by Mark Mitchell
This article contains SPOILERS. If you haven’t read the issue yet, read on at your own risk!
I spent much of my discussion with Spencer of Angelic 1 praising that issue for delivering a narrative that went in unexpected directions, and it must be a good week for satisfying stories, because Charles Soule and Angel Unzueta’s Poe Dameron 19 pays off narrative threads in unanticipated ways.
The most moving is the sacrifice Oddy Muva makes to allow Poe and Snap to escape. I wouldn’t have guessed that Oddy would end the arc stealing a Tie Fighter and crashing it Kamikaze-style into the docking bay of a First Order ship, but in hindsight it fits.
Likewise, it’s been a few issues since we saw the first inklings of Terex’s mind control implants beginning to malfunction, but those seeds pay off here as Terex defies Malarus and allows Oddy to escape — ultimately saving Poe. Terex isn’t a hero, exactly, he just really hates Malarus’ guts.
Finally, Suralinda gets her due, devising a plan to ensure Karé, Jess, and herself escape the First Order’s troops alive. Suralinda’s wits (and drones) save them, but it’s the story she plans to sell about Oddy that perfectly sums up her character — chaotic good. She’d be fun to play in an RPG.
Poe Dameron 19 is a really tidy end to the “War Stories” arc, the kind you rarely get in serialized comics. I’ve been fairly cold on Soule’s Poe Dameron overall, but this arc is a definite standout.
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