Monday, August 20, 2018

Star Wars: Poe Dameron #30 Review - Marvel Monday

Poe hits thirty

Written by: Charles Soule 
Art: Angel Unzueta
Colors: Arif Prianto 
Publisher: Marvel 
Publication date: 15 August 2018 

Charles Soule is doing great things on his Vader book. Meanwhile, his long-term efforts on the Poe Dameron book have started to hit a new lease of life in this run of recent issues. He is a jewel in Marvel Star Wars crown and a real asset to quality storytelling within the franchise. 

This issue goes beyond the events of The Last Jedi, and I must confess it is refreshing to at keep pushing past the events of that film and start to explore new terrain. The interesting part of this arc is the fact that Soule is explaining a parallel adventure being had by Poe's Black Squadron roughly around the same time as the battle of Crait. They are on a search mission for potential allies to the dwindling numbers in the resistance. In doing so they reach what should be a potential safe haven, only to find that things are pretty dangerous. The First Order is present and counted for. 

The good thing about the fact that this book has such a top art team is that we get to see some of the more minor characters being brought to the fore and rendered really well. I am a big fan of Jess Pava and it is good to see the character being portrayed so well in this artwork from Unzueta. Prianto's colors meanwhile provide that spark of life that compliments it wonderfully. 

Bits and Pieces:

This book is high quality, and the story is good. Now that the time zone has switched, some of the problems plaguing the work on Episode 9 may start to appear. What will it do with the small canvass provided by the now very small Resistance? Why are they giving us a second Starkiller base? What is the overall objective for the Resistance now? With Episode 9 reportedly being written while it is being shot, I worry that this book will run out of rope before its scheduled close. This issue doesn't fall foul of that trap yet though - it is a solid and interesting issue.


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