Following the record-obliterating box office run enjoyed by “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” it seemed like only a matter of time before Marvel announced a comic book tie-in. Now, USA Today has announced that Poe Dameron, the best fighter pilot in the Resistance, will get his own ongoing comic book series.
Launching in April, the ongoing “Star Wars: Poe Dameron” comes from a pair of comic creators — Charles Soule and Phil Noto — that are veterans of Marvel’s Star Wars line. The series marks writer Soule’s third entry into the canon, following the “Lando” and “Obi-Wan & Anakin” limited series. Noto will serve as Soule’s co-pilot, making “Poe Dameron” the artist’s second Star Wars series following “Chewbacca.”
Poe as played by Oscar Isaac has become a breakout character from “The Force Awakens,” and series writer Soule told USA Today that seeing Ã¢â¬œpeople reacting to him so strongly now just feels like weÃ¢â¬™re hopefully in a great position.” Soule reacted strongly to Poe, sharing his enthusiasm for the character during “Force Awakens'” opening weekend.
I want to see more Poe. That dude was great.
Ã¢â¬” Charles Soule (@CharlesSoule) December 19, 2015
Ã¢â¬œIÃ¢â¬™ve seen people on Twitter and Instagram looking for Poe Dameron in the comics,” added Noto. “Now the pressureÃ¢â¬™s on us to deliver.Ã¢â¬ï¿½ Writer Charles Soule was also one of those people tweeting praise for Poe Dameron.
The series will be set prior to the events of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” in the gap between “Return of the Jedi” and the latest Star Wars film. The series will also introduce a new threat from the First Order that will serve as Poe’s primary antagonist, with Soule commenting that the new villain “is going to feel fresh and cool.” BB-8 and some of the newly introduced X-wing pilots will round out Poe’s supporting cast.
“Poe Dameron” will be the second series set in that 30-year gap, following last year’s “Journey to the Force Awakens – Shattered Empire” limited series. A prose novel, “Before the Awakening,” also explored Poe Dameron in this time period.
“Star Wars: Poe Dameron” arrives in April.