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SW_POE_1Kylo Ren called Poe Dameron the best pilot in the Resistance.

Now, the erstwhile X-Wing pilot, master of BB-8 and burgeoning bro to Finn is going to be Marvel’s next big draw in its line of ongoing Star Wars comics in Star Wars: Poe Dameron out in April.

The publisher announced Jan. 14 that Dameron is getting his own series, written by Charles Soule (whose five-issue Lando mini with Alex Maleev was a critical and sales success). It was Soule who tweeted on Dec. 19: “I want to see more Poe. That dude was great.” Now, he’ll write it. The series replaces the soon-to-be canceled Kanan, which ends in March with issue 12. Soule is also writing the five-issue Star Wars: Obi-Wan & Anakin title, which began this month. It’s illustrated by Marco Checchetto.

The story about Poe Dameron, reported exclusively by Brian Truitt of USA Today, is being drawn by Phil Noto, whose work on the just-wrapped five-issue Chewbacca mini-series with writer Gerry Duggan, broke new ground for Han Solo’s best friend and added even more detail to the Star Wars Saga lore.

Soule tells Truitt that the series focuses on Poe’s position as the “… top X-wing fighter jockey for General Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher) and leader of a squadron with an important mission. But the evil First Order also has a goal of finding Luke, and a new villain from the organization is introduced as Poe’s chief nemesis.” And yes, it’s set just before the events of The Force Awakens.

It’s the second title set after the events of Return of the Jedi (the first being Shattered Empire, featuring Poe’s mother, Shara Bey, and his father, Kes Dameron) and the first to focus on a character from the record-setting seventh film, The Force Awakens.

The first issue is out in April and, given fan demand for all things The Force Awakens, don’t expect it to be the last such comic set amid the new trilogy.


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Matt Moore has been perpetrating journalism since 1985, reveling in Star Wars since 1977 and reading comics since 1974.

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