tell this arc in a way which was presented to us: almost as a series of vignettes, jumping from one timeline to the next and tying up different dangling story threads. He even manages to give us small character moments even when they are not essential to the story, like Rey in this issue. After all, characters are Soule’s strength.

 

The first part of this issue is a lesson in story telling and makes familiar ground seem new and exciting. The conversation between R2-D2 and BB-8 serves as a metaphor, a conversation between the old experienced veteran and a member of the new generation which, while great, still has a thing or two to learn. It has heart, it shows the stakes and toll of war, but then lightens the mood. Just imagining how that whole conversation sounds is funny and it is always interesting to see how the droids view people and the world around them. The conversation plays perfectly across Unzeta’s stunning space combat depicting panels.

 

The conversation between Poe and Finn is equally illuminating. Poe is an optimist, Finn a worrier. Poe’s optimism is based on his personality and choices, Finn’s pessimism is rooted in his very real life experiences. This might be part of the reason why the two characters work so well together in a comic as well as they did on the screen where the actors’ charisma factored in. They compliment each other and seem like a good emotional support to one another.

 

Finally, we will have an answer to the question of where the Black Squadron was during the events of The Last Jedi and it seems the news is not good. I hope they are not all dead, because I am looking forward to seeing some of them in Episode IX. We will certainly learn of their fate in…

 

 

THE NEXT ISSUE:

 

Written by Charles Soule
Art by Angel Unzueta

 

 

  • Where were SNAP WEXLEY, JESSIKA PAVA and the rest of BLACK SQUADRON during the events of THE LAST JEDI?
  • Fighting for the very survival of THE RESISTANCE, of course.
  • Now, at last, their story can be told…

 

UNTIL THEN, THIS ISSUE GETS 7.5/10 STARS

 

 

Staff member, comic and book reviewer. Cheers for the Light Side, but would drink with Grand Admirals.

 

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