by Taylor Anderson
This article containers SPOILERS. If you have not read the issue yet, proceed at your own risk!
It’s easy to overlook throughout the Force Awakens and the Last Jedi, but Poe Dameron and Rey (does she have a last?) have spent virtually no time together by the time the latter film ends. That’s kind of odd when you think about how Poe, Rey, and Finn are touted as the next iteration of Luke, Leia, and Han. This being the state of things, however, it makes sense the three of them would have a lot to catch up on. Still, the last issue of “Story Time with Poe and Friends” wasn’t all that great despite it’s apparent need. So does the second issue featuring the same premise fare any better?
The answer is not really. The best moments of this issue are when we’re privy to the quiet moments these characters get to spend with each other. My favorite of these moments comes when Rey recounts how she was tortured by Kylo Ren, to which Poe enthusiastically tells how the same thing happened to him and pronounces them “torture buddies.”
It’s a fun little moment and shows that more scenes featuring Poe and Rey are called for. Even though these two haven’t spent much time together, it’s easy to imagine how Poe’s arrogant enthusiasm would play well off of Rey’s more reticent nature. Basically it’s like a retelling of the Han and Leia romance, just minus the romance.
That’s the good part of this issue and sadly it does’t last long. Just after this moment Poe launches into a story recalling how Black Squadron gathered important intel on Star-Killer Base. That story, frankly, is boring and it doesn’t make much sense why Poe is telling a story in which he isn’t even involved. How does he know all these details? Both as a story and a story telling device, this part of the issue is less than stellar and I kept hoping it would end and return me to Poe, Rey, and Finn. That never happens, and the issue abruptly ends without giving Poe and his friends the time together they deserve.
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