What happened after Rey, Finn, Poe, and the meager remnants of the Resistance went sailing off in the Millennium Falcon at the end of Star Wars: The Last Jedi? Thanks to Marvel Comics and Star Wars: Poe Dameron #26, we don't have to wonder — some of the immediate aftermath of the film involved our new main trio sitting around the Dejarik table, decompressing, and listening to Poe tell a story.
Written by Charles Soule with artwork by Angel Unzueta (and a cover by Phil Noto) the comic is the first Star Wars property to dip its toes into a post-Last Jedi galaxy. The previous 25 issues of the Poe Dameron title explored Poe's adventures with Black Squadron, and lead right up to the events of The Force Awakens — at the end of issue #25, Poe finally established contact with Lor San Tekka (Max Von Sydow's character from TFA) and the comics stopped being a prequel. From now on, the stories told in Star Wars: Poe Dameron will run alongside the events of the sequel trilogy.
Though the post-TLJ material is mostly a framing device, it's still great to see our three heroes together. Rey and Finn fall right back into their wonderful (loving) banter, and they both take multiple shots at Poe's ego. Rey is still holding the pieces of Luke's (Anakin's) old lightsaber, and even quotes Luke at one point — when Poe mentions the mission to find Luke, Rey says, "one man with a laser sword."
In and around the consistent hits to his competence, Poe fills the two of them in on how he escaped the Jakku desert in The Force Awakens. By the time he managed to get back to the Resistance base on D'Qar, General Leia was already aware that BB-8 (and the map) were on Takodana. It turns out that the weird little droid informant that we saw communicating this information to the Resistance was actually a member of C-3PO's ring of droid informants, which is an ongoing story point in the comic. As for what happened when Poe got to Takodana? We saw that in The Force Awakens— he really is "one hell of a pilot."
The post-TLJ material framing scenes are not a full meal by any means, but we can look forward to more scenes like this as the series moves on. Here's hoping that we also check in with the members of Black Squardon that were not featured in The Last Jedi — Snap Wexley (Greg Grunberg) and Jess Pava (Jessica Henwick) were featured heavily in the first 25 issues of the comic, and they were off on a mission of their own during The Last Jedi. Aside from more of the movie-adjacent Poe action, here's hoping we see more of those two.
Star Wars: Poe Dameron #26 is available now.