Poe Dameron #16

Poe Dameron #16

Writer: Charles Soule
Artist: Angel Unzueta
Colorist: Arif Prianto
Letterer: Joe Caramagna
Cover Artist: Phil Noto

Poe Dameron #16 picks up with the runaway freighter Romary which is rigged to explode if it slows down. With Black Squadron running out of fuel for their X-wings, the outlook looks grim. However, Poe holds onto hope. Undeterred by whatever comes his way, he pushes his team to overcome and triumph.

Throughout the issue, Black Squadron has to overcome one hurdle after another. They get clear of the asteroid field, work around their fuel shortage, then go after the First Order and deal with their ticking time bomb freighter. Of course they’re successful in the end, as the Poe Dameron Annual #1 already showed us that. The one interesting surprise in this issue is that First Order Commander Malarus pushes Terrex into a wall which causes him to hit his implant. The implication is that it might be damaged, thus allowing the old Terrex to come back. Maybe.

Other than that, this issue is pretty predictable. Poe wins, the First Order loses, score another one for Black Squadron. Jess Pava gets some attention, but it’s not enough to make it a Jess Pava issue. Commander Malarus continues to be an unlikable character, though this appears to be intentional if Terrex is going to get revenge. The question is whether that story plot is enough to hang in for. As is, the Poe Dameron series isn’t doing all that great.

The art isn’t too bad, at least. Angel Unzueta and Arif Prianto do a good job with the character close-ups and bringing them to life. The action is easy to follow alone with and the only thing missing is some big splash pages.

Overall, I give this issue a three out of five metal bikinis. It’s okay, but it’s not great.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

 

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