Poe Dameron #1

Age of Resistance – Poe Dameron #1

Writer: Tom Taylor
Artist: Ramon Rosanas
Colorist: Guru-eFX
Letterer: Travis Lanham
Cover Artist: Phil Noto

Poe Dameron #1 shows us Poe when he was still with the New Republic navy. He takes a little trip into an asteroid field, and fails his mission. But the real surprise is who he is flying against.

The issue starts with Poe staring off into space and waxing poetic about being among the stars. An alert goes off and he and his squad go into action to catch a thief. The person they go up against out flies them and tries to escape in an asteroid field. Poe follows, and with some tips and advice from the other pilot, Poe is able to survive the asteroid field. When they both leave the field, the unknown pilot shoots Poe’s ship, then tells him why they took what they did. It’s a long spiel about the Resistance and the problems with the New Republic not doing anything. Then there’s the big reveal – the other ship is being captained by Vice Admiral Holdo and piloted by Nien Nunb.

So here’s the thing – should we even care? First off, Holdo didn’t do anything except coach Poe on how to fly. Nien Nunb was the one doing the awesome piloting. Number two – why would Holdo be some awesome piloting coach? Why would a vice admiral be on this stealth mission to steal a droid head? It’s really a bitter irony because if Poe knew this was Holdo (and one wonders why he didn’t recognize her voice) it would have changed how he thought of her in The Last Jedi. He would have had more respect for her. As is, he’s none the wiser, and they both suffer for it later on. On top of all that, this story makes Poe look like a lesser pilot as he had to get piloting tips from an ex-politician.

I’m really not sure how I feel about this comic. This twist was very unexpected, but I’m not sure it was a good twist. It almost feels like the fallout of this story is to try and one up Poe with Holdo. Despite the issues with the story, the artwork is really good. There’s some great panels of the characters, and Ramon does a superb job depicting the action in space, which is very tricky to do. However, even with great artwork, I can’t give this one too high of a ranking because the story just seems off. I give it a two and a half out of five metal bikinis.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

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