Star Wars: The Force Awakens Prequel Comic Explores Poe & BB-8
Fans just can't get enough of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which has set the bar extremely high for any movie coming out this year, including the first spinoff Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. With just under a year until that movie hits theaters, die-hard fans will be looking for new ways to pass the time until the December 16 release. Today we have word from USA Today that a new Marvel Comics series will shed light on one of Star Wars: The Force Awakens' new and beloved characters, Oscar Isaac's Poe Dameron.
The comic book, entitled Star Wars: Poe Dameron, will be an ongoing series that debuts in April. Charles Soule (Star Wars: Lando) is writing the comic series, with artwork provided by Phil Noto (Star Wars: Chewbacca). The story will follow the events leading up to Poe Dameron's arrival on Jakku in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, where he retrieved a piece of Luke Skywalker's (Mark Hamill) map from Lor San Tekka (Max von Sydow). The plot will examine his emergence as a top pilot for General Leia Orana (Carrie Fisher), along with introducing a new villain from the First Order, who becomes Poe's main nemesis. Here's what Charles Soule had to say in a statement.
"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."
The writer also added that Poe's loveable ball droid BB-8 will be Poe's "co-star" of this story, which will explore locations familiar and new, while showcasing more of Poe's personality. The site also teases that a few other familiar characters, along with other newcomers, will be featured, but he wouldn't drop any names quite yet. Charles Soule also added that writing about a new character like Poe Dameron isn't as "instinctive" as other characters he's tackled, like Lando Calrissian.
"It's not as instinctive in some ways as writing a story about, say, Lando Calrissian was for me - I've been thinking about Lando Calrissian for 30 years, whereas Poe Dameron I've been thinking about for six months."
Some of Poe's background has already been fleshed out in a comic entitled Shattered Empire. That story reveals Poe's parents were part of the Rebel Alliance, A-wing pilot Shara Bey and soldier Kes Dameron, which also hinted at Poe's childhood on the Rebel base on Yavin IV with a Force tree in his yard. Charles Soule added that he doesn't expect to write a lot of flashback scenes, but he plans to reveal more about the character by showing how he reacts to certain situations. He also described the plot as a Mission: Impossible type of story, with Poe Dameron at the center of it all. Take a look at the cover art for the first issue of Star Wars: Poe Dameron, along with a new sketch below.