Star Wars: The Force Awakens has rocketed to box-office gold since its release, and is now one of the highest grossing films of all time. The movie has received rave reviews, and fans are clamoring for more. They are in luck, because according to an exclusive announcement from USA Today, Marvel will be launching a new ongoing comic series titled Star Wars: Poe Dameron in April of this year. The series will be written by Charles Soule (who also wrote the Lando miniseries and writes several of Marvel’s flagship books) and illustrated by Phil Noto (who worked on the Chewbacca miniseries as well as a handful of other Marvel books like Black Widow).
Fans only saw a few scenes with Oscar Isaac’s breakout character Poe Dameron in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, so an ongoing comic book series will be a fantastic opportunity to delve deeper into the character. The series will be set before the events of The Force Awakens, and the cast will include lovable astromech droid BB-8 and some of the other X-Wing pilots seen in the film. A new villain from the First Order will also be introduced as the primary antagonist.
Previously, Poe Dameron’s backstory has been explored in the expanded universe in the comic book miniseries Journey to The Force Awakens: Shattered Empire, which takes place directly after the events of Return of the Jedi and told the story of Poe’s parents (who both fought in the rebellion), and the novel Star Wars: Before The Awakening, which explored the lives of Poe, Finn, and Rey prior to the events of The Force Awakens. Both were written by Greg Rucka, who seemed like the natural choice for a Poe Dameron ongoing.
Of course, there are a million reasons why Soule could have landed the job over Rucka, but this writer would like to believe that the two men met on the runway of a Resistance base, surrounded by X-Wings, with a cute little orange and white droid beeping at their ankles. Maybe Soule offered to let Rucka write the series, but Rucka stopped him, bit his lip and smiled coyly, saying, “No, keep it. It looks better on you.”
Star Wars: Poe Dameron debuts in April.
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