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In “Poe Dameron: Free Fall,” Alex Segura delivers not only the origin story for the galaxy’s most daring and charismatic pilot since Han Solo, but also more back story than we dared hope to discover about the mysterious and enigmatic Zorii Bliss. Taking a new spin on the familiar Star Wars trope of a young man on a backwater planet searching for something more, Segura carves a clear arc from the son of Rebel Alliance war heroes to “the best pilot in the Resistance” – and he doesn’t leave out the whole “spice running” bit we hear about in “The Rise of Skywalker.” It’s a fast-paced and fun adventure that sets up not only the Poe Dameron we see on screen, but the ace we find in Charles Soule’s comic series – along with a couple does of Babu Frick for good measure.
Learn more about the dashing hero from the new Star Wars films! Telling a story hinted at in The Rise of Skywalker…
It's been a few years since Poe's mother passed away, and Poe and his father, who was a pilot for the Rebellion, have had more and more trouble connecting. Not sure what he wants to do with his life, teenage Poe runs away from home to find adventure, and to figure out what kind of man he is meant to be.
Poe Dameron: Free Fall is a fast paced character study of one of the best characters in the Sequel Trilogy and a marvelous introduction of first time Star Wars writer, Alex Segura. Much like Rae Carson's Most Wanted, Free Fall almost features two protagonists in Poe Dameron and the mysterious fan-favorite Zorii Bliss. The resulting adventure combines breakneck piloting, thrilling spice running, and heartfelt emotional beats that create a beautifully entertaining ride. Regardless of your like or dislike of The Rise of Skywalker, Poe Dameron: Free Fall is a must read for anyone who wants to jump into the cockpit of the nearest X-Wing and...well...blow something up.
Poe Dameron Free Fall is your typical coming-of-age story. Young Dameron wants nothing more than to seek out adventure like his late mother had during the days of the Rebellion, but his father won’t humor the thought of losing the only piece of family he has left. Poe has to make the difficult decision of defying his father but soon learns that he may be in over his head. I can see this story really resonating with young readers who are struggling in coming to terms with being raised under strict guardianship, but in terms of contributing to the overall lore of the Star Wars universe there is little to find in this book. A fun ride, but not an essential read.
In Poe Dameron: Free Fall, Alex Segura shines a light on a part of the charismatic Resistance pilot’s life we only get our first hints of in The Rise of Skywalker. A character with a shady past becoming a hero for the good guys isn’t new territory in the franchise (a certain other charismatic pilot had done the same thing a generation earlier, after all). But some were taken slightly aback by the film’s revelation that Dameron had spent time in the galaxy’s criminal underworld and had a hard time squaring that with the character they already knew. But in revisiting a trope we know well in Star Wars, that of a frustrated young man eager for adventure, Segura draws a clear arc through Poe’s development. From a restless adolescent, through a not-quite-convinced member of a criminal enterprise, to a young man who finds his true calling, we find out how Poe got from the frigid Thieves’ Quarter of Kijimi to his place as one of the leaders of the Resistance. The author does a beautiful job of capturing Oscar Isaac’s portrayal of the character, nicely sets up things we see in the films, and provides just as much – if not more – backstory about the Kerri Russel’s enigmatic Zorii Bliss.
Admittedly, I'll absolutely devour absolutely any origin story I can get my hands on. So POE DAMERON: FREE FALL was one of the most fun Star Wars reads I've flown through possibly all year - and I actually mean FLEW. I think I read this one over about two days. It's fast-paced and intense, but also deep and insightful at intervals. Zorii's backstory was an added and unexpected delight - it was her coming-of-age narrative as much as it was Poe's in many ways. I'll take more of the younger years of both of these characters in many more stories to come, please and thank you.