Star Wars: Poe Dameron #1
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Star Wars: Poe Dameron #1

Writer: Charles Soule Artist: Phil Noto Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: April 6, 2016 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 26 User Reviews: 22
8.2Critic Rating
7.8User Rating

Poe Dameron, former Republic flyer turned Resistance fighter, is the best pilot in the galaxy. Hand-picked for the resistance by General Leia Organa to lead a squadron on a top secret and vital mission...Poe sets off investigating sites of historical importance to the Force. Revealing backstory leading directly into the holidays' greatest adventure, follow Poe and his X-Wing squadron on covert missions against the First Order brought to you by writer Charles Soule (Star Wars: Lando, Daredevil) and artist Phil Noto (Star Wars: Chewbacca, Black Widow)!
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  • 10
    Pop Culture Uncovered - Adam Frey Apr 6, 2016

    Poe Dameron represents a welcome first step into the new story era. While this initial arc is apparently going to play it safe"obviously, Poe is going to find Lor San Tekka at some point"it'll be fun to see how we get there, and this will provide a welcome distraction until the comics can move past the events of Episode VII. Read Full Review

  • 10
    CourtOfNerds - Jon Calvaruso Apr 7, 2016

    Artist Phil Noto follows a theme I feel all the star wars books have with an easy on the eyes tone with realism from the characters in the movie. It even comes with a fun little BB-8 side story book at the end and a pin! (well, at least mine did) Read Full Review

  • 10
    Nerdophiles - Sam Wildman Apr 12, 2016

    I'm telling you, the fact that I get Charles Soule, Phil Noto, and Chris Eliopoulos in one issue working on a Star Wars book is basically like a fangirl's dream come true. I'm really not kidding when I say Poe Dameron #1 was literally everything I could have ever wanted in a Star Wars comic. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Nerdophiles - Sam Wildman Apr 11, 2016

    I'm telling you, the fact that I get Charles Soule, Phil Noto, and Chris Eliopoulos in one issue working on a Star Wars book is basically like a fangirl's dream come true. I'm really not kidding when I say Poe Dameron #1 was literally everything I could have ever wanted in a Star Wars comic. It's amazing and I can't wait to see where the series goes from here! Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Apr 7, 2016

    I really did not like paying $4.99, thinking that this would set a precedent for Marvel to charge more for their Star Wars books. I can say with no hesitation, this book is worth the cover price. The two stories are fun and have exceptional visuals. Recommended. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Joshua Lago Apr 9, 2016

    Ever since Disney's reset of the Star Wars EU, fans of the once vast and detailed science fiction worlds and stories have found the new timeline feeling, well, empty. The new management has wasted no time, however, getting to work establishing a new canon with original stories based on classic characters and their newly blank calendars, while also filling in details of the new lot with tie-in books and comics. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - Alyssa Jackson Apr 5, 2016

    The entire team does a great job of keeping the book interesting and friendly to an audience skewing younger. I have a feeling a lot of kids will pick up this book and I think it will satisfy them as much as adults. I think the subsequent issues can only get better as it can expand beyond establishing the story and get into the meat of it. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    ComicWow!TV - Bhavna Bakshi Apr 13, 2016

    I’d say this issue is a success. This is a great way to start off the series. Now, we know that next issue is going to bring some action. I’m excited to see how Poe and his team handle the First Order. For any Star Wars fan, this is a must-read, no doubt about it. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge Apr 7, 2016

    Charles Soule is quickly becoming the unsung hero of Marvel's Star Wars line. After handling another dashing leading man in Lando, he returns with a story starring Star Wars' newest space boyfriend, Poe Dameron... and I am happy to report it is fun as all hell. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics: The Gathering - ToriBee Apr 6, 2016

    So far Poe Dameron's adventure is off to a strong start and it's only just the beginning, because when you're as good as Poe is, you're bound to only get yourself into deep trouble. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Pastrami Nation - Nolan Smith Apr 10, 2016

