Poe Dameron lit up the skies in The Force Awakens and promptly lit up the Internet as well, with actor Oscar Isaac becoming a household name. Fans showed that they couldn’t get enough of everyone’s favorite ace fighter pilot, and now Marvel is obliging them.
Star Wars: Poe Dameron will debut in April with a story by frequent Star Wars comic writer Charles Soule and art by comics legend Phil Noto.
The book is a prequel to The Force Awakens focusing on Poe’s life as an X-wing pilot and the events leading up to his capture by the First Order, which launches the story of the film. His lovable droid friend BB-8 will also be back, along with plenty of familiar characters and places.
It won’t be the first time a member of Poe’s family has been spotlighted in Marvel’s corner of the Star Wars universe. His mother, Shara Bey, was the main character in the four-part series Shattered Empire. Shara played a major role in the Resistance, and Poe followed in her footsteps. Poe was just a boy during Shattered Empire, but in the new comic, we’ll almost certainly learn more about his life after the events of that book.
Shattered Empire and Poe’s own series are the only two comics set between the end of Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens, in a three-decade gap that fans have filled with endless speculation.
Soule and Noto told USA Today that readers will have a chance to see what life looks like for a rebel who’s grown up hearing the legend of Luke Skywalker.
“If you think about it,” Soule said, “[Poe] grew up the way we did, hearing all of these stories.”
Fans too impatient to wait until April to learn more about Poe Dameron can check out Before the Awakening, a collection of The Force Awakens prequel short stories written by Greg Rucka, who also wrote Shattered Empire. The novelization of The Force Awakens also offers a world of insights into our heroes, some of it absent from the film itself.
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