Poe Dameron #5
Poe Dameron #5
Writer: Charles Soule
Artist/Cover Artist: Phil Noto
Letterer: Joe Caramagna
Back on Megalox Beta, Black Squadron waits for the hammer to drop as Agent Terrex springs into action. Which mean there is a lot of sitting around and talking. However, action does erupt toward the end and there’s a lively little droid sub arc woven in between. It’s an okay issue but not a particularly strong one.
On one hand, Black Squadron is stuck in Grakkus the Hutt’s prison courtyard as they wait for BB-8 and the other droids to save them. This leads to some chatting amongst the team members, so flat dialog from Poe, and a little bit of insight into Jess’ character that adds some intrigue. Elsewhere, Terrex chats with some old chums as he lays out his plan to get everything he wants. That conversation line was fairly entertaining. It’s not too drawn out and it introduces us to some new and old criminal faces. Then there’s the droid sub arc.
The droid sub arc really steals some of the punch from the comic. The droids speak in beeps and boops, so there’s no dialog. We don’t know the droids’ names, aside from BB-8. Nor do we know what their plan is. What we do find out is that they have some sort of operation that will help Black Squadron out on the ground. Yet their little droid operation runs into a hitch when they encounter a really big droid. There’s a lot of attention given to a blue droid, and something significant happens to him, but there really wasn’t enough in the comic to establish a bond to the droid. In the end, we get eleven pages of the droid sub arc and it’s not the most riveting comic storytelling. Of course trying to tell an exciting droid story when the droids can’t talk is quite the handicap. Then again, perhaps Charles Soule should have realized that and taken steps to overcome or avoid it. Either way, between all the droid pages and Poe’s non-inspired dialog, the story in this comic took quite a hit.
The art, however, is still strong. Phil does a good job of doing his best to give life to the droids and he continues to do a good job with the rest of the characters. The big droid at the end feels intimidating and the layouts with BB-8 staring before it strike just the right visual emotions. Between the prison riot and the droid antics, the action is well captured. Plus there’s a nice change in colors between the planet and the space station which helps denote the two environments and the two storylines. Even Terrex’s small splinter storyline with the prison crime bosses gets its own color scheme. While the droid arc was heavily dependent on artwork to carry it, I don’t hold it against Phil for not making that storyline work better. Visually, it was good. Conceptually, it was an uphill challenge to begin with, and probably just not feasible with the droid characters available.
With an okay storyline and good artwork, I give Poe Dameron #5 a four out of five metal bikinis. Some of the story was better than other parts, so it’s not a complete loss. That said, I’m not looking forward to anymore droid-centric subplots.
Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.