General Leia has an elaborate plan to rescue Lor San Tekka from a prison and the timing of this story told in Poe Dameron #22 couldn’t be more perfect from Marvel Comics.

If you haven’t seen Star Wars: The Last Jedi, don’t fret, for we won’t spoil anything here. We will say however, that it depicts General Leia in ways you could only dream of as the legendary freedom fighter, leader, and tactician. This side of Leia is being fleshed out in the issues of Marvel’s Poe Dameron comic series which – like all comics, books, and games published under the Star Wars banner since the Disney acquisiton of Lucasfilm – is entirely canon.

Related: Poe Originally Went With Finn To Canto Bight

The stories of the Poe Dameron series take place in the lead-up to 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens and follow Black Squadron and Leia’s Resistance. The most recent issues are clearly meant to lay the foundation for The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi. Here it’s emphasized just how small the Resistance is compared to the Rebel Alliance decades earlier, a dozen pilots versus what was a thousand as an example. This is a period of time where there is some semblance of the New Republic operating while The First Order isn’t a commonly known or accepted threat, whereas with the Galactic Empire, their tyranny was felt across the galaxy. Leia says in Poe Dameron #20 (the first part of this “Legend Found” story arc) that one mistake would wipe the Resistance out and we see this come to fruition in The Last Jedi where it’s all about failure and the leads making mistakes.

Lor San Tekka (played by Max von Sydow in the film) had traveled to Cato Neimoidia, a location central to the Trade Federation, and got himself caught on an out of character adventure. Using some droids and nifty tech he was able to cloak himself and enter one of the many vaults this planet is known for (its main business is security of valuable goods) not to steal, but to examine a special artifact crafted from light and dark, meant to be used by both which ties into the themes explored in The Last Jedi and Star Wars Rebels. This orb is a Kazerath device and hints at a time when the dark and light were united. True balance in The Force?

Below is our exclusive preview of Poe Dameron #22:

Marvel Star Wars Poe Dameron 22 Cover Exclusive: Leia Explains Heist to Save Force Awakens Character

Marvel Star Wars Poe Dameron 22 Synopsis Exclusive: Leia Explains Heist to Save Force Awakens Character

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Marvel Star Wars Poe Dameron 22 Page 4 Exclusive: Leia Explains Heist to Save Force Awakens Character

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Marvel Star Wars Poe Dameron 22 Page 7 Exclusive: Leia Explains Heist to Save Force Awakens Character

POE DAMERON (2016) #22
Published: December 20, 2017
Rating: Rated T
Writer: Charles Soule
Penciler: Angel Unzueta
Cover Artist: Phil Noto

Black Squadron and General Organa have teamed together for an extra-top-secret mission…and it’s up to them to rescue Lor San Tekka! Meanwhile, what’s Suralinda got up her sleeves?

Marvel Star Wars Poe Dameron 22 X Wings Exclusive: Leia Explains Heist to Save Force Awakens Character

More: 15 Things You Didn’t Know About Poe Dameron

Poe Dameron #22 releases December 20, 2017.

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