Creating Lore for Lor
“This will begin to set things right…”
Intended or not, the first human words of The Force Awakens — spoken by Lor San Tekka — prefaced a departure from the tone of the Skywalker-centric Prequels and telegraphed a vision of the Galaxy needing another hope.
The film — derided by some as a fanboy’s breakfast of nostalgia, call-backs, and swashbuckling action — begins with Poe Dameron’s final meeting on the trail to Luke Skywalker’s, and pushed The Saga back into the hearts and minds of millions of fans.
But for canon completists, a question remained: How did Poe Dameron find his way to the Jakku hut of an aged Force worshipper?
Poe Dameron No. 25 answers the question of the pilot’s pathfinding; meanwhile, the comic fils in some blanks on San Tekka himself.
— Marvel Entertainment (@Marvel) March 20, 2018
One of the best Star Wars writers out there, within or without comics, Marvel’s Charles Soule sets the stage for some heavy duty exposition in “Legend Found: Part V;” San Tekka set adrift in deep space speaking into his suit’s voice recorder.
Of the Force, the self-styled explorer and archaeologist says, “It moves like a sea. It has tides. Sometimes it recedes from the Galaxy. And its influence can barely be felt.
“And then it rushes back, and the great certainties become uncertain, and all is change.”
With that, the ark of the issue changes from near-straight biography to a battle, with San Tekka the MacGuffin activating the action.
Here we find many familiar faces: Leia, Poe, BB-8, Snap Wexley, and Jess Pava.
Two of those characters boast love interests (if you’ve not been reading, it’s not the two you’d think) and through that backdrop, the fragility (and abundance) of life and love in their many forms are highlighted.
Always in Motion is the Future
And this… https://t.co/ThxMg9uX0j
— John Bishop (@jmbishopjr) March 29, 2018
I won’t give away the middle of the book beyond the non-spoiler statement of San Tekka survives to say:
Everything does not hinge on Luke Skywalker, despite his sister’s beliefs. Oh, the Jedi is important, certainly. But he is not EVERYTHING… Fate does not revolve ENTIRELY around lightsabers and those who wield them.
This sets Poe to self-reflection, and the reader to wonder where the comic story will pick up, with Skywalker taking San Tekka’s place as the MacGuffin In the film.
Mr. Soule, himself, clears it up some and teases April’s releases:
The Poe Dameron series will finally move into movie timeline territory with #26, which makes it complex to write (I often have TFA and TLJ up in a separate window so I can reference things as needed), but it's also a fun challenge. Stories within the stories.
— Charles Soule (@CharlesSoule) March 23, 2018
“Even better – it doesn’t end here! Still, some big surprises to come. Poe Dameron #26 flashes forward in time – and if the story we see in #25 is set just before The Force Awakens, you can probably guess where we’re going – straight into Episode VII,” said Soule in his blog. “It’s not exactly how you think, though, and the way we’re telling the story is extremely cool, and I can’t believe I get to do it.”
And we can’t wait to see and read the next issue.
- Not being a regular reader of Poe Dameron didn’t hurt my enjoyment of No. 25; picking up the story proved easy and provided fun lead-in details to The Force Awakens.
- BB-8 brought the feels.
- Excellent to see Snap and Jess fleshed out.
- Enjoyed the art, particularly the cover by Phil Noto.
- Capture the flag with San Tekka was a bit much.
- Flirting in the fighters harkened back to “aggressive negotiations.”
My rating for Poe Dameron No. 25: