Our last review of the Poe Dameron ongoing comic series was with issue 6. I was waiting for the second volume in trade paperback to be continue my reviews. This second volume includes issues 8-13, issue 7 will be with volume 3 this October.
In this story arc, Poe is no longer searching for Lor San Tekka, but he is tasked to escort C-3PO to Kaddak in order for him to retrieve a droid operative. C-3PO is much more than just a protocol droid for the Resistance, he has a big network of droid operatives (as he likes call them, “not spies”) who gives him information on the First Order. The droid operative they’re after on Kaddak is called N1-ZX and is a droid commando as seen in The Clone Wars. It’s wonderful to see all the eras cross between comics from ship designs to species and droids too appearing in various eras, it really makes these stories more connected in my opinion. For his mission, Poe takes with him Oddy Muva, his technician friend as he’s still not sure who is the mole in his Black Squadron.
One of the great things from this story arc was Terex’s backstory. I really liked that we learned more about this villain, it adds to the character. After his days within the Empire, he may have become a criminal but he never really left his soldier life, after all he returned to it with the First Order. He’s quite obsessive and impulsive but also intelligent and that’s what makes him a very dangerous enemy but his impulsiveness and obsessiveness is what I think will lead him to his fall.
I would say that as usual with the Poe Dameron comics, we get fun and entertaining adventures and this time it involved C-3PO. He was surprisingly not as annoying as usual and showed to be brave, which doesn’t happen everyday! But the droid who really shone was N1-ZX, annoying and funny as it gets. His end was just as awesome as it gets when he received the template personality of Mister Bones (Snap’s droid from the Aftermath trilogy!), it became a real savage until he was destroyed.
We saw more of Oddy Muva this time as he went with Poe Dameron for this mission. The surprise was that the Abednedo slave from Terex’s ship was his wife! That was some nice plot twist and it also teases who is the mole, it would make sense that Oddy was forced to give information to Terex as he had his wife in hostage. With this volume, Oddy got to save his wife. His rescue mission may have been insane but it was an act of bravery nevertheless. And him being the mole is something you can forgive I think, considering the situation.
Now about the deaths, we witnessed the end of the Carrion Spike! First introduced in the Tarkin novel, after the fall of the Empire, it had become Terex’s ship but it was ultimately destroyed by the First Order during a battle against Terex’s pirate. The other death was one I didn’t expect – L’ulo. He died protecting the escape pods containing the people Terex had turned into servants so he had an honorable death. However, the way the scene was made, it didn’t have a big emotional impact. Something was missing and that’s disappointing as I liked L’ulo and would have liked him to get the farewell he deserved. However, maybe in volume 3, the character will get a deserving funeral and that will make up that disappointing death scene.
The last thing I want to talk about is the visuals. As usual with Poe comics, the art is nice and the artist really captures Poe’s likeness even though I think they should give him more expressions because in this volume, he had a small range of expression and Oscar Isaac is much more expressive than this! What I didn’t really like was Terex’s pirate fleet design, it made sense though as those were ships were assembled from several parts of different ships but it was really ugly. Kaddak was beautiful! I loved this city built around this giant red crystal, if we can see it again in future stories, I would appreciate it!
7/10 The Gathering Storm is an entertaining story with some nice art, fun droids and Poe being awesome as usual!