Review: Marvel’s Star Wars: Poe Dameron #11

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Marvel's Star Wars: Poe Dameron #11

Published by: Marvel Comics

Release date: February 15, 2017

Writer: Charles Soule

Artist: Phil Noto

Well, I stand corrected. In a previous review, I mentioned my skepticism towards Soule and Noto’s work with Poe Dameron. Maybe it’s because I’m still new to the comic book scene. Maybe it’s because the story has taken a while to find its groove. Either way, if Marvel’s Star Wars: Poe Dameron #11 is any sign of what’s to come, however, I’m absolutely willing to eat my words.

For the past several issues, Poe has had a lot on his plate. Not only has the First Order been a thorn in his side, but a Resistance ally feeding Terex information? Talk about annoying. Issue #10 gave us an idea of who the spy might be, and this week’s issue doesn’t alter course. The catch is if this person really is the spy, it doesn’t seem Terex or his crew know.

What should be surprising to no one, despite the title, is Agent Terex is the star of the show. Smart, charismatic, and driven, he’s the kind of antagonist it’s hard to hate. Thankfully, as we’ve seen in previous issues, his background is thoroughly interesting. He’s also quick to critique the First Order, refusing to submit to them wholly. In his mind, he’s able to get more done on his own instead of following their cumbersome protocol. This helps add depth and nuance to the organization we saw in Episode VII, prone to infighting and turmoil.

Apart from a few hiccups in previous issues, Charles Soule is well-suited for the series. One of the things I appreciate about Marvel’s Star Wars lines is the high-quality characterization. Poe Dameron is no exception. Line after line, I can hear Oscar Isaac’s voice in my head, and the stories are helping develop the character as I rewatch the movie. Soule shines when he focuses on Terex and Dameron. Through their antagonistic relationship, he’s able to bring out the best in both characters. The kaiju in the first arc and issue #7 with Suralinda? Not so much.

The artwork is gorgeous, of course; something issue #7 struggled with sans Phil Noto. Every character gets the proper amount of consistent detail. As someone who struggles with stick figures, I cannot stress how much I appreciate the quality of his work. The panel design is aesthetically pleasing, as well, especially during the fight between the “spy” and one of Terex’s men. As I’m quickly learning, artwork tells as much of a story as the dialogue, and this issue proves Noto and Soule are a great team.

Conclusion:

Yesterday, Soule mentioned on Twitter issue #11 will wrap up year one of the series, leading into year two. I’m not sure what that means exactly, but I’m hoping it means more Terex vs. Poe. Our favorite X-wing pilot is at his best when facing insurmountable odds. So far? Terex is proving to be quite the adversary.

Additional thoughts:

  • When the “spy’s” true motives are revealed, I had a feeling Soule had been telegraphing this for a while. Lo and behold, I was right. I’ll give you a hint: issue #2.
  • On that note, once you discover the spy’s motives, go back to the frame where Terex says “______ is forever.” Not sure if it was intentional, but I thought it was powerful all the same.
  • Unfortunately, Nunzix didn’t get much time to shine this issue, but when he did, I was in stitches. It also seems there’s more than meets the eye when it comes to holding information on Supreme Leader Windu.
  • Terex doesn’t seem to be intimidated by Kylo Ren while admitting the opposite when it came to Vader. Let’s just hope Kylo never reads this issue. Otherwise, we all know what will happen.
  • “Why don’t you just… I don’t know… go polish your armor.” Terex, never change.

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