The egg is hatched and now Black Squadron is in prison. Yep, that about sums it up.
It’s really neat how Marvel is tying not just their same-era books together but also their Original and Sequel Trilogy era books. First seen back in the main Star Wars book, Grakkus the Hutt makes his return in a storyline that feels very organic while also being a wink to those of us who read all the books.
There’s a lot that goes on in this issue–so much that it feels like it was double sized. The prison arc gets set up and started and I’m enjoying it for so many reasons so far but what really struck me were the squadron focused bits. One of the appeals of the Poe Dameron book was how we’d get to know the pilots from The Force Awakens a little better. Pilots are fan favorites not just because they’re flashy flyboys and flygirls but because of how creators flesh them out further in the expanded universe. Jess, Snap, and Karé are already starting to feel more real even though we’ve only seen them in a few issues. Heck, I’m already on board with Snap/Karé as a ship! Marvel really couldn’t have picked a better group of characters to focus on in this era.
On the art front… yeah look: you already know how I feel about Phil Noto’s work. I don’t need to repeat myself: he’s fantastic. But ohhhh baby. That cover for next issue. *fans self* Poe, I’m gonna need you to keep that smolder under control.
Poe Dameron #4: Charles Soule/Writer, Phil Noto/Artist, Joe Caramagna/Letterer, Jordan White/Editor, Heather Antos/Assistant Editor