Posted on Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016 by Jack Giroux
Poe Dameron is the man. The Resistance soldier is the best damn fighter pilot in the sky, and he’s nothing but a big ball of drive, kindness and charisma. Oscar Isaac is incredibly charismatic in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, making you invest in a character you really don’t know that much about. Maybe we’ll learn more about the character in Star Wars: Episode VIII, which is currently filming, but until then, we can go on a few other adventures with the fighter pilot thanks to a new Poe Dameron comic. Learn all about it below.
This new, ongoing Marvel series, Star Wars: Poe Dameron, debuts next month. Writer Charles Soule and artist Phil Noto, thankfully, aren’t delving into Poe Dameron’s backstory, but the duo will show some of the pilot’s early missions. Both Soule and Noto spoke with Comic Book Recourses, providing the site with a few details regarding their upcoming comic book series:
“It’s set before ‘The Force Awakens,’ Soule says. “The New Republic and the First Order are in a position of detente, and while there have been a few small skirmishes between the Resistance and the First Order, it’s very much a sort of cold war. That said, the “Star Wars” galaxy is a dangerous place, and the First Order isn’t the only opponent Poe will face.”
Soule and Noto describe the comic as a genre-mashing adventure. At one point, Poe is even involved in a prison story:
“I think of it like a bunch of different genre movies, stacked up one after the other,” Soule explains. “I’ve been doing this for a while, actually—Lando was a heist movie, and Obi-Wan & Anakin is a post-apocalyptic steampunk western. Poe will be the same, with each arc feeling a bit different. The first story is straight-up weird, ‘70s sci-fi, but there’s plenty more to come—a prison story, an espionage tale—lots of great stuff.
As Soule says, this isn’t his first time writing in the Star Wars galaxy. The writer penned both “Star Wars: Lando” and “Obi-Wan & Anakin.” In “Star Wars: Poe Dameron,” the hero, according to Soule, actually faces off against a Lando-esque villain:
The main villain is a new character, an intelligence officer in the First Order with some ties to the old Empire. He’s a scary guy, a little older, which I think gives him a cool gravitas in much the same way Peter Cushing delivered as Grand Moff Tarkin in “A New Hope.” His approach to conflicts is very interesting, and he can be a charmer. I think of him almost like an evil Lando.
A villain with some charm is just right for Poe Dameron. Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) didn’t exactly have the proper training to combat Dameron’s quips, but maybe this “evil Lando” can get the job done. Poe Dameron almost feels like a comic book character, with his swagger and adventurous spirit, so he’s well suited for a comic book. Poe will be joined by the likes of BB-8 and other familiar faces in “Star Wars: Poe Dameron.”
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