WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for Marvel Comics' Star Wars: Poe Dameron #26, by Charles Soule and Angel Unzueta with a Phil Not cover, on sale now.
Marvel Comics' current line of Star Wars comics is definitely for all generations of fans. Some titles, like Darth Vader, add depth to George Lucas' original trilogy, fleshing out the Rebellion's fight against the Empire. Then there are other books which add more context to the new narrative J.J. Abrams started with 2015's Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Poe Dameron falls into the latter category, with the latest issue detailing an intimate chat shared by the new breed of Star Wars heroes right after Rian Johnson's The Last Jedi ends. As a bonus, this story from writer Charles Soule and artist Angel Unzueta ends up pulling double duty, also filling us in on how hotshot pilot Poe returned with his crew of X-Wing fighters in The Force Awakens to rescue Finn, Rey and BB-8 from the First Order.
Issue #26 starts with Poe, Finn and Rey finally together, contemplating the losses they've endured so far: namely Han Solo, and now, Luke Skywalker, whose sacrifice allowed them to escape Kylo Ren's forces on Crait. As they reminisce, Rey indicates that they need to let go of the past, with the conversation then evolving into fun banter; more specifically, Finn takes good-natured shots at Poe's piloting ability... and his tendency to crash.
This leads to a discussion that addresses an unseen development in The Force Awakens, which is how Poe managed to survive his crash with Finn. In the movie, Finn, after renouncing his Stormtrooper status, helped free a kidnapped Poe from Kylo's clutches, and both tried to escape the First Order in a Tie Fighter. However, they were shot down en route to Jakku where Poe was going back to get BB-8. Abrams' movie didn't really go into the specifics of the crash, instead showing Finn waking up, scared and confused, thinking Poe died in the crash and its subsequent explosion.
At that point, Finn went off, disguised in Poe's iconic jacket, only to met Rey and BB-8 on Jakku and then embark on a new adventure -- flying off to Takodana to find Maz Kanata and clues to Luke Skywalker's whereabouts. However, the First Order found them there with Han Solo and Chewbacca, and just when it seemed our heroes were doomed, Poe heroically resurfaced with his Black Squadron, saving the day. However, Poe never really shared details how he escaped Jakku and linked back up with the Resistance, until now, via a series of flashbacks which more or less acts as a deleted scene.
Poe reveals that after Finn was ejected, he tried to land the Tie Fighter, only to be thrown from it and knocked out cold. He awoke hours later, possibly concussed, with no sign of Finn. Sticking with his mission, he tried to find BB-8 on the sand planet, and ended up meeting a Blarina junker called Naka. There, Poe had an adventure of his own, helping Naka avoid some robbers in a speeder chase, before scouring around to find out that BB-8 and company had left the planet for a mysterious destination.
Thinking he failed, Poe hitched a ride from Naka's associate, Ohn Gos (a fellow Blarian and rebel sympathizer), back to the Resistance Base on D'Qar. Instead of receiving the scolding he expected from General Leia, Poe was given crucial information thanks to Leia's large network of spies: BB-8's whereabouts with Finn and Poe. The issue ends with Leia warning Poe that he needed to get to the droid before the First Order so that they could find Luke first.
From here, we know that Poe would round up his Black Squadron and save his fellow heroes, but Issue #27, which is out May 16, promises to fill in the blanks even more regarding how Poe's battalion actually arrives on Takodana in The Force Awakens. It'll be interesting to see how Soule continues to splice this flashback into Poe's present-day narrative, as the writer's also set to show more of Poe's bonding with his Resistance teammates in the aftermath of The Last Jedi.