Marvel Star Wars Comics Review: Poe Dameron #23

Marvel Star Wars Comics Review: Poe Dameron #23

This review of Star Wars: Poe Dameron #23 contains minor spoilers.

Something ain’t right in the pages of Poe Dameron #23. That’s evident right from the start with Phil Noto’s precise cover.

That’s not to say something’s wrong with this issue of Marvel’s lowest-selling yet highest-quality Star Wars comics monthly.

If anything, the pace of part four of the “Legend Found” story arc is brisk and exciting, with more turns and sharp corners than Black Squadron does while engaging First Order TIE fighters.

What’s not right? Malarus stealing Poe’s vaunted X-Wing, threatening to take down beloved Black Squadron members. Still, that wrong is made right, thanks to the efforts of BB-8 who, in my mind, is becoming the foundation of any success Poe had, has and will have.

Writer Charles Soule steers readers ever closer to the events of Star Wars: The Force Awakens with this installment, as Lor San Tekka, seemingly rescued, is now a prisoner of Terex and, even more chilling, leverage for Terex to have his Lobot-inspired implants removed by Captain Phasma.

There’s plenty of thrills in this issue, from the dogfights over Cato Neimoidia to the cracking dialogue between Poe and Gen. Leia Organa — a lot of which has amazing ramifications if you’ve seen Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

Artist Angel Unzueta is up to task, his work complemented and augmented by colorist Arif Prianto’s dazzling palettes. Add to that the explosive lettering by VC’s Joe Caramagna and what you have is a movie within 22 pages of sequential art, complete with a cliffhanger that will have us in front of the comic shop when issue 24 is released

It’s a top-notch issue with great development and insight.

Of particular note? The hell or high water be damned determination of Cmdr. Malarus. She’s frightening in her devotion and inspiring in her resolve. Don’t think we’ve seen the last of her, regardless of any so-called Neimoidian justice.

Poe Dameron #23 is in comic shops now, selling for $3.99, and on Comixology.

(For more detail and discussion, tune in to the next episode of Comics With Kenobi.)

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