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Marvel Star Wars Comics Review: Poe Dameron #24

Marvel Star Wars Comics Review: Poe Dameron #24

This review of Star Wars: Poe Dameron #24 contains minor spoilers.

Make no mistake, Marvel’s Poe Dameron is winging ever close to the events of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

This has me intrigued yet, at the same time, a tad worried, given the dovetailing of the two is certain to have some interesting effects on the stories in what I believe to be the best of Marvel’s monthly Star Wars comics.

Still, it’s better to take ahold of the present instead of worrying for the future and writer Charles Soule, artist Angel Unzueta, colorist Arif Prianto, letter VC’s Joe Caramagna and cover artist Phil Noto are ensuring that Poe Dameron’s trajectory is an awakening force of its own.

The latest issue finds Terex in control, the First Order without much leverage and the Resistance in a worrisome place, yet the optimism that emanates from this creative team’s telling of Poe Dameron and Black Squadron is by no means lacking, despite the difficult situation the protagonists find themselves in, much less that of Lor San Tekka floating in space, the clock ticking.

This is a breakneck story that merges the pacing of quick bursts of action with lots of waiting, yet never seems to slow.

Soule’s characterization of Gen. Leia Organa, Captain Phasma, Snap and Kare and Jess and more is spot on, adding superb bursts of dimensional world building that has me as a reader even more emotionally invested in the outcome of the “Legend Found” story arc.

But it’s Terex who is the spotlight of this issue and, indeed, the arc, not Lor San Tekka or Poe or anyone else in the Resistance.

Soule is building up to a major plot point in the history of Terex and his rivalry with Poe and it’s an uphill surge that has me excited and eager for the next issue. Will he find redemption? Will he go down fighting? Will he live to fight another day?

At this point, there’s no telling, which is why this storytelling has been a joy to behold.

Star Wars: Poe Dameron #24 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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