by Michael Brown, staff writer
In the wake of the mildly successful Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Marvel has announced a new Star Wars comic book series starring Resistance pilot Poe Dameron. The series, titled Poe Dameron, will be written by now-veteran Star Wars writer Charles Soule (Lando, Obi-Wan and Anakin), with artistic duties by co-pilot Phil Noto (Chewbacca). The character, played by Oscar Isaac in the film, has become a fan-favorite, with those same fans taking to social media to find him anywhere in comics. “Now the pressure’s on us to deliver,” said artist Noto.
The new ongoing series, joining Marvel’s critically acclaimed Star Wars line, will be set prior to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and will focus on the events that led up to Poe seeking out Lor San Tekka (Max von Sydow) on Jakku for the key to finding the missing Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill). The new series will also explore Poe’s status as General Leia Organa’s (Carrie Fisher) top X-Wing jockey, and the leader of a squadron involved in an important, “Mission:Impossible-esque” mission. And Poe isn’t the only one searching the galaxy for a missing Jedi Master. The First Order is also on the hunt, and Poe will come face to face with a deadly new nemesis. And Poe’s droid, the lovable BB-8, will co-star. Also, writer Soule says, expect new X-Wing pilots, more depth, and further filling in the gaps between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens.
And the comic’s success may end up owing something to the fact that Soule is a fanboy. Soule took to the character of Poe Dameron almost immediately, taking to Twitter to say, “I want to see more Poe. That dude was great.”
Poe’s backstory has also been covered in the miniseries Star Wars: Shattered Empire, also from Marvel. Set directly after Return of the Jedi, we are introduced to Poe’s Rebel Alliance parents, A-Wing pilot Shara Bey, and soldier Kes Dameron, and given just a peek at Poe’s childhood at the Rebel base on Yavin IV.
“It’s silly not to explore the idea of a guy who grew up steeped in the Rebellion … and all of those myths and legends,” Soule says. “If you think about it, he grew up the way we did, hearing all of these stories.”
Star Wars: Poe Dameron lands on comic book shelves this April.