Poe Dameron's 'Star Wars' Comic Will Explore The Events Leading Up To 'The Force Awakens'


Oscar Isaac's X-Wing hotshot Poe Dameron is one of the first characters we meet in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Confident, brave and good-looking, the character has become an instant icon, despite having significantly less screen time than Rey and Finn.

People can't get enough Poe Dameron, and soon, there will be a lot more Poe to go around when the character gets his own Star Wars comic from Marvel in April. The book will be written by Charles Soule, with art from Phil Noto. Both creators have previously worked on Marvel's new line of Star Wars comics, with Soule having written the now-finished Lando mini-series and the ongoing Obi-Wan and Anakin. Noto's work can be seen in the recently-concluded Chewbacca mini-series.

Together, the team is looking to explore Dameron's life as the best pilot in the Resistance, and that includes learning what happened in the moments before The Force Awakens begins. It will also introduce a brand new villain.

"Sometimes it can feel like the Star Wars universe is so well trodden and so many stories have already been told," Soule tells USA Today. "But the way the Episode VII galaxy is set up, there are opportunities for new archetypes almost, and the bad guy we're working with is going to feel fresh and cool."

Noto is looking to Isaac's acting to get a better idea of how the actor would portray Poe in certain situations.

"Seeing so much of him on screen, it's easier in a way to act that part out in my head while I'm drawing: How would Oscar Isaac act in this situation as Poe Dameron?" Noto says.

Dameron's backstory has already been told in one Star Wars comic. In Shattered Empire, which takes place shortly after the events of Return of the Jedi, it is revealed that Dameron's parents are two rebel soldiers, one a commando, the other an A-Wing pilot. Soule says the comic will explore what it means for the character to have been raised by parents neck-deep in the Rebellion.

"It's silly not to explore the idea of a guy who grew up steeped in the Rebellion and the older Republic 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 #1 will arrive at a comic store near you in April.

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