Sunday, March 25, 2018

Star Wars: Poe Dameron #25 Review - Marvel Monday

My Sweet Lor

Written by: Charles Soule 
Art: Angel Unzueta
Colors: Arif Prianto 
Publisher: Marvel 
Reviewer: Andrew McAvoy 

This book swings between exciting issues and boring issues faster than you can say "Attention all Black Squadron. Lock S-Foils in attack position!". We left last issue with the Resistance and the First Order on a collision course to reach Lor San Tekka, after Terex has dumped him in the middle of space.  It's a milestone anniversary issue biieetches, let's see how issue 25 was! Whoop Whoop.

Hey, hey, it was a great issue. I have been craving some meaty, detailed Lor San Tekka engagement since this series started back in 2016. With high hopes I set out on a journey through its pages, little suspecting that I would have to plow through 24 issues before reaching the holy grail. Luckily after a lot of time and money, I have to say it was worth it. We get inner monologue from Lor, great dialogue between him and Poe, and a nice rumination on the state of affairs between good and evil.

Take that and add in some swooping X-wing battle action, romance blossoming in Black Squadron, the loss of BB-8's astromech soulmate, witty dialogue, and a book that flies faster that Poe Dameron on Adderall. Yes, this issue really has something for everyone and if you have ever enjoyed an issue of this series but dropped it because of the tendency it has to pad things out, then I can recommend that you pick this one up, as it basically distills the essence of the series into one single issue.

As always, the art in this book is the high watermark for Marvel Star Wars which is notoriously awful (this book and Luke Ross' work on Thrawn are notable exceptions). Special mention goes to Prianto whose work seemed to really enhance the overall appearance of this book. I was listening to someone this week talk about the importance of colorists in the industry and they were right - the correct choices can make or break a book, and it is a skill which sometimes doesn't get recognized as much as it should. 

Bits and Pieces

So, if you are looking for an action-packed thrill ride, which delivers on the promise of the series, has some funny and witty exchanges, a dash of romance, some great art and a jaw-droppingly cool cover then I can recommend this issue. If you aren't looking for those things...then...I don't know what would please you! A milestone issue in more ways than one, and the best issue in this series so far. 


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