‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Poe Dameron Set to Get His Own Prequel Comic Book Series

By January 14, 2016

Say what you will about Star Wars: The Force Awakens, if you don’t love Oscar Isaac’s Poe Dameron – then we can’t be friends. He perhaps plays both the largest and smallest role in the overarching story of the film, but the Resistance’s best fighter pilot is perhaps one of the most charismatic and likable characters ever introduced into the Star Wars universe. I’ve seen the movie four times now, and I never stop smiling when I see him taking down those TIE fighters.

The character has quickly become one of the most beloved of the new additions as well, and after already eluding to his past in both the film and the Shattered Empire comic book series, it looks like we’re finally going to learn more about Dameron’s history. Though, not quite in the way fans might have expected.

(Warning: Spoilers for those you that have yet to see The Force Awakens yet!)

Lucasfilm and Disney have announced that they are partnering with Marvel comics for a new ongoing comic book series centered entirely on the Resistance fighter pilot. The series will be called Star Wars: Poe Dameron and will be written by Charles Soule (Star Wars: Lando) and illustrated by Phil Noto (Star Wars: Chewbacca). Check out some official artwork below:


The series will reportedly focus on Poe’s life leading up to the opening scene of The Force Awakens, in which Poe searches for Max von Sydow’s Lor San Tekka, who holds a mysterious key to finding the missing Luke Skywalker. The series will take place chronologically, so while it won’t explore any of Poe’s childhood or how he joined the Resistance through flashbacks, the ongoing aspect of it does open it up for more kinds of adventures and Poe-centered stories.

USA Today also reports that the series will dig into Poe’s position as the top X-wing pilot in the Resistance, and will also feature the introduction of a new villain to the series who acts as Poe’s chief nemesis, while he and the First Order search to find Luke. Soule commented on the announcement with the following as well:

“Sometimes it can feel like the Star Wars universe is so well trodden and so many stories have already been told. 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.”

Soule also went on to compare the series’ story to that of a Mission: Impossible film, with Poe at the helm, and will feature appearances from both characters of the Original Trilogy and The Force Awakens as well.

All of that sounds pretty perfect honestly, and the idea of Poe being the action hero of his own series sounds almost too good to be true. As someone who felt connected and actually cared about his character too, I look forward to seeing how his life might be explored in the series, and what we might learn about the lovable fighter pilot before we met him on that fateful day in Jakku.

The Poe Dameron comic book series will debut in April.

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Alex Welch

Alex Welch

Alex dreams of meeting a girl with a yellow umbrella, and spends too much time* staring at a movie screen. His vocabulary consists mostly of movie quotes and 80s song lyrics. *Debatable