    For me, Poe was the breakout character of Episode VII, so I was thrilled when I learned of this series. Add one of my favorite writers, Soule, and the phenomenal artwork of Noto, and I knew it would be a great read. The book does a stellar job of setting up the series- to see how they work within the confines of The Force Awakens will be interesting. Everyones new favorite X-Wing pilot is back, and in grand fashion. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    PopOptiq - Elizabeth Rico Apr 13, 2016

    Phil Noto's art gives the story weight as characters, props and backgrounds mimic the cinematic universe, creating a bridge between film and print. Opening panels read like a classic Star Wars action sequence, as Poe calms BB-8's incessant worrying as they barrel through a tough situation. Noto drives the action as much as Soule, creating a story that is far from dull. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comicosity - Doug Zawisza Apr 6, 2016

    This issue also has a backup story from Chris Eliopoulos that gives BB-8 a chance to take the spotlight. Eliopoulos' art is reminiscent of Bill Watterson's Calvin & Hobbes work, and the story's tone fits the look. Adding this behind the lead story of Poe Dameron #1 gives readers a nice sample of the limitless possibilities of the Star Wars universe in the pages of Marvel Comics. And it underscores just how solid the entire Star Wars line is. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    FreakSugar - Jed W. Keith Apr 10, 2016

    POE DAMERON #1 does a lot in terms of backstory and set-up for what’s to come later down the line in the series. However, that heavy lifting seems incredibly light and accessible in Soule and Noto’s capable hands. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Jim Johnson Apr 5, 2016

    "Star Wars: Poe Dameron" #1 is a conservative but well-executed take on a fan-favorite character from "The Force Awakens." Its faithfulness is enough to win over readers, but its baby steps forward won't scare them away, either. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Apr 6, 2016

    Poe Dameron was a great new character introduced into the Star Wars universe. Because we only got a small taste of who he is, Charles Soule and Phil Noto get to flesh him out more as we witness a mission that leads into the movie. There may be some limitations as to what can or cannot happen because of this time period, but the issue is setting up a rip roaring grand adventure. The BB-8 back up by Eliopoulos and Bellaire is a delightful bonus. If you're hungering for more Star Wars fun after watching Force Awakens, you won't want to miss this book. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Apr 8, 2016

    This issue also has a backup story from Chris Eliopoulos and Jordie Bellaire that focuses on BB-8. It really feels like a Calvin & Hobbes kind of look and design that works well in showing how he's a bit of a cupid at the Resistance base as he helps a pilot and a technician get a bit closer. Simple stuff but the kind of light material that I really do like having in these small doses within the bigger picture of the Star Wars comics. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    We The Nerdy - Jean-Luc Botbyl Apr 5, 2016

    Overall,Poe Dameron #1 is a book worth checking out if you need more Star Wars in your life, which, you know, most people do. It isn't the best of Marvel's Star Wars line, but it's not the worst either, and this is just the first issue. It's definitely good enough to at least try out, if only because of how excellent the art is. Read Full Review

  • 7.3
    Major Spoilers - David Luzader Apr 11, 2016

    A solid opening to what appears to be a good entry in the Star Wars universe, but it is not without its faults Read Full Review

  • 7.3
    Multiversity Comics - Jess Camacho Apr 7, 2016

    "Poe Dameron" #1 is far from a bad comic but it doesn't quite reach levels of greatness. Poe isn't expanded on much more than what the film provides but in time, I hope Soule and Noto can take us somewhere new. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics Bulletin - Alison Baker Apr 6, 2016

    Good news though: not every comic has to be brain-shakingly brilliant. Sometimes it's okay for it to be a fun story about the handsome Space Hero you've been swooning over for 5 months. Hopefully the story will spend more time on the rest of Black Squadron in the coming issues, as Jessica Pava and L'ulo in particular appear to be a wealth of backstory and character meat. As an Official Lucasfilm/Disney/Marvel product, I don't expect we'll get any of the queer subtext of movie-Poe, but then, if anyone is up to the challenge of rendering Oscar Isaac's lip bite, I bet it's Phil Noto. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Apr 5, 2016

