Poe Dameron #20

Poe Dameron #20

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

Poe Dameron #20 is a fun issue, even though there isn’t a lot of action. This one is more character focused, which works really well. Not only do we get to see Lor San Tekka, but we get some fun moments with Black Squadron as they deal with downtime at the D’Qar base.

While the issue opens with Lor San Tekka, I’m going to start with Black Squadron. That’s where most of the issue happens and a lot takes place. Poe gets his Black Starfighter back, BB-8 gets a friend or girlfriend, Threepio finds Lor San Tekka, Snap and Karre go on a break which Snap doesn’t take too well as they decide to be “Jedi”, Jess continues to have trouble building trust with the astromechs as they call her “The Great Destroyer”, and Leia laments on how small the Resistance is, which is very interesting. It hasn’t really been stated before just how big the Resistance is, but this issue clarifies that they truly are just a handful of pilots and ships. The glimpses of The Last Jedi show that there’s more firepower at hand, but is it Resistance firepower or another ally? Either way, all the little characters scenes play out nicely to help further the characters along. Poe is the only one who isn’t really making any progress, but the story gets along well enough despite that.

Now the big draw is Lor San Tekka. This entire series was launched with the idea of finding him, but the plot sort of strayed away from that, and it never got very close to catching him. Here in issue #20, we actually get to see Lor San Tekka, which is pretty cool since he actually does something. In The Force Awakens, his character was a kind of a throw away and was very underdeveloped. Here, we get to see him breaking into a Neimoidian vault to get a look at a special holocron crafted for both dark and light side users. At first I thought this might be the holocron from Star Wars Rebels that Ezra and Maul were playing with, but this one is round, which is different. Lor San Tekka gets his hands on the holocron, but we don’t get to find out why. The Neimoidians catch him and imprison him. Thus it’s now up to Black Squadron to save him. Or break him out. Maybe that’s why he winds up hiding on Jakku?

The artwork is pretty good in this issue. There’s a lot of detail and some very lifelike portrayals of the characters. The coloring and lighting does a good job of bringing the artwork to life and making the imagery pop. For an issue that doesn’t have a lot of action, they manage to keep it visually interesting.

With good artwork and a story that keeps things interesting but also squeezes in some fun, this issue is worth checking out. I give it a four out of five metal bikinis.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.
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