The Poe Dameron comic series comes to an end with The Spark and the Fire
In the final installment of Charles Soule’s Poe Dameron comic, Poe tells his companions how he managed to get back to the Resistance Base. We then learn of Black Squadron’s secret mission from General Organa to find allies for the Resistance, thus explaining their absence during the events of The Last Jedi.
This volume took place almost entirely on the Falcon after the Resistance escapes from Crait. First Poe tells his story, and then he is told Black Squadron’s story. There was one part where two characters were talking, one filling in the other on the Battle of Starkiller Base, except you didn’t see who was talking until the conversation was over. When I found out who it was (no spoilers) I laughed hysterically. What a great way to recap events!
Black Squadron is found family #goals
Black Squadron has really grown on me during the course of this comic. They are their own found family- a theme I love in fiction. Kare and Snap’s refusal to do anything without the other and their great teamwork showcase a great marriage of equals. Jess using her skills outside of the cockpit on more than one occasion, but especially here, shows that this squad isn’t all just hotshot pilots. Then there’s Suralinda, who we weren’t sure we could trust when she was first introduced in Volume 3, but now is part of the team working with Jess to save the day.
While I wish the story could continue, I realize it can’t. Soule has done an excellent job with these characters and creating a compelling story. Both Phil Noto and Angel Unzueta have done an equally excellent job with the art. I will miss Noto’s covers and am so glad to learn he will be working on more Star Wars titles going forward with Marvel.
Overall I really enjoyed this series and highly recommend it as some of the best Star Wars comics to come out of the Disney/Marvel era.
Star Wars: Poe Dameron Vol. 5 – The Spark And The Fire is published by Marvel Comics and is available to buy from all good stockists.
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