    Poe Dameron isn't the immediate success both Star Wars and Darth Vader were last year. This series definitely boasts a competent creative team, and Soule and Noto both show a storytelling confidence as they settle in with this hotshot pilot. But for a series that ostensibly has 30 years in which to explore, it's disappointing to see this first issue acting as a small-scale prequel to The Force Awakens. There has to be more to Poe Dameron's life worth exploring, and hopefully there will be sooner or later. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Nerds Unchained - Jeremy Radick Apr 7, 2016

    While Poe Dameron #1 may suffer from the limitations of being a licensed property more heavily than the other Marvel Star Wars books, it has enough going for it to be an entertaining, if slight, first issue. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Apr 5, 2016

    Ultimately, though, Soule and Noto have big enough followings " and it's not like Star Wars: The Force Awakens is some small indie film, either " that many people will likely forgive them for any sins they might find in Star Wars: Poe Dameron #1. This is the franchise that won't quit, and it's a shrewd move on Marvel's part to hook people in with the least-developed character of the new film, where there are the least amount of expectations for people to get hung up on. That said, this particular critic does feel like there's a little bit of a disconnect between the artist and the subject matter, not to mention that a deeper angle could have been found to really make this not just a must-read book, but a want-to-read book, instead. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Beat - Alexander Jones Apr 8, 2016

    While this story might be missing a little something, I wouldn't mind digging into this corner of the Star Wars Universe monthly. With the last page cliffhanger, there's always room for next month's issue to really mine the conflict from the story. Chris Eliopoulos' extra story was extraordinarily charming and worthy of the additional page count in the series. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Crusaders - Lead Sharp Apr 12, 2016

    To sum up, you'd need to really love a character named after an old English "convenience" to get much out of this. Google it. Read Full Review

  • 10
    GhostMan Apr 6, 2016


  • 9.0
    The Villain May 14, 2016

    I really enjoyed the kick off of Poe Dameron's standalone comic. Charles Soule does a great job of creating a story that I believe will eventually tie in with the beginning for The Force Awakens. There are appearances from several characters that we already know and it will hopefully give us more information about some of the characters from the knew movie that didn't get quite as much attention. Poe Dameron is portrayed beautifully. It feels like Oscar Isaac is actually there acting him out and the character remains as likeable as ever. The artwork is really good too and may ever be the highlight of the whole issue.

  • 8.5
    Synthozoid Apr 6, 2016

    Pretty darn good. The artwork is the strongest part. Poe says "pal" a few too many times.

  • 8.0 Apr 15, 2016

    This issue didn't do quite what I expected it to do, we are following poe almost immediately prior to his scene in the opening of TFA. But what I wanted, what I expected, was the story of YOUNG poe, connecting this story to the one in Shattered Empire about Poe's parents. The art is great, the likeness to Oscar Isaac is uncanny in places. Charles Soule's writing is solid, I just wanted something different from this than the journey that led him DIRECTLY into the line "this will begin to make things right"... I think that this story has potential, and I would really like to see this slow down and change course (quickly, if possible) and do more of the non-traditional and non-linear stuff that takes us from issue one and ends up with dumping more

  • 6.5
    JBL Reviews Apr 9, 2016


  • 6.0
    Gizmo Apr 13, 2016

    Not much interesting happens, although the artwork is excellent. The next issue looks like it will include the Order, so it could be better but I can't guarantee I'll be around for it. Who the hell asked for an ONGOING Poe Dameron comic? The extra little story at the end was lame, and didn't even have to do with Poe Dameron, Marvel just threw it in there so they could charge an extra buck. If that's going to be a regular occurrence, then I guarantee I won't stick around. I have no interest in pissing my money away on backup stories.

  • 5.0
    Inklings May 31, 2016

    I'm definitely not seeing the merits of this one like everyone else. The plot feels tacked on, like a means of getting us to the story proper, while not properly getting to the story. The egg-society feels completely archetypal with no real weight or sense of scope behind it. Most of the dialogue feels incredibly forced, while the characters have no real defining traits or personalities to distinguish them in any meaningful way. And I know I'm in a minority on this one: the artwork here is not to my liking at all. The line work and inking are sloppy, whole swatches of most every panels are uniform colors with no detailing, etc. The art is a huge drop-off from the quality evident in the flagship title, Darth Vader, and both of Checchetto's b more

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