Poe Dameron from Star Wars: The Force Awakens is getting his own comic book

A fan favorite from Star Wars: The Force Awakens will have more of his story told starting this spring.

According to USA Today (via Slashfilm), Lucasfilm and Disney have announced that Marvel Comics will begin publishing Star Wars: Poe Dameron in April. The ongoing series will be written by Charles Soule and drawn by Phil Noto, and will delve at least initially into what the "best X-wing pilot in the Resistance" (played in the movie by Oscar Isaac) was doing just before the opening scene of The Force Awakens.

That scene focused on Poe's search on the planet Jakku for Lor San Tekka (Max von Sydow), an old ally with a key to finding the location of Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill). The comic-book series will show us the events leading up to their brief and fateful meeting, but as the series continues it will presumably get into other adventures.

USA Today wrote that the book will "dig into Poe’s status as the top X-wing fighter jockey for General Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher) and leader of a squadron with an important mission," and hints at the appearance of a new First Order nemesis as well -- although whether that villain will cross over to the movies remains to be seen. Soule told the newspaper:

"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 said that the story will have a Mission: Impossible feel to it and will develop more of Poe's personality while also having him interact with both classic and newer characters. The story of Poe's Rebel Alliance parents was revealed in the Shattered Empire comic book, so it will be interesting to pick up the threads of the Dameron clan with this new series.

The irony of all this is that Poe Dameron was never supposed to be a big part of Star Wars: The Force Awakens -- in fact, he was supposed to die when he and Finn (John Boyega) crash the TIE fighter in the Jakku desert. But J.J. Abrams liked the character enough to want to keep him around -- and even though you could argue that Poe doesn't have a whole lot to do in the movie's second half (despite a winning performance from Isaac), Poe seems destined to play a critical role in the next two chapters of the new trilogy. And now he's got his own comic book too!